Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt
As the official representation of Switzerland, the Embassy covers all matters concerning diplomatic relations between the two countries. It represents Swiss interests in the areas of political, economic, financial and legal affairs, as well as science, education and culture.
Entry restrictions to Switzerland as of 20.12.2021
From 20.12.2021, stricter measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus and new rules apply to entry into Switzerland.
Anyone who has a Swiss passport or a valid Swiss residence permit can enter Switzerland at any time. All travelers must take note of the health-related measures at the Swiss border.
The interactive travel check tool shows you what measures apply to you.
Everyone entering Switzerland must present a completed entry form. Individual exemptions apply, e.g. for cross-border commuters and people travelling from areas bordering Switzerland. You will find a list of all exemptions here.
Please note that the entry form can be completed at the earliest 48h before entry.
What to do:
Fill out the electronic entry form on a computer or smartphone before you enter Switzerland. As soon as you have filled out the online form, you’ll be emailed a QR code as confirmation. Keep this code handy for inspection when you arrive in Switzerland. During these checks, you can show the QR code on your smartphone or a printed confirmation. If you have not filled out the entry form despite the obligation to do so, the controlling authority can punish you with a CHF 100 fine. The same applies if you provide false information on the form.
Click here for exemptions from obligation to complete an entry form
Click here for information for passenger transport companies
You'll find plenty of information in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
At various times you will be asked to show a negative test result. These provisions also apply to people who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID, and regardless of what country they enter from.
On boarding, everyone aged 16 and over intending to enter Switzerland by air or bus must be able to show the negative result of a PCR test (performed no more than 72 hours prior to boarding) or a rapid antigen test (performed no more than 24 hours previously). If you cannot show such a test you will not be allowed to board the aircraft or vehicle. Note: For people entering Switzerland from a country with a variant of concern, the test requirement on boarding already applies to those aged 6 and over.
Exception to the test requirement on boarding
On entry to Switzerland:
On entering Switzerland, everyone aged 16 and over must be able to show the negative result of a PCR test (performed no more than 72 hours prior to entry) or a rapid antigen test (performed no more than 24 hours previously). Anyone unable to present a valid negative PCR test, must take a test immediately on arrival (PCR or rapid antigen test).
Did you get a PCR test in Switzerland before departure and are re-entering Switzerland within 72 hours? When staying abroad for more than 24 hours, we highly recommend you get another test before returning to Switzerland.
- After entering Switzerland:
Are you not vaccinated or recovered? Then you must take another PCR test or rapid antigen test between the 4th and 7th day after entry. This applies to people age 16 and over. For people entering the country and leaving before day 7 (and staying for 6 nights), another PCR or rapid antigen test is not obligatory but recommended. The test result and the number of the entry form or a copy of the contact card must be notified to the canton.
Have you received a negative test result? In this case you must report this to the canton in the form of a COVID test certificate. Have you received a positive test result? In this case, notify the canton of the test result. Contact details for the cantonal authorities are listed further down this page. The costs of the test are borne by the person themselves.
Exceptions to the general test requirement
There are currently no countries on the list of countries with a variant of concern. There is thus no quarantine requirement for people arriving in Switzerland at present.
It is the list of countries with a variant of concern that determines whether you have to go into quarantine after entering Switzerland. Anyone who has been in a country with a variant of concern in the 10 days prior to entering Switzerland must go into quarantine. This also applies to people who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID.
People entering Switzerland from a country that is not on the list of countries with a variant of concern do not have to go into quarantine after entry.
Issuance of COVID certificates:
In addition, as of September 20, all persons who have been vaccinated abroad with a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA list) and who are domiciled in Switzerland or who enter Switzerland, can obtain a Swiss COVID digital certificate recognized in the Schengen area. In addition, for a limited group of people (permanent or temporary residents in Switzerland) certificates are also issued for vaccinations on the WHO list. Until October 10, 2021, as a transitional measure, all foreign vaccination certificates (e.g. WHO vaccination certificate) are valid for access to facilities or events requiring a certificate. More information
The following vaccines are accepted for entering Switzerland:
- Pfizer/Pfizer/BioNTech (BNT162b2 / Comirnaty® / Tozinameran)
- Moderna (mRNA-1273 / Spikevax / COVID-19 vaccine Moderna)
- AstraZeneca (AZD1222 Vaxzevria®/ Covishield™)
- Janssen / Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
- Sinopharm / BIBP (SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell))
- Sinovac (CoronaVac)
For more information about vaccines please visit the under mentioned internet sites:
- Vaccines recognized from Switzerland
- Vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency
- Vaccines recognized by the World Health Organization
These rules do not apply for travelers, who are entering Switzerland from a country with the new Delta variant.
People who have been vaccinated with two different vaccines are considered to be fully vaccinated if:
- the vaccines used have been approved by the authorities in Switzerland (Swissmedic) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or are on the WHO emergency use list and
- they were administered in accordance with the regulations or recommendations of the state in which the vaccination took place.
Vaccination must be documented in the form of a recognized certificate or other proof of vaccination. In addition to your last name, first name and date of birth, the proof of vaccination must also include the date of vaccination and the vaccine used.
Please note: not all international vaccination certificates that allow entry to Switzerland also allow entering places with a COVID certificate requirement in Switzerland (e.g. restaurants).
Do you have a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU-DCC)? This is valid in Switzerland. Do you have no EU-DCC but have recovered from COVID abroad or you have a recognized certificate according to the requirements above? Request a Swiss COVID certificate via the National COVID Certificate Application Office.
If you received the Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines and are travelling to Switzerland as a tourist, you cannot apply for a Swiss COVID certificate. However, there are some exceptions. You can find out under what conditions you can obtain a certificate on the page Where and how to get a COVID certificate and how long it is valid.
Entry restrictions continue to apply to foreign nationals, who are not vaccinated and are travelling from Egypt. For persons who are not vaccinated but allowed to travel to Switzerland under exceptional circumstances, the following rules applies:
- You need to present a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours) or a negative rapid antigen test (not older than 48 hours) before boarding. (read more)
- You need to fill in an entry form before you cross the border. (entry form)
To see what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland, please consult the online Travelcheck
Important: Please be informed that it is not the FDFA’s responsibility to issue confirmations for medical certificates and the Embassy does not translate COVID test results nor medical certificates. The representations abroad do not provide information on the provisions of the exemptions from the testing and quarantine obligation.
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Travel Admin App
The FDFA calls on all Swiss nationals travelling abroad to register on the "Travel Admin App" in order to keep up to date with the latest developments in the country of their current stay. All those who have already returned to Switzerland should delete their travel registration.
COVID-19, travel regulations to enter Egypt
Those who have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days before arrival in Egypt are exempted from the requirement to provide a negative PCR test, although holders of vaccination certificates are not exempted from taking a rapid coronavirus test on arrival if they are traveling from countries affected by mutations of the virus.
For people, who recovered from COVID-19, Switzerland provides a COVID Certificate after one vaccination. It considers these people fully vaccinated. The COVID Certificate states that 1/1 dose has been given. The Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt has heard of cases where a PCR test was still required with these types of COVID Certificate.
Please be informed that it is not the Embassy’s responsibility to issue or translate medical certificates. Passengers are advised to contact their airline directly to verify if they carry all the necessary documents with them.