Travel restrictions in Switzerland: conditions for your business trips abroad

switzerland entry requirements for your business trips

Our guide on travel restrictions in Switzerland, including entry and transit requirements, recognised vaccines, quarantine conditions and more.

During its meeting on February 16, 2022, the Swiss Federal Council decided to lift most of the travel restrictions in Switzerland against the pandemic. This was stated in a government press release issued on the same day. However, some entry restrictions still remain in place for those coming from countries considered to be at risk (as ruled on the SEM – State Secretariat of Migration List), as well as further containment measures, such as isolation for positives and mask requirement in restricted areas.

Table of contents

  1. Entry requirements
  2. Transit through Switzerland
  3. Recognised vaccines
  4. Quarantine and isolation
  5. Repeal of the certificate requirement
  6. Mask requirement
  7. Ask our Experts

1. What are the entry requirements in Switzerland?

If you come from a Country no longer considered to be at risk, it is not necessary to present a certificate of vaccination or recovery or a negative test result to enter Switzerland.

No country in the Schengen area is considered to be at risk

On the contrary, all Extra Schengen Countries are considered at risk, with the exception of: Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Kuwait, Macao, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay.

Foreigners from a country at risk who wish to enter Switzerland for an unlicensed stay of up to three months without gainful employment (i.e. for tourism, to obtain a residence permit, to look for work, etc.) must provide proof of a recognised vaccination.

2. Is it possible to transit through Switzerland?

Transit through Switzerland is permitted for persons who are legally resident in a Schengen state and are travelling to another Schengen state or a third country. It is also permitted for persons coming from a third country to a Schengen country or a third country: the normal entry requirements apply, unless the country of origin is on the list of countries considered at risk.

When coming from a third country on the list of countries considered to be at risk:

  • only airport transit at Geneva and Zurich airports is permitted for those intending to travel to another extra Schengen country (provided that a transit visa is not required);
  • transit is allowed for those intending to travel to a Schengen country for short stays of up to 90 days, provided that the persons in transit provide proof of vaccination and comply with the normal entry conditions.

3. When is a person considered vaccinated in Switzerland?

In Switzerland, persons are considered vaccinated if they have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine:

  • authorised in Switzerland, or
  • authorised for marketing by the EMA, or
  • authorised in accordance with the WHO Emergency Use Listing.
 

Children under the age of 18 who cannot be vaccinated for age reasons are allowed to enter if they are travelling with vaccinated adults.

The complete vaccination must not be more than 270 days old. Proof of vaccination, if requested, can be provided in the form of a COVID-19 certificate.

4. Isolation and Quarantine in Switzerland

There is no obligation to quarantine upon entering Switzerland. The government considers quarantine to be necessary if people come from countries with a variant of concern of the virus: currently, no country is on this list. However, people who test positive for covid-19 will have to remain in isolation for at least five days. The aim is to prevent carriers of a potentially high viral load from infecting other people.

5. Repeal of the certificate requirement within Switzerland

The certificate requirement in Switzerland was lifted on February 17, 2022. From that day, restaurants, shops, cultural facilities and, in general, establishments open to the public and events are again accessible without a certificate and without a mask.

Switzerland will continue to issue COVID certificates to allow its citizens to enter countries where a valid certificate is required for access.

Please note that the authorities of the Cantons will be able to take stricter measures on their territory (including the certificate requirement) if they deem it necessary.

6. Where does the mask requirement apply?

The COVID-19 Special Situation Ordinance states that the mask requirement still applies to all persons aged 12 and over in enclosed areas of public transport and in enclosed areas accessible to the public in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and homes for the elderly.

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