Coronavirus: Entering Switzerland

Everyone entering Switzerland must present an entry form. If you are not vaccinated or recovered, you must also show proof of a negative test.

You may not be allowed to enter Switzerland. Before you travel, you should check the following:

  1. Am I even allowed to travel to Switzerland? You’ll find the answer to this question on the website of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) as the SEM is responsible for Switzerland’s entry requirements.
  2. Only if entry is permitted: what rules are there? You’ll find the answer to this on the FOPH website as the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) is responsible for health-related measures at the border. Please also note the section Additional information for incoming persons.

Anyone who has a Swiss passport or a valid Swiss residence permit can enter Switzerland at any time. All travellers must take note of the health-related measures at the Swiss border.


Information on the entry form

Everyone entering Switzerland must present a completed entry form. This applies regardless of your vaccination status, the country you are travelling from and the form of transport. You’ll find the entry form at swissplf.admin.ch.

What to do:
Fill out the electronic entry form on a computer or smartphone before you travel. The entry form can be completed at the earliest 48h before entry. As soon as you have filled out the form, you’ll be emailed a QR code as confirmation. Keep this code handy for inspection when you arrive in Switzerland. During these checks, you can show the QR code on your smartphone or a printed confirmation. If you have not filled out the entry form despite the obligation to do so, the controlling authority can punish you with a CHF 100 fine. The same applies if you provide false information on the 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.


Which COVID-19 vaccines allow entry to Switzerland?

People who have received one of the following vaccines can enter Switzerland:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech (BNT162b2 / Comirnaty® / Tozinameran)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273 / Spikevax / COVID-19 vaccine Moderna)
  • AstraZeneca (AZD1222 Vaxzevria®/ Covishield™)
  • Janssen / Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
  • Sinopharm / BIBP (SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell))
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac)

Vaccination must be documented in the form of a recognised certificate or other proof of vaccination. In addition to your last name, first name and date of birth, the proof of vaccination must also include the date of vaccination and the vaccine used.

Please note: the proof of vaccination that allows you entry is not valid in Switzerland at locations where there is a COVID certificate requirement. In these locations, e.g. in restaurants or museums, only a certificate is valid. This can be a COVID certificate or a recognised foreign certificate.

Don’t have a certificate recognised in Switzerland? If you were vaccinated abroad, you can apply for a Swiss COVID certificate. Find out how to obtain a COVID certificate on the COVID certificate page.


Can I enter with the EU certificate?

Yes, the "EU Digital COVID Certificate" is also recognised in Switzerland. You can thus enter Switzerland with the certificate.


I am vaccinated or recently recovered from COVID-19. What should I bear in mind?

If you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 6 months, you only need to show an entry form on arrival in Switzerland. You are exempt from the test requirement. You’ll find everything you need to know in the section Information on the entry form.


I am not vaccinated or recently recovered from COVID-19. What should I bear in mind?

If you are not fully vaccinated or unable to prove that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months, the test requirement applies in addition to the requirement to fill out an entry form. You will be asked to provide proof of a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test twice:

  • On entry: Get a PCR test (not older than 72 hours) or rapid antigen test (not older than 48 hours) at your departure location. You will need to present the test result together with the completed entry form on arrival.
  • 4-7 days after arrival: A few days after your arrival, you will need to get another PCR test or rapid antigen test in Switzerland. The result of this test must be reported to the cantonal authorities. You’ll find the contact details in the section Contact details of the cantonal authorities.

Contact details of the cantonal authorities

Contact the competent cantonal authority within two days to report the result of the test you had 4-7 days after arriving in Switzerland.


Entering with children

If you are entering Switzerland with children or adolescents, please note the following:

  • The entry form obligation also applies to children and adolescents of all ages. They can be included in the entry form of an adult travelling with them.
  • Children under the age of 16 are never required to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test on entering Switzerland. They are exempt from the test requirement on entry and the test requirement within 4-7 days of arrival.

Additional information for people arriving in Switzerland

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 20.09.2021

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