Travelling to Switzerland Due to COVID-19, the Swiss government has enacted entry restrictions for travelers from certain countries and territories. For further information, please see:
Federal Office of Health
Federal Office of Migration
Can I enter Switzerland from Canada?
(new regulations as of June 26, 2021, 00.01am Swiss time)
- If you are fully vaccinated with the second dose received at least 15 days before the date of entry to Switzerland and if you have required travel documents /visa: Yes.
You will have to present valid proof of vaccination.
- If you are not, or only partially, vaccinated: No. You are not permitted to enter Switzerland.
I am fully vaccinated, but will travel with an unvaccinated / partially vaccinated child. Is entry for the child possible?
Persons under the age of 18 year are allowed to enter Switzerland, if they are accompanied by a fully-vaccinated adult.
If the child is older than 16 years, a negative COVID test will still be required.
If I am not permitted to enter Switzerland due to my vaccination status, can I apply for an exemption
The following exemptions exist for individuals who are not, or only partially vaccinated:
- Swiss citizens (if you do not have a valid Swiss passport, please contact the Consulate General in Montréal or Vancouver)
- Permanent residents in Switzerland with proof of permanent residency.
- EU/EFTA citizens with a valid passport
- Canadians citizens and permanent residents in Canada for documented essential purposes only, subject to authorization.
- For details please check the website for Federal Office Migration FAQ "Who is not affected by the ban on entry to Switzerland"
What do I have to do to get an exemption for essential travels?
Please email one of the Consulates General of Switzerland:
If you live in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, N.W.T please email the Consulate in Vancouver: firstname.lastname@example.org
All other provinces, please email the Consulate in Montreal: email@example.com
Do I need to go into quarantine upon entering Switzerland from Canada?
- If you are fully vaccinated with the second dose received at least 15 days before the date of entry to Switzerland: You are exempt of quarantine obligation. Vaccinations are valid for 12 months from the date of second dose.
- If you are not, or only partially, vaccinated, but are permitted to enter Switzerland under rules of exemption: Quarantine in Switzerland is mandatory.
Do I have to present a negative PCR Covid-test before boarding the plane?
If you are fully vaccinated with the second dose received at least 15 days before the date of entry to Switzerland: No.
- If you are not, or only partially, vaccinated, but are permitted to enter Switzerland under rules of exemption: Yes, you have to present valid proof of a negative PCR test, taken not more than 72 hours (time of specimen collection) before boarding.
- Children under the age of 16 years are exempt from the test requirement.
Do I have to fill in a form?
Yes, all international travellers have to fill out and submit the following form prior to boarding a flight to Switzerland: Form for incoming travellers
Can I transit through Switzerland to a third country?
See the website of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).
Are facial masks mandatory in Switzerland?
For mask requirements in Switzerland, please consult the latest guidelines here. Please note: Further obligations may apply depending on the canton.