Coronavirus (COVID-19)

[Updated 09.01.2022]

You may find detailed information on current travel rules below. Please make sure to read the information carefully.

Please use the Swiss travel check tool to find out the conditions for entering Switzerland and which COVID-19 related measures apply to you when entering.

Please note that the Embassy cannot respond to individual emails in relation to COVID-19.

Further information is available via the following links:

Travel to Switzerland

General situation

Please visit the COVID-19 website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) for the latest information and advice on the situation in Switzerland.

The NHS vaccination certificate for travel is recognised in Switzerland. Holders of the NHS vaccination certificate should refresh their digital certificate or print a new certificate if generated before 2 November 2021. In case of two dose vaccines, only the certificate for the second dose will be recognised. For further questions concerning the use of COVID certificates in Switzerland please consult the following links:

Travel rules

Please use the Swiss travel check tool to find out the conditions for entering Switzerland and which COVID-19 related measures apply to you when entering.

ENTERING SWITZERLAND:

Swiss citizens and fully vaccinated British citizens can enter Switzerland. For non-fully vaccinated, non-Swiss travellers entry restrictions may apply – see SEM FAQs, section ‘Who can enter Switzerland’. You may check if you qualify as fully vaccinated in the SEM FAQs, section ‘How can I prove that I am vaccinated’.

You may find further information on entering Switzerland via the FAQs of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM). In case of inquiries that are not answered by the SEM FAQs, you may contact SEM directly (by email or – in the case of emergency – via the 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.

COVID-19 RELATED MEASURES:

Please check if you are eligible to enter Switzerland in the previous section. This section presupposes that you are eligible to enter the country.

Travellers from the UK who can demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated or that they have recovered from COVID-19:

  • have to complete a passenger locator form (SwissPLF) within 48 hours before entry
  • have to present a negative pre-departure test (rapid antigen test completed within 24 hours OR PCR test completed within 72 hours before entry)

Travellers from the UK who have NOT been fully vaccinated and have NOT recovered:

  • have to complete a passenger locator form (SwissPLF) within 48 hours before entry
  • have to present a negative pre-departure test (rapid antigen test completed within 24 hours OR PCR test completed within 72 hours before entry)
  • have to complete a second test after 4 to 7 days in the country (rapid antigen or PCR); the result of the second test must be sent to the relevant cantonal office

Transit: You do not have to complete a pre-departure test if you transit through Switzerland and you do not leave the transit zone of the airport.

Children: Children under the age of 16 do not have to take any tests.

For further information on these requirements, please visit the travel website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and consult the FOPH travel FAQs. For urgent inquiries that are not answered by the FOPH FAQs, you may contact the FOPH helpline.

Travel to the United Kingdom

General situation

Via the following links you may find more information on:

Travel rules

Please note that the information below regarding UK travel rules originates from British authorities. The Embassy cannot be held liable for this information and changes of rules at short notice might not be reflected immediately. For any further enquiries please contact the British authorities.

For travel to England, please check the rules for international travel to England. The applicable rules depend on where travellers have been in the last 10 days before arrival as well as on their vaccination status.

Travellers from Switzerland who have been fully vaccinated:
(check here to find out if you qualify as fully vaccinated)

Single vaccination: Please note that, according to current rules in England, persons who have recovered from an infection with COVID-19 and have subsequently received only one dose of a two-dose vaccine are NOT considered fully vaccinated. The persons concerned will be able to enter England, but they will have to comply with more restrictive testing and quarantine requirements.

Travellers from Switzerland who have NOT been fully vaccinated:

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated and who are self-isolating in England may choose to opt in to the Test to Release Scheme allowing them to end their self-isolation period early if tested negative on day 5.

Persons who have been in a red list country at any point in the previous 10 days have to follow the red list rules. The red list rules apply irrespective of a person’s vaccination status. They include booking and staying in a quarantine hotel.

Via the following links you may find further information on: