COVID-19 - Travelling and entry to Switzerland

Currently, no country is on the list of countries affected by a return quarantine. However, in order to prevent the circulation of the Omicron variant as much as possible,  screening requirements for entry into Switzerland are being tightened.

Obligation to fill in a form and to repeat testing

If you enter Switzerland - regardless of the country/area of origin, mode of transport and vaccination or immunity status - you must comply with the following instructions:

(1) You should have filled in the federal entry form with their contact details online or on paper.

  • Fill in the federal form using a computer or smartphone. It can be filled in online or on paper.
  • The form can be filled out at the earliest 48 hours before entering Switzerland.
  • The obligation to fill in the form also applies to children and adolescents of all ages. They can be declared on that of an adult travelling with them.
  • As soon as the form has been submitted, you will receive a QR code by e-mail.
  • Keep this code handy so that you can present it when entering Switzerland.
  • You can display the QR code on your smartphone or present a printed confirmation at the checkpoint.  
Cross-border commuters and persons coming from a border area with Switzerland*, as well as persons in transit and persons transporting goods or persons in the course of their work, are exempt from this requirement.

(2) You should present a negative PCR test (<72h) or rapid antigenic test (<24h) for all persons aged 16 and over, including Swiss residents. 
Cross-border commuters and persons coming from a border area with Switzerland*, as well as persons in transit and those transporting goods or persons in the course of their work, are exempt from this requirement.

If you were unable to present a PCR test from abroad on arrival in Switzerland, you have 48 hours to carry out a rapid antigenic or PCR COVID-19 test in one of the screening centres.
 
(3) A second test, PCR or rapid antigenic, must be done between 4 and 7 days after entering Switzerland, for all persons aged 16 and over, including Swiss residents. 
This second test is intended to ensure the detection of persons who may have become infected just before leaving or during their trip.

Since 18 December 2021, the Confederation covers the costs of rapid antigen tests for Swiss residents.

Tests - remarks

Self-testing is not valid.

When you arrive in Switzerland, you do not need to self-declare the result of the test carried out on your departure or, if applicable, the one carried out on your arrival in Geneva, nor the one between the 4th and the 7th day. However, if requested by the health authorities, you must be able to send it immediately to the address which you will be given. Controls are carried out and the absence of transmission of the test is sanctioned by a fine (up to 1'000 CHF).

* Border area with Switzerland: 

  • France (departments): Grand-Est, Bourgogne/Franche Comté, Auvergne/Rhône-Alpes
  • Germany (Länder): Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria
  • Italy (regions): Piemonte/Aosta Valley, Lombardy, Trentino/South Tyrol
  • Austria (federal states): Tyrol, Vorarlberg - Liechtenstein

 

Entry in Switzerland
Entry in Switzerland

Further information

Hotline of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) 
+41 58 464 44 88
Every day from 6am to 11pm

See also :

FOPH Travel check (under what conditions you can enter Switzerland)

Dernière modification
12 January 2022
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