For the latest updates about the COVID-19 situation and entry requirements for Switzerland, follow this link.
Switzerland Travel Academy
Updated on 20.10.2021
Overall situation in Switzerland
Tourism in Switzerland takes place in strict compliance with its safety concepts.
It is important to note that masks are mandatory on public transportation and in shops.
A Covid certificate is also required to enter any indoor venue or facility.
See overview chart of the latest measures applicable from 13 September 2021.
Swiss Covid Certificate
As of October 25, 2021, the Swiss Federal council requires all people vaccinated outside of the EU (including travellers from Australia & New Zealand) to apply for the Swiss vaccination certificate in order to enter indoor venues in Switzerland.
Should your clients already have an EU COVID certificate issued by an EU country this will also be accepted in Switzerland and there is no need to apply for the Swiss COVID certificate.
APPLY FOR THE SWISS COVID CERTIFICATE HERE
Please read the following important information in regards of the Swiss COVID certificate:
- An EU COVID certificate does not need to be converted and is valid in Switzerland.
- Non-EU certificates can only be converted into a Swiss COVID certificate if the holders are fully vaccinated with an EMA approved vaccine (these include Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca. Switzerland also recognizes mixed vaccinations).
- The cost for the conversion is CHF 30 per person and must be paid in advance.
- Travellers must indicate the canton where they spend their first night in Switzerland. Specifically for the the canton of Geneva only this link applies. Please note that for Geneva, the conversion is free of charge.
- The processing time can take up to 5 working days. There may be occasional delays in issuing Swiss COVID certificates. Taking these aspects into account, the FOPH recommends a pragmatic approach to the certificate requirements.
Travelling to Switzerland
Information and entry requirements for all nationals can be found here :
In principle, there is no quarantine obligation for entries from travellers domiciliated in the Schengen area.
Proven vaccinated third country nationals (from outside the Schengen area, such as Australia & New Zealand) can enter in a simplified way.
Unvaccinated/ non-recovered guests must present two negative test results: one upon entry into Switzerland, and the next between four and seven days later.
All entrants (vaccinated / recovered / tested) must complete the entry form “SwissPLF“.
In case of uncertainties about the entry regulations, the Travel Check of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health provides information on whether entry is possible or not.
Important: Travellers must inquire with their national authorities about the exact travel conditions before starting their trip.
Travelling to Australia / New Zealand
Australia’s borders are still currently closed to tourists. The only people who can enter Australia are Australian citizens, residents, immediate family members, and travellers who have been in New Zealand for the last 14 days. Learn more about who can enter Australia from the Department of Home Affairs.
The New Zealand border is also currently closed. Learn more about their entry requirements on the Immigration New Zealand website.
COVID-19 testing sites in Switzerland
An overview of available testing sites in Switzerland can be found at: https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-au/planning/about-switzerland/covid-pcr-test/
Clean and safe
The Swiss tourism industry had launched a ‘Clean & Safe’ campaign back in 2020. A Switzerland Tourism initiative that is part of its ‘Recovery Plan’, the campaign consists of an information platform and a ‘Clean & Safe’ label, which signifies to guests that the tourism service providers have made a conscious commitment to comply with the protection guidelines.
The campaign aims to strengthen guests’ confidence when travelling around Switzerland, while assuring them that Switzerland is indeed a safe and clean destination. More details and insights into the concrete measures taken can be found on here.