Switzerland (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 15 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: People who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 are exempt from testing and quarantine requirements when entering Switzerland (unless they are traveling from areas with variants of concern).

The other travellers who, in the last 10 days, have stayed in a country with an increased risk of infection, are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. Children under 16 years old are exempted. Additionally, they must complete a mandatory quarantine and report their arrival in Switzerland to the cantonal authorities. The quarantine can be shortened with a negative result to a PCR test taken on day 7.
Tourist Entry: Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 10 days required for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 15.09.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Liechtenstein and Switzerland;
– passengers with a “D” visa issued by Switzerland;
– passengers with a “C” visa issued by Switzerland;
– nationals and residents of EEA Member States;
– passengers arriving from Schengen Member States;
– passengers arriving from Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Cyprus, Hong Kong (SAR China), Ireland (Rep.), Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, New Zealand, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Ukraine or Vatican City (Holy See). If they transit through other countries, they must stay in the international transit area of the airport;
– spouses, registered partners, children under 21 years, grandchildren under 21 years, dependent children, dependent grandchildren, dependent parents or dependent grandparents of nationals of EEA Member States. They must present proof of their relationship;
– passengers with proof of being spouses, registered partners, children under 21 years, grandchildren under 21 years, dependent children, dependent grandchildren, dependent parents or dependent grandparents of “British Citizens”, “British Overseas Territories Citizens” from Gibraltar or British nationals with a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode issued by the United Kingdom, who have a residence permit issued by Switzerland:
– with reference to the CH-UK agreement form 25 February 2019; or
– issued before 1 January 2021;
– unmarried partners of residents of Switzerland. They must have a written invitation from the residents in Switzerland and present proof of their relationship;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at most 12 months before arrival. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm and Sinovac. More details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/hyk4cbj7 ;
– unvaccinated passengers younger than 18 years if they are traveling with their fully vaccinated parents/guardians;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac at most 12 months before arrival. They must also have a positive COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test taken at least 4 weeks before receiving the first dose;
– merchant seamen.
2. Passengers are not allowed to transit if arriving from a non-Schengen Member State to another Schengen Member State.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of EEA Member States and Switzerland;
– passengers arriving from Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Cyprus, Hong Kong (SAR China), Ireland (Rep.), Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, New Zealand, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Ukraine or Vatican City (Holy See). If they transit through other countries, they must stay in the international transit area of the airport;
– spouses, registered partners, children under 21 years, grandchildren under 21 years, dependent children, dependent grandchildren, dependent parents or dependent grandparents of nationals of EEA Member States and Switzerland. They must present proof of their relationship;
– passengers with a “D” visa issued by a Schengen Member State they are traveling to;
– passengers with a “C” visa issued by Switzerland;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at most 12 months before arrival. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm and Sinovac. More details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/hyk4cbj7 ;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac at most 12 months before arrival. They must also have a positive COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test taken at least 4 weeks before receiving the first dose;
– merchant seamen.
3. Passengers with a Schengen “C” visa issued by Switzerland before 16 March 2020 must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at most 12 months before arrival. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm and Sinovac. More details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/hyk4cbj7
4. Passengers must have:
– a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or
– a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 6 months before arrival;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at most 12 months before arrival. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm and Sinovac. More details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/hyk4cbj7 ;
– passengers younger than 16 years;
– nationals and residents of Switzerland with no possibility of getting tested in the departure country. They must complete a self-declaration form obtained at https://tinyurl.com/2xllqfnn . They are subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival;
– more exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/2xllqfnn
5. Passengers must:
– provide the contact details electronically at https://swissplf.admin.ch/home ; or
– complete the “Contact Tracing Card” form. The form is available at https://static.vueling.com/corporative7/media/1647/swiss_authority_arriving_passenger_contact_tracing_card-pd.pdf or on board.
6. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 days. A list of quarantine exemptions can be found at https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Entry from non high-risk countries (as listed here https://bit.ly/3x4kISQ )

Entry to Switzerland is possible provided that the normal entry requirements are met when crossing the border (e.g. valid visa and travel document).

Entry from high-risk countries

Entry from a high-risk country (that is not listed here https://bit.ly/3BCFVXz) is possible if one of the following criteria, as well as the normal entry requirements are met:

-You have Swiss citizenship.

-You hold a travel document (e.g. a passport or identity card) and:

-a Swiss residence permit (L B C Ci permit);
-a cross-border permit (G permit),
-an FDFA legitimation card;
-a D visa issued by Switzerland;
-a C visa issued by Switzerland after 16 March 2020 in a valid exceptional case or in
order
– to work on a short-term contract;
-an assurance of a residence permit
-a confirmation of notification for the cross-border provision of services up to 90 days in
-any calendar year (e.g. UK nationals)

-You hold a refugee’s or stateless person’s travel document issued by Switzerland, a
passport for foreign nationals issued by Switzerland, a valid residence or permanent
residence permit or an F-Permit.

-You have rights of free movement. If you require a visa, a valid Schengen C-visa, a valid
D-visa or a valid Schengen residence permit are sufficient.

-You are in a situation of special necessity (see below). The border control authority will
assess the necessity of the situation.

-You can prove that they have been vaccinated with a recognised vaccine

-You are under 18 and are travelling with an adult who has been fully vaccinated.

-You are simply travelling directly through Switzerland with the intention and possibility
of entering another country.

You must be able to prove that you meet the abovementioned requirements. Suitable
documentary proof must be produced at the border or when you apply for a visa.

Find out more Information: Corona: Questions and answers on entry and stay in Switzerland, the exceptions and suspension of visas (admin.ch https://bit.ly/3i3ZQXN) 

Independent of the above-mentioned entry-requirements, health-related measures at the border may apply (see «What are the rules to enter this country from an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?”)

Rules for entering Switzerland (https://bit.ly/3i2cjLl)

Travelcheck tool (https://travelcheck.admin.ch/home)

The Federal Office of Public Health provides a regularly updated list of countries defined as COVID-19 risk area (https://bit.ly/3kW6PDK), so called countries or areas with variants of concern.

The entry form for incoming travellers can be found at swissplf.admin.ch.

The form must be filled out by all travellers entering Switzerland by airplane. This also includes a stopover in Switzerland, for example air travellers who have to change flight.

The entry form must also be filled out for children. They can be included in the form of an adult travelling with them.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated or unable to prove that they have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months will have to present proof of a negative PCR test (max. 72 hours old) or rapid antigen test (max. 48 hours old) in the following cases:

-If they are entering Switzerland by airplane.
-If they have been, within the last 10 days before entering Switzerland, in a country with a variant of concern.

Children under the age of 16 are never required to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test on entering Switzerland. They are exempt from the test requirement on boarding and from the test requirement at the Swiss border.

In addition, travellers who have been in a country with a variant of concern in the last 10 days before entering Switzerland and who have not been vaccinated according to the requirements of the Swiss authorities or are unable to prove that they have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months must go into quarantine after entering Switzerland.

The quarantine requirement also applies to children even if the parents are fully vaccinated.

There is the possibility of shortening travel quarantine from day 7 onwards.

Proof of vaccination

Persons who have been vaccinated are persons who have received a vaccine that:

is authorised in Switzerland and which has been administered in full in accordance with the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health of Switzerland;
has been authorised by the European Medicines Agency for the European Union and has been administered in full in accordance with the requirements or recommendations of the country in which the vaccination was administered; or
is authorised under the WHO Emergency Use Listing and has been administered in full in accordance with the requirements or recommendations of the country in which the vaccination was administered.
The vaccination is regarded as being effective for 12 months from the date on which it was administered in full; the Janssen vaccine is regarded as being effective for 12 months from the 22nd day after it was administered in full.

Proof of vaccination may be provided in the form that is customary at the time. In addition to the surname, forename and date of birth of the person concerned, it must include the following information:

-the date of vaccination;
-the vaccine used.

Proof of recovery

Proof of recovery remains valid for 6 months from the 11th day following confirmation of the infection.

Proof of recovery may be provided in the form that is customary at the time. In addition to the surname, forename and date of birth of the person concerned, it must include the following information:

confirmation of the infection including the name and address of the confirming body (test centre, doctor, pharmacy, hospital);
confirmation that isolation has been terminated or confirmation from a doctor of recovery.

 

Lockdown Details

The latest measures in place in Switzerland are available at measures and ordinance https://bit.ly/3hI8vza

Masks must be worn in many public spaces, for example in shops, in restaurants, on public transport and in busy pedestrian zones. Further details can be found on the Masks page. The general rule of thumb applies: always wear a mask when you are away from home and unable to maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres from other people at all times.

Physical distancing of a minimum of 1.5 metres is required (if not possible: strong recommendation to wear a face mask).

From 19 April, events with spectators or audiences will be allowed at the following conditions:

-The maximum number of visitors will be limited to 100 people at outdoor venues – such as at football matches or open-air concerts – and 50 people indoors – such as at cinemas, theatres and concerts;
-Furthermore, attendance will be limited to a third of the venue’s maximum capacity;
-There will be a seating requirement and masks must be worn at all times;
-A distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained between visitors at all times, or a seat left free;
-Food and drinks will not be allowed and there should be no intervals.
-Other events involving up to 15 people will also be permitted in addition to the private gatherings and sporting and cultural activities already allowed. These include guided tours at museums, club gatherings or other leisure and recreational events. Mask-wearing and social distancing rules still apply.

As of 1 March 2021, all shops are open. There are no restrictions on opening hours for service businesses. However, there are limits on the number of customers allowed in shops and service businesses.

From 19 April, restaurants and bars will be able to reopen their outside seating areas.

-Customers must be seated and masks may only be removed to consume food and drinks;
-A maximum of 4 people will be allowed per table and each person’s contact details must be recorded;
-Tables must be 1.5 metres apart or have a screen placed between them.
 

Sources

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/CHE/7002
Data Source: covidcontrols.co