Switzerland (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Covid-19 tests required for some countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 10 days required for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Yes
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Essential only
Restaurants and Bars: Closed
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 22.02.2021
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;
– nationals of EEA Member States;
– passengers arriving from Schengen Member States;
– passengers arriving from Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland (Rep.), Korea (Rep.), Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Singapore, Thailand 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 residents of Switzerland who are passengers with “British Citizens” passports , “British Overseas Territories Citizens” passports issued by Gibraltar and “British Subjects” passports with a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode issued by the United Kingdom;
– residents of Schengen Member States returning directly via Switzerland to their country of residence.
– passengers with a Schengen C visa issued by Switzerland after 16 March 2020;
– unmarried partners of residents of Switzerland. They must have a written invitation from the residents in Switzerland and present proof of their relationship.
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 directly from Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland (Rep.), Korea (Rep.), Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Singapore, Thailand 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 Schengen C visa issued by Switzerland after 16 March 2020.
3. Passengers entering or transiting through Switzerland must have:
– a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or
– a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Antigen test result. The test must have been taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers who can prove that they have tested positive to Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 3 months. They must prove that they have recovered;
– more exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/2xllqfnn .
4. Passengers must provide the contact details, either electronically at https://swissplf.admin.ch/home or on the contact cards on arrival. More details can be found at https://www.newsd.admin.ch/newsd/message/attachments/65075.pdf .
5. Passengers must complete the “Contact Tracing Card” form before arrival. 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

Switzerland lifted entry restrictions for nationals of EEA countries, passengers arriving from Schengen member states, and passengers from a few other countries (Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand).

Travelers from other countries are prohibited entry, except for:

Swiss and Liechtenstein citizens and residents,

those with a “D” (long-stay) visa,

those with a “Schengen C” visa issued after March 16 and if arriving from a country other than the UK or South Africa,

those with certain professional reasons (for example, if they have a Swiss work permit),

those with a compelling reason (in a situation “of absolute necessity”),

those transiting (to return home or for professional reasons)(depending on the point of departure and arrival),

certain students enrolled in Switzerland,

those allowed in for family reunification,

EU/EFTA citizens if arriving from a country other than the UK or South Africa, and

third-country citizens who are not working, such as pensioners and persons staying in Switzerland while receiving medical treatment.

see detailed travel rules, further exemptions & FAQ.

Starting February 8, passengers arriving in Switzerland by air must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to check-in at the airport. Additionally, all passengers arriving by air, boat, bus, or train will be required to fill out an online form with their contact details on arrival.

Travelers from high-risk regions have to quarantine for ten days upon entry to Switzerland. Starting February 8, the quarantine can be reduced to seven days by taking a PCR or antigen COVID-19 test. Note that the list of high-risk countries is subject to change with little notice, so check the official list often.
 

Lockdown Details

Until the end of February, bars, restaurants, libraries, museums, cultural venues, sports and recreation facilities are closed. Deliveries and takeaways are still allowed.

Starting on January 18, all non-essential shops have to close.

For a complete list of open businesses and permitted activities, check the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health website.
 

Sources

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/switzerland/entry-requirements
Data Source: covidcontrols.co