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Updated on 12.05.2021
Travelling to Switzerland.
The Swiss Federal Council has announced on the 21st of December a general entry ban for travellers for leisure purposes from the UK until further notice. As of the 5th of April 21, quarantining for passengers arriving from the UK and Ireland to Switzerland is no longer required. Passengers arriving from the UK and Ireland have to provide a negative PCR test result, which has been taken in up to 72 hours before entering Switzerland and fill out a passenger locator form.
Entering the UK and Ireland:
From 17th of May 2021, Switzerland will be on the UK’s amber list. All travellers arriving from a country on the amber list, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure, self-isolate for 10 days and book two coronavirus tests for day 2 and 8 of the quarantine. Travellers have the option to take a COVID-19 test to shorten quarantine. The test can be taken at the earliest 5 days upon arrival in the UK and if the result is negative, self-isolation can be ended. Passengers travelling from Switzerland to Ireland are asked to restrict their movements for 14 days.
- The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the UK advises against all but essential travel to the whole of Switzerland.
- The Irish Government DFA continues to strongly advise against all non-essential travel overseas.
Please have a look at the following links for more information:
- Information for travellers from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health
- Information about entry restrictions for high-risk countries from the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration
- FAQ on entry and stay in Switzerland
Since beginning of March, shops selling non-essential goods, museums and libraries have reopened, along with outdoor sports and leisure facilities, zoos and botanical gardens. Since Monday, 19 April outside seating areas of bars and restaurants, theatres, cinemas and stadiums are open again. Events with spectators are possible, with up to 100 people outdoor and up to 50 people indoor. Please find further information here.
Mask and social distancing.
- It is mandatory in Switzerland to wear a mask in all publicly accessible indoor areas (incl. train stations with their halls, underpasses, platforms, waiting rooms and ticket counters).
- The public must adhere to the rules on hygiene and social distancing in Switzerland. The current social distance rule in Switzerland is 1.5 metres.
- If guests experience symptoms of illness after entering Switzerland, they consult the page on “isolation and quarantine” and follow the instructions provided.
Clean and safe.
The Swiss tourism industry launched a ‘Clean & Safe’ campaign. The campaign, consisting of an information platform and a label, was initiated by Switzerland Tourism as part of its ‘Recovery Plan’.
The ‘Clean & Safe’ label signifies to guests that tourism service providers have made a conscious commitment to comply with protection guidelines. The information platform provides deeper insights into concrete measures taken. The aim is to strengthen guests’ confidence in Switzerland as a safe and clean travel destination.