Immigration regulations worldwide

What you should consider

Enquire about the immigration conditions for your destination well before you travel. This way you will have enough time to apply for a new passport or the necessary visa.

Identification papers and visa

It is essential that you find out about the required identification papers and the visa rules that apply at your destination. Your travel agent or the country's embassy will be able to provide you with this information. If you receive a visa, make sure that it is valid for the entire duration of your stay. Different countries will have different immigration and customs regulations for animals, vehicles or cultural assets.

Check the entry requirementy for your destination

Children travelling

If a child is travelling alone or with only one parent, in many cases it will require its parents' permission to travel, or the permission of the parent who is not travelling. The authorities may refuse entry or exit without this document. In some cases, the airline will also receive a monetary fine. SWISS reserves the right to pass these fines on to the originator.

Flying with children

Transmit API passenger details

Airlines are obliged to pass additional passenger details on to foreign authorities.

These passenger details are transmitted on the day of departure by the Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS). Specific and complete details will spare you any unpleasantness at your destination airport. Please provide this information online on swiss.com up to 72 hours before departure. If this is not possible, the details will be taken at check-in machines or when you check in at a counter.

Record API details

Flights over US territories

Since 8 March 2012, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also requires the details of passengers who will be passing over North American territory. This includes passengers travelling to and from Canada, Mexico, Cuba and other countries in Central America.