EU-1 (Croatia)

The Agreement on the Free Movement of People (AFMP) has also been extended to cover Croatia (EU-1). Since 1 January 2017, Croatian nationals can take up gainful work in Switzerland or be posted to Switzerland. Protocol III provides transitional provisions for this. However, a notification and/or permit duty is still in force.

Postings and self-employed persons from abroad for up to 90 days per calendar year

Croatian nationals wishing to provide a self-employed service in Switzerland and employees of companies or associations based in Croatia (EU-1) who are posted to Switzerland are subject to notification or, as the case may be, to the issue of a permit for up to 90 days per calendar year.

Excluded from the notification procedure are the following employment sectors; a work permit is mandatory as of the first day of work:

  • Construction and secondary contract work
  • Gardening and landscaping
  • Industrial cleaning services
  • Monitoring and security service

In the case of the following employment sectors, there is a notification obligation as of the first day of work:

  • Catering (incl. hotel industry)
  • Domestic cleaning services
  • Itinerant trade
  • Sex industry

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Postings and self-employed persons from abroad for more than 90 days per calendar year

As of the 91st day, a permit is mandatory for all sectors of employment.
A work permit is mandatory for the following employment sectors, as of the first day of work:

  • Construction and secondary contract work
  • Gardening and landscaping
  • Industrial cleaning services
  • Monitoring and security services

Admission to the Swiss labour market will be examined according to the requirements of the law on foreign nationals.

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Commencement of work with a Swiss employer of up to three months

Commencing gainful work in Switzerland with a Swiss employer is subject to a permit as of the first day of work and will be examined according to the requirements of the law on foreign nationals.

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Commencement of work with a Swiss employer (including cross-border commuters)

Commencing gainful work in Switzerland with a Swiss employer is subject to a permit as of the first day of work. In these cases, admission to the Swiss labour market will be examined according to the requirements of the law on foreign nationals.

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Taking up self-employment in Switzerland

Based on Protocol III to the AFMP, Croatian nationals (EU-1) can take up self-employment in Switzerland, but are subject to a six-month set-up period. For this, please contact the Customer service centre for Migration and Population Services.

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If the posting or self-employed service lasts for more than three months, please fill in the below form “Application form for service providers for more than 90 days” and submit it by post.

For all other activities subject to approval, work permits may be applied for either electronically or by post. Therefore, please consult one of the two links below with the initial title “Work permit...”, depending on the desired permit type.

Please submit the completed application by post to the following address:

Office of Economy and Labour
Work Permits
Utengasse 36
P.O. Box
4005 Basel

Important note: Do not submit applications by e-mail!