Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Poster Coronavirus population
Measures to protect the population. © FOPH

[Updated 14.09.2021]

Due to the high number of inquiries, the Embassy cannot respond to individual emails concerning travel in relation to COVID-19.

Find out which COVID-19 related measures apply to you when entering Switzerland via the new interactive travel check tool. Further detailed and updated information on entry rules is available via the following links: Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) and the UK government website.

For questions concerning the Swiss COVID certificate and its application please consult the respective website of the Federal Office of Public Health and its FAQs.

Situation in the United Kingdom

We strongly advise that you check on the UK government website for the latest on the situation before travelling to the UK.

General situation

Please find information on the situation in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales via the respective links.

Please find up-to-date information as well as information on how to protect yourself on the UK government’s dedicated coronavirus website and on the website of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Travel

UPDATE: As of 30 August Switzerland moved to the green list for entering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The UK government continues to advise against all non-essential travel to many countries and territories; please find more information on the UK government website.

Travellers from green list countries (which includes Switzerland) will be able to travel to England without having to quarantine on arrival or take a day eight test. This rule equally applies to unvaccinated persons. Travellers will still be required to complete a pre-departure test before arrival into England, alongside a test on or before day 2 after arrival and must still complete a passenger locator form. Further information can be found on the following UK government webpage.

Persons who have been in an amber list country at any point in the previous ten days have to follow the amber list rules.

Persons who have been in a red list country at any point in the previous ten days have to follow the red list rules. These include booking and staying in a quarantine hotel, see guidance.

For more information, please visit this UK government website or the websites of the Scottish, Northern Irish or Welsh Devolved Administrations. 

Situation in Switzerland

General situation

Please visit the website 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).

Travel

As of 4 August the UK was removed from the list of countries with a Coronavirus variant of concern by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

Find out which COVID-19 related measures apply to you when entering Switzerland via the interactive travel check tool.

In general, non-vaccinated persons who enter Switzerland from the UK by plane have to present a negative COVID-19 test result (antigen rapid test or PCR test). Persons travelling by plane need to fill in a passenger locator form before entering Switzerland. Find out which sanitary measures apply to you via the interactive travel check tool.

The UK is still considered a high-risk country with entry restrictions by the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM). For all third-country citizens including UK citizens travelling directly from the UK, entry restrictions apply.

We kindly ask you to read the relevant Q&A of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) carefully to find out about the entry restrictions and the exceptions that apply. In case of urgent inquiries that are not answered by the Q&A, travellers may contact SEM directly (by email or – in the case of emergency – the helpline). If entry restrictions do not apply to you, you nevertheless have to check whether you require a visa.

For more information on the test or quarantine requirement please visit the website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and consult the relevant Q&A. For urgent inquiries that are not answered by the Q&A, travellers may contact the competent helpline.

Please be aware that if you qualify as a case of special necessity, airlines may require a ‘Laissez-Passer’ document to allow you to board. You can apply for a Laissez-Passer by sending a copy of your passport and proof of your case of special necessity to london.visa@eda.admin.ch.

See also "Rules for UK citizens (Brexit)" and “Who can enter Switzerland?”