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.
Last updated: 5 July, 2021
What is the current coronavirus situation in Switzerland?
As at 23 June, 2021, around 31% of Switzerland’s population were fully vaccinated against coronavirus and approximately 47% had received one dose of vaccine. (Source: Public Health Office.)
A further easing of restrictions will take effect from 26 June, 2021, including the removal of a limit on the number of guests seated at tables in restaurants. Masks must still be worn except when seated and contact details are required from at least one guest per table.
The wearing of masks – both indoors and outdoors where social distancing cannot occur – remains compulsory. Masks must be worn on public transport.
Refer to the infographic below for further details and see the full measures in place.
Can I travel to Switzerland right now?
SWITZERLAND CONFIRMS REOPENING OF ITS BORDERS
The Swiss Federal Council has announced that it will open its borders to third-country nationals from June 28 with the following conditions.
ENTERING SWITZERLAND FROM A SCHENGEN AREA COUNTRY (list of Schengen countries here >>)
- No quarantine required
- Anyone traveling to Switzerland by plane from Schengen area countries such as Italy or France who has been vaccinated or has recovered from Covid-19 will only have to provide their contact details via this form .
- Those who are not vaccinated or recovered must be tested.
- When entering Switzerland by train or car, no contact information needs to be provided.
ENTERING SWITZERLAND FROM A THIRD COUNTRY OUTSIDE THE SCHENGEN AREA (eg. United States)
The entry ban for visitors from third countries outside the Schengen area has also been lifted for vaccinated and recovered persons. This step is taken in agreement with the EU.
- Example 1: A vaccinated US-citizen, arriving from Italy: No test, no quarantine, contact details via this form only when arriving by plane.
- Example 2: A non-vaccinated US-citizen, arriving from Italy: Negative test required, no quarantine, contact details via this form only when arriving by plane.
- Example 3: A vaccinated US-citizen, arriving directly from New York in Zurich: No test, no quarantine but contact details via this form.
- Example 4: A non-vaccinated US-citizen, arriving directly from New York in Zurich: Negative test and quarantine after entry
ENTERING SWITZERLAND FROM COUNTRIES LISTED BY THE FOPH WHERE A ‘VIRUS VARIANT OF CONCERN’ IS CIRCULATING (eg. UK, Canada, India)
The Federal Council also wants to reduce the risk list of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) to states and areas where a “virus variant of concern (VOC) is circulating”. If new virus mutations occur against which vaccination no longer provides protection, the quarantine requirement could be reintroduced for all entrants from these states. This would give the Federal Council “an instrument at hand” to contain the spread of new virus variants at an early stage.
- Vaccinated persons can also enter Switzerland from the current VOC states (UK, India, Brazil, Canada, Nepal, South Africa) without the testing and quarantine obligation.
- All other persons must present a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test and be quarantined after entry. Contact information will be taken at the airport.
Consult the online Travelcheck to see what entry requirements apply to you.
REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDREN (UNDER 18 YEARS) – THIS INFORMATION IS STILL TO BE CONFIRMED
It is our understanding that travellers aged under 18 years can enter Switzerland even if they are not vaccinated as long as they are accompanied by vaccinated parents
WHO IS CONSIDERED VACCINATED?
- Anyone who has been fully vaccinated up to 12 months before their trip with either the BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
- Anyone who has been fully vaccinated up to 6 months before their trip with either AstraZeneca, Covishield, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Sinopharm, or Sinovac vaccine
Proof of vaccination is required. EU citizens can use their EU COVID-19 certificate as proof.
Read the official statement about the new entry requirements here >>
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 🙂
And remember, if there’s one thing the last 16 months have shown us, to be able to travel is a privilege not a right!
Although you may not be able to travel to Switzerland right now, you can keep your Swiss travel dreams alive by reading these travel guides and books.