Information about travel to Switzerland related to COVID-19
All travelers arriving in Switzerland must fill out the entry form before departure (no exceptions).
VACCINATED travelers are authorized to enter Switzerland provided they present a VALID COVID-19 vaccination certificate proving full vaccination within the last 12 months with an approved vaccine. For more information, see the section entitled ”Entering Switzerland – Which COVID-19 vaccines allow entry to Switzerland?” on the FOPH’s website.
UN-vaccinated travelers are currently NOT authorized to enter Switzerland, unless they:
1) are under 18 and travelling with an adult who has been fully vaccinated (parents, siblings, grandparents or other caregivers)
OR possess a valid Swiss, EU, or EFTA passport or residence permit
OR belong to another category authorized to enter Switzerland
OR benefit from the right of free movement – for example spouses and minor children of Swiss / EU / EFTA citizens
OR find themselves in a case of special necessity
The lists of exceptions allowing entry into Switzerland are available under the 3 sections entitled Entering Switzerland → Who can enter Switzerland? / Freedom of movement / Situations of special necessity on the SEM’s website.
2) Must present ONE of the following medical documents (only from the age of 16):
- a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first point of embarkation
- a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first point of embarkation;
- a positive COVID-19 test result of a test taken within the last 6 months and a COVID-19 recovery medical certificate
Four to seven days after arrival in Switzerland a 2nd COVID-19 test is mandatory
If your trip to Switzerland includes transit through another foreign country, you must also check that country’s entry restrictions.
Please note that each airline decides which passengers they are prepared to carry and under what conditions. The Swiss authorities have no influence over this decision and cannot take any responsibility if you are denied boarding.
Please be advised: public health and entry requirements may change on short notice. The Swiss representations in the USA cannot guarantee that the above-mentioned information will be valid at the time of your travel and do not bear any corresponding responsibility. Please consult this website regularly and follow the instructions of your airline.
Currently, travelers arriving in Switzerland from the USA do NOT have to go into quarantine.
For more information and to follow the requirements, refer to the page entitled “Isolation and quarantine” on the FOPH’s website.
While a valid US vaccination certificate (CDC vaccination card) is sufficient to enter Switzerland, you will need to convert it into a Swiss digital COVID certificate to enter restaurants, bars and many other events or facilities in Switzerland.
You must apply for your Swiss digital COVID certificate at the cantonal authority responsible for the place where you will spend the majority of your stay in Switzerland. You can find information about how to obtain a Swiss COVID certificate at the following link: How do I obtain a COVID Certificate and how do I use it?