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Switzerland Reopening To Tourists From These Countries June 15

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Switzerland is reopening to tourists on June 15th 2020, starting by allowing visitors from 30 countries.

Switzerland’s official government tourism site posted an announcement on June 5th 2020 stating: “Switzerland will open the borders to all EU and EFTA states and Great Britain on June 15”

→ A Newer version of this article now exists at “Countries Allowed To Travel To Switzerland” Please go there for the most current and updated Switzerland travel info. 

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This announcement comes after many other European countries like Germany, Portugal, Italy and Croatia have also announced the same phased re-openings of their own.

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Switzerland is reopening its borders on June 15 to the 27 countries in the European Union, The UK (who is in a transition period right now) and the other 3 countries in the EFTA (Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.)

Here’s the full list:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
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Third-Party ‘safe’ countries:

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 will lift entry restrictions for the following third-party countries, July 20:

  • Algeria
  • Australia
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay

Absent from this list is Serbia.

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What about countries like the USA and other nations wanting to visit Switzerland?

No announcements have been made outside the 30 European countries that will be allowed into Switzerland on June 15th and the 14 third-party nations allowed on July 20. 

What is open in Switzerland?

Tourists arriving in June will find that mostly everything is open in Switzerland, with proper social distancing and sanitary protocols in full effect.

 “Travel within Switzerland is now possible again. Within the next few weeks, travel to Switzerland from European countries will be possible more and more. In addition, touristic attractions such as mountain railways, boats, panoramic trains and zoos will be able to open starting June 6. Restaurants, Hotels and Museums are open already, observing strict health and safety restrictions. The touristic summer season in Switzerland has started!” says the Swiss Tourism Board.

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Here’s what’s open in Switzerland:

  • Hotels and overnight accommodation
  • Thermal baths and spas
  • Restaurants, cafes and eateries
  • Mountain railways (like the Glacier 3000 and Titlis)
  • Public transportation
  • Panoramic Trains (like Bernina Express, Glacier Express, GoldenPass Panoramic, Gotthard Panorama, Luzern-Interken)
  • Musuems and art galleries
  • Swimming pools and beaches
  • Events with a maximum of 300 attendees
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Switzerland is hoping to receive many summer vacationers that are eager to get out of the house and take a much needed break. They’ve already started replacing their tourism slogans from “Dream now – travel later” to “We Need a Vacation – We need Switzerland”, and the hashtag #INeedSwitzerland

Daily flights from multiple airlines like Swiss Air and Lufthansa are already scheduled to start arriving from other European cities into Switzerland for June 15th onward.

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Switzerland was just crowned as “Safest Place To Visit in 2020” by travel insurance provider Insurly, with a score of 93.4/100

With its reliable and efficient healthcare system, sustainable transport practices, and low occurrences of violent incidents, travellers have little to no risk in visiting Switzerland.

Read More: See a complete list of countries now reopen for international tourism and more details on countries that can visit Switzerland now

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.

Sources: MySwitzerland / Stnet.ch


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Valdrin Bilalli

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

Hello im Valdrin I have KOSOVO Passport but i live in Canada I have Perminen Resitenc of Canda can i visit Switzerland on July 2021? thanks

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

Hello - We don't know the rules for July yet, as things change very fast in this environment. Currently, neither Kosovo or Canada is permitted to enter Switzerland for non-essential reasons like tourism, but that may be very different come July. It's best to be patient and check back in May or June to see what the rules are then.

Pema

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Can we visit Switzerland for vacation on March 2021 if we have schenghen visa? I’m an Indian nationality

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

No sorry, with the rules as they are today, the answer is no. However, March may be different, but there is no way of knowing that at this time

Sam

Friday 16th of October 2020

Hi. I am a resident of India. I will be travelling to and staying in UK for 4-5 weeks. Does entry into Switzerland require residency/ nationality? Can a tourist enter Switzerland if he/ she has stayed in the EU approved list for more than 2 weeks?

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 17th of October 2020

Hi Sam, we don't know. They have not been entirely forthright in making a document or an official statement saying one way or the other. You will have to contact border police and find out directly under your specific circumstances. Let us know what they say!

haleema

Wednesday 16th of September 2020

Any idea when Switzerland will open for tourists from pakistan

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 16th of September 2020

No sorry, that information is not available

Jayanta Das

Saturday 12th of September 2020

Any idea when Switzerland will open for tourists from India

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 12th of September 2020

No sorry if we had that information, we would have included it in this post

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 12th of September 2020

No sorry, if we had that kind of information we would have incuded it.