Tourists are eager to return to beautiful Switzerland known for it’s 208 mountains, over 7000 pristine lakes, extremely high quality of life, and awe-inspiring views. Below we have all the information you’ll need for travel to Switzerland in 2021, including which countries can visit, if testing and or quarantines apply to your trip, and everything else you should know before you go.
Countries Allowed To Enter Switzerland
Currently, only EU/EEA/Schengen nations, along with a small list of third-party countries are permitted to enter Switzerland for tourism and other non-essential types of travel.
The types of passengers that can arrive from these approved countries include: Nationals, citizens, long-term visa holders, spouses, registered partners, and dependant children/parents/grandparents.
Here is the list of nations Switzerland considers to be ‘low risk’ seperated into two lists, one Schengen and the other EU nations plus third-party
List of low-risk countries
EU and smaller European countries and some third countries:
Vatican / Holy See
All passengers must fill out the Entry Form before arriving in Switzerland. This includes arrivals by air, land borders, and sea borders, or those in transit. The completed form will generate a QR code that will be shown to border control.
Testing Requirements For Travel to Switzerland
All air arrivals must show a negative covid test in order to enter Switzerland. The test can either be a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before the first embarkation point, or a negative antigen test taken no longer than 24 hours before the first embarkation point.
Children under 12 do not have to provide a test result.
Exemptions to testing requirements:
Starting May 31, 2021, there are many new exemptions and exceptions to the negative pre-flight testing that is required. As long as the passenger is a resident of and coming from an approved low-risk nation, they may not have to fill out the entry form OR provide a negative test, if they can show:
- Proof of recovery. Including a positive PCR test for the virus within 14 days to 6 months of arrival, along with a recovery certificate
- Proof of vaccination. Including proof the last/final shot of the vaccine has been administered within 6 months.
Travel From High-Risk Countries
Travel into Switzerland from high-risk nations is only permitted by Swiss residents/citizens, EU/Schengen residents/citizens, and a small list of third-party or essential travelers. Tourism from high-risk nations outside the EU/EEA is not permitted.
Approved travelers coming from high-risk nations will have a few extra entry requirements. They will have to show a 72-hour PCR test before boarding (antigen not allowed in this case) as well as complete a 10-day quarantine.
High-risk countries are updated frequently and can be found HERE
Travel Insurance Entry Requirements for Switzerland
Travel Insurance is not mandatory for entry into Switzerland, but due to high costs, all incoming travelers should have medical insurance that also covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip.
Masks in Switzerland
The wearing of a mask is required in all public indoor spaces, transit, and outdoor IF a distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained. Children under 12 are exempt from wearing a mask. Mask rules and advice can change suddenly, so the updates can be found HERE.
Other Temporary Restrictions and Reopenings Include
- Outdoor dining is open. Indoor dining will resume June 1
- Public events of 100 people indoors and 300 people outdoors is authorized for June 1
- Hotels are open and accepting tourism stays
- Most museums, cultural events and tourist attractions are open
Vaccine Entry Requirements
Switzerland does not have any vaccine mandates for entry. They are currently making exceptions for EU/Schengen+ travelers to skip testing if they can show they are fully vaccinated and no longer than 6 months has elapsed.
Transit through Switzerland to another country may be possible. Transit is possible when a passenger is coming from a Schengen nation to another Schengen nation, from a Schengen nation to a third-party nation, and from a low-risk third-party country to another third-party country. However, transits are restricted when the passenger is coming from a third-party country considered to be high-risk, no matter if they are heading to a Schengen nation or another third-party nation.
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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. 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. Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories