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Switzerland - Covid travel rules, EU Digital Covid Certificate, restrictions and measures in place

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To ensure safe travel during the continued coronavirus pandemic, the EU has agreed on a common approach to free movement restrictions. A traffic-light system to classify EU countries (EU 27 + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) according to their epidemiological (rate of infection) situation has been put in place. This information is available online providing travellers with the latest data and details on any restrictions and special rules in place (such as quarantine and testing requirements).

As some countries may have stricter rules, check here for more information on the specific rules that apply when travelling to Switzerland.

What are the rules to enter this country with or without the EU Digital COVID certificate from an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?

Entering this country with the EU Digital COVID certificate

THIS COUNTRY IS ALREADY CONNECTED TO THE GATEWAY AND IS ISSUING AND/OR VERIFYING AT LEAST ONE EU DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATE (VACCINATION, RECOVERY, TEST)
Cf. official Website EU Digital COVID Certificate

The Federal Office of Public Health provides a regularly updated list of countries defined as COVID-19 risk areas, so called countries or areas with variants of concern. Health measures at borders for travellers entering from such countries are listed below.

Holders of ‘EU Digital COVID Certificates’ (EUDCC) may enter Switzerland if their certificate contains one of the following:

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

  1. Start of validity:
    • for two-dose vaccination: on the day of administration of the second dose;
    • for single-dose vaccination: 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
      • on the 22nd day after administration of a single-dose vaccination.
  2. Duration of validity: 365 days from the date of administration of the last dose.
  3. To be considered as fully vaccinated, people have to be vaccinated with a vaccine that:
    1. 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;
    2. 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;
    3. 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;
    4. has been shown to have the same composition as a vaccine licensed under subparagraph (a), (b) or (c) but marketed by a licensee under a different name and which 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 starting from the 11th day after the positive test result and lasting for 180 days from the date of the test result.

A Test Certificate indicating a pre-departure PCR test (taken within 72 hours prior to arrival) or a rapid antigen test (taken within 48 hours prior to arrival). After four to seven days in Switzerland, another test must be carried out, subject to a fee. The result of the second test as well as the entry form number must be submitted to the relevant cantonal office.The test result needs to be submitted in the form of a COVID test certificate in accordance with the Covid-19 Regulation Certificates of 4th June 2021.

Children under the age of 16 are exempt from the test requirement.

Entry from a country that has been defined as a country or area with a variant of concern:

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 from such countries is possible. Holders of EUDCC who are not fully vaccinated or unable to prove that they have recovered from COVID-19 within 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) upon entry. After four to seven days in Switzerland, another test must be carried out, subject to a fee. The result of the second test as well as the entry form number must be submitted to the relevant cantonal office. Additionally, travellers from a country with a variant of concern 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 within 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 the 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)

Contact details of the cantonal authorities

Where and how to get a COVID certificate and how long it is valid (admin.ch)

Request a COVID-19 recovery certificate - Swiss Confederation (admin.ch)

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

Entry into Switzerland is also possible without a EU Digital COVID Certificates’ (EUDCC). For respective travellers, a negative test, a proof of vaccination or a proof of recovery from COVID-19 is required and the contact details have to be provided. The following should be noted:

 

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) upon entry. After four to seven days in the country, another test must be carried out, subject to a fee. The result of the second test as well as the entry form number must be submitted to the relevant cantonal office. The test result needs to be submitted in the form of a COVID test certificate in accordance with the Covid-19 Regulation Certificates of 4th June 2021.

Children under the age of 16 are never required to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test on entering Switzerland.

 

Proof of vaccination

To be considered as fully vaccinated, people have to be vaccinated with a vaccine that:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. 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;
  4. has been shown to have the same composition as a vaccine licensed under subparagraph (a), (b) or (c) but marketed by a licensee under a different name and which 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; one dosis vaccines are regarded as being effective for 12 months from the 22nd day after they were 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 the 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 of recovery from a doctor.

 

Entry from a country or area defined as COVID-19 risk area

Quarantine requirement

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 from such countries is possible. Travellers who are not fully vaccinated or unable to prove that they have recovered from COVID-19 within 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) upon entry. After four to seven days in Switzerland, another test must be carried out, subject to a fee. The result of the second test as well as the entry form number must be submitted to the relevant cantonal office. Additionally, travellers from a country with a variant of concern 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 within 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.

 

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 is the EU Digital COVID Certificate?

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From 8 July 2021, the European Commission adopted a decision recognizing Swiss COVID-19 certificates as equivalent to the 'EU Digital COVID Certificate'.


The EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation entered into force on 01 July 2021. EU citizens and residents will now be able to have their Digital COVID Certificates issued and verified across the EU. National authorities are in charge of issuing the certificate. 

The certificate provides a standardised recognition of the holder's status related to vaccination, recovery from Covid-19, or test result. Despite the European Digital COVID Certificate, each country continues to be responsible for the definition of its own entry requirements and rules, which are not standardised at the EU level. This means that what is required to enter upon presentation of this certificate, depends on the measures and entry rules in place at your destination. 

 

Find out more: 

Information on the "EU Digital COVID Certificate" 

Press Release 

Questions & Answers 

Factsheet 

As a third-country national coming from outside the EU and Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, may I enter this country without exceptional restrictions?

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:
    • aSwiss residence permit (L / B / C / Ci permit);
    • across-border permit (G permit),
    • anFDFA legitimation card;
    • aD visa issued by Switzerland;
    • aC visa issued by Switzerland after 16 March 2020 in a valid exceptional case or in order to work on a short-term contract;
    • anassurance of a residence permit
    • aconfirmation 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

All travellers entering Switzerland have to provide a negative test result, proof of full vaccination, or proof of recovery, independently from where they arrive. Additionally, they have to provide their contact details. The form for incoming travellers can be found under swissplf.admin.ch.

 

The following should be noted:

 

Test requirement

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated or unable to prove that they have recovered from COVID-19 within 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) upon entry. After four to seven days in Switzerland, another test must be carried out, subject to a fee. The result of the second test as well as the entry form number must be submitted to the relevant cantonal office.

Children under the age of 16 are never required to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test on entering Switzerland.

 

Proof of vaccination

To be considered as fully vaccinated, people have to be vaccinated with a vaccine that:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. 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;
  4. has been shown to have the same composition as a vaccine licensed under subparagraph (a), (b) or (c) but marketed by a licensee under a different name and which 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; one dosis vaccines are regarded as being effective for 12 months from the 22nd day after they were 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 the 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 of recovery from a doctor.

 

Entry from a country or area defined as COVID-19 risk area

Quarantine requirement

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 from such countries is possible. Travellers who are not fully vaccinated or unable to prove that they have recovered from COVID-19 within 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) upon entry. After four to seven days in Switzerland, another test must be carried out, subject to a fee. The result of the second test as well as the entry form number must be submitted to the relevant cantonal office. Additionally, travellers from a country with a variant of concern that have not been vaccinated according to the requirements of the Swiss authorities or are unable to prove that they have recovered from COVID-19 within 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.

 

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

Contact details of the cantonal authorities

What are the rules if I go abroad from this country, and when I return from abroad?

When planning trips abroad, note the list of countries with variants of concern. The Federal Council recommends you do not travel to these countries.

When abroad, continue to follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. It is the best way to protect yourself and others against coronavirus infection.

Be aware what rules apply on your return to Switzerland. You will find information on the Entering Switzerland site.

Find out about the restrictions and requirements in your destination country.

Do not travel if you feel ill or have individual symptoms indicative of an infection with the coronavirus. What should you do instead? You will find information on the Isolation and quarantine page.

 

Find out more:

Travel abroad and global statistics (admin.ch)

Can I transit this country?

Partly

Passengers in transit, such as air travellers who have to change their flight as well as bus/train travellers, must complete an entry form before a stopover in Switzerland. They also have to present a negative test result, a proof of vaccination or a proof of recovery from COVID-19. They may be exempted from the testing requirement if they transit Switzerland without a stopover and without leaving the vehicle (e.g. refuelling stop when flying). They are also exempted from the requirement to submit the contact details.

 

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).

May I enter this country by road, rail, air or ship?

Mode of transport

Yes/No/Partly

Useful information

Air

You can find the latest information on air travel regulations for this country on the IATA website.

You can also find information about air passenger rights on our portal for citizens.

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