The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has become a worldwide pandemic. Guidance on the situation relating to health and travel in the UK and Switzerland can be found on the links below. Please be aware that the situation continues to evolve and could change at short notice.
Situation in the United Kingdom
Update: National restrictions (‘lockdown’) have been imposed as of 5 November until 2 December in England. If you live in England, you cannot travel abroad or within the UK unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons during that time. You should look to reduce the number of journeys you make. Please find more information on the national restrictions in England here.
Please find up-to-date information as well as information on how to protect yourself on the UK government’s dedicated coronavirus website and in the respective FAQ. Please find more information on Coronavirus and on how to protect yourself on the website of the World Health Organization (WHO).
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 on Saturday 29 August. Persons entering the UK from Switzerland are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in the UK. Travellers will be required to fill in the ‘passenger locator form’ before entering the UK, providing their contact details. For more information, please visit this UK government website or the websites of the Scottish, Northern Irish or Welsh Devolved Administrations.
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 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 removed from Switzerland’s ‘quarantine list’ (list of states and areas with an increased risk of infection) as of 29 October 2020. Therefore, persons who enter Switzerland from the UK do not have to go into quarantine upon arrival unless they have stayed in a state or area with an increased risk of infection within the previous 10 days. Persons who have stayed in a state or area with an increased risk of infection within the previous 10 days are required to go into quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Switzerland unless they qualify for an exemption. Persons who are obliged to go into quarantine have to report their arrival to the relevant cantonal authority within two days.
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.
Switzerland lifted entry restrictions involving EU/EFTA states and the UK on 15 June. UK/EU/EFTA citizens travelling from the UK to Switzerland face no restrictions; freedom of movement has been re-established. Non-UK/EU/EFTA citizens can still face entry restrictions to Switzerland.
For details relating to Swiss entry regulations please consult the Q&A on the website of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM). 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).
In view of the current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Regional Consular Centre (RCC) has adapted its activities.
The reception desk of the RCC is open on working days between 9:00 and 12:00 for procedures requiring a physical presence, i.e. for marriage preparations and legalizations. All other consular matters are being dealt with by email and post, and the previous walk-in service is no longer available.
Where personal presence is required, an appointment must be arranged. Please contact the RCC in a timely manner in order to obtain an appointment. Only visitors with an appointment will be able to enter the building. It is obligatory for visitors to wear a face mask within the premises of the Embassy.
Passport / ID card application:
Please note that the RCC is experiencing a substantial backlog of applications due to COVID-19 and it is therefore taking longer than usual to process these. Applications will be processed in order of receipt. In order to comply with social distancing guidelines, only a limited number of appointments can be offered per day. This is to ensure the safety of our customers and staff.
In view of the circumstances it may take longer than usual to renew your Swiss identity documents. Booking any trips while you do not hold a valid passport/ID card is at your own risk.
The RCC appreciates your understanding.
For more information please visit the website of the Regional Consular Centre.