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2021 Switzerland Travel Information

December 17, 2020 Last Updated on December 4, 2021

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 travellers: 2 negative tests results are required (the first on entry / the second after 4 to max. 7 days after entry)
  • 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.
  • From 25 October, 2021, only the Swiss Covid Check app will be accepted as proof of vaccination. Details can be found below on how to obtain a Swiss Covid certificate.
  • With the emergence of the Omricon variant, stricter testing requirements are now in place for all visitors to Switzerland.

Refer to this page for further information.

Last updated: 4 December, 2021 (GMT +11)


What is the current coronavirus situation in Switzerland?

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 when dining. Masks must be worn on public transport including mountain railways.

From October 25, 2021, only the Swiss Covid Certificate Check app will be accepted as proof of vaccination. Details on how to obtain a Swiss Covid certificate can be found below.

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 EU 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.):

As of October 25, 2021, the Swiss Federal council requires all people vaccinated outside of the EU (including tourists from the U.S. and Canada) to apply for the Swiss vaccination certificate in order to enter indoor venues in Switzerland.

Should youalready posess an EU COVID certificate issued by an EU country this will also be accepted in Switzerland and there is no need to apply for the Swiss COVID certificate.

 
>> APPLY FOR THE SWISS COVID CERTIFICATE HERE <<

Please note the following important information in regards of the Swiss COVID certificate:

  • An EU COVID certificate does not need to be converted and is valid in Switzerland
  • Non-EU certificates can only be converted into a Swiss COVID certificate if people are vaccinated with an EMA approved vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca. Switzerland also recognizes mix & match of these vaccinations)
  • The cost for the conversion is CHF 30 per person and must be paid in advance
  • The processing time can take up to 5 working days. There may be occasional delays in issuing Swiss COVID certificates. Taking these aspects into account, the FOPH recommends a pragmatic approach to the certificate requirements
     

Please note the following important travel restrictions, which were implemented on September 13th, 2021:

  • Only fully vaccinated Americans and Canadians will be allowed to travel to Switzerland.
     
  • Recovered and tested Americans will no longer be able to travel. This is due to the fact that the EU has removed the United States from its safe travel list.
     
  • Travelers must complete the online form of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH, within 48 hours of traveling.

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

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?

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.

With effect from Saturday, 4 December, there are no countries on the quarantine list.

In order to continue to prevent the new Omicron variant from entering the country as far as possible, a stricter testing regime will now apply for all arrivals into Switzerland. This testing requirement also applies to those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from the disease.

In addition to taking a PCR test before travelling, a second test (PCR test or rapid antigen test) must be carried out between the fourth and seventh day after arrival. This test ensures that infected persons who have contracted the virus shortly before or during travel are detected.

Test costs must be borne by the traveller. (For details on where to obtain a test in Switzerland, refer to this page.)

Non-vaccinated third-country nationals wishing to enter the Schengen area from countries or regions at risk will be refused entry to Switzerland for short-term stays without gainful employment of up to 90 days within a period of 180 days – apart from certain exceptions (hardship cases). This primarily affects tourism and social visits.

The list of high-risk countries and regions is set out in Annex 1 of COVID-19 Ordinance 3. It is updated on an ongoing basis, taking into account the recommendations for the Schengen states issued by the European Commission.

** As with everything Covid-related, this is an ever-changing situation. If you are currently travelling or will be in the near future, please keep checking entry requirements for both Switzerland, your home country and any other countries you are visiting as they can change without warning. **


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.

As at 1 September, 2021, the US Department of State has a Level 4 Do Not Travel advisory in place for Switzerland. The CDC travel information for Switzerland can be found > here.

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 🙂


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