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: 16 April, 2021
What is the current coronavirus situation in Switzerland?
As at 15 April, 2021, around 8% of Switzerland’s population were fully vaccinated against coronavirus and 5% had received one dose of vaccine. (Source: Public Health Office.) The seven day average of new daily cases was just over 2,100, a 31% increase on the previous week. (Source: Federal Office of Public Health.)
There are currently safety measures and restrictions in place in Switzerland to help ease the spread of Covid-19. These measures will be in place until further notice.
Restaurants are allowed to open their outdoor eating areas from 19 April, 2021 with strict safety guidelines in place.
Nationwide mask-wearing requirement applies including:
- Outside establishments and facilities, such as shops, venues, restaurants and bars, and markets
- In busy pedestrian zones and wherever a distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained in public spaces
- On public transport
Refer to the infographic below for further details and see the full measures in place > here.
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.
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 unless an exemption is granted. You can read the Federal Health Minister’s statement on the ban extension >> 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?
- 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.