Travel Restrictions Entering Switzerland from South Africa

International Travel Restrictions and Policies

Summary

The following information is applicable to people who are fully vaccinated and traveling from South Africa to Switzerland.

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Governments are changing their policies rapidly in response to the Omicron variant. We recommend checking in regularly and verifying requirements with the linked sources before making travel plans.

Border Status
RESTRICTED

Entry restricted for international travelers

PARTIALLY OPEN

Transit is allowed with restrictions

Policies
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Cases Per Million
3,003.34
Decreased by534.88
at 1/14/2022
Vaccinated
69.06%
Increased by0.33%
at 1/13/2022
Return Status
PARTIALLY OPEN

Travel is allowed with restrictions

Border Status

Restricted

Entry restricted for international travelers

Description

Travelers from selected countries are not allowed to enter Switzerland.

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Entry restrictions do not apply to:

  • Citizens and residents of Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

For more exemptions and details, please see the source.

Start Date
11/26/2021
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Allowed

Transit is allowed with restrictions

Description

Travelers may transit through Switzerland in most cases. However, travelers wishing to transit through Switzerland from a banned country to another Schengen country will generally not be allowed to do so.

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Transit restrictions do not apply to:

  • Schengen citizens and residents.

For more details, please check the source.

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Start Date
11/17/2020
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Visas

Before You Leave

Mandatory

Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results

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Description

Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 test result. The test can be a COVID-19 PCR taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure, or a COVID-19 rapid antigen test, taken a maximum of 24 hours before departure to Switzerland.

Travelers with access to the EU Digital Certificate may use it to present proof.

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This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers under the age of 16;
  • Certain cross-border permit holders and residents of border regions. Please see the source for more details.
Testing Options
  • A Pcr Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
  • A Antigen Test Up To 24 hours Before Departure
  • A Rapid Test Up To 24 hours Before Departure
Relevant Documents and Resources
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Mandatory

Mandatory entry form

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Travel Purpose
TourismBusinessMedicalTransit
Description

Travelers, including those in transit, must fill up an entry form before entering Switzerland. The form can be completed 48 hours before entry at the earliest.

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Children can be included in the form of an adult traveling with them.

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Mandatory

Mandatory proof of vaccination

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Description

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, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Covaxin, and Novavax. A combination of 2 different vaccines approved by the WHO, Swissmedic, and the EU (EMA) are accepted.

Travelers who have received the Janssen vaccine must have received it at least 22 days prior to travel.

Travelers are considered to be fully vaccinated after recovering from COVID-19 and receiving 1 dose of an approved vaccine.

Travelers from a country outside of the EU and that have made an agreement with the Swiss government to accept foreign vaccination certificates may provide a vaccination certificate issued in those countries. Currently, vaccination certificates are also accepted from these countries Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Cape Verde, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Vatican City, Israel, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, New Zealand, Singapore, Togo, United Arab Emirates, and Tunisia.

Travelers unable to present a valid certificate may be required to comply with rules for unvaccinated travelers.

Travelers with access to the EU Digital Certificate may use it to present proof and can apply for the Swiss COVID certificate.

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Travelers that have received a combination of 2 different vaccines may still be considered fully vaccinated. Please check the link for more information on accepted vaccine combinations.

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In Transit

Not Required

No proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results for transit

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Travel Purpose
Transit
Description

Travelers transiting through Switzerland airside are not required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test for their transfer.

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On Arrival

Not Required

No quarantine required

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Description

Travelers are not required to quarantine on arrival in Switzerland.

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Mandatory

Mandatory health pass for public activity

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Description

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 Swiss COVID Certificate, EU Digital COVID Certificate, or a certificate that is compatible with the EU Digital Covid Certificate. Please see the source for more details on approved vaccine certificates.

Travelers who have been vaccinated abroad with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and who are resident in or traveling to Switzerland are able to obtain a Swiss COVID certificate. This means that travelers who have been vaccinated abroad or have recovered abroad, such as tourists, can also participate in social activities in Switzerland. The documents can be submitted electronically.

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.

Only travelers with a valid vaccination and recovery certificate are able to go inside restaurants, cultural, sporting, and leisure venues and attend indoor events (2G). To provide additional protection, masks must also be worn in these settings, and food and drink may only be consumed while seated. In settings where masks cannot be worn, such as brass band practice, or where it is not possible to eat or drink while seated, such as at bars and discos, admission will be limited to vaccinated or recovered persons who also present a negative COVID-19 test result (2G+). People who within the last 4 months have been fully vaccinated received a booster, or recovered from COVID-19 do not have to take a further test.

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Please check the source for more details.

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While You're There

Mandatory

Masks are mandatory in public

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Description

Travelers aged 12 years and older must wear masks on public transportation, indoors, events, 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
3,003.34
Decreased by534.88
at 1/14/2022
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
35.60%
Decreased by0.80%
at 1/12/2022
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
69.06%
Increased by0.33%
at 1/13/2022
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
6,019,032
Increased by28,700
at 1/13/2022
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
1.37
Increased by-0.11
at 1/13/2022

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

Local Guidelines

Restrictions are gradually lifting, most facilities have re-opened and private gatherings are allowed with a maximum of 30 people if all participants are vaccinated and a maximum of 10 people if not all participants are vaccinated. Proof of vaccination or recovery(EU Digital Certificate) is required to attend events. Visitors without an EU Digital Certificate, who have recovered or been vaccinated abroad, may request a Swiss Covid Certificate at https://covidcertificate-... Further information related to the COVID-19 response in Switzerland can be found at https://www.bag.admin.ch/...
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Use of mask

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

Public transportation

Operating
Public transportation is operating as usual.

Restaurants

Restrictions in place
Restaurants are open for vaccinated or recovered customers with negative antigen tests. Some restaurants may require proof of vaccination or recovery, a negative test may not be accepted. Customers may be required to provide their personal details for contact tracing purposes.

Bars

Restrictions in place
Bars are open for vaccinated or recovered customers with negative antigen tests. Some bars may require proof of vaccination or recovery, a negative test may not be accepted. Customers may be required to provide their personal details for contact tracing purposes.

Nightclubs

Restrictions in place
Nightclubs are open for vaccinated or recovered customers with negative antigen tests. Customers may be required to provide their personal details for contact tracing purposes.

Shops

Restrictions in place
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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