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Switzerland Travel Restrictions and Resources

Updated: 15 Sept 2021

Switzerland is open to travelers from the US without the need to quarantine, and we are operating our trips. We have prepared this information to help you plan, but you should check the official websites and your airline requirements well in advance of travel.

Travel Restrictions

Arriving in Switzerland (Geneva) – if you are fully vaccinated and not on travelling from a high risk country you can enter Switzerland without a negative covid test, you can check here if you are travelling from a high risk country or are not vaccinated and what the requirements are to enter. If you are not fully vaccinated there is a requirement for a negative Covd-19 test, and you must complete an arrival form (available here).

State Dept Advisory for Switzerland: Level 4: Do not  travel to Switzerland.  Read more >

Proof of Vaccination required: No (depending on origin - check here)

Negative test required: If you are arriving in Switzerland by air, you only need a negative test within the last 72 hours if you are not fully vaccinated. If you are arriving by land (for example walking into the country on the Tour du Mont Blanc), then no test is needed unless you have recently been to a country deemed high risk).

(Travelers who are not fully vaccinated arriving by air from selected countries must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure. Travelers may have a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test result. The test must be taken a maximum of 24 hours before departure. Those without PCR test results may be fined $200 CHF by the control authorities. Those with negative rapid antigen test results must take a PCR or antigen test on arrival in Switzerland.) Read more >

What can I expect when I arrive in Switzerland?

Swiss life is getting back to normal. Shops, hotels, bars and restaurants, and spas are open. Some restrictions continue, which include facemasks whilst in public, and keeping your distance - similar to what you can expect in most European countries, but it shouldn't impact your enjoyment. More detail here >

For larger venues (concerts etc), you will be asked to present a Covid certificate (details here). This is a voluntary requirement at smaller venues (eg restaurants), where the venue can choose to adhere to distancing or mask-wearing rules, or ask customers to present a Covid certificate. It is worth checking in advance if you will need this certification.

Where can I get Covid tested in Switzerland?

You can be tested for the new coronavirus at various doctors, test centres, hospitals and pharmacies. there will be a cost if the test is for travel purposes, and you can find a list of sites to help you find where to get tested in the Swiss cantons here >

Returning from Switzerland to the USA:

You will need to get tested (PCR or Antigen) no more than 3 days before you travel by air into the United States (US) and show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight, or be prepared to show documentation of recovery (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel). Read more >

Useful information resources:

Arrival form

US Embassy in Switzerland Website

US State Department Travel Advisory for Switzerland

CDC Travel Advice Page

Swiss Federal Office of Public health (measures, travel restrictions, testing info etc)

 

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