I am a passenger who has passed through a French region that is on the list of territories at risk, can I enter Switzerland?
Yes, even if you are a passenger who has passed through a French region that is on the list of territories at risk, you can enter Switzerland, and without compulsory quarantine, because the country of departure is taken into account.
Additionally, people who have stayed in a state or area at high risk of infection for less than 24 hours as a transit passenger are exempt from quarantine.
I am a passenger who has been on holiday in a French region that is on the list of territories at risk, can I enter Switzerland?
If you are a passenger who has been on holiday in a French region that is on the list of territories at risk, you can enter Switzerland, but with a compulsory quarantine of ten days if your stay in Switzerland lasts more than 24 hours. You must, within 48 hours, declare your arrival to the competent health authorities of the canton of residence or stay. In Geneva, the declaration is made to the cantonal doctor’s office via an electronic form.
People in transit, that is to say, who only enter Switzerland to cross it with the intention and the possibility of continuing their journey directly to another country, are not subject to quarantine.
Which passengers arriving from a French region that is on the list of territories at risk are exempt from quarantine?
The persons exempt from quarantine are passengers who:
- enter Switzerland only to cross it with the possibility of continuing their journey to another country: in this case they are transit passengers.
- have stayed in a state or area at high risk of infection for less than 24 hours as a transit passenger.
- have travelled to a risky French region for professional or medical reasons and who have not been able to postpone their trip, provided that the stay in France did not exceed five days.
More information about the exceptions.
I come from a French region that is on the list of territories at risk and I have to collect my luggage from the French Sector, what is the procedure?
If you come from a French region that is on the list of territories at risk and you collect your luggage from the French Sector, you must be able to prove that you are returning to France or that you have a ticket for a national or international departure on the same day.
When I arrive in Switzerland, do I have to self-quarantine?
If a person returning from a state or territory with a high risk of infection (FOPH list), resides/stays in Switzerland, he or she must immediately go into quarantine at home for 10 days. Within 48 hours, they must report their arrival to the competent health authorities of the canton in which they reside or, in the case of travellers, the canton in which they will be staying.
In Geneva, the declaration is made to the Cantonal Medical Service via this electronic form. One or two days later, recommendations and explanations are given to the person concerned by mail. They also receive an official quarantine decision.
People who have stayed less than 24 hours in a State or territory at high risk of infection are not required to self-quarantine.
When I arrive at Genève Aéroport, will customs allow me to enter Switzerland?
From 31 August onwards, passengers on flights from a country at risk can no longer enter Switzerland via another country. It is the airport of departure and no longer the transit airport that is taken into account. On the other hand, passengers on flights from a third country that is not considered to be at risk may enter Switzerland, even if they have made a stopover in the airport of a country at risk, provided they have not left the international transit zone of that airport. Further information (Coronavirus: Switzerland adapts its entry requirements for transit air travel).
You can find answers to the main questions concerning refusal of entry, free movement of persons and suspension of the granting of visas on the State Secretariat for Migration SEM website.
Entry into Switzerland remains subject to certain restrictions for non-Swiss nationals. Find out about entry restrictions for people from all countries, except Liechtenstein.
Since 15 June, current entry restrictions have been lifted for all Schengen States.
Entry restrictions will be lifted from 20 July 2020 for 14 other countries as well as for European Union (EU) member states that are not part of the Schengen area.