08.09.2021


Ordinances

Ordinance 3 on Measures to Combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Ordinance on Measures during the Special Situation to combat the COVID-19 Epidemic


Ordinance on the Proximity Tracing System for the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus


Ordinance on Measures to Combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in International Passenger Transport

Regeln-Einreise_EN


Notice for foreign nationals


You may not be allowed to enter Switzerland. Before you travel, you should check the following:

  1. Am I even allowed to travel to Switzerland? You’ll find the answer to this question on the website of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) as the SEM is responsible for Switzerland’s entry requirements.
  2. Only if entry is permitted: what rules are there? You’ll find the answer to this on the FOPH website as the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) is responsible for health-related measures at the border. Please also note the section Additional information for incoming persons.

Further information: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html

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10.08.2021

As of 4 August 2021, there are no longer any countries on the list of countries with a variant of concern. There is currently no quarantine obligation for people entering Switzerland. Therefore, some cantons have temporarily deactivated their quarantine notification form.

Coronavirus: Entering Switzerland


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic there are special rules for people entering Switzerland. Depending on the type of travel, you might have to fill out an entry form, show proof of a negative test and/or go into quarantine.


Notice for foreign nationals

You may not be allowed to enter Switzerland. Before you travel, you should check the following:

  1. Am I even allowed to travel to Switzerland? You’ll find the answer to this question on the website of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) as the SEM is responsible for Switzerland’s entry requirements.
  2. Only if entry is permitted: what rules are there? You’ll find the answer to this on the FOPH website as the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) is responsible for health-related measures at the border. Please also note the section Additional information for incoming persons.

Anyone who has a Swiss passport or a valid Swiss residence permit can enter Switzerland at any time.


All travellers must take note of the health-related measures at the Swiss border. The interactive travel check tool shows you what measures apply to you.


Here you’ll find a simplified overview of the current health-related measures at the border:

Graphic_Measures_Entry (PDF, 2 MB, 28.06.2021)

You will find information on the individual rules in the relevant sections of this page:



COVID-19 vaccination requirements

People who are fully vaccinated are exempt from many health-related measures at the border. These exemptions apply to people who have been vaccinated with one of the following vaccines:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech (BNT162b2 / Comirnaty® / Tozinameran)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273 / Spikevax / COVID-19 vaccine Moderna)
  • AstraZeneca (AZD1222 Vaxzevria®/ Covishield™)
  • Janssen / Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
  • Sinopharm / BIBP (SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell))
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac)

Do you not have a COVID certificate that is recognised in Switzerland? In this case, in addition to your last name, first name and date of birth, your proof of vaccination must also include the date of vaccination and the vaccine used.

The exemptions to the health-related measures at the border apply for twelve months from the time that you are fully vaccinated. 

 

Entering Switzerland with the EU certificate

The “EU Digital COVID Certificate” of the EU is also recognised in Switzerland. You can thus enter Switzerland with the certificate.

 

Entry form

You will find the entry form for incoming travellers at swissplf.admin.ch. Fill out the form before you enter Switzerland.

Who has to fill out the entry form?

You must complete the form if the following applies to you:

  • You are entering Switzerland by airplane. This also includes a stopover in Switzerland, for example air travellers who have to change flight.

Filling out and control

Fill out the electronic entry form on a computer or smartphone before or during travel. Once you’ve filled out the form you’ll be emailed a QR code as confirmation. Have this code ready for inspection when you enter Switzerland. If you are controlled you can show the QR code on your smartphone or produce a printed confirmation. If you have not filled out the entry form despite the obligation to do so, the controlling authority can punish you with a CHF 100 fine. The same applies if you provide false information on the form.

Further information on the entry form

You'll find plenty of information in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). For example you'll find information on what to do if you don’t have a seat number or if there are technical problems, about data protection and about the paper version of the form.

Do you have questions that aren’t answer in the FAQs? You can call the infoline on +41 58 464 44 88 from 6am to 11pm, 7 days a week. You’ll find information on the costs of the call on the Contact information and links page.

 

Negative test result

Are you not fully vaccinated or unable to prove that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months? In the following cases you will have to present proof of a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours) or rapid antigen test (not older than 48 hours):

  1. You are entering Switzerland by airplane.
  2. Within the last 10 days before entering Switzerland, you have been in a place with a variant of concern.

We recommend that you get tested after your arrival in Switzerland. This applies even if you have no symptoms. You can find more information on the page Tests.


Quarantine for persons arriving in Switzerland

Have you been in a country with a variant of concern in the last 10 days before entering Switzerland? If you have not been vaccinated or are unable to prove that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months, you must go into quarantine after entering Switzerland.

What to do after entering Switzerland

  • Upon arrival, go immediately to your home or to other suitable accommodation (e.g. a hotel or holiday apartment). On the way there, keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other people. If you are unable to maintain this distance, we recommend that you wear a mask. Avoid public transport if possible.

  • Report your arrival  to the cantonal authority responsible within two days.

  • For 10 days after your arrival in Switzerland you must stay in your home or other suitable accommodation without going out. Avoid contact with other people and follow the instructions in the document instructions on quarantine (PDF, 343 kB, 01.07.2021). This document is also available in the languages of the migrant population.

  • There is the possibility of shortening travel quarantine from day 7 onwards. You’ll find information on the Isolation and Quarantine site.


The cantonal authorities are responsible for monitoring quarantine, and they conduct spot checks. Anyone who fails to comply with the quarantine requirement is committing an offence under the Epidemics Act (in German), which can be punished by a fine of up to CHF 10,000.

 

Further information on quarantine

You'll find more information on travel quarantine in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). There you’ll find answers to questions on things like continued payment of salary and loss of earnings during quarantine.

Do you still have questions that aren’t answered in the FAQs? You can call the infoline on +41 58 464 44 88 from 6am to 11pm, 7 days a week. You’ll find information on the costs of the call on the Contact information and links page.

 

Contact details of the cantonal authorities

Contact the competent cantonal authority within two days of your arrival.

CantonContact details
AargauOnline application form (In German)
Appenzell AusserrhodenOnline application form (In German)
Appenzell InnerrhodenHomepage (In German)
Basel-LandschaftHomepage (In German)
Basel-StadtHomepage (In German)
BernOnline application form (In German)
FribourgHomepage (In German)
GenevaOnline application form (In French)
Glarus

Online application form (in German)

contact-tracing@gl.ch

Graubünden

Online application form (In German)

covideinreise@san.gr.ch

Jura

retour_voyage@jura.ch

Online application form (In French)

LucerneHomepage (In German)
NeuchâtelHomepage (In French)
NidwaldenOnline application form (In German)
Obwalden

Online application form (In German)

covid19@ow.ch

St. GallenOnline application form (In German)
Schaffhausen+41 52 632 70 01
SchwyzOnline application form (In German)
SolothurnHomepage (In German)
ThurgauOnline Application Form (In German)
TicinoHomepage (in Italian)
UriOnline application form (In German)
ValaisOnline application form
VaudHomepage (in French)
ZugOnline application form (In German)
ZurichOnline application form
Principality of LiechtensteinHomepage (in German)

 

Entering with children

The rules for entering Switzerland also apply to children and adolescents, with the exception of the testing requirement. If you are entering Switzerland with children or adolescents, please note the following:

  • The entry form obligation also applies to children and adolescents of all ages. They can be included in the entry form of an adult travelling with them.
  • The quarantine obligation also applies to children and adolescents of all ages.
  • 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.

 

Additional information for incoming persons

On the Measures and Ordinances page you will see what rules and bans apply on a nationwide basis. In other words, these coronavirus-related measures at the very least apply all over Switzerland; the cantons may have stricter measures. This means you should also find out from the canton to which you are travelling what rules apply there.  

Please also observe the distancing and hygiene rules that apply in Switzerland. This is the best way to protect yourself and others from infection with the coronavirus.

Have you started to have symptoms of illness after entering Switzerland? Take them seriously and follow the instruction on the Isolation and Quarantine page.

Further information:  https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#489451312

04.08.2021

You may not be allowed to enter Switzerland. Before you travel, you should check the following:

  1. Am I even allowed to travel to Switzerland? You’ll find the answer to this question on the website of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) as the SEM is responsible for Switzerland’s entry requirements.
  2. Only if entry is permitted: what rules are there? You’ll find the answer to this on the FOPH website as the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) is responsible for health-related measures at the border. Please also note the section Additional information for incoming persons.

Anyone who has a Swiss passport or a valid Swiss residence permit can enter Switzerland at any time.

Travelcheck

The Travelcheck allows you to check whether and under what conditions you can enter Switzerland.


 List valid upon arriving in Switzerland from 4.8.21

Countries with a variant of concern

Currently there are no countries on the list of countries with a variant of concern. India, Nepal and the UK were removed from the list with effect 4 August.

Graphic_Measures_Entry 

You will find information on the individual rules in the relevant sections of this page:


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21.07.2021


The newly added countries are written in bold in the respective list.

List valid upon arriving in Switzerland from 26.6.21

Countries* with a worrying variant

  • India
  • Nepal
  • United Kingdom

* The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

List valid for arrivals in Switzerland between 17.6.21 and 25.6.21


1. Countries*

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Cabo Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Egypt
  • Georgia
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Maldives
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • Paraguay
  • Seychelles
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • Uruguay


2. Countries* with a worrying variant
 

  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • India
  • Nepal
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom

* The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.
 

3. Areas of neighbouring countries

France:

  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Pays de la Loire


No longer on the list from 17.6.21: Estonia

Older lists can be found in the corresponding version of the “COVID-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport Measures”. Access to all versions of this ordinance can be gained in the classified compilation (listed on the right-hand side in a box).



What are the rules to enter this country from an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?


Entering by air:

All travellers entering Switzerland by air need to fill the entry form swissplf.admin.ch.

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.


Further requirements depend on whether you want to enter with or without EU Digital COVID Certificate. Please take in consideration that from 8 July 2021, the European Commission adopted a decision recognizing Swiss COVID-19 certificates as equivalent to the EU Digital COVID Certificate.


Entering this country with the EU Digital COVID certificate


This country is ready to connect to the EU Digital COVID certificate Gateway


The Federal Office of Public Health provides a regularly updated list of countries defined as COVID-19 risk area, so called countries or areas with variants of concern.

Entering by car/coach/train:

If you are travelling from a country or area without a variant of concern you can enter Switzerland without any further pandemic-related measures and you are therefore exempt from the test and quarantine requirement. For more info please use the Swiss Travelcheck tool.

Entering by air:

Holders of ‘EU Digital COVID Certificates’ (EUDCC) entering Switzerland from countries without a variant of concern can enter without being subject to additional restriction if their certificate contains one of the following:

  • Certificate of vaccination, which is valid in accordance with the following conditions:

Start of validity:

  • for two-dose vaccination (Comirnaty®, COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm BIBP, Sinovac, Covishield™): on the day of administration of the second dose;
  • for single-dose vaccination (Janssen): on the 22nd day after administration of the dose.
  • for individuals with prior confirmed Sars-CoV-2 infection:
  • on the day of administration of the single dose of a two-dose vaccination (Comirnaty®, COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm BIBP, Sinovac, Covishield™)
    • on the 22nd day after administration of a single-dose vaccination (Janssen).

Duration of validity: 365 days from the date of administration of the last dose.

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
  • Certificate of recovery from COVID-19 from the 11th day after the positive test result and lasts for 180 days from the date of the test result.
  • a pre-departure PCR test (taken within 72 hours prior to arrival) or a rapid antigen test (taken within 48 hours prior to arrival).

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.

Holders of EUDCC who have not been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 and who have been in a country or area with a variant of concern in the last 10 days before entering Switzerland 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.


Find out more:

Entering Switzerland (admin.ch)

Exemptions to the testing and quarantine requirement

Exemptions to the entry form requirement

National use of COVID certificate (admin.ch)


Entering this country without the EU Digital COVID certificate or with a certificate not compliant with national requirements


The Federal Office of Public Health provides a regularly updated list of countries defined as COVID-19 risk area, so called countries or areas with variants of concern.

Entry into Switzerland is also possible without a Covid certificate, whereby the following entry conditions must be considered:


Entering by car/coach/train:

If you are travelling from a country or area without a variant of concern you can enter Switzerland without any further pandemic-related measures and you are therefore exempt from the test and quarantine requirement. For more info please fill the Travel check questionnaire.


Entering by air:

Test requirement

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:

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.


Quarantine requirement

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.


Find out more:

Rules for entering Switzerland

Travelcheck tool

What to do after entering Switzerland

Exemptions to the testing and quarantine requirement

Exemptions to the entry form requirement

Documents you need to travel in Europe
Health cover for temporary stays

What are the rules to enter this country from outside an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?



Entry from non high-risk countries (as listed here)

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) 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)

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

Travelcheck tool

The Federal Office of Public Health provides a regularly updated list of countries defined as COVID-19 risk area, 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:

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.


Find out more:

Rules for entering Switzerland

What to do after entering Switzerland

Exemptions to the testing and quarantine requirement

Exemptions to the entry form requirement

May I transit this country?


Partially


Passengers in transit, such as air travellers who have to change their flight, must complete an entry form before a stopover in Switzerland.If they continue their journey by train they have to present a negative COVID-19 test upon entry.


Additionally, the following rules apply:


Transit from a Schengen state to other Schengen state
Entry from a Schengen state for the purpose of travelling on to another Schengen state is possible for anyone who is lawfully present in the Schengen area.


Transit from a Schengen state to a third country
Entry from a Schengen state for the purpose of travelling on to a state outside the Schengen area is possible for anyone who is lawfully present in the Schengen area.


Transit from a third country considered by the SEM to be high-risk to a Schengen state
Third-country citizens holding a residence document or a visa type D for their destination country in the Schengen area are permitted to travel through Switzerland to that country.
The normal requirements for entering Switzerland apply.

It is only possible to enter Switzerland from a high-risk country in order to travel on to another Schengen state for a short stay of up to 90 days if you can prove that you have been vaccinated (see “How can I prove that I am vaccinated?”). Persons under 18 may enter Switzerland if they are travelling with an adult who has been vaccinated.
Otherwise the normal requirements for entering Switzerland apply.

If you have not been vaccinated, but your destination country in the Schengen area has authorised your entry for a short stay of up to 90 days, you may only enter the Schengen area by travelling directly to your destination country (i.e. you may not travel though Switzerland).


Transit from a third country not considered by the SEM to be high-risk to a Schengen state
When entering Switzerland from a third country that is not considered high-risk in order to travel on to another Schengen state, the normal requirements for entering Switzerland apply.


Transit from a third country considered by the SEM to be high-risk to another third country
It is not possible to enter Switzerland from a third country that is considered high-risk in order to travel on to another country outside the Schengen area, unless transiting through Zurich or Geneva airport. Travellers should check whether they require a transit visa. In such cases, travellers do not actually enter Switzerland but remain in the transit area of the airport.
Transit visa requirements: Passport and visa requirements not depending on citizenship (PDF, 337 kB, 18.03.2021)


Transit from a third country not considered by the SEM to be high-risk to another third country
Entry into Switzerland from a third country which is not on the SEM high-risk list for onward travel to another country outside the Schengen area is possible subject to the normal entry and transit requirements (N.B. a transit visa may be required).

General measures


The latest measures in place in Switzerland are available at measures and ordinances


Use of facemasks


Masks must be worn in indoor public spaces, for example in shops, in restaurants, on public transport. Further details can be found on the Masks page.


Physical Distancing

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

Indoor and outdoor meetings, public or private gatherings and events


Certificates (for use in Switzerland such as large-scale events)

Vaccination certificates

Start of validity:

  • for two-dose vaccination (Comirnaty®, COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm BIBP, Sinovac, Covishield™): on the day of administration of the second dose;
  • for single-dose vaccination (Janssen): on the 22nd day after administration of the dose;
  • for individuals with prior confirmed Sars-CoV-2 infection:
    • on the day of administration of the single dose of a two-dose vaccination (Comirnaty®, COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm BIBP, Sinovac, Covishield™),
    • on the 22nd day after administration of the single dose of a single-dose vaccination (Janssen)..

Duration of validity: 365 days from the date of administration of the last dose.

Certificate of recoveryfrom COVID-19 valid from the 11th day after the positive test result for 180 days from the date of the test result.

PCR test (valid for 72 hours after sample taking) or a rapid antigen test (valid for 48 hours after sample taking).

People under age 16 do not need a COVID certificate.Find out more:

National use of COVID certificate (admin.ch)


Events with a certificate: no masks, no restrictions

Large-scale events with more than 1,000 people may only be attended by people with a valid COVID certificate. In addition, the organisers of large-scale events must obtain authorisation from the cantonal authority. Furthermore, for nightclubs, discos or events involving dancing the COVID certificate is mandatory. There will be no restrictions on events at which access is limited to people with a COVID certificate, including large-scale events.


Events without a COVID certificate requirement

The rule for events without a COVID certificate requirement are as follows:

  • If the public are seated, up to 1000 people may attend indoors or outdoors.
  • If people are standing or moving around, up to 250 people may attend indoors, and up to 500 outdoors.
  • Up to two-thirds of the venue’s capacity may be used indoors or outdoors.
  • Indoors: masks must be worn in areas where food and drink are served, and food and drink may only be consumed in the designated areas; contact details must be recorded if seated.
  • Outdoors: no requirement to wear masks.
  • Events and concerts involving dancing are not allowed.


Private gatherings: 30 people indoors, 50 outdoors

The limits regarding private events continue to apply, i.e. no more than 30 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.


Trade fairs: no capacity restrictions

The ban on trade fairs for fewer than 1000 people indoors is to be lifted. Cantonal authorisation is required for fairs over 1’000 visitors a day. Capacity restrictions for trade fairs will also be lifted regardless of the number of visitors or the restriction to people with a COVID certificate.

nformation on Tourism at National level


National website with coronavirus-related information for TOURISM

www.myswitzerland.com

Useful Info for tourists

See: www.myswitzerland.com;
www.bag.admin.ch



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23.06.2021

Further information : https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/das-bag/aktuell/medienmitteilungen.msg-id-84127.html

                                                                                              


16.06.2021

Notice for foreign nationals

You may not be allowed to enter Switzerland. Before you travel, you should check the following:

  1. Am I even allowed to travel to Switzerland? You’ll find the answer to this question on the website of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) as the SEM is responsible for Switzerland’s entry requirements.
  2. Only if entry is permitted: what rules are there? You’ll find the answer to this on the FOPH website as the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) is responsible for health-related measures at the border. Please also note the section Additional information for incoming tourists.

The newly added countries and areas are written in bold in the respective list.

 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland from 17.6.21


1. Countries*

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Cabo Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Egypt
  • Georgia
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Maldives
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • Paraguay
  • Seychelles
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • Uruguay


2. Countries* with a worrying variant
 

  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • India
  • Nepal
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom

* The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.
 

3. Areas of neighbouring countries

France:

  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Pays de la Loire


No longer on the list from 17.6.21: Estonia
 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland between 3.6.21 and 16.6.21


1. Countries*

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Cabo Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Maldives
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • Paraguay
  • Seychelles
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • Uruguay


2. Countries* with a worrying variant
 

  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • India
  • Nepal
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom

* The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.
 

3. Areas of neighbouring countries

France:

  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Pays de la Loire


No longer on the list since 3.6.21: Croatia, Cyprus, France: Région Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Germany: Land Sachsen and Thüringen, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Italy: Regione Campania and Puglia, Luxembourg, Turkey

                                                                                              

28.05.2021

Coronavirus: Measures and ordinances

Notice for foreign nationals

You may not be allowed to enter Switzerland. Before you travel, you should check the following:

  1. Am I even allowed to travel to Switzerland? You’ll find the answer to this question on the website of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) as the SEM is responsible for Switzerland’s entry requirements.
  2. Only if entry is permitted: what rules are there? You’ll find the answer to this on the FOPH website as the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) is responsible for health-related measures at the border.  

Coronavirus: Entering Switzerland

As of 6 p.m. on 27 May, the UK is on the FOPH list of risk countries.


The newly added countries and areas are written in bold in the respective list.

 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland from 27.5.21


1. Countries*

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Cabo Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • Paraguay
  • Seychelles
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay


2. Countries* with a worrying variant
 

  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • India
  • Nepal
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom (from 27 May, 6 p.m.)

* The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.
 

3. Areas of neighbouring countries

France:

  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Germany:

  • Land Sachsen
  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Puglia

 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland between 20.5.21 and 26.5.21


1. Countries*

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Cabo Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • Paraguay
  • Seychelles
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay


2. Countries* with a worrying variant
 

  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • India
  • Nepal
  • South Africa

* The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.
 

3. Areas of neighbouring countries

France:

  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Germany:

  • Land Sachsen
  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Puglia


No longer on the list since 20.5.2021:  
Austria: Land Oberösterreich and Land Salzburg, France: Région Bretagne and Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Hungary, Italy: Regione Basilicata, Palestinian territory (Occupied), Poland, Qatar, Serbia.

                                                                                              

14.05.2021

Coronavirus: Entering Switzerland


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic there are special rules for people entering Switzerland. Depending on the type of travel, you might have to fill out an entry form, show proof of a negative test and/or go into quarantine.


New rules starting 17 May 2021


For travellers entering Switzerland from a state or area where a Sars-CoV-2 variant of concern is prevalent, the exemptions from the testing and quarantine requirements will be limited.  


Entry form


                                                                                              


06.05.2021

Coronavirus: Entering Switzerland

FOPH list of risk countries


The newly added countries and areas are written in bold in the respective list.


As of 6 p.m. on 3 May, Nepal is on the FOPH list of risk countries.  


 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland from 17.5.21


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Oberösterreich
  • Land Salzburg

France:

  • Région Bretagne
  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Germany:

  • Land Sachsen
  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Basilicata
  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Puglia


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Cabo Verde
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • Palestinian territory (Occupied)
  • Paraguay
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland between 6.5.21 and 16.5.21


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Oberösterreich
  • Land Salzburg

France:

  • Région Bretagne
  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Germany:

  • Land Sachsen
  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Puglia


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Cabo Verde
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Kuwait
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • Palestinian territory (Occupied)
  • Paraguay
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.


No longer on the list since 6.5.2021:  
Armenia, Austria: Land Burgenland, Land Kärnten, Land Niederösterreich and Land Wien, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czechia, Greece, Italy: Regione Emilia Romagna, Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia and Regione Toscana, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, North Macedonia, San Marino, Ukraine.

                                                                                              

27.04.2021

Coronavirus: Entering Switzerland

FOPH list of risk countries


The newly added countries and areas are written in bold in the respective list.


As of 6 p.m. on 26 April, India is on the FOPH list of risk countries.  


 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland from 3.5.21


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Burgenland
  • Land Kärnten
  • Land Niederösterreich
  • Land Oberösterreich
  • Land Salzburg
  • Land Wien

France:

  • Région Bretagne
  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Germany:

  • Land Sachsen
  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Emilia Romagna
  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Regione Puglia
  • Regione Toscana


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Cabo Verde
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo (Republic of)
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Mexico
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • North Macedonia
  • Palestinian territory (Occupied)
  • Paraguay
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland between 26.4.21 and 2.5.21


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Burgenland
  • Land Kärnten
  • Land Niederösterreich
  • Land Oberösterreich
  • Land Salzburg
  • Land Wien

France:

  • Région Bretagne
  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Germany:

  • Land Sachsen
  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Emilia Romagna
  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Regione Puglia
  • Regione Toscana


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • India (from 26 April, 6 p.m.)
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo (Republic of)
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • North Macedonia
  • Palestinian territory (Occupied)
  • Paraguay
  • Poland
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland between 22.4.21 and 25.4.21


No longer on the list since 22.4.2021:  
Austria: Land Steiermark, Italy: Regione Lazio, Italy: Regione Liguria, Italy: Regione Marche, Italy: Regione Veneto, Latvia, Maldives, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Peru, Romania, Slovakia.


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Burgenland
  • Land Kärnten
  • Land Niederösterreich
  • Land Oberösterreich
  • Land Salzburg
  • Land Wien

France:

  • Région Bretagne
  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Germany:

  • Land Sachsen
  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Emilia Romagna
  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Regione Puglia
  • Regione Toscana


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo (Republic of)
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • North Macedonia
  • Palestinian territory (Occupied)
  • Paraguay
  • Poland
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland between 19.4.21 and 21.4.21


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Burgenland
  • Land Kärnten
  • Land Niederösterreich
  • Land Oberösterreich
  • Land Salzburg
  • Land Steiermark
  • Land Wien

France:

  • Région Bretagne
  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Germany:

  • Land Sachsen
  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Emilia Romagna
  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Regione Lazio
  • Regione Liguria
  • Regione Marche
  • Regione Puglia
  • Regione Toscana
  • Regione Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo (Republic of)
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • North Macedonia
  • Palestinian territory (Occupied)
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

                                                                                              

12.04.2021

 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland from 19.4.21


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Burgenland
  • Land Kärnten
  • Land Niederösterreich
  • Land Oberösterreich
  • Land Salzburg
  • Land Steiermark
  • Land Wien

France:

  • Région Bretagne
  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Germany:

  • Land Sachsen
  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Emilia Romagna
  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Regione Lazio
  • Regione Liguria
  • Regione Marche
  • Regione Puglia
  • Regione Toscana
  • Regione Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo (Republic of)
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • North Macedonia
  • Palestinian territory (Occupied)
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.


 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland between 8.4.21 and 18.4.21


No longer on the list since 8.4.2021: 
Albania, France: Région Corse, Italy: Regione Abruzzo, Italy: Regione Basilicata, Italy: Regione Molise, Italy: Regione Umbria, Israel, Jamaica, United Arab Emirates.


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Burgenland
  • Land Kärnten
  • Land Niederösterreich
  • Land Oberösterreich
  • Land Salzburg
  • Land Steiermark
  • Land Wien

France:

  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Germany:

  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Emilia Romagna
  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Regione Lazio
  • Regione Liguria
  • Regione Marche
  • Regione Toscana
  • Regione Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo (Republic of)
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • North Macedonia
  • Palestinian territory (Occupied)
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

 


List valid for arrivals in Switzerland between 5.4.21 and 7.4.21


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Burgenland
  • Land Kärnten
  • Land Niederösterreich
  • Land Oberösterreich
  • Land Salzburg
  • Land Steiermark
  • Land Wien

France:

  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Corse
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Germany:

  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Abruzzo
  • Regione Basilicata
  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Emilia Romagna
  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Regione Lazio
  • Regione Liguria
  • Regione Marche
  • Regione Molise
  • Regione Toscana
  • Regione Umbria
  • Regione Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo (Republic of)
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • North Macedonia
  • Palestinian territory (Occupied)
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.


31.03.2021

FOPH list of risk countries


The newly added countries and areas are written in bold in the respective list.

 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland from 5.4.21


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Burgenland
  • Land Kärnten
  • Land Niederösterreich
  • Land Oberösterreich
  • Land Salzburg
  • Land Steiermark
  • Land Wien

France:

  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Corse
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Germany:

  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Abruzzo
  • Regione Basilicata
  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Emilia Romagna
  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Regione Lazio
  • Regione Liguria
  • Regione Marche
  • Regione Molise
  • Regione Toscana
  • Regione Umbria
  • Regione Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo (Republic of)
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • North Macedonia
  • Palestinian territory (Occupied)
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

                                                                                              

25.03.2021

 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland between 25.3.21 and 4.4.21


No longer on the list since 25.3.2021: 
Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, France: Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Italy: Regione Puglia, Ireland, Lithuania, Qatar, Saint Lucia, United Kingdom, United States of America.


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Burgenland
  • Land Kärnten
  • Land Niederösterreich
  • Land Oberösterreich
  • Land Salzburg
  • Land Steiermark
  • Land Wien

France:

  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Corse
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Germany:

  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Abruzzo
  • Regione Basilicata
  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Emilia Romagna
  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Regione Lazio
  • Regione Liguria
  • Regione Marche
  • Regione Molise
  • Regione Toscana
  • Regione Umbria
  • Regione Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Hungary
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo (Republic of)
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • North Macedonia
  • Palestinian territory (Occupied)
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

                                                                                              


24.03.2021 

List valid for arrivals in Switzerland from 5.4.21


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Burgenland
  • Land Kärnten
  • Land Niederösterreich
  • Land Oberösterreich
  • Land Salzburg
  • Land Steiermark
  • Land Wien

France:

  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Corse
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Germany:

  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Abruzzo
  • Regione Basilicata
  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Emilia Romagna
  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Regione Lazio
  • Regione Liguria
  • Regione Marche
  • Regione Molise
  • Regione Toscana
  • Regione Umbria
  • Regione Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo (Republic of)
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • North Macedonia
  • Palestinian territory (Occupied)
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland between 25.3.21 and 4.4.21


No longer on the list since 25.3.2021: 
Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, France: Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Italy: Regione Puglia, Ireland, Lithuania, Qatar, Saint Lucia, United Kingdom, United States of America.


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Burgenland
  • Land Kärnten
  • Land Niederösterreich
  • Land Oberösterreich
  • Land Salzburg
  • Land Steiermark
  • Land Wien

France:

  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Corse
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Germany:

  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Abruzzo
  • Regione Basilicata
  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Emilia Romagna
  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Regione Lazio
  • Regione Liguria
  • Regione Marche
  • Regione Molise
  • Regione Toscana
  • Regione Umbria
  • Regione Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Hungary
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo (Republic of)
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • North Macedonia
  • Palestinian territory (Occupied)
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

                                                                                              

22.03.2021

List valid for arrivals in Switzerland between 22.3.21 and 24.3.21


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Burgenland
  • Land Kärnten
  • Land Niederösterreich
  • Land Oberösterreich
  • Land Salzburg
  • Land Steiermark
  • Land Wien

France:

  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Corse
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Germany:

  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Abruzzo
  • Regione Basilicata
  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Emilia Romagna
  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Regione Lazio
  • Regione Liguria
  • Regione Marche
  • Regione Molise
  • Regione Puglia
  • Regione Toscana
  • Regione Umbria
  • Regione Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo (Republic of)
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • North Macedonia
  • Occupied Palestinian territory
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Saint Lucia
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.


19.03.2021

Federal government measures to combat coronavirus

Next desicion expected on 14 April

Source: https://www.admin.ch/gov/en/start/documentation/media-releases.msg-id-82762.html

                                                                                              

11.03.2021

 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland between 11.3.21 and 21.3.21

Rules for entering Switzerland


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Kärnten
  • Land Niederösterreich
  • Land Salzburg
  • Land Steiermark

France:

  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Italy:

  • Regione Abruzzo
  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Emilia Romagna
  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Regione Liguria
  • Regione Marche
  • Regione Molise
  • Regione Puglia
  • Regione Toscana
  • Regione Umbria


Countries and areas*

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Peru
  • Saint Lucia
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

No longer on the list since 11.3.2021: Portugal, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Spain.

                                                                                              

08.03.2021

 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland between 8.3.21 and 10.3.21


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Kärnten
  • Land Niederösterreich
  • Land Salzburg
  • Land Steiermark

France:

  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Italy:

  • Regione Abruzzo
  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Emilia Romagna
  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Regione Liguria
  • Regione Marche
  • Regione Molise
  • Regione Puglia
  • Regione Toscana
  • Regione Umbria


Countries and areas*

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.


                                                                                              

25.02.2021 

List valid for arrivals in Switzerland between 25.2.21 and 7.3.21


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Salzburg

France:

  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Région Occitanie (Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées)
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Italy:

  • Regione Emilia Romagna
  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Regione Marche
  • Regione Puglia
  • Regione Umbria


Countries and areas*

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Bahrain
  • Brazil
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

No longer on the list since 25 February 2021: Colombia, Land Brandenburg (Germany), Land Sachsen-Anhalt (Germany), Land Thüringen (Germany), Panama.


10.02.2021

These rules apply to all people who are permitted to enter Switzerland. That means they also apply if you are Swiss and returning to Switzerland after being abroad. You will find information on the individual rules and requirements in the relevant sections of this site:


FOPH list of risk countries


The newly added countries and areas are written in bold in the respective list.

 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland from 22.2.21


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Salzburg

France:

  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Germany:

  • Land Brandenburg
  • Land Sachsen-Anhalt
  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Emilia Romagna
  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Regione Marche
  • Regione Puglia
  • Regione Umbria


Countries and areas*

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Bahrain
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Panama
  • Portugal
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • South Africa
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • United States of America

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

Older lists can be found in the corresponding version of the “COVID-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport Measures”. Access to all versions of this ordinance can be gained in the classified compilation (listed on the right-hand side in a box).

                                                                                              

08.02.2021

The provisions regarding the entry form and the negative test result apply from Monday, 8 Feburary.

These rules apply to all people who are permitted to enter Switzerland. That means they also apply if you are Swiss and returning to Switzerland after being abroad. You will find information on the individual rules and requirements in the relevant sections of this site:


As of 8 February 2021, we will refer to this list as the “FOPH list of risk countries” and no longer the “Quarantine list”. This is because, in addition to the requirement to go into quarantine, the list will now define further rules in connection with entering Switzerland.

The newly added countries and areas are written in bold in the respective list.

 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland from 1.2.21


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Salzburg

France:

  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Germany:

  • Land Sachsen
  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Emilia Romagna
  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Regione Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Brazil
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Panama
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • United States of America

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.


                                                                                              


29.01.2021

There are various measures, rules and bans in place on the basis of the epidemic. They all have the same goal: to contain the coronavirus. The Federal Council will adapt the national rules if necessary. In some cantons stricter rules apply.


News: Changes in the measures

At its meeting on 27 January, the Federal Council took a range of decisions to further contain and overcome the coronavirus pandemic:

  • It is believed that more than half of COVID-19 infections are transmitted by people who do not display symptoms and are unaware that they actually have the virus. The federal government has therefore permitted the testing of asymptomatic persons from mid-December as a further precautionary measure, e.g. in care homes, hotels and in the workplace. It will now assume the costs in order to encourage such institutions to conduct rapid tests, and this can be done by their own staff. Negative test results do not have to be reported; if a person tests positive to a rapid test, they must undergo a PCR test and the result must be reported.

    By extending the testing strategy, the government hopes that local outbreaks of the virus, for example in schools, can be identified and contained at an early stage. This is particularly important in view of the fact that new, more infectious strains of the coronavirus are currently spreading in Switzerland. In such cases, the federal government will now also assume the cost of testing people who do not display symptoms. The local canton must present a test plan to the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) containing details of where testing will take place, who will be tested, how often and the type of test to be used.


    These amendments come into force on 28 January 2021.

  • Until now anyone who has come into contact with an infected person has had to go into quarantine for ten days. Under the new rules, a person may leave quarantine after seven days if after this time they have a negative result from an antigen rapid test or a PCR test (molecular biological analysis), and are authorised to do so by the local cantonal authorities. The person must pay for the test themselves and must wear a mask and continue to socially distance until the full ten days' quarantine is over, unless they remain at home (or in the place they are quarantining - holiday apartment, hotel etc.). If their test result is positive, they must isolate immediately.
  • Reduced travel quarantine

    The new test-and-release strategy also applies to persons arriving in Switzerland from a country or region with a high risk of infection.  

    Negative PCR test result

    • Persons arriving in Switzerland from a country or region with a high risk of infection must present valid proof of a negative PCR test result that is no more than 72 hours old.
    • All persons arriving by air even from a country that is not considered high risk must be able to show a negative PCR test result before boarding the plane.

    Contact tracing extended

    Until now, only the contact details of people arriving in Switzerland from a high-risk country or region have been recorded. From now on, all persons arriving from abroad by air, boat, bus or train must complete an online form on arrival. With this information, cases of infection can be identified more easily and transmission chains broken more rapidly.


    As a result of the Federal Council's new quarantine and travel rules, amendments are required to the relevant COVID-19 ordinances. These will apply from 8 February 2021.


From 1 February anyone contravening the measures to fight the epidemic will be committing an offence; persons who fail to comply with the rules may be fined between 50 and 200 francs, depending on the offence. For example, anyone who does not wear a mask on public transport, in stations, at a bus or tram stop or in and immediately outside publicly accessible buildings may be fined. A fixed penalty may also be issued to persons attending banned events or holding an unpermitted private event.

From 1 February the federal government will also assume the cost of vaccinations carried out by pharmacists, on the same conditions as in vaccination centres. This means that the cantons can include pharmacies in their vaccination programmes.

                                                                                              


22.01.2021

No longer on the list from 21 January 2021:  Croatia; Denmark; Georgia; Luxembourg; Serbia.

The newly added countries and areas are written in bold.

List valid for arrivals in Switzerland from 1.2.21


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Salzburg

France:

  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Germany:

  • Land Sachsen
  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Emilia Romagna
  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Regione Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Brazil
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Panama
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • United States of America

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.


List valid for arrivals in Switzerland between 15.1.21 and 20.1.21


Areas of neighbouring countries

Germany:

  • Land Sachsen

Italy:

  • Region Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Panama
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • United States of America
  • Czechia

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.


13.01.2021

New rules apply throughout Switzerland from 18.01.2021 

Further information: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/das-bag/aktuell/medienmitteilungen.msg-id-81967.html

                                                                                              

12.01.2021


New on the list as of 12 January 2021, 1 pm: Ireland.


No longer on the list since 7 january 2021: Belize, Italy: Region Friuli Venezia Giulia.  

The newly added countries and areas are written in bold.

 List valid updon arriving in Switzerland from 15.1.21


Areas of neighbouring countries

Germany:

  • Land Sachsen

Italy:

  • Region Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Panama
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • United States of America
  • Czechia

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.


 List valid upon arriving in Switzerland between 12.1.21 and 14.1.21


Note: This list is valid from 12 January 2021, 1 pm.


Areas of neighbouring countries

Germany:

  • Land Sachsen

Italy:

  • Region Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Croatia
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • United States of America

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.


List valid upon arriving in Switzerland between 7.1.21 and 12.1.21


Note: This list is valid until 12 January 2021, 12.59 pm.


Areas of neighbouring countries

Germany:

  • Land Sachsen

Italy:

  • Region Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Croatia
  • Georgia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • United States of America

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.



List valid upon arriving in Switzerland between 28.12.20 and 6.1.21


Areas of neighbouring countries

Germany:

  • Land Sachsen

Italy:

  • Region Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Region Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Belize
  • Croatia
  • Georgia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • United States of America

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.


31.12.2020

List of countries and areas with an increased risk of infection


On covid19.admin.ch you will find a visualisation of the list on a world map.  


No longer on the list from 19 december 2020: Austria: Land Kärnten, Austria: Land Salzburg, Austria: Land Steiermark, Austria: Land Upper Austria, French Poynesia, Hungary, Italy: Region Emilia Romagna, Jordan, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal.

The newly added countries and areas are written in bold.

 List valid updon arriving in Switzerland from 28.12.2020


Areas of neighbouring countries

Germany:

  • Land Sachsen

Italy:

  • Region Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Region Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Belize
  • Croatia
  • Georgia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • United States of America

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

Who must go into quarantine?

People who have spent time in a country or area with an increased risk of infection and then enter Switzerland must go into quarantine. The countries and areas affected are set down in a list.  

The mandatory quarantine requirement is governed by the list valid at the moment of entry into Switzerland.  

Check the list that is valid on your entry into Switzerland. Were you in one of the countries or areas on the list at any point in the last 10 days before entry into Switzerland? If so, you are legally required to go into quarantine and report your arrival in Switzerland to the cantonal authorities. Follow the instructions under What to do after entering Switzerland.

A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period. This is because a negative test result does not rule out an infection with the new coronavirus. You will find the biological explanation for this on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

However, various people are exempt from the quarantine requirement in Switzerland. You will find a list of all the exemptions in Article 4 of the Covid-19 Ordinance on International Transport Measures. They include, for example:

  • Business travellers who are travelling for an important reason that cannot be postponed.
  • Individuals travelling for an important medical reason that cannot be postponed.
  • Transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection.

                                                                                              

21.12.2020

Coronavirus: Entry ban and retroactive quarantine for persons from the UK and South Africa


Bern, 21.12.2020 - Following the discovery of a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus in the UK and South Africa, the Federal Council today decided to take steps to prevent the further spread of this new virus strain. All persons who have entered Switzerland from these two countries since 14 December must go into quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Council has also introduced a general entry ban from today for all foreign nationals seeking to enter Switzerland from the UK and South Africa. This is intended in particular to stop travel from these countries for tourism purposes.

The Federal Council has approved amendments to COVID-19 Ordinance 3 prohibiting air travel between Switzerland and the UK and South Africa. The Federal Office of Civil Aviation FOCA yesterday ordered flights between Switzerland and these two countries to be suspended as of midnight on Sunday, 20 December.

A temporary derogation from the flight ban is being considered for persons resident in the UK or South Africa currently staying in Switzerland so that they may return home. That is also the case for persons resident in Switzerland currently staying in those two countries. However, it is imperative that such return journeys do not lead to infections.

The Federal Council also decided to withdraw freedom of movement privileges from persons resident in the UK until 31 December. Persons from the UK are therefore subject to a general ban on entering Switzerland. Freedom of movement privileges for British citizens were due to expire at the end of the year anyway.

The UK and South African authorities were given prior notice of the measures.

Initial indications are that the new variant of the coronavirus is significantly more transmissible than the existing strain. It is not yet clear to what extent the new strain has spread outside the UK and South Africa. No cases of the new strain have so far been identified in Switzerland.

Ordonnance sur les mesures destinées à lutter contre le coronavirus dans le domaine du transport international de voyageurs (French) (PDF, 105 kB)

Ordonnance 3 sur les mesures destinées à lutter contre le coronavirus (French)

                                                                                              


 List valid updon arriving in Switzerland from 28.12.2020


Areas of neighbouring countries

Germany:

  • Land Sachsen

Italy:

  • Region Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Region Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Belize
  • Croatia
  • Georgia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • United States of America

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

                                                                                              

19.12.2020

 List valid upon arriving in Switzerland between 19.12.2020 and 27.12.2020


Areas of neighbouring countries

Italy:

  • Region Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Region Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Croatia
  • Georgia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • United States of America

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.


12.12.2020

List of countries and areas with an increased risk of infection


The newly added countries and areas are written in bold. No longer on the list from 14 december 2020: Czechia.

 List valid upon arriving in Switzerland from 14.12.2020


Areas of neighbouring countries

France:

  • Overseas area French Polynesia

Italy:

  • Region Emilia Romagna
  • Region Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Region Veneto

Austria:

  • Land Kärnten
  • Land Salzburg
  • Land Steiermark
  • Land Upper Austria


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Croatia
  • Georgia
  • Hungary
  • Jordan
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • United States of America

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

                                                                                              

23.11.2020

 List valid upon arriving in Switzerland between 23.11.2020 and 13.12.2020

No longer on the list since 23 November 2020: Armenia, Belgium, Region Hauts-de-France, Region Île de France.  

Areas of neighbouring countries

France:

  • Overseas area French Polynesia


Austria:

  • Land Salzburg
  • Land Upper Austria


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Czechia
  • Luxemburg
  • Montenegro

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

 List valid upon arriving in Switzerland between 29.10.2020 and 22.11.2020


Areas of neighbouring countries

France:

  • Region Hauts-de-France
  • Region Île de France
  • Overseas area French Polynesia


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

                                                                                              

29.10.2020 

List valid upon arriving in Switzerland between 29.10.2020 and 22.11.2020


Areas of neighbouring countries

France:

  • Region Hauts-de-France
  • Region Île de France
  • Overseas area French Polynesia


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

                                                                                              

28.10.2020

People arriving in Switzerland from certain countries and areas are required to go into quarantine. The list of these countries and areas will be updated on 29 October 2020. A negative test does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement.



List valid upon arriving in Switzerland from 29.10.2020


Areas of neighbouring countries

France:

  • Region Hauts-de-France
  • Region Île de France
  • Overseas area French Polynesia


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately

However, various people are exempt from the quarantine requirement in Switzerland. You will find a list of all the exemptions in Article 4 of the Covid-19 Ordinance on International Transport Measures. They include, for example:

  • Business travellers who are travelling for an important reason that cannot be postponed.
  • Individuals travelling for an important medical reason that cannot be postponed.
  • Transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection.

                                                                                              

18.10.2020

Confederation imposes tougher measures to combat coronavirus

From Monday, 19 October spontaneous gatherings of more than 15 persons are not permitted in public. A mask must be worn in publicly accessible indoor areas, including in all railway stations and airports, and at bus and tram stops. Moreover, there are now new rules for private events of more than 15 persons, and in restaurants, bars and clubs food and drink may only be consumed sitting down. Following consultations with the cantons, the Federal Council has adapted the Special Situation COVID-19 Ordinance accordingly. This now also includes a recommendation to work from home.

The rapid rise in coronavirus cases in the last few days is a cause for great concern. The number of cases is on the increase in all age groups and across all cantons. The number of persons admitted to hospital is also rising. The new national measures agreed by the federal government and the cantons aim to better protect the public’s health and to prevent the health system from becoming overwhelmed in the coming weeks and months. The intention is also to considerably curb the number of new cases so that the cantons can continue to contract trace effectively. Despite the restrictions, it is hoped that the economy can continue to function and people can live their lives with as little disruption as possible.

Masks now mandatory in the whole of Switzerland

The requirement for persons over the age of 12 to wear a mask on public transport has been in place since 6 July. From Monday 19 October this will be extended to railway stations including platforms, airports and other publicly accessible public transport areas. As before, persons who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons are exempt from the requirement.

Masks are now also compulsory in publicly accessible indoor spaces including all shops, shopping centres, banks, post offices, museums, libraries, cinemas, theatres, concert venues, indoor areas of zoos and botanical gardens, restaurants, bars, discos, casinos, hotels (with the exception of guests’ rooms), entrance areas and changing rooms in swimming pools, sports facilities and gyms, doctor’s surgeries, hospitals and places of worship, advisory centres and neighbourhood centres. Masks must also be worn in publicly accessible areas of administrative buildings.

Face masks must also be worn in all schools and higher education establishments, in child-care facilities and in the training areas of sport and fitness centres if part of the centre’s precautionary measures.

Rules for private events

Many people become infected with the coronavirus when families and friends gather. Gatherings should be avoided were possible. At private events attended by over 15 people, food and drink may only be consumed while seated. Anyone standing up must wear a mask. Furthermore, hygiene rules must be observed at all times and contact details must be recorded. For private events of more than 100 people there must be a set of precautionary measures (as for public events) and may only be held in publicly accessible venues.

Gatherings of more than 15 not permitted in public

Spontaneous gatherings of more than 15 persons are not permitted in public spaces such as town squares, streets, paths and parks. The aim is to prevent private events moving outdoors. Organised outdoor events such as political and civil society demonstrations are permitted provided precautionary measures are observed.

Seating requirement in bars, clubs and restaurants

In restaurants, bars and clubs, food and drink may only be consumed while seated, both indoors and out.

Working from home recommended

The Federal Council has added a paragraph on working from home to the Special Situation COVID-19 Ordinance. Employers are now required to observe the recommendation by the Federal Office of Public Health for employees to work from home. This will prevent large numbers of people coming together, particularly at peak times, and reduce close contact in the workplace. It will also reduce the risk of a whole work team having to go into quarantine if one member becomes infected with COVID-19.

Since 19 June, the cantons have played the lead role in combating the COVID-19 epidemic in Switzerland. The Confederation still expects the cantons to conduct widespread testing, implement a sound system of contract tracing and employ targeted measures to help fight the epidemic.

Further information: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/das-bag/aktuell/news/news-18-10-2020.html

                                                                                              

09.10.2020

No longer on the list from 12 October 2020: Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Namibia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.

The newly added countries and areas are written in bold.

List valid upon arriving in Switzerland from 12.10.2020


Areas of neighbouring countries

Germany:

  • Land Berlin
  • Land Hamburg

France:

  • Region Bretagne
  • Region Centre-Val de Loire
  • Region Corse
  • Region Hauts-de-France
  • Region Île de France
  • Region Normandie
  • Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Region Occitanie
  • Region Pays de la Loire
  • Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
  • Overseas area French Guyana
  • Overseas area French Polynesia
  • Overseas area Guadeloupe
  • Overseas area La Réunion
  • Overseas area Martinique
  • Overseas area Mayotte
  • Overseas area Saint-Barthélemy
  • Overseas area Saint-Martin

Italy:

  • Region Campania
  • Region Liguria
  • Region Sardinia
  • Region Veneto

Austria:

  • Land Burgenland
  • Land Lower Austria
  • Land Salzburg
  • Land Upper Austria
  • Land Vienna
     

Countries and areas

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • The Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Kingdom of Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Georgia
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Luxemburg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Morocco
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Nepal
  • Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Occupied Palestinian Territory
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Tunisia
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • United States of America

                                                                                               

30.09.2020

Entering Switzerland

Infoline for people travelling to Switzerland: +41 58 464 44 88 (6am–11pm)

Mandatory quarantine for persons arriving in Switzerland

Since 6 July 2020, anyone entering Switzerland from a country or area with a high risk of infection has been legally mandated to go into quarantine for ten days. You will find the list of these countries and further information on the page Mandatory quarantine for persons arriving in Switzerland.

Collection of contact details upon arriving in Switzerland

In some cases, the contact details of travellers will be collected upon their arrival in Switzerland. The collection of contact details affects all airline passengers as well as coach passengers from countries with an increased risk of infection.

There are two reasons for the collection of contact details: on the one hand, this guarantees traceability in the event that there were infectious passengers on board and a transmission of the new coronavirus is possible. On the other, the contact details are used by the cantonal authorities in order to monitor compliance with mandatory quarantine through spot checks.


Contact details of the responsible cantonal authorities


Contact your local cantonal authority within two days of your arrival.

CantonContact details
AargauOnline application form (In German)
Appenzell AusserrhodenOnline application form (In German)
Appenzell InnerrhodenHomepage (In German)
Basel-LandschaftHomepage (In German)
Basel-StadtHomepage (In German)
BernOnline application form (In German)
FribourgHomepage (In German)
GenevaOnline application form (In French)
Glarus+41 55 646 61 40
Graubünden

Online application form (In German)

covideinreise@san.gr.ch

Jura

+41 32 420 99 00

retour_voyage@jura.ch

Online application form (In French)

LucerneHomepage (In German)
Neuchâtel

+41 32 889 11 00

Homepage (In French)

NidwaldenHomepage (In German)
Obwalden

Online application form (In German)

covid19@ow.ch

St. GallenOnline application form (In German)
Schaffhausen+41 52 632 70 01
SchwyzHomepage (In German)
SolothurnHomepage (In German)
Thurgau

+41 58 345 34 40

Homepage (In German)

TicinoOnline application form
Uri

+41 41 874 34 33

Online application form (In German)

Valais

+41 58 433 01 44

contact.covid19@psvalais.ch

Online application form (In German)

VaudOnline application form (in French)
Zug

+41 41 728 39 09

Online application form (In German)

ZurichOnline application form
Principality of LiechtensteinHomepage (in German)

                                                                                              


25.09.2020

Mandatory quarantine for persons arriving in Switzerland

List of countries and areas

The countries and areas with a high risk of infection are set down in the Covid-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport Measures

If a country is on the list, 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. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

No longer on the list from 28 September 2020: Kosovo, San Marino.

The newly added countries and areas are written in bold.

 List valid upon arriving in Switzerland from 28.9.2020


Areas of neighbouring countries

France:

  • Region Bretagne
  • Region Centre-Val de Loire
  • Region Corse
  • Region Hauts-de-France
  • Region Île de France
  • Region Normandie
  • Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Region Occitanie
  • Region Pays de la Loire
  • Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
  • Overseas area French Guyana
  • Overseas area French Polynesia
  • Overseas area Guadeloupe
  • Overseas area La Réunion
  • Overseas area Martinique
  • Overseas area Mayotte
  • Overseas area Saint-Barthélemy
  • Overseas area Saint-Martin

Italy:

  • Region Liguria

Austria:

  • Land Lower Austria
  • Land Upper Austria
  • Land Vienna
     

Countries and areas

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • The Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Luxemburg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Morocco
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Occupied Palestinian Territory
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • United States of America

What to do after entering Switzerland

  • Upon arrival, go immediately to your home or to other suitable accommodation (e.g. a hotel or holiday apartment). On the way there, keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other people. If you are unable to maintain this distance, we recommend that you wear a mask. Avoid public transport if possible.
  • Report your arrival  to the cantonal authority responsible within two days. Follow the instructions of the cantonal authority.
  • For 10 days after your arrival in Switzerland you must stay in your home or other suitable accommodation without going out. Avoid contact with other people and follow the  instructions on quarantine (PDF, 182 kB, 12.09.2020).

Anyone who fails to comply with the quarantine requirement or the duty to report to the authorities is committing an offence under the Epidemics Act (in German), which can be punished by a fine of up to CHF 10,000.

The document ‘Instructions on quarantine’ can be found in various languages on our website Downloads in various languages.

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Information on quarantine

Anyone who may have become infected with the new coronavirus must go into quarantine. If they fall ill they should avoid all contact with other people in order to prevent the spread of the virus. The quarantined person should stay at home or in some other suitable accommodation and not leave for any reason.

Who has to go into quarantine and how long must they stay there? What should you do if you are in quarantine and live with other people? This and other information can be found in the document Instructions on quarantine (PDF, 182 kB, 12.09.2020).

Children

Children entering Switzerland from a country or area mentioned on the list must also spend 10 days in quarantine.


                                                                                              


11.09.2020

Mandatory quarantine: list of countries and areas

The countries and areas with a high risk of infection are set down in the Covid-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport Measures. This list is regularly updated.

No longer on the list from 14 September 2020: Ecuador, Faroe Islands, Guatemala, South Africa.

The newly added countries and areas are written in bold.

Information regarding Spain: the Canary Islands will be included on the list from 14 September, meaning that the whole of Spain is now on the list.

List valid upon arriving in Switzerland from 14.9.2020

List of countries and areas with a high risk of infection

List of countries and areas with a high risk of infection

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • The Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Dominican Republic
  • Gibraltar
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Namibia
  • North Macedonia
  • Occupied Palestinian Territory
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Sint Maarten
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America (including Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Guam)

List of areas of neighbouring countries with a high risk of infection

Areas in France:

  • Region Centre-Val de Loire
  • Region Corse
  • Region Hauts-de-France
  • Region Île de France
  • Region Normandie
  • Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Region Occitanie
  • Region Pays de la Loire
  • Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
  • Overseas area French Guyana
  • Overseas area Guadeloupe
  • Overseas area French Polynesia
  • Overseas area La Réunion
  • Overseas area Martinique
  • Overseas area Mayotte
  • Oversesas area Saint-Barthélemy
  • Overseas area Saint-Martin

Areas in Austria:

  • Federal state Vienna

At its meeting on 11 September, the Federal Council decided on the quarantine rules for persons entering Switzerland from neighbouring countries: only those regions of neighbouring countries where the infection rate is over the limit will be added to the list of countries and areas with an increased rate of infection, not the entire country. Border regions may be exempted from inclusion on the list. In so doing, the Federal Council is responding to the rapid rise in infection numbers, while still taking account of the close interaction between Switzerland and neighbouring regions. The revised ordinance will come into force on 14 September. At the same time, the list of risk areas will be updated.

Since 6 July, anyone entering Switzerland from a country or area with a high risk of infection has been required to go into quarantine for ten days. This Federal Council measure aims to prevent the import of the coronavirus into Switzerland and its spread within the country as far as possible. The Federal Council is now taking a region-based approach to neighbouring countries. Only specific regions of neighbouring countries will be included in the list of countries and areas with an increased risk of infection, in line with the practice in various other countries.

Exemptions for border regions
The border regions of neighbouring countries may be exempted from inclusion on the list. By allowing this exception, the Federal Council is taking account of the close economic, social and cultural exchanges that take place in the border regions. At the same time, the Federal Council is responding to the increasing numbers of infections in Switzerland and in various neighbouring countries, particularly in France.

Since June, the number of new infections in Switzerland has been rising steadily. While 98 cases were reported in the first week of June, at the end of August the figure was 1844, i.e. 18-times higher. In France, the number of cases is increasing even more rapidly and the number of new infections over two weeks in almost all regions of France is considerably higher than the limit value of 60 per 100,000 persons (14-day incidence). In certain Austrian states, a rise in cases in excess of the threshold has also been recorded, as it has in several Swiss cantons.

Taking a regional approach means that persons returning to Switzerland from risk areas will be required to go into quarantine, but not persons returning from regions on the Swiss border. In implementing this measure, the Federal Council is continuing to rely on members of the public to act responsibly. They should avoid travelling to risk areas if at all possible, or spend time in quarantine if they have travelled to these regions. Cross-border commuters are already exempted from the quarantine requirement.

The majority of cantons have expressed their support for this approach. However, some cantons are concerned that the new exemptions for the border regions will lead to increased costs and may lead to lower levels of compliance with the quarantine rules.

Exemptions from the quarantine requirement
Under the new rules, creative artists returning from a cultural event, athletes returning from competitions and persons who have been attending professional conferences will be exempted from the quarantine requirement. However, this exemption only applies if precautionary measures have been planned and taken at the foreign event concerned.

Also exempted from the quarantine requirement are persons who are required to travel without delay to a risk area for professional or medical reasons. The persons concerned must not remain abroad for more than five days, and precautionary measures must be planned and taken.

In addition, the Federal Council has revised the calculation rules for quarantine in the COVID-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport Measures. This will allow the cantons to take account of time spent in a country where there is not a high risk of infection before entering Switzerland, and to reduce the length of time spent in quarantine in Switzerland accordingly.

Coronavirus tests: Federal government reduces tariffs
At its meeting, the Federal Council also decided to reduce the tariff for a molecular-biological analysis for Sars-CoV-2 (PCR test) from CHF 95 to CHF 82 and that for a serological analysis (antibody test) from CHF 39 to CHF 25. It has also specified the details of various procedures.

Further information: Ordonnance sur les mesures destinées à lutter contre le coronavirus dans le domaine du transport international de voyageurs (PDF, 399 kB)

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07.09.2020

Mandatory quarantine: updated  list of countries and areas

No longer on the list since 7 September 2020: Belgium, El Salvador, Eswatini (Swazsiland), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Oman.

The newly added countries and areas are written in bold.


Important: a negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period. This is because a negative test result does not rule out an infection with the new coronavirus. You will find the biological explanation for this on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. Further exceptions are set down in Article 4 of the Covid-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport Measures.

Anyone who fails to comply with the quarantine requirement or the duty to report to the authorities is committing an offence under the Epidemics Act (in German), which can be punished by a fine of up to CHF 10,000.

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18.08.2020

Mandatory quarantine: updated  list of countries and areas

The countries and areas with a high risk of infection are set down in the Covid-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport Measures. This list is regularly updated.

Removed from the list on 20 August 2020: Equatorial Guinea, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Singapore

The newly added countries and areas are written in bold.

List valid upon arriving in Switzerland from 20 August 2020

List valid upon arriving in Switzerland between 8 August 2020 and 19 August 2020

List valid upon arriving in Switzerland between 23 July 2020 and 7 August 2020

List valid upon arriving in Switzerland between 6 July 2020 and 22 July 2020

Source: https://www.bag.admin.ch/.........

              https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/CHE

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14.08.2020

Travelling to Switzerland
Travelling from EU/EAA countries, including the United Kingdom, is in principle allowed.

All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly.

As of 8.8.20, Luxembourg, Romania and Spain (with the exception of the Balearic and Canary Islands) are defined as Covid risk areas.

Travelling from Switzerland or returning to Switzerland
From the beginning of the pandemic, the Swiss Government has been advising against non-urgent travel abroad. This advice has gradually been lifted for a selection of countries.

Currently, the following countries are exempt from the general advice against non-urgent travel abroad: countries in the Schengen area, United Kingdom, Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Urugay, Vatican/Holy See.

If you re-enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a state or area defined as a Covid risk area, you must immediately go to your home or to other suitable accommodation, where you must stay for 10 days from the day of your arrival. Also, you have to report your arrival to the responsible cantonal authority within two days, and follow its instructions. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated in a Federal Act. 


Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunesia, and Urugay, and the EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, and Cyprus). China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland.

An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available at www.bag.admin.ch

Rules and Exceptions
Entry restrictions have been lifted for residents of EU/EEA countries (including UK), as well as for their family members (irrespective of their nationality).
Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers.
For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs


Links to national sources

www.bag.admin.ch

Source: Driving abroad

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30.06.2020

Country

General

Land

Aviation


Switzerland

  •         Borders with Schengen states are open again.


  •       Full free movement of persons with EU/EFTA States and the UK (Press release)


  •       Travel ban to Switzerland:  For third-country (non Schengen) nationals who do not have rights of free movement, entry restrictions continue to apply.

 

  •    Granting of Schengen and national visas is suspended (exception: emergency situations and healthcare specialists).


  •          Green Lanes were used to transport priority goods as well as by persons working in health care or emergency services.


  •          All border crossings are open again.


  •          Ordonnance 3 du 19 juin 2020 sur les mesures destinées à lutter contre le coronavirus (COVID-19)

 


  • Rail: international passenger traffic is gradually returning to normal operation (FR, DE, AT: from mid May; IT: regional traffic from mid June, long distance from 29 June)
    (Press release)
  • Restriction on international flights to enter Switzerland only via Zürich, Geneva and Basel airport has been lifted.

 

Travel ban to Switzerland from Italy, Germany, France and Austria

End date: not available

Further information: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/de/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pa...







20.09.2021

COVID-19 update: New rules for entry to Switzerland


From Monday 20 September, travellers entering Switzerland who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID-19 will have to present a negative test result. They will then have to be tested again after four to seven days. In addition, all travellers entering Switzerland – whether vaccinated, recovered or with a negative test – must also complete the entry form (Passenger Locator Form, SwissPLF). 

Exemptions:

The test and entry form requirements do not apply to travellers in transit through Switzerland without stopping, drivers who transport people or goods professionally, and cross-border commuters or people entering from border areas. 

Check the following links (in French): https://www.fedlex.admin.ch/eli/cc/2021/380/fr#art_9_a and https://www.fedlex.admin.ch/eli/cc/2021/380/fr#art_3

Sources: ASTAG and Federal Council

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08.02.2021

COVID-19 update: New regulations in Switzerland

 Switzerland is strengthening its entry rules - like many countries in Europe and around the world. Traffic jams and border delays are to be feared.

Here is an overview of the most important changes.

1. Collection of contact details

From Monday 8 February 2021, a form with contact details must be completed for each entry into Switzerland. Unfortunately, the regulations also apply (with exceptions) to the transport of goods and people. This concerns both the drivers of foreign companies and the driving staff or passengers of CH transport companies.

• Transport of goods: In the transport of goods, restrictions are as low as possible. Therefore, truck drivers only need to provide their contact details if entering Switzerland from a state or area with a high risk of infection, with the following exceptions:

  -      If as part of your work you transport passengers or goods across borders and are entering Switzerland for the purpose of transiting the country and intend and are able to travel on directly to another country;

  -      If as part of your work you transport passengers or goods across borders and are staying in Switzerland for no longer than 24 hours:

• Passenger transport: On the other hand, drivers as well as passengers of professional passenger transport are systematically required to make an announcement, whether the entry comes from an area with or without a high risk of infection. The coach transport company is responsible for the announcement (obligation to act see article 4 of the ordinance on measures to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the field of international passenger transport).

• Border workers: People who are part of regional border traffic (border workers) are totally exempt from the obligation to complete the electronic entry form.

The list of countries and areas at high risk of infection can be found on the website of the Federal Office of Public Health OFSP. It is constantly updated and should be checked before each trip abroad.

Link: States / areas at high risk of infection

A form is available in digital form for the collection of contact details (means of transport, travel dates, personal data, address, etc.). It is available in several languages.

Link: Form

A separate registration is required for each entry requiring registration. However, the form can also be completed by the company (instead of the driver). It is important that the confirmation, in the form of a QR code, is then sent to the person concerned (eg by e-mail, SMS). The QR code must be able to be presented in the event of a possible control when crossing the border.

2. Obligation to test and quarantine

A test and quarantine obligation will generally apply from Monday 8 February 2021 when entering Switzerland from a country or region with a high risk of infection. However, truck and coach drivers are completely exempt, regardless of the country from which they cross the border to enter Switzerland.

Warning:

The exception does not apply to passengers of coaches or minibuses! General testing and quarantine obligations apply here (see point 3 below).

Link: FOPH info sheet on international passenger transport

3. New quarantine rules

New quarantine rules will also come into force on February 8, 2021. When entering Switzerland from an area at high risk of infection and, in general, after contact with a person who has tested positive, the following guidelines must be respected:

• Early end of the quarantine: from the 7th day of quarantine, a rapid antigen test or a PCR test can be performed at its own expense. If the test is negative, the quarantine may end early with the agreement of the competent cantonal authorities.

• Mandatory proof of the test: on entry from an area with a high risk of infection, a negative PCR test carried out within the last 72 hours must be presented. The 10-day automatic quarantine can be lifted from day 7 with a new negative result of a rapid antigen test or PCR test. The same rule applies to air travel from regions not on the list of high risk areas.

 Link: Quarantine for travellers entering Switzerland

Source:  ASTAG

                                                                                              

29.06.2020

As of  27 June, Swiss public transport has returned to standard timetables, with the recommendation for passengers to wear face masks at peak times.

On 15 June, borders with EU countries, Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein and the UK were opened, and the fines imposed on people doing cross-border shopping lifted. Travel between Switzerland and a country that is not part of the Schengen Area is still not allowed. Provided they can prove their status with official documentation, the following categories are exempted from the provision:

  • Swiss citizens.
  • Holders of a travel document (e.g. a passport or identity card) and
    • a residence permit, i.e. a Swiss residence permit (L / B / C / Ci permits)
    • a cross-border permit (G permit; only for work-related purposes)
    • 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
    • a C visa issued by Switzerland in order to work on a short-term contract
    • an assurance of a residence permit from a cantonal migration authority or an entry permit with a visa issued by Switzerland (an employment contract is not sufficient to cross the Swiss border. Persons with an assurance of a residence permit may enter Switzerland at the earliest three days before the date on which assurance becomes valid).
  • Holders of a refugee’s travel document issued by Switzerland and a valid residence or permanent residence permit or a valid F permit.
  • Individuals who have rights of free movement.
  • People transiting through Switzerland to another country that they can enter.
  • People in a situation of special necessity. The border control authority will assess the necessity of such situation.
  • Specialists in the healthcare sector who need to enter Switzerland for important work-related reasons and who hold a confirmation of notification, an assurance of a residence permit or an entry permit with a visa issued by Switzerland.

As of 15 June, all border crossing points are open; both private and commercial transport is allowed. Goods drivers are allowed to operate to, from and through Switzerland if they have a bill of lading.

More information can be found here.

Source: Swiss government

                                                                                              

04.04.2020

On 1 April, the Swiss Federal Department of Justice notified the extension of border controls until 24 April. The prolongation involves borders with all Schengen states except land and air borders with France, Italy, Spain, Austria and Germany, which have been prolonged separately. Borders with the Principality of Liechtenstein are also exempted from the provision.

Therefore the current duration of border controls is as follows:

  • All air borders except from air borders with Liechtenstein:
    25 March 2020 – 24 April 2020
  • Air borders with Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Austria:
    18 March 2020 – 17 April 2020
  • Land borders with France, Germany and Austria:
    16 March – 15 April 2020
  • Land border with Italy:
    13 March – 12 April 2020

Source: Swiss Federal Department of Justice and European Commission

                                                                                              

28.03.2020

Entry by road on the Swiss territory from Italy, France, Germany, and Austria is limited to Swiss citizens, Swiss residents and people entering for professional reasons. Only major border crossings are open for movements of persons.

International freight transport is not affected by these measures, and all border crossing points are open for freight movements. Green lanes are also in place at some border crossings for import, export and transit of medical products, foodstuff, fuel supplies, and post. List of border crossings equipped with green lanes for freight transport is available here.

Sources: ASTAG and Federal Customs Administration