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Overview

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, Switzerland has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to Switzerland, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 29 June 2021

Last Updated at: 08 July 2021

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Global Mobility Updates – Switzerland

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Overview

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, Switzerland has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to Switzerland, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 29 June 2021

Last Updated at: 08 July 2021

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Global Mobility Updates – Switzerland

Latest Update

Switzerland has reopened for U.S. and Canadian travelers as the country attempts to salvage the summer and attract visitors from North America. 

The Switzerland tourism website states that all visitors from third countries, such as the U.S. and Canada, must have evidence of vaccination or complete recovery from  COVID-19. 

Here are some of the most critical requirements:

  • Visitors must have received the second dose of their COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before visiting the country 
  • If travelers haven’t received their vaccine, they’ll need to show official proof that they’ve recovered from COVID-19 through an official COVID-19 test result in the previous 6 months
  • If travelers have neither of the above, they can get a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arriving or a rapid antigen test within 48 hours of boarding the flight
  • Children under the age of 16 do not require evidence of vaccination, but they must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test
  • Finally, travelers must complete an online form before they fly to Switzerland

Switzerland has also dropped its quarantine requirements to all countries in the Schengen area. The nation has fully reopened to vaccinated U.K, New Zealand, Australia, Israel, Singapore, and South Korean travelers. Switzerland initially started making plans for reopening in June 2020, when it started its “Clean & Safe Program.” 

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Entering Switzerland Borders

  • Persons entering from the Schengen area will no longer be required to quarantine.
  • The requirement to be tested will now apply only to persons arriving by plane who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID-19.
  • Switzerland is easing the existing entry restrictions for persons arriving from third countries who can prove they have been vaccinated.

 

Entry from a country with a variant of the virus of concern

  • Persons who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from the disease will be permitted to enter Switzerland from these countries or regions without having to be tested or to quarantine.
  • Those who have neither been vaccinated nor have recovered must present a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test and go into quarantine on entry.
  • In practice, this means that persons who have been vaccinated or who have recovered do not have to produce a negative test even when travelling from countries where the Delta variant is widespread (such as India or the United Kingdom) and do not have to quarantine on entry.

 

Advice Upon Returning To Switzerland

  • Anyone who has a Swiss passport or a valid Swiss residence permit can enter Switzerland at any time

 

Leaving Switzerland Borders

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

Please also bear in mind the following points when planning a trip and while travelling:

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

 

Restrictions and requirements in the destination country

Before travelling, always check directly with the embassy or consulate of your destination country to find out what restrictions are in place due to the novel coronavirus. These can differ from country to country and change at very short notice. The following restrictions and requirements are possible:

  • Changed entry rules, through to border closures
  • Requirements before entry (e.g. filling out the entry form of the destination country or bringing a negative test result)
  • Measures upon entering the country (e.g. mandatory quarantine in the destination country)
  • Measures within the destination country (e.g. compulsory wearing of face masks and shop closures)

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  • No restrictions on face-to-face teaching
  • Restrictions on class sizes for face-to-face teaching at professional education, continuing education and higher education institutions will be lifted.
  • No requirement to conduct regular testing.

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Changes to Visa Related Services During COVID-19

  • Depending on the purpose of your travel to Switzerland, there are different types of Swiss visas that will apply to the occasion.
  • Whether you are planning to go on a visit, study or work and reside in Switzerland permanently, you will have to apply for a different Swiss Visa, accordingly.
  • You can apply for the Swiss Schengen Visa since 2008 when Switzerland as an EFTA Member State also became a member state of the Schengen Area.

 

General required documents for a Swiss Schengen Visa Application:

  • Download the application form, fill it completely and with sincerity. You can also fill the Schengen Visa application form electronically and then print a hard copy.
  • photos must be attached; the photo should be of passport format – a recent whole-face capture with a light background. Learn more about photo requirements and specifications for a Swiss Visa.
  • Your passport and copies of your previous visas – valid for at least 3 months beyond the return date – are required. Your passport must have at least two blank pages.
  • A copy of your return ticket reservation. It is not recommended to purchase the ticket before obtaining the visa – if not otherwise required
  • Travel medical insurance confirmation of minimum 30,000 € coverage within Switzerland and the entire Schengen area.
  • Travel health insurance policies for foreigners travelling to Switzerland that fulfil Swiss Schengen Visa requirements can be purchased online from AXA Assistance or Europ Assistance. Both companies are accepted by Swiss authorities worldwide. 
  • A cover letter stating the purpose of visit to Switzerland and itinerary
  • Flight itinerary reservation with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Switzerland
  • Proof of accommodation for the whole duration of the intended stay in Switzerland. Find and Book Cheap Hotels in Switzerland!
  • Proof of civil status (marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, ration card if applicable)
  • Proof of sufficient financial means for the period of stay in Switzerland.

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  • Both virtual and face-to-face services are available.
  • Market availability may be limited due to covid-19 rules (self-isolation).
  • House viewing for the group is permitted.
  • House orientation is limited to 3 people per visit.
  • Wear masks and social distancing of 1.5 metres are required during a house visit.

 

Short Term Accommodation

  • Hotels and apartments are available for booking online with limited face-to-face interactions.

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Pet Import To Switzerland

  • All pets entering Spain must be microchipped.
  • All pets must provide proof of a current rabies vaccination administered after a microchip is implanted.
  • Pets from high rabies countries must undergo a rabies titer test.
  • Tapeworm treatment for dogs is not necessary to enter Spain.
  • Obtain the relevant health certificate.
  • For pets entering Switzerland from non-EU countries, they must enter Spain through the Border Inspection Posts at international airports in Basel, Geneva or Zurich.
  • Puppies, kittens and ferrets under 8 weeks of age are not prohibited from entering Switzerland.

For more information on pet import and export to Switzerland, please refer to pettravel.com.

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For COVID-19 updates visit swissinfo.ch, schengenvisainfo.com, and the Federal Office of Public Health. 

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Latest Update

Switzerland has reopened for U.S. and Canadian travelers as the country attempts to salvage the summer and attract visitors from North America. 

The Switzerland tourism website states that all visitors from third countries, such as the U.S. and Canada, must have evidence of vaccination or complete recovery from  COVID-19. 

Here are some of the most critical requirements:

  • Visitors must have received the second dose of their COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before visiting the country 
  • If travelers haven’t received their vaccine, they’ll need to show official proof that they’ve recovered from COVID-19 through an official COVID-19 test result in the previous 6 months
  • If travelers have neither of the above, they can get a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arriving or a rapid antigen test within 48 hours of boarding the flight
  • Children under the age of 16 do not require evidence of vaccination, but they must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test
  • Finally, travelers must complete an online form before they fly to Switzerland

Switzerland has also dropped its quarantine requirements to all countries in the Schengen area. The nation has fully reopened to vaccinated U.K, New Zealand, Australia, Israel, Singapore, and South Korean travelers. Switzerland initially started making plans for reopening in June 2020, when it started its “Clean & Safe Program.” 

Entering Switzerland Borders

  • Persons entering from the Schengen area will no longer be required to quarantine.
  • The requirement to be tested will now apply only to persons arriving by plane who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID-19.
  • Switzerland is easing the existing entry restrictions for persons arriving from third countries who can prove they have been vaccinated.

 

Entry from a country with a variant of the virus of concern

  • Persons who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from the disease will be permitted to enter Switzerland from these countries or regions without having to be tested or to quarantine.
  • Those who have neither been vaccinated nor have recovered must present a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test and go into quarantine on entry.
  • In practice, this means that persons who have been vaccinated or who have recovered do not have to produce a negative test even when travelling from countries where the Delta variant is widespread (such as India or the United Kingdom) and do not have to quarantine on entry.

 

Advice Upon Returning To Switzerland

  • Anyone who has a Swiss passport or a valid Swiss residence permit can enter Switzerland at any time

 

Leaving Switzerland Borders

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

Please also bear in mind the following points when planning a trip and while travelling:

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

 

Restrictions and requirements in the destination country

Before travelling, always check directly with the embassy or consulate of your destination country to find out what restrictions are in place due to the novel coronavirus. These can differ from country to country and change at very short notice. The following restrictions and requirements are possible:

  • Changed entry rules, through to border closures
  • Requirements before entry (e.g. filling out the entry form of the destination country or bringing a negative test result)
  • Measures upon entering the country (e.g. mandatory quarantine in the destination country)
  • Measures within the destination country (e.g. compulsory wearing of face masks and shop closures)
  • No restrictions on face-to-face teaching
  • Restrictions on class sizes for face-to-face teaching at professional education, continuing education and higher education institutions will be lifted.
  • No requirement to conduct regular testing.

Changes to Visa Related Services During COVID-19

  • Depending on the purpose of your travel to Switzerland, there are different types of Swiss visas that will apply to the occasion.
  • Whether you are planning to go on a visit, study or work and reside in Switzerland permanently, you will have to apply for a different Swiss Visa, accordingly.
  • You can apply for the Swiss Schengen Visa since 2008 when Switzerland as an EFTA Member State also became a member state of the Schengen Area.

 

General required documents for a Swiss Schengen Visa Application:

  • Download the application form, fill it completely and with sincerity. You can also fill the Schengen Visa application form electronically and then print a hard copy.
  • photos must be attached; the photo should be of passport format – a recent whole-face capture with a light background. Learn more about photo requirements and specifications for a Swiss Visa.
  • Your passport and copies of your previous visas – valid for at least 3 months beyond the return date – are required. Your passport must have at least two blank pages.
  • A copy of your return ticket reservation. It is not recommended to purchase the ticket before obtaining the visa – if not otherwise required
  • Travel medical insurance confirmation of minimum 30,000 € coverage within Switzerland and the entire Schengen area.
  • Travel health insurance policies for foreigners travelling to Switzerland that fulfil Swiss Schengen Visa requirements can be purchased online from AXA Assistance or Europ Assistance. Both companies are accepted by Swiss authorities worldwide. 
  • A cover letter stating the purpose of visit to Switzerland and itinerary
  • Flight itinerary reservation with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Switzerland
  • Proof of accommodation for the whole duration of the intended stay in Switzerland. Find and Book Cheap Hotels in Switzerland!
  • Proof of civil status (marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, ration card if applicable)
  • Proof of sufficient financial means for the period of stay in Switzerland.

Home Search

  • Both virtual and face-to-face services are available.
  • Market availability may be limited due to covid-19 rules (self-isolation).
  • House viewing for the group is permitted.
  • House orientation is limited to 3 people per visit.
  • Wear masks and social distancing of 1.5 metres are required during a house visit.

 

Short Term Accommodation

  • Hotels and apartments are available for booking online with limited face-to-face interactions.

Pet Import To Switzerland

  • All pets entering Spain must be microchipped.
  • All pets must provide proof of a current rabies vaccination administered after a microchip is implanted.
  • Pets from high rabies countries must undergo a rabies titer test.
  • Tapeworm treatment for dogs is not necessary to enter Spain.
  • Obtain the relevant health certificate.
  • For pets entering Switzerland from non-EU countries, they must enter Spain through the Border Inspection Posts at international airports in Basel, Geneva or Zurich.
  • Puppies, kittens and ferrets under 8 weeks of age are not prohibited from entering Switzerland.

For more information on pet import and export to Switzerland, please refer to pettravel.com.

For COVID-19 updates visit swissinfo.ch, schengenvisainfo.com, and the Federal Office of Public Health. 

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