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In more travel news this week, officials in Switzerland announced on Thursday that the nation will be removing its covid-related entry requirements for travelers. The updated guidance will come into effect on May 2nd, 2022.

The announcement was made by Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) on Thursday via a post on Twitter, confirming that “the entry restrictions currently in place will be lifted from May 2. As of that date, the usual rules for entering Switzerland will apply.”

This week’s news makes Switzerland the 34th country so far to remove all Covid-related entry requirements that were originally put in place at the beginning of the pandemic.

traveler standing on a bridge and taking pictures in Zurich, Switzerland

Testing And Vaccination Requirements To Be Removed From May 2

Thursday’s official announcement means that effective Monday, May 2nd, all Covid-related entry requirements will be lifted for travelers, including those coming from countries still on Switzerland’s “high-risk” list.

This means that travelers, regardless of the country they are arriving from, or what their vaccination status is, will be able to enter Switzerland without any travel restrictions.

Picture of a chalet near Zermatt on a mountain

What Are The Current Travel Restrictions For Switzerland?

Until May 2, all current entry rules will stay in place.

At this time, only fully vaccinated travelers from third countries can travel to Switzerland for non-essential purposes.

To be admitted, the last vaccine dosage must have been given no later than 9 months (270 days) prior to departure. Travelers may also provide official proof of recovery from the virus as an alternative, and also have a negative Covid test result for travel. But as of Monday, May 2nd, these requirements will be dropped.

Woman traveling in Gornergrat train in Switzerland

Switzerland’s Travel Restrictions Updated Back In February

This isn’t the first time Switzerland has announced that it will be scrapping entry requirements for travelers.

Back in February, the SEM stated that the country would be dropping its Covid-related travel restrictions, but the guidance was quickly amended the following day for travelers coming from third countries, which included those from the United States and Canada.

The move would have made Switzerland part of the first group of countries to fully remove Covid restrictions for international travelers, but disagreements between different levels of government kept the restrictions from being removed early on in 2022.

The streets of Zurich

Entry Requirements For Switzerland To Be Lifted – Information For Travelers

From May 2, 2022, all Covid-related entry restrictions will no longer be required for international arrivals to Switzerland. The travel restrictions that will be removed include:

  • No pre-departure or on arrival testing for travelers, regardless of vaccination status
  • No proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid required
  • No quarantine requirements
  • No countries banned due to varients or cases

This means that once the new guidance goes into effect, international visitors to Switzerland as well as domestic returning travelers can travel to Switzerland as in pre-pandemic times, with no Covid-related entry restrictions at the land or air crossing.

What About If I’m Transiting/Traveling Through Switzerland?

Switzerland shares a land border with a number of other popular destinations with tourists, including Germany, Italy, France, and Austria via Liechtenstein. Considering this, it’s inevitable that travelers will find themselves passing through Switzerland at some point during their Europe trip.

So if you are planning on spending some time traveling around a few countries in the area, know that transiting through Switzerland from a neighboring country in the Schengen zone is allowed for travelers from the US, Canada, and other third countries without any entry requirements.

Father and his son are hiking in the mountains in Switzerland. The dad is wearing hiking clothes, a sun hat and is carrying a backpack. A little boy with a sun hat is looking towards the azure blue Oeschinen lake and the beautiful Swiss Alps landscape in the distance.

What About Masks And Other Internal Restrictions?

Switzerland’s official SEM guidance states that while masks and social distancing continues to be recommended, they are no longer required. As of April 1st, the country scrapped its internal restrictions, including the mask mandate for public transportation.

With the mask mandate gone for transportation, tourists should know that flights into Switzerland from countries that have also dropped mask mandates will be mask-free as well.

How To Prepare For Your Trip

As always, make sure to read up on the official government guidance before booking your trip as well as before setting off to travel.

You can read more about the full official guidance for travelers to Switzerland on the State Secretariat for Migration website.

Keep in mind that Switzerland does not require travelers to have insurance to visit, but it is always recommended. You can see some of the best options for Covid-related coverage here.

Aerial view and autumn cityscape of Zurich, Switzerland

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Mindy

Monday 25th of April 2022

If Switzerland is open, then I think Leichtenstein is also open? This is from the government website: Switzerland handles immigration and customs matters for Liechtenstein. Entry requirements for all travellers are the same as for Switzerland. There is an open border between Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 25th of April 2022

I hypothesize they will follow Switzerland's entry rules, but I cannot confirm at this time

Christian

Friday 22nd of April 2022

Going from one extreme to the other. Anyway, it is good news that especially Switzerland lifted all entry requirements. Due to the fact that it is a Schengen country and that it is bordering Covid fascist countries like France, Italy and Germany, it would be a convenient jumping board for visiting those countries.

Christian

Wednesday 4th of May 2022

@James, I know that from my brother’s hands-on experience who lives in Switzerland and often crosses the border into France. You can also watch countless YouTube videos that show that people are allowed to cross without being checked or asked about their status. I understand that the borders between Schengen zone countries were only closed during a brief period in 2020.

James

Saturday 23rd of April 2022

@Christian, You are implying it is perfectly legal to enter those countries unvaccinated or withouta PCR test. Do you know that for a fact? If you do could you provide a link please. TIA