ADMIN NOTE: We will endeavour to keep this page updated with the most current travel information however as the situation can change on a daily basis, we strongly advise you to check with official sources (for example, the Swiss Embassy in your country of residence) before you book your trip and/or travel to Switzerland.
** IMPORTANT ** The information on this page is provided in good faith but it is the responsibility of individual travellers to confirm that they are eligible to enter Switzerland.
QUICK POINTS TO NOTE
- The best place to check the entry requirements is on the official online Travel Check.
- All visitors to Switzerland must complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to arrival. Download it here >>
- There are different entry requirements for vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers.
- Until 10 October, 2021, all human-readable vaccination certificates will be acknowledged for access to indoor spaces (acceptable languages shown below).
Last updated: 18 September, 2021
What is the current coronavirus situation in Switzerland?
The Federal Council of Switzerland has adjusted the framework conditions for visitors to Switzerland.
The most important news: as a temporary solution, all human-readable (accepted languages: German, French, Italian, Spanish, English) certificates for vaccinations with an EMA vaccine (see below) will be acknowledged for access to indoor spaces until October 10, 2021, so conversion will not be necessary. Details are given below in section B.
According to the decision of the Federal Council, unvaccinated / unrecovered guests must show two negative test results from October 1, 2021: one when entering Switzerland and one after four to a maximum of seven days. Further information on entry restrictions can be found on travelcheck.admin.ch.
Interiors – access restrictions (restaurants, wellness, museums, etc):
A) Guests from the EU / EFTA / Schengen area:
Access to all interior rooms is possible without any problems with the existing Covid certificates.
B) Guests from third countries outside the EU / EFTA / Schengen (vaccinated with an EMA vaccine, i.e. Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen / Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and all licenses such as Covishield, etc.):
All human-readable certificates (including: vaccine, vaccination country and vaccination date, in the Swiss national languages, English or Spanish) are valid for access to indoor spaces until October 10, 2021. This is a temporary solution so that the conversion process can be prepared. In near future, all accepted third country certificates (as specified under B) can be converted into a Swiss certificate. Details are currently being worked out at federal and cantonal level – we will keep you up to date.
C) Guests from third countries outside the EU / EFTA / Schengen (vaccinated with other vaccines):
Furthermore no access to the interior with their own vaccination certificate, and the certificates can’t be converted into a Swiss one. For those guests, they will still have to test in future.
Here is the official press release: link
The wearing of masks – both indoors and outdoors where social distancing cannot occur – remains compulsory. Contact details are required from at least one guest per table. Masks must be worn on public transport.
Refer to the infographic below for further details of where the Swiss Covid Certificate Check app or proof of vaccination must be shown. and see the full measures in place and refer to this link.
Can I travel to Switzerland right now?
SWITZERLAND CONFIRMS REOPENING OF ITS BORDERS
ALL PERSONS PLANNING TO VISIT SWITZERLAND should consult the Federal Office of Public Health’s online Travelcheck to see what entry requirements apply to them. The online checklist provides the most up-to-date information.
Other considerations before you book your trip to Switzerland
Even if you are able to leave the country in which you are currently located and are allowed to visit Switzerland, you should also consider any quarantine requirements of countries you will be travelling to enroute to Switzerland or when you depart Switzerland.
Some Governments have ‘reconsider travel’ advisories in place to discourage or ban their residents from travelling abroad.
The following are just some things that should be taken into consideration before booking your travel:
- Does your government allow international travel?
- Will you be required to quarantine on arrival in Switzerland or when you return to your home country?
- Will you need to provide a negative Covid test when you return to your home country or the next country you visit?
- Can you cover the cost of mandatory quarantine if it is required (or introduced whilst you are abroad)?
- Are flights departing to Switzerland/Europe regularly from your country for leisure purposes?
- What is the procedure for international visitors if outbreaks occur?
- Can you purchase travel insurance to cover your trip (health and cancelation costs)?
- What measures are in place in Switzerland to prevent the spread of Covid-19? You will be required to abide by all measures including the wearing of masks on public transport.
For all you lucky folks who are able to visit Switzerland in the coming months, have a wonderful time and stay safe 🙂