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🦠 Switzerland COVID-19 travel requirements

Last updated: 10 October 2021, 08:08 (GMT +4)

Travel to Switzerland

If you are travelling to Switzerland, you may be required to undergo self-quarantine on arrival.

Travel from the UAE to Switzerland

UAE citizens and residents of the UAE can travel to Switzerland under the following conditions:

  • All passengers must complete an electronic Passenger Locator Form.
  • Vaccinated passengers:
    • Present a vaccination certificate for an approved vaccine by EU/WHO/EMA. A COVID-19 PCR test is not required for vaccinated passengers.
  • Non-vaccinated passengers:
    • Non-vaccinated passengers between the ages of 16–18 years travelling with their fully vaccinated parent are allowed to enter Switzerland provided they are holding either a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen PCR test certificate.

Children below 16 years of age are exempted from the COVID-19 PCR test or vaccination requirements.

Travel eligibility

The following passengers are permitted to enter Switzerland:

  • nationals and residents of Liechtenstein and Switzerland
  • passengers with a D visa issued by Switzerland
  • nationals of EEA Member States
  • passengers arriving from Schengen Member States
  • passengers arriving from Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Ireland (Rep.), Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Macau, Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Singapore, Taiwan, Uruguay, Ukraine or Vatican City (Holy See). Passengers from these countries who are transiting through other countries must stay in the international transit area of the airport.
  • spouses, registered partners, children under 21 years old, grandchildren under 21 years old, dependent children, dependent grandchildren, dependent parents or dependent grandparents of nationals of EEA Member States, provided they present proof of their relationship
  • passengers with proof of being spouses, registered partners, children under 21 years old, grandchildren under 21 years old, dependent children, dependent grandchildren, dependent parents or dependent grandparents of residents of Switzerland who are passengers with "British Citizens" passports , "British Overseas Territories Citizens" passports issued by Gibraltar and "British Subjects" passports with a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode issued by the United Kingdom
  • residents of Schengen Member States returning directly via Switzerland to their country of residence
  • unmarried partners of residents of Switzerland with a written invitation from the resident in Switzerland and present proof of their relationship
  • passengers who can prove that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within the last 12 months with a vaccine approved by Switzerland, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or according to the WHO emergency use listing
  • unvaccinated passengers younger than 18 years old if they are traveling with their fully-vaccinated guardians

Passengers are not allowed to transit through Switzerland if they are travelling from a non-Schengen Member State to another Schengen Member State. The following exceptions apply:

  • nationals and residents of EEA Member States and Switzerland
  • passengers arriving directly from Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Ireland (Rep.), Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Macau, Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Singapore, Taiwan, Uruguay, Ukraine or Vatican City (Holy See), provided they stay in the international transit area of the airport if they are transiting through other countries
  • spouses, registered partners, children under 21 years old, grandchildren under 21 years old, dependent children, dependent grandchildren, dependent parents or dependent grandparents of nationals of EEA Member States and Switzerland, provided they present proof of their relationship
  • passengers with a D visa issued by the Schengen Member State they are traveling to

COVID-19 testing requirements

Passengers fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved for use by Switzerland or the World Health Organisation (WHO) are allowed to enter Switzerland without a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate.

All passengers who are not vaccinated are required to have a negative result for a COVID-19 test. Accepted tests are COVID-19 PCR (molecular biological analysis) taken no later than 72 hours prior to departure from the point of origin or a rapid immunological test taken no later than 48 hours prior to departure from the point of origin.

Passengers travelling with a rapid antigen test certificate must test for COVID-19 (PCR or rapid antigen test) immediately on arrival in Switzerland.

COVID-19 vaccination requirements

People who are fully vaccinated are exempt from many health-related measures at the border. These exemptions only apply for vaccinations that meet one of the following requirements:

  • The vaccine is authorised in Switzerland. The passenger must also be fully vaccinated according to the FOPH recommendations.
  • The vaccine is authorised according to the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing. The passenger must also be fully vaccinated according to the requirements or recommendations of the country in which the vaccine was administered.

The exemptions to the health-related measures at the border are applicable for one year from the time that you are fully vaccinated.

For approved vaccines, please refer to the World Health Organisation website.

Passengers, irrespective of where they are travelling from, who have not been vaccinated or have not been previously infected with COVID-19 must present a negative COVID-19 test result (antigen or PCR) on entry into Switzerland. 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.

Quarantine

Only travellers entering Switzerland from countries with significant variants and countries or regions with virus variants which are not immune evasive will have to go into quarantine for 10 days.

A negative test result does not exempt passengers from the quarantine requirements.

For more information, visit the Federal Office of Public Health website.

COVID-19 testing and quarantine exemptions

Please refer to this table for passengers who may be exempted from testing and quarantine requirements.

Required forms

Effective 8 February 2021, all passengers must complete an electronic Passenger Locator Form.

Other information

You can get the latest information from the Swiss Authorities regarding the new entry restrictions to Switzerland as well as rules and recommendations for travellers here.

For further information click here.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you re travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.