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Switzerland’s Entry Requirements For Travel in 2021

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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.

switzerland entry requirements for travel in 2021

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

Schengen States:

Austria
Belgium
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Sweden
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain

EU and smaller European countries and some third countries:

Andorra
Australia
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Ireland
Israel
Monaco
New Zealand
Rwanda
Romania
San Marino
Singapore
South Korea
Thailand
Vatican / Holy See

Entry Form

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.

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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.
switzerland entry rules from high risk countries

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.

switzerland tourism in 2021

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
cable car switzerland

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 Rules

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.

swiss tourism

Read More:

Countries that allow vaccinated tourists to enter

List of countries A-Z that are open for tourism in 2021

Countries open to all with no tests/quarantines

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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


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Michael Sandmeier

Monday 31st of May 2021

As a partner to a Swiss citizen, travel to Switzerland from a high risk country might be possible if partnership can be proven with respective documents. Is this information correct?

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 1st of June 2021

Yes we believe that is accurate, but perhaps contact your nearest consulate or border police to get more clarity on what documents and testing/quarantines will apply

Lee

Saturday 29th of May 2021

Vaccination no longer than 6 months ??? What the hell is that !! Did I read this correctly?

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 29th of May 2021

Yes, the Swiss government page says there is not enough data at this time and they want to make a cut off of 6 months. I imagine this will quickly be extended

Jack

Saturday 29th of May 2021

Terrible. Just terrible.

Susan Duval

Saturday 29th of May 2021

Any chance you could do an article about the "At Home" Antigen tests that we can perhaps use while we are traveling? I am having the hardest time trying to find one to buy and bring with me to the Azores on June 5. And also having a tough time figuring out how to get one there at a lab or a pharmacy, cost, etc. I am bringing a group of 10 people and hope to figure it all out before we leave. Thanks!!