Travelers to Switzerland

Local news, 27.09.2021

Information for travelers to Switzerland

Information about travel to Switzerland

To see what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland please consult the online FOPH - Travel Check.

The State Secretariat of Migration (SEM) considers effective 27 September, Japan again as a high-risk country.

For fully vaccinated foreign nationals travelling from Japan to Switzerland, the regular entry requirements continue to apply. For information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please consult the following website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

However, entry restrictions apply for foreign nationals travelling from Japan who are not fully vaccinated, who are without rights of free movement, or who do not belong to any of the exceptional categories of the Covid 19 Regulation 3. For additional information, please consult the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).

Children, who cannot be vaccinated due to their age, are allowed to enter Switzerland with their vaccinated accompanying persons (parents, siblings, grandparents or other caregivers).

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, specific rules apply for people entering Switzerland. Please refer to the information of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

All travelers arriving in Switzerland by plane must fill in the entry form (no exceptions).

If your trip to Switzerland includes transit through another foreign country, you must also check the entry restrictions of that country. Each airline has its own rules for combatting the pandemic. It is therefore strongly recommended to contact your airline in time, in order to confirm the boarding requirements.

For further information, please consult the COVID-19-Ordinance or the website of the State Secretariat of Migration.


Travelers arriving in Switzerland from Japan do not have to go into quarantine (FOPH).

Mandatory for all airline passengers travelling from Japan to Switzerland:

  • Electronic entry form for all incoming travelers (no exceptions)
  • Present one of the following medical documents (if older than 16 years):
  1. a COVID-19 vaccination certificate stating that you were fully vaccinated within the last 12 months with an approved vaccine
  2. a negative COVID-19 PCR test in English, taken no more than 72 hours (time of specimen collection) before departure
  3. a positive COVID-19 test result of a test taken within the last 6 months and a COVID-19 recovery medical certificate

For further information on quarantine and COVID Test requirements, please see the website of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH.

Other countries might be on the list of risk countries of the SEM. Entry restrictions continue to apply for entry from these states. The list will be adjusted as necessary. We therefore recommend that you consult the website of the SEM regularly for more information.

Re-entry into Japan for foreign nationals with status of residence who are returning from specific countries can still be denied. Please consult the following webpage for details: MOFA - Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of COVID19

For more information regarding visa applications please visit the following website Visa entry to Switzerland.

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