Coronavirus: travel abroad and global statistics

There is a risk of infection with the coronavirus in almost all the regions of the world. If you still wish to travel, it’s best to check directly with the embassy of the destination country to see what restrictions apply. 

Information on travelling abroad

When planning trips abroad, note the list of countries with virus variants of concernThe Federal Council recommends you do not travel to these countriesIn addition, it is generally recommended to get vaccinated before travelling abroad.

Please also bear in mind the following points:

  • Do not travel if you feel ill or have individual symptoms indicative of an infection with the coronavirus. What should you do instead? You’ll find information on the Isolation and quarantine page.

  • Are you returning to Switzerland after your stay abroad? We recommend that you get tested. This applies even if you have no symptoms. You can find more information on the page Test.

Travelling with the COVID certificate

Are you planning to travel abroad? If so, be sure not to forget your COVID certificate and your ID card or passport. The Swiss COVID certificate is recognised by EU/EFTA states and thus facilitates your entry into these countries. However, each country determines its own entry rules. You should therefore obtain information about the entry requirements on the official website of your destination country before every trip. Further information can be found on the page COVID certificate.

Restrictions and requirements in the destination country

Before travelling, always check directly with the embassy or consulate of your destination country to find out what restrictions are in place due to the novel coronavirus. These can differ from country to country and change at very short notice. The following restrictions and requirements are possible:

  • Changed entry rules, through to border closures
  • Requirements before entry (e.g. filling out the entry form of the destination country or bringing a negative test result)
  • Measures upon entering the country (e.g. mandatory quarantine in the destination country)
  • Measures within the destination country (e.g. compulsory wearing of face masks and shop closures)

Travel restrictions imposed by the different countries may be tightened again at short notice depending on the epidemiological situation, and transport connections scaled down again. Before booking a trip, consult your travel agent and/or your travel insurer to find out what cover they offer.

Last modification 02.08.2021

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