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”
July 1 updates: More countries allowed July 20. Details below
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:
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
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:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
Absent from this list is Serbia.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.