New rules on entering Switzerland
What are the entry requirements for Switzerland and where can you find the relevant information? SwissCommunity provides an overview.
Before you start your journey, you should check the current travel regulations and make sure that you have all the requirements for entering and staying in Switzerland. The regulations can change quickly according to the pandemic situation.
On 17 December 2021, the Federal Council made the latest adjustment of regulations: the stricter testing rules are eased for vaccinated and recovered persons.
- A test must be carried out before entry, a PCR test (not more than 72 h old) or a rapid antigen test (not more than 24 h old).
- Not vaccinated or not recovered persons have to carry out a second test (PCR test or rapid antigen test) between the fourth and seventh day after arrival.
- In return, all countries were removed from the current quarantine list.
- Still, the entry form must be submitted, at the earliest 48 hours before entry. Individual exemptions apply, e.g. for cross-border commuters.
- Entry is refused for non-vaccinated third-country nationals wishing to enter the Schengen area from countries or regions at risk. For these persons, it is not possible to enter Switzerland for short-term stays without gainful employment of up to 90 days within a period of 180 days - apart from certain exceptions (hardship cases). This primarily affects tourism and social visits.
- The online tool "Travelcheck.ch" assists in checking individual enry requirements.
5 tips for your journey to Switzerland
Below, you find a general overview of the most important points that you should already consider when planning your trip. Further links will take you to official websites where you can find information for your individual situation.
Check which entry requirements apply to your mode of transport. The requirements may differ for air and road travel. What do you need to enter? Depending on your country of residence and travel route, there are obligatory documents that you must provide or fill out upon entry.
Check whether your area of origin is classified as an area with a virus variant of concern. There is a legal obligation to quarantine persons entering the country from such areas. If you are subject to such a quarantine, organise your accommodation and supplies in advance.
There are currently no countries on the list of countries with a variant of concern. There is thus no quarantine requirement for people arriving in Switzerland at present.
On the website of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH you will find regularly updated and further information on entry, quarantine regulations and what other measures may apply to you.
Here you will find the FOPH's current list of countries with virus variants of concern.
Tests and intermediate stops
Find out about PCR tests and consider intermediate stops. You may have to show a negative test at the borders when passing through different countries. Also check whether you are required to take further tests at stopovers and what the costs will be.
Vaccination and certificates
For vaccinated persons: Clarify whether the vaccine used on you is approved in Switzerland. Vaccines approved in the European Union (EU) are also recognised in Switzerland.
You can find up-to-date information on vaccines on the website of the European Commission.
The list of authorised vaccines is also available in English from the European Medicines Agency.
For more detailed information regarding your entry and the authorisation of individual vaccines in Switzerland, we recommend that you consult the FOPH's Infoline for people travelling to switzerland (6 am to 11 pm): Phone +41 58 464 44 88.
Depending on the canton of stay, a Covid certificate can be applied for, provided that a recognised vaccine has been administered.
You can read general information about the Covid certificate on the FOPH website.
For specific information, please also consult the respective cantonal websites.
Before your return journey
Find out the regulations for your return journey. To do this, you can again refer to the questions and aspects mentioned above. How are you travelling, where are you stopping and what regulations apply? Also find out from the authorities in your country of residence about possible entry regulations and keep an eye on the pandemic regulations.
Also clarify whether you have to quarantine after your return home (hotel or at home?) and prepare everything you need.