Switzerland (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 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: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 15.04.2021
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 must have:
– a negative COVID-19 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 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. They are subject to a COVID-19 rapid antigen or PCR test upon arrival at their own expense.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with a positive COVID-19 test result of a test taken in the past 3 months. They must also have a recovery certificate;
– 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 .
4. 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.
5. 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

The Federal Office of Public Health provides a regularly updated list of countries defined as COVID-19 risk area. If a country is on the list (https://bit.ly/30I9plF), this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions.

A negative coronavirus test is required:

-If you enter Switzerland by air (without a negative test result you are not allowed to board the aircraft);
-If you have stayed in a country with an increased risk of infection within the 10 days before entering Switzerland. In this case you must always be able to show proof of a negative test result, even if you enter Switzerland by bus, rail, car, etc.
The test must have been conducted no more than 72 hours before entry and it has to be a molecular-biological test (for example a PCR test). The result of a rapid antigen test is not sufficient.

Exceptions: Children under age 12 are not subject to the testing requirement. More exemptions from the Testing and Quarantine Requirement are available.

Travellers who, in the last 10 days before entry into Switzerland, have spent time in a country or area with an increased risk of infection, are legally required to go into quarantine and report their arrival in Switzerland to the cantonal authorities.

Exceptions: Certain people are exempt from the quarantine requirement.

The quarantine can be shortened with a negative result to a PCR test taken on day 7. COVID-19 vaccination does not exempt from the mandatory quarantine requirement.

Before your entry to Switzerland, the electronic entry form available at swissplf.admin.ch must be filled out.
 

Lockdown Details

Wearing a face mask is compulsory in public places. However, the obligation is waived for people who present proof of advanced neurological, respiratory, or circulatory diseases with respiratory or circulatory failure.

Physical Distancing
A minimum distance of 1.5 metres is required between people. The following categories are excluded from this requirement:

– parents with children requiring care (up to 13 years of age);
– people living together or forming a joint household;
– people running a farm;
– people with disabilities;
– people with a certificate of need for special education and their caregivers.

Gatherings are limited to 5 people maximum (this limit does not include the person hosting the event and/or people who live with this person). Participants are required to cover their nose and mouth and keep 1.5 metres away from other people. Moreover, the distance between diffrent gatherings must at least 100 metres. It is forbidden to organise weddings, communions, consolations and other special celebrations and parties. Trade fairs, exhibitions, congresses and conferences may only be held on-line. Sport events take place without spectators.

Most shops and stores are open, but may have reduced opening hours and limits to the number of customers allowed. Make sure to maintain a safe distance from other people.

Restaurants, bars and cafés are open with the following conditions:

-No crowding is allowed. Guests must respect physical distancing.
-From 24/12, maximum 4 people per table;
-Food and drinks must be served at the table;
-Guests must always eat their food while seated at a table;
-Takeaway food can be purchased, as long as no crowding occurs.
-From 24/12, bars and restaurants are not allowed to serve alcohol after 20:00.
 

Sources

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