To call an ambulance dial 144
Emergency health services are available for all in need. The public authorities will cover the costs for persons without health insurance.
Once you have been assigned to a Canton you will be able to register for compulsory health insurance by the cantonal authorities. The coverage will retroactively apply from the moment you applied for protection status S (in-person or via the application form).
You can find information on health care in Switzerland on the following webpages:
- by the Federal Office of Public Health: Health information for people who have fled Ukraine (admin.ch)
- by the Swiss Red Cross: Information for Ukrainians | migesplus.ch
They have also put in place a hotline to answer your questions: 0041 58 387 77 20.
Beneficiaries of protection status S receive social assistance from the canton to which they have been assigned if they are fully or partially unable to earn their living independently. Social assistance covers the basic needs of daily life in Switzerland. Social assistance can take the form of benefits in kind (accommodation, food, hygiene articles, etc.) and/or money. The canton is responsible for the organisation of social assistance.
As soon as you receive your S residence permit you are allowed to start working in Switzerland (in a dependent or independent profession). Once you have found a job you will have to announce it to the cantonal authority of your future place of work and obtain an authorization before you can start your activity. It is possible to look for a job in a Canton other than the one you have been assigned to.
If you are working remotely for a foreign employer and your activity does not impact the Swiss job market, you do not need to obtain a work authorization by your Canton.
If you are looking for a job, , you can register with the public employment service, once you have obtained S status.
Primary and lower-secondary education is compulsory in Switzerland for all children, regardless of their nationality or residence status. Children start primary school from the age of four. Public education is managed by the Cantons. The Canton to which a child has been assigned will determine when a child can start attending school and whether prior preparatory/language classes are needed. Children may therefore have to wait until they can join regular school classes.
If you would like to continue your higher education in Switzerland, you can find relevant information on the conditions here: Ukraine – swissuniversities and here: Individuals with status S – Perspektiven – Studium – Perspektiven – Studium
Travel outside of Switzerland
With your residence permit and your passport, you are allowed to travel and stay freely in the Schengen area, for a period up to 90 days within a period of 180 days and return to Switzerland without prior authorization by Swiss authorities. The entry regulations of the respective countries of destination apply. Your main residence will remain Switzerland.
USEFUL CONTACTS IN THE CANTONS
Once you have obtained a protection status S the Canton to which you have been assigned to will provide you with assistance:
FREIBURG: Phone: 0041 26 305 29 04 (from Monday to Friday from 8 to 11.30am and from 2 to 4.30pm)
TICINO: Phone: 0041 800 194 194 (daily from 9am to 5pm)
WALLIS: Phone: 0041 27 606 55 52 or 0041 27 606 48 00
You will also find the list of competent cantonal authorities for integration programs and well as the ones in the major cities here: Ansprechstellen für Integration in den Kantonen und Städten (admin.ch) To get more details on the Cantonal Integration Programme, please consult this page.