Coronavirus: Entering Switzerland

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic there are special rules for people entering Switzerland. Depending on the type of travel, you might have to fill out an entry form, show proof of a negative test and/or go into quarantine.

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These rules apply to all people who are permitted to enter Switzerland. That means they also apply if you are Swiss and returning to Switzerland after being abroad. You will find information on the individual rules and requirements in the relevant sections of this site:


Entry form

The electronic entry form for incoming travellers is available at swissplf.admin.ch. Important: Fill out the form before your entry to Switzerland.

Who has to fill out the entry form?

Almost everyone who enters Switzerland must fill out the entry form. Children can be included on the form of an adult travelling with them. Exception: If you’re entering from a region on the border with Switzerland you don’t need to fill out the entry form. There are further exemptions:

Filling out and control

Fill out the electronic entry form on a computer or smartphone before or during travel. Once you’ve filled out the form you’ll be emailed a QR code as confirmation. Have this code ready for inspection when you enter Switzerland. If you are controlled you can show the QR code on your smartphone or produce a printed confirmation.

Further information on the entry form

You'll find plenty of information in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). For example you'll find information on what to do if you don’t have a seat number or if there are technical problems, about data protection and about the paper version of the form.

Do you have questions that aren’t answer in the FAQs? You can call the infoline on +41 58 464 44 88 from 6am to 11pm, 7 days a week. You’ll find information on the costs of the call on the Contact information and links page.


Negative test result

When entering Switzerland, you must be able to show proof of a negative coronavirus test in two cases:

  1. If you enter Switzerland by air. Information in this regard can be found in the section Rules for entering Switzerland by air.
  2. If you have stayed in a location within the last ten days before entering Switzerland that is included on the FOPH list of risk countries. In this case, you must always be able to show proof of a negative test result, even if you enter Switzerland by bus, rail, car, boat, etc. Information in this regard can be found in the section Rules for entering Switzerland by land or water.

Children under the age of 12 are never required to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test upon entering Switzerland. They are exempt from the test obligation.

Rules for entering Switzerland by air

If you enter Switzerland by air, you must be able to show proof of a negative test at two different times: Upon boarding and at the Swiss border. The requirements for the two controls are different.

1. Boarding control: The airlines systematically check your negative coronavirus test result prior to boarding. The results of the following tests are permissible for this control:

  • A PCR test carried out within the last 72 hours
  • A rapid antigen test carried out within the last 24 hours

If you are unable to show proof of a negative test result during the control, you are, generally speaking, not permitted to board the aircraft. Exceptions and details can be found here:

2. Swiss border control: Customs in the airport’s transit zone check the negative test result on a random basis. For this control, a result brought from the following test is permissible:

  • A PCR test carried out within the last 72 hours

If you don't have a negative PCR test result because you took a rapid antigen test for boarding, you must get tested again in Switzerland. Take a PCR or rapid antigen test as quickly as possible. Should this test be positive, you must immediately go into isolation.

Why is a rapid antigen test taken in Switzerland permissible but this is not the case for a rapid antigen test taken abroad? The reason for this is that we are familiar with the quality standard for the test in Switzerland and know that it is sufficiently reliable. For rapid antigen tests taken abroad, the quality standard is often unknown.

Rules for entering Switzerland by land or water

If you have stayed in a location within the last ten days before entering Switzerland that is included on the FOPH list of risk countries, you not only have to go into quarantine, but must also be able to show proof of a negative coronavirus test (regardless of the means of transport you use).

Customs at the Swiss border check the negative test result of those entering Switzerland on a random basis. For this control, a result from the following test is permissible:

  • A PCR test carried out within the last 72 hours

If you don't have a negative PCR test result, you must get tested immediately in Switzerland. Take a PCR or rapid antigen test as quickly as possible. Should this test be positive, you must immediately go into isolation.

Exceptions: Certain individuals are not required to show proof of a negative test result upon entering Switzerland. Information in this regard can be found under the heading Exemptions from the testing and quarantine requirement.


Quarantine for persons arriving in Switzerland

Check the FOPH list of high-risk countries: Were you in one of the states or areas on the list at any point in the 10 days before entry into Switzerland? If you were, you are legally obliged to go into quarantine. In this case:

The mandatory quarantine requirement is governed by the list valid at the moment of entry into Switzerland. The mandatory quarantine requirement also applies to children.

Exceptions: Certain people are exempt from the quarantine requirement. You'll find details in the Exemptions from the Testing and Quarantine Requirement section.

The following do not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period:

  • A negative test result. This is because a negative test result does not completely rule out an infection with the coronavirus. You will find the biological explanation for this on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.
  • A COVID-19 vaccination. This is because while the vaccination provides protection from the disease, it is not yet clear whether it also prevents you from infecting other people.

What to do after entering Switzerland

  • Upon arrival, go immediately to your home or to other suitable accommodation (e.g. a hotel or holiday apartment). On the way there, keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other people. If you are unable to maintain this distance, we recommend that you wear a mask. Avoid public transport if possible.

  • Report your arrival  to the cantonal authority responsible within two days.

  • For 10 days after your arrival in Switzerland you must stay in your home or other suitable accommodation without going out. Avoid contact with other people and follow the instructions in the document instructions on quarantine (PDF, 350 kB, 15.03.2021). This document is also available in the languages of the migrant population.

  • There is the possibility of shortening travel quarantine from day 7 onwards. You’ll find information on the Isolation and Quarantine site.


The cantonal authorities are responsible for monitoring quarantine, and they conduct spot checks. Anyone who fails to comply with the quarantine requirement is committing an offence under the Epidemics Act (in German), which can be punished by a fine of up to CHF 10,000.

Further information on quarantine

You'll find more information on travel quarantine in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). There you’ll find answers to questions on things like continued payment of salary and loss of earnings during quarantine.

Do you still have questions that aren’t answered in the FAQs? You can call the infoline on +41 58 464 44 88 from 6am to 11pm, 7 days a week. You’ll find information on the costs of the call on the Contact information and links page.

Contact details of the cantonal authorities

Contact the competent cantonal authority within two days of your arrival.


Exemptions from the testing and quarantine requirement

Various people are exempt from the quarantine requirement. You will find a list of all the exceptions in Article 8 of the Covid-19 Ordinance on International Transport Measures. They include, for example:

  • People travelling on business for an important reason that cannot be postponed.
  • People travelling for an important medical reason that cannot be postponed.
  • Transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a state or area with an increased risk of infection.
  • Transit passengers who enter Switzerland for the purpose of transiting the country.
  • People who in the course of their professional activities transport passengers or goods across borders.

Additional information for incoming tourists

On the Measures and Ordinances page you will see what rules and bans apply on a nationwide basis. In other words, these coronavirus-related measures at the very least apply all over Switzerland; the cantons may have stricter measures. This means you should also find out from the canton to which you are travelling what rules apply there.  

Please also observe the distancing and hygiene rules that apply in Switzerland. This is the best way to protect yourself and others from infection with the coronavirus.

Have you started to have symptoms of illness after entering Switzerland? Take them seriously and follow the instruction on the Isolation and Quarantine page.

Last modification 13.04.2021

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