Who can currently travel to Switzerland?
We have the full country list updated below, which includes the EU/EFTA nations that can currently travel to Switzerland, as well as the third-party countries outside the EU that have just been given permission to travel to Switzerland starting on July 20, 2020.
Switzerland first reopened to EU and EFTA tourists on June 15th 2020.
Switzerland’s official government tourism site posted the announcement on June 5th 2020 stating: “Switzerland will open the borders to all EU and EFTA states and Great Britain on June 15”
Here is the current list of EU/EFTA nations allowed to travel into Switzerland:
(accurate as of Oct 2)
- Austria (some areas)
- Czech Republic
- France (some areas)
- Germany (some areas)
- Italy (some areas)
- Spain (some areas)
- United Kingdom
*People arriving in Switzerland from red countries and areas are required to go into quarantine for 10 days. A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement. See more details
Switzerland Reopens Borders For 14 Countries Outside the EU
On June 30th, The EU officially published the list of countries that will be allowed to travel to the European Union for the purpose of tourism starting on July 1st, 2020. The press release made by the EU was only a recommendation. Each country will still make their own travel restrictions based on the recommendation.
Switzerland has responded to the EU’s suggestion of opening its borders to 14 of the 15 approved countries, by permitting all but one of the suggestions into the country, as of July 20, 2020.
Third-party countries granted entry
In line with EU guidelines, Switzerland has lifted entry restrictions for the following third-party countries: (accurate as of Oct 12)
- Vatican City
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Korea
*countries in RED need to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival
This list of countries is to be regularly updated, at least every two weeks.
High-Risk Countries with a Mandatory Quarantine
Travel by APPROVED categories of travellers (as in: Swiss national returning home, essential workers, spouses of EU nationals, etc) is possible from the below high risk nations, but with a mandatory 14-day quarantine period. (accurate as of Oct 2)
- The Bahamas
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Cape Verde
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Eswatini (Swazsiland)
- Faroe Islands
- North Macedonia
- Occupied Palestinian Territory
- Sint Maarten
- Spain (with the exception of the Balearic and Canary Islands)
- South Africa
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Kingdom
- United States of America (including Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands)
As of 31 August, it will no longer be possible to enter Switzerland from a high-risk country on a transit flight via a non-high-risk country. However, passengers travelling from a non-high-risk country will be able to enter Switzerland even if they have a stopover in a high-risk country, provided they do not leave the transit area of the airport. Until now, it has been possible to circumvent the entry restrictions by travelling via airports in countries not on the high-risk list.
Under the new rules, which apply from 31 August, the country of departure, not the stopover country, determines whether travellers may enter Switzerland. For example, it is no longer possible for third-country nationals to fly to Switzerland from the USA via Toronto. This new regulation aims to prevent people circumventing the entry requirements by travelling in transit via countries not on the high-risk list.
Is entry into Switzerland based on physical location for the last 14-days, or nationality?
Border Control from the Federal Justice and Police Department in Switzerland gave us this statement:
“Nationality is not determinative for entry. Entry into Switzerland by land will be possible for people who have entered the Schengen area legally. Entry restrictions apply to persons arriving directly in Switzerland by plane from a country for which we have not yet opened our borders.”
Is there testing or quarantines upon arrival in Switzerland?
No. For the approved countries listed above, at this time, there is no mandatory testing or quarantines upon arrival.
Passengers should expect a health screening from a border officer, as well as agree to temperature scans.
Coming July 6:
Quarantine for travellers from certain areas
Since mid-June, the number of new cases of coronavirus has been rising in Switzerland as infected persons have entered the country from countries within the Schengen area and from non-Schengen countries. Consequently, with effect from Monday, 6 July, travellers entering Switzerland from certain regions will have to go into quarantine for ten days. The FOPH has a list of the countries concerned, which it updates regularly.
Travellers affected will be notified during the flight, on board coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities on arrival. The new ordinance will be adopted and published tomorrow. Airlines and travel companies will also be instructed not to transport sick passengers.
Have Flights Resumed Into Switzerland?
Yes, flights from all over the EU are flying directly into Swiss airports multiple times daily. Flights from the newly approved ‘third-party’ countries are also starting to resume.
Direct flights are coming in from almost every major city throughout the EU on airlines like: Swiss Air, EasyJet, Eurowings, Air France, Edelweiss Air, Austrian Airlines, and more.
Direct flights are now resuming from third-party countries like:
- Tokyo to Zurich 2-3x’s a week on Swiss Air starting in July
- Algiers to Geneva 2-3x’s a week on Air Algerie starting in July
- Toronto to Zurich 5-7x’s a week on Air Canada starting in July
- Calgary to Zurich 1x a week on Edelwiss Air starting in August
- Bangkok to Zurich 3-5x’s a week on Swiss Air and Thai Air starting in July
Can the USA Travel To Switzerland?
No, not at this time.
Switzerland and the #LoveIsEssential Movement
The Swiss government recently made some changes to their entry requirements and are now allowing un-married, inter-national couples to reunite in Switzerland. This means that an American with a partner in Switzerland can how have the chance to reunite, even with the current bans.
Switzerland will now recognize un-married couples who:
- Have minor children together
- Have proof they are in a real relationship with actual face-to-face meetings before the pandemic set in
What’s Open in Switzerland?
Mostly everything is open in Switzerland, even if it may have different capacity levels or operating hours. For more details, check out our Switzerland Reopening For Tourism guide.
Disclaimer: Switzerland's reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.
Originally published July 1