Entry ban and quarantine for persons from the UK
Following the discovery of a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus in the UK, Switzerland decided to take steps to prevent the further spread of this new virus strain. All persons who have entered Switzerland from the UK since 14 December must go into quarantine for 10 days. Switzerland has also introduced a general entry ban for all foreign nationals seeking to enter Switzerland from the UK. Please find more information on the FDFA website.
Air travel from the UK to Switzerland has been suspended until further notice, however derogations have been allowed for Swiss citizens (incl. citizens of Liechtenstein), holders of a Swiss residence permit or type D visa from Switzerland, and holders of a “laissez-passer” issued by a Swiss representation in cases of special necessity (hardship cases) if they fulfil the previously applicable entry conditions.
Swiss travellers should register themselves as well as their journey in the UK with the Travel Admin App. This enables the FDFA to send registered app users useful information if necessary.
Situation in the United Kingdom
Update: As of 18 January 2021, all international arrivals in England are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 72 hours prior to departure.
The UK government currently advises against all but essential travel to many countries, including Switzerland.
Switzerland was removed from the travel corridor exemption list by the UK. Persons entering the UK from Switzerland are required to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival in the UK, unless they qualify for an exemption. Travellers are required to fill in the ‘passenger locator form’ before entering the UK, providing their contact details. As of 15 December 2020, travellers may choose to opt in to the Test to Release Scheme allowing them to end their self-isolation period after five days if tested negative. Please find more information on the Test to Release for international travel webpage.
In addition, as of 18 January 2021 all international arrivals in England are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 72 hours prior to departure. The COVID-19 test must comply with certain standards. Please find more information on mandatory COVID-19 testing on the UK government website.
We strongly advise that you check on the UK government website for the latest on the situation before travelling to the UK.
Situation in Switzerland
Please visit the webpage of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) for the latest information and advice on the situation in Switzerland. Please find more information on Coronavirus and on how to protect yourself on the website of the World Health Organization (WHO).
The UK was added to Switzerland’s ‘quarantine list’ (list of states and areas with an increased risk of infection). Since 14 December 2020, persons who enter Switzerland from the UK have to go into quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Persons who are obliged to go into quarantine have to report their arrival to the relevant cantonal authority within two days.
No PCR Test is required when entering Switzerland, but please be aware of the entry restrictions above.
For more information relating to the quarantine requirement please visit the FOPH’s website and consult the relevant Q&A. For urgent inquiries that are not answered by the Q&A, travellers may contact the competent helpline.