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Important information for flight guests travelling to Switzerland

Negative Covid-19 test result and registration of electronic contact details required before travelling. Exceptions for fully vaccinated passengers.

SWISS would like to draw your attention to that restrictions are still in place for travel to and transit in Switzerland for many countries. 

Please take note of the ​ detailed information on this page . Generally, a negative Covid-19 test result must be presented and an entry form ( ​ ePLF ) must be filled in. Exceptions are in place for, among others, fully vaccinated passengers and guests under 16 years of age .  Further details can be found on the pages of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) . Please u se the interactive Travelcheck form of the FOPH to find out about the rules applicable to you.

Transfer via Zurich: Simplified rules for vaccinated passengers

Passengers only transiting in Switzerland within 24 hours and without leaving the airport are exempted from the test requirements. The entry form still needs to be completed. Passengers in transit from a Non-Schengen to a Schengen country need to be fully vaccinated. Flight guests should note that only a confirmation will be issued when checking in online. The actual boarding pass will be issued at the check-in counter. Flight guests should note that only a confirmation will be issued when checking in online. The actual boarding pass will be issued at the check-in counter.

SWISS recommends that flight guests allow for additional time and inform themselves in advance of the type of mask that has to be worn onboard their flight.

Citizens of EU/EFTA member states Open accordion

You must have a valid passport or national identity card to enter Switzerland. In some instances, Switzerland will accept a travel document that has expired. You can find out whether this applies to you here Overview of ID and visa provisions according to nationality.

Citizens of non-European states Open accordion

Citizens of countries outside the EU and EFTA who are not coming to Switzerland to work may stay in the country for a maximum of 3 months if they have a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the scheduled date of departure from Switzerland and if the passport was issued less than 10 years ago.

Citizens of certain non-European countries also need a visa to enter Switzerland. You can find out if this applies to you on the page about visas for foreign nationals .

Minors travelling without a parent Open accordion

Unlike other countries, Switzerland does not have any special provisions on minors who enter Switzerland unaccompanied by family members or parents.

However, it is advisable for minors in this situation to carry a letter signed by their parents or guardian permitting such travel. The letter should contain the personal details of the parents/guardian, their telephone number and:

the parents’ names and identity document number (and possibly also a photocopy of the document);

the names, identity document number and address of any person accompanying the minor;

name and identity document number of the minor;

itinerary and dates of travel permitted by the parents/guardian.

Some communes and cantons provide a special form for this purpose (see example from the canton of Vaud). However, permission from the parents/guardian may also take the form of a letter.

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If you would like more information on what travel documents you require to enter Switzerland, on crossing borders, travelling around the Schengen Area or obtaining a visa, please consult the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) website FAQ – Entry .

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The regulations on entering Switzerland depend on your nationality, how long you want to stay in Switzerland and why. In general, a distinction is made between persons from EU/EFTA states and those from third countries. The regulations also depend on whether you want to work in Switzerland .

Do I require a visa?

If you are a citizen of an EU or EFTA state, you do not require a visa to enter Switzerland. If you are a citizen of a non-EU or EFTA state, please check the overview of ID and visa provisions to see if you require a visa. If you have a visa of category C or D of another Schengen member state, this visa is also valid for Switzerland during its period of validity.

Where and how can I apply for a visa?

In certain cases you can apply for a visa online. You can find out whether this is possible in our   online visa system . If you cannot apply for a visa online, you can submit a visa application at a Swiss embassy or consulate .

There are two different application forms. If you want to stay in Switzerland for less than 90 days, you must apply for a Schengen visa . For long-term stays, you must apply for a  national type D visa .

Do I need an ETIAS?

ETIAS is a new European travel authorisation system similar to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization ESTA in the USA. Visa-exempt third-country nationals who wish to enter the Schengen area will be required to apply online for an ETIAS travel authorisation before starting their journey to the Schengen area. This will cost 7 euros and will generally be valid for 3 years.

The introduction of ETIAS is determined by the EU timetable and is planned for the first half of 2025. ETIAS is not yet in operation and no applications are collected at this point. Further information can be found on the official ETIAS official ETIAS website of the EU.

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Coronavirus: New rules for entry to Switzerland and for people vaccinated abroad to access the COVID certificate

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Bern, 17.09.2021 - The Federal Council wants to prevent an increase in the number of infections caused by people returning from the autumn holidays. 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. This was decided by the Federal Council at its meeting on 17 September. The Federal Council has also set out details of how people who have been vaccinated abroad or have recovered abroad can obtain a COVID certificate.

With the autumn school holidays approaching, the Federal Council has decided on new public health requirements at the border. This comes in response to experience made after the summer holidays: data from the cantonal contact tracing offices indicates that returning holidaymakers contributed to the worsening situation after the summer. The new rules reflect the fact that the highly contagious Delta variant can cause case numbers to rise very rapidly on a regional basis. It has therefore been decided that keeping and updating a list of risk countries is no longer the most appropriate health protection measure at Switzerland’s  borders.

Compulsory testing on entry for travellers who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered

Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not recovered must present a negative test result (antigen or PCR) on entry into Switzerland, irrespective of where they are travelling from or by which means of transport they are entering the country. After four to seven days in the country, another test must be carried out, subject to a fee. The result of the second test must be sent to the relevant cantonal office. Testing is not required for vaccinated or recovered travellers who can present a COVID certificate or other valid proof of vaccination or recovery.

Entry form required for everyone

All travellers entering Switzerland – whether vaccinated, recovered or with a negative test – must also complete the entry form (Passenger Locator Form, SwissPLF). This will enable the cantons to carry out random checks to determine whether people who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered and who entered the country with a test have actually taken the second test after four to seven days.

No test or form requirement for cross-border commuters 

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. The Federal Council is thus taking account of the close economic, social and cultural exchange in the border regions. Children under 16 are also exempt from the test requirement.

Risk-based inspections

More than two million people and one million vehicles cross Switzerland's borders every day. Risk-based inspections are to be carried out to ensure compliance with the new rules. Anyone required to present a negative test result and who cannot do so on entry must take a test immediately after entering Switzerland. The cantons are required to carry out random checks to ensure that incoming travellers who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered have actually taken the required second test. Fines may be imposed if these rules are breached (CHF 200 for missing test certificates and CHF 100 for incomplete forms). In international travel, the airlines and bus companies are responsible for ensuring that travellers to Switzerland have completed the Passenger Locator Form and can present a COVID certificate or a negative test result. The Federal Customs Administration and local police forces will carry out risk-based inspections on all modes of cross-border travel. In a few weeks, the Federal Council will evaluate the experience with the new entry rules and make adjustments if necessary. 

The existing entry regulations remain unchanged. The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) continues to operate a list of high-risk countries, which is used to determine who may enter Switzerland. Any non-Schengen state not on this list is still considered a risk country for which restrictions on entry to Switzerland apply to unvaccinated third-country nationals. As a Schengen associated country, Switzerland aligns its entry regulations as far as possible with the decisions taken by the European Union. The Travelcheck online tool can be used to check the conditions for travellers wishing to enter Switzerland from specific countries.

Swiss COVID certificate for individuals vaccinated or recovered abroad

As of 20 September, anyone who has been vaccinated abroad with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and who is resident in or travelling to Switzerland will be able to obtain a Swiss COVID certificate. This means that people who have been vaccinated abroad or have recovered abroad, such as tourists, can also participate in social activities here. Currently, only the certificates of countries using the EU Digital COVID Certificate are compatible with the Swiss system.

The documents can be submitted electronically. Each canton must designate a contact point for persons who have been vaccinated abroad. All cantonal contact points will be listed on a federal website. A federal working group (FDHA, FDFA, FDF) will oversee implementation together with the cantons and other agencies (data protection). The aim is to find a solution that is as efficient, straightforward and user-oriented as possible. In a transitional phase until 10 October 2021, all foreign vaccination certificates for EMA-approved vaccines will be valid for access to events or facilities requiring a COVID certificate.

As in neighbouring countries, access to the Swiss COVID certificate will not be extended to all WHO vaccines. Exceptions are being made for Swiss citizens living abroad returning to the country, non-EU citizens working in Switzerland, employees of international organisations and accredited diplomatic staff, as well as students.

Outcome of the consultation

The Federal Council had consulted on two variants for adapting the entry regulations, one with a requirement to take two tests and one with mandatory quarantine. Based on the results of the consultation, the Federal Council decided in favour of the first variant, which was found to be more practicable and should involve less additional work for the cantons.

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Last update: 22 April 2022 Tourism takes place in Switzerland without restrictions. 

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  • Entry from Schengen / EU / EFTA: possible without restrictions.
  • Entry from third countries: With effect from 2 May 2022, all remaining countries are removed from the SEM risk country list. This means that entry into Switzerland from all countries in the world will again be possible as before the pandemic.

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FOPH recommends a pragmatic approach to the certificate requirements.

COVID testing (COVID antigen speed test) is available for all foreign guests at dedicated test facilities specified by the cantons. Please consult with your hotel or the local tourist office to find a test center. Further information on CoVid-19 testing can be found here .

You can apply for the Swiss COVID certificate using an online form .

  • Non EU-certificates can only be converted into a Swiss Covid certificate if people are vaccinated with an EMA approved vaccine  (Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson&Johnson, AstraZeneca and all licensed vaccine such as Covishield, etc.) 
  • The cost for the conversion is 30 Swiss Francs per person and has to be paid in advance
  • The canton where you will be staying in will issue the certificate
  • The processing time can take up to 5 working days

If you have any questions, please contact our service center under: 1-800-794-7795 (free) or via [email protected]

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    Last update: 22 April 2022. Tourism takes place in Switzerland without restrictions. Entry from Schengen / EU / EFTA: possible without restrictions. Entry from third countries: With effect from 2 May 2022, all remaining countries are removed from the SEM risk country list.