PCR tests required to enter Switzerland


03.02.2021

Faced with the spread of variants of the coronavirus in Switzerland, the Federal Council has taken new measures affecting travellers wishing to enter Swiss territory.

From 8 February, Switzerland will be strengthening its health restriction measures. Before entering Swiss territory, all travellers must register their details via an electronic form. The purpose of this measure is to speed up and simplify contamination tracing.

In addition, from this date, those entering Switzerland from a country or zone with a high risk of infection must present a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before the date of travel. Travellers must then quarantine for ten days and declare their arrival within 48 hours to the appropriate health authorities in their canton of residence or stay.

The quarantine period may be ended early by presenting a negative rapid antigen or PCR test to the appropriate cantonal authority, carried out at the person’s own expense after seven days. However, until the tenth day, a face mask must be worn outside the home or place of accommodation and a distance of at least 1,5 metres must be kept from other people.

Those entering Switzerland by air from a country or zone not presenting a high risk of infection must also present a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before the date of travel. These passengers will not be subject to quarantine.

Since 22 February, if the journey takes longer or if the result of the PCR test is not available quickly enough, passengers can present the result of a rapid antigen test performed less than 24 hours before boarding. However, in the event of a second check at the Swiss border, it will be necessary to be able to present the negative result of a PCR test carried out less than 72 hours before arrival. If this is not possible, passengers will have to be tested at their own expense. 

Children under the age of 12 do not have to provide proof of a negative PCR test when entering Switzerland and before boarding a plane.

Before departure to Switzerland, it is the responsibility of airlines to check that all air passengers (regardless of the country from where they are travelling) present a negative PCR test carried out less than 72 hours before boarding to travel to Switzerland, and to refuse boarding if no test is presented.

In addition, from 8 February, the flight ban for passengers from the United Kingdom and South Africa will be lifted. The new conditions for entry into Switzerland apply to these passengers.

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Contact information for passengers:
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FOPH by telephone:
• Information line for those travelling to Switzerland: +41 58 464 44 88 (open daily from 06:00 to 23:00).
• Information line for questions about coronavirus: +41 58 463 00 00 (open daily from 06:00 to 23:00).

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