Travelers to Switzerland

Local news, 05.03.2021

Information for travelers to Switzerland

As of February 8, entry is permitted to Swiss citizens, EU/EFTA citizens and persons with a valid residence permit or work permit. Japan citizens cannot enter Switzerland until further notice. There are exceptions for extremely urgent cases of hardship and for certain family members of Swiss nationals or foreigners residing in Switzerland. For further information, please visit following webpage - Visa entry to Switzerland

Following changes will take effect as of February 8, 2021:

  • Travelers from Japan must present valid proof of a negative PCR test, taken no more than 72 hours (time of specimen collection) before departure. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the test requirement. For further exemptions and acceptance of a rapid immunological test conducted less than 24 hours before departure, please see the website of FOPH.
  • For the time being, a 10-day quarantine is not necessary for travelers from Japan, but this could change anytime. Please consult the FOPH list of risk countries before you travel.
  • All persons entering Switzerland are obliged to leave their contact details -

Please visit the website of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH for detailed information and instructions.

The FDFA has no authority to give instructions to air carriers on matters concerning passenger access to the aircraft.

Please note that boarding is done by the airline at its own discretion. Therefore, it is recommended that you contact the airline, well in advance of your departure, to check the requirements for boarding.

Important information on the entry requirements can be found on the website of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) and Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

For further information, please visit following webpage - Visa entry to Switzerland

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 further information.