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

The Federal Council recommends getting vaccinated before travelling abroad. Please also bear in mind the following points:

  • Be aware what rules apply on your return to Switzerland. You will find information on the Entering Switzerland site.

  • Find out about the restrictions and requirements in your destination country. You should also check whether your certificate will be valid in the destination country at the time of travel. If it isn’t, you may need to get tested. Booster jabs are not currently being administered in Switzerland.
  • 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.

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 as well as by Andorra and Turkey. It can therefore be used throughout the EU/EFTA area, in Andorra and in Turkey. In addition, the countries listed below are connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate system (like Switzerland). Their certificates are recognised by Switzerland. Guaranteed recognition of the Swiss COVID certificate by the countries concerned is currently under discussion:

  • Albania
  • Faroe Islands
  • Holy See
  • Israel
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • North Macedonia
  • Panama
  • San Marino
  • Ukraine

However, a COVID certificate that is valid in Switzerland provides no guarantee of entry to other countries. Every country defines its own entry requirements and has the authority to adapt them on an ongoing basis according to how the epidemiological situation is evolving.

This means that it is still possible that some countries may have different entry regulations from Switzerland. You should therefore always check the entry requirements on the destination country’s official website before you travel.

For travel to EU/EFTA countries, the website Re-Open EU provides an initial overview of the measures in place in the individual EU countries.

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, COVID certificate requirement)

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 11.10.2021

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