Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Poster Coronavirus population
Measures to protect the population. © FOPH

[Updated 20.09.2021]

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

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

UPDATE regarding Swiss COVID Certificate: As of 20 September, anyone who has been vaccinated abroad with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency EMA (which includes all vaccines administered in the UK) will be able to obtain a Swiss COVID certificate via the cantonal authorities in Switzerland. In a transitional phase from 20 September until 10 October 2021, all foreign vaccination certificates for EMA-approved vaccines (including the NHS vaccination certificate) will be valid for access to events or facilities requiring a COVID certificate (see press release of the Federal Council). After this date the Swiss COVID certificate will be required. For further questions concerning the Swiss COVID certificate and its application please consult the relevant website of the Federal Office of Public Health and its COVID certificate FAQ.

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

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

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

As of 20 September, travellers from the UK who have not been vaccinated must present a negative test result (antigen or PCR) on entry into Switzerland, irrespective of where they are travelling from or by which means of transport they are entering the country. After four to seven days in the country, another test must be carried out, subject to a fee. The result of the second test must be sent to the relevant cantonal office. Testing is not required for travellers who can present a valid proof of vaccination.

All travellers entering Switzerland must also complete a passenger locator form (SwissPLF).

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?”