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.
Last updated: 15 June, 2021
What is the current coronavirus situation in Switzerland?
As at 26 May, 2021, around 17% of Switzerland’s population were fully vaccinated against coronavirus and approximately 25% had received one dose of vaccine. (Source: Public Health Office.)
An easing of restrictions will take effect from Monday 31 May, 2021, including the reopening of restaurants and bars.
The wearing of masks – both indoors and outdoors where social distancing cannot occur – remains compulsory.
Refer to the infographic below for further details and see the full measures in place > here.
The Federal Council is expected to make its next announcement regarding the further easing of restrictions on either 23 June.
Can I travel to Switzerland right now?
Holders of a Swiss Passport or a valid Swiss Residence Permit may enter Switzerland from any country. Entry restrictions apply to all other individuals – >> read the latest information here.
Entry from EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as a Covid high risk area.
If entry is permitted, you may need to go into quarantine for 10 days if you have travelled from a country or region deemed to be high risk. A negative test does not exempt you from mandatory quarantine.
The list of high risk countries currently includes almost all states outside the Schengen area. Some (but not all) exceptions are:
Australia, Holy See, Ireland, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, United States of America.
The full list can be viewed >> here.
EFFECTIVE 27 MAY, 2021 – All travellers who arrive in Switzerland from the UK, regardless of where they normally reside or whether or not they have been vaccinated MUST fill out an electronic entry form, provide a negative coronavirus test and go into ten-day quarantine after arrival. >> More info here.
A worrying increase in the number of cases contracting the ‘Indian variant’ of Covid-19 has resulted in the UK being added to Switzerland’s list of high risk countries.
ANNOUNCEMENT ON 11 JUNE, 2021 – The Swiss Federal Council announced its intention to open the borders to vaccinated travellers from non-Schengen countries on 28 June, 2021. The proposal is subject to consultation with a final decision due to be made on 23 June.
The current proposal indicates that visitors would not be required to quarantine on arrival in Switzerland.
When a final decision is made on the reopening of borders, this page will be updated.
Until then, the following information applies.
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 can obtain a permit 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.
Many Governments have ‘do not travel’ advices in place to discourage or ban their residents from travelling abroad.
The Australian Government has extended its ban on international travel for residents until 17 June, 2021 (and more likely until the end of the year) unless an exemption is granted. You can read the Federal Health Minister’s statement on the ban extension >> here.
As at 9 June, 2021, the US Department of State still has a Level 3 Reconsider Travel advice in place for Switzerland.
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?
- Can you cover the cost of mandatory quarantine if required?
- 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)?
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.
Announcement on COVID pass for travel within EU this summer
The EU member countries have agreed (on 20 May, 2021) on the format and requirements of a COVID pass to allow EU and Schengen citizens to travel within Europe this summer. See this link for more information.
Note: This ruling is separate to the proposed ruling to allow vaccinated citizens from some non-European countries (including the US) to visit Europe this summer as this ruling has not yet been ratified. An announcement on this matter is expected sometime in June.