International Travel Restrictions and Policies

Before You Leave

Not Required

No proof of test results for vaccinated travelers

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Travelers who are fully vaccinated are not required to have a negative COVID-19 test result before travel.

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Mandatory

Mandatory proof of vaccination

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Vaccinated travelers must have become fully vaccinated in the last 12 months before travel with a vaccine authorized for travel to Switzerland such as Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, and others. Please check the source for more information.

Travelers that have received a combination of two different vaccines may still be considered fully vaccinated. Please check the link for more information on accepted vaccine combinations.

Travelers have the option to present proof via EU Digital Certificate.

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Swiss Public Health FOPH
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On Arrival

Mandatory

Mandatory health pass for public activity

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Travelers aged 16 years and older must have proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test for COVID-19 in order to enter events, festivals, bars, restaurants, museums, and other venues and activities in Switzerland.

If you have been vaccinated, you can either show a recognized non-Swiss certificate or you can have a Swiss COVID certificate issued. You will be issued with the COVID certificate on the application on paper or as a PDF document with a QR code. With the COVID Certificate app, you can host your COVID certificate on your mobile device.

If you are unvaccinated, you must have a test, and if the result is negative you can then be issued with a COVID certificate.

Your personal details on the COVID certificate should correspond with those in your passport or on your ID card.

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While You're There

Mandatory

Masks are mandatory in public

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Travelers aged 12 years and older must wear masks on public transportation, indoors, and in public places where the physical distance of 1.5 meters can not be maintained.

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COVID-19 Risk Information

Very High Risk
COVID-19 transmission is very high in Switzerland.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
273.19
Increased by-41.17
at 9/15/2021
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
8.30%
Increased by-1.20%
at 9/13/2021
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
59.90%
Increased by1.61%
at 9/14/2021
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
5,220,976
Increased by140,546
at 9/14/2021
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
1.73
Decreased by0.24
at 9/13/2021

Data is sourced from Our World In Data, and risk levels are assessed and scored based on the CDC guidelines.

Local Guidelines

General

Restrictions are gradually lifting, most facilities have re-opened, and small public events are allowed with adapted safety measures in place. Private social gatherings are currently limited to a maximum of 30 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. A COVID Certificate (EU Digital Certificate) as proof of vaccination, negative test result, or previous recovery may be required to access most facilities and establishments or attend large-scale events. Further information related to the COVID-19 response in Switzerland can be found at https://www.bag.admin.ch/...
Last Checked
9/16/2021

Use of mask

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Required
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Face masks are required in public spaces, enclosed spaces, on public transportation, and when social distancing cannot be respected.

Public transportation

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Operating
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Public transportation is operating as usual.

Restaurants

local guidelines for restaurants
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Restrictions in place
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Restaurants are open and indoor service is only available to COVID Certificate holders. Customers may be required to provide their personal details for contact tracing purposes.

Bars

local guidelines for bars
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Bars are open and indoor service is only available to COVID Certificate holders. Customers may be required to provide their personal details for contact tracing purposes.

Nightclubs

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Nightclubs are open. Admission to events where customers can dance is only available to COVID Certificate holders.

Shops

local guidelines for shops
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Restrictions in place
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Shops and services are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

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