Coronavirus: travel abroad and global statistics

There is a risk of infection with the coronavirus in almost all the regions of the world. The Federal Council recommends refraining from non-essential travel. If you travel despite this, it’s best to check directly with the destination country.

Information on travelling abroad

The federal government recommends refraining from non-essential travel. If you are nevertheless planning to travel, please observe the following:

  • Be aware what rules apply on your return to Switzerland. You will find information on this on the Entering Switzerland site. For example, if your destination country is on the FOPH list of risk countries, you must go into quarantine upon your return.  It is not the classification of the destination country when you leave Switzerland that is decisive for mandatory quarantine, but its classification upon your return.
  • Do not travel if you feel ill or have individual symptoms indicative of an infection with the novel coronavirus. Instead, stay at home and perform the coronavirus check or phone your doctor.

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 08.02.2021

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