How do I know if I can enter Switzerland and under what conditions?
Consult Travelcheck, the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH site, if I have the right to enter Switzerland, and if so under what conditions.
Also consult the table of the FOPH which summarizes the conditions for entry into Switzerland (PDF).
Which passengers must register their details?
All passengers entering Switzerland by plane must register their details via the electronic personal data registration form or on the contact cards provided by the FOPH.
You are also concerned if you only make a stopover in Switzerland, for example to transfer to another flight.
Which passengers must show a negative test to enter Switzerland?
All passengers entering Switzerland by plane who have not been fully vaccinated or who have not been infected with COVID-19 in the past six months must show a negative result of a PCR test or rapid antigenic test. Checks are done by the airline upon boarding.
Children under 16 can travel without a negative test result. They are exempt from this obligation both on boarding and at the Swiss border.
Who are the passengers who need to quarantine when they arrive in Switzerland?
Passengers who have not been vaccinated, or who have not recovered from COVID-19, must self-quarantine on arrival if they have stayed in the ten days period preceding their entry into Switzerland in a country where a variant of concern is circulating.
On your arrival on Swiss territory, you must, within 48 hours, declare your arrival to the competent health authorities of the canton of residence or the canton where you stay. In Geneva, the declaration is made to the cantonal doctor's service via an electronic form.
You must stay permanently at home or in other suitable accommodation for 10 days after entering Switzerland. It is possible to be released from quarantine after the 7th day from travel completion.
I am a passenger who has stayed in a country where a variant of concern is circulating, can I enter Switzerland?
If you have been in a country at risk with a variant of concern, and you are:
- Vaccinated / cured of COVID-19: you can enter Switzerland without undergoing a test or quarantine.
- Unvaccinated / not cured: you must show a negative result of a PCR test or a rapid antigen test and you must go into quarantine as soon as you arrive.
You can end this quarantine earlier. On your arrival on Swiss territory, 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 service via an electronic form.
Children under 16 do not have to provide proof of a negative PCR test when entering Switzerland and before boarding an aircraft.
People in transit, that is, people who enter Switzerland only to cross it with the intention and the possibility of continuing their journey directly to another country, are not subject to quarantine. However, please check the restrictions for your destination country.
I am a passenger who has stayed in a Schengen area country, can I enter Switzerland?
- Vaccinated-cured passenger: no screening.
- Passenger not vaccinated-not cured: mandatory screening.
The quarantine requirement is lifted for people entering Switzerland from the Schengen area.
I am a passenger who has stayed in a third country, can I enter Switzerland?
Fully vaccinated people who are able to prove their vaccination status can enter Switzerland from third countries outside the Schengen area.
Does the COVID certificate make it easier for me to travel?
Switzerland and the European Union are introducing COVID certificates to facilitate travel. However, they do not guarantee entry into a country. It is therefore imperative to find out about entry requirements before each trip by consulting the official website of your destination country.
I live in Switzerland: Since 7 June, the Swiss COVID certificate notifies the information related to a vaccination, a cured infection or a negative test. You can present it in paper or digital form. Since July 9th, the Swiss covid certificate is recognised in all EU and EFTA states.
More information on the COVID certificate
I am staying in Switzerland: the European COVID certificate, which is recognised in Switzerland since July 1st..
I am an EU passenger but do not yet have a COVID certificate, can I enter Switzerland?
It is possible to enter Switzerland with another proof of vaccination or with proof of a test confirming vaccination, negativity or recovery (international vaccination card in yellow, other paper documents).