Temporary stay in Switzerland

A temporary stay is considered such if the person intends to stay in Switzerland for a limited period of time and for a certain purpose and plans to return to his/her home country afterwards.Thus, the length of stay in Switzerland is known in advance. An exact date for the return journey is not compulsory, it is sufficient if the person states an approximate time period (e.g. “I intend to stay in Switzerland for studies for one and a half years). The precondition is that the centre of his/her life (main place of residence) remains in the home country during this time.

Possible reasons for a stay in Switzerland can be

  • Posting
  • Business travels
  • Visiting family or friends
  • Gainful employment, if it concerns cross border worker from Germany, France, Italy or Austria who have opted for the statutory health insurance system of their country of residence (option right)
  • etcetera

If a visitor to Switzerland requires medical treatment during his/her temporary stay, he/she has to present his/her valid claim certificate as well as a proof of identity (e.g. identity card, passport) to the medical service provider.

Claim certificates are

  • European Health Insurance Card
  • Provisional Replacement Certificate for the European Health Insurance Card

In order to request a reimbursement of the costs paid by the visitor, the relevant claim form (e.g. copy of the European Health Insurance Card) has to be submitted to the Gemeinsame Einrichtung KVG.

Important: The European Health Insurance Card does not cover costs, if the visitor has entered Switzerland for the purpose of medical treatment.

Travel with the purpose of receiving medical treatment

Should someone intend to travel to Switzerland for the purpose of receiving medical treatment, it is compulsory to apply for the acceptance of the costs with a competent health insurance before entering Switzerland. This applies for in-patient as well as out-patient treatment. If the coverage of costs is granted, your health insurance issues the certificate S2 (entitlement to scheduled treatment).

Attention: The treatment costs can only be settled via the Gemeinsame Einrichtung KVG if the S2 certificate is valid and up to date.

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