Coronavirus: Entering Switzerland

On account of the COVID-19 pandemic, certain restrictions are in place for entering Switzerland. Everyone entering Switzerland must present an entry form. You may also have to present a negative test and/or go into quarantine.

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.

Here you’ll find a simplified overview of the current health-related measures at the border:

Graphic on the rules of entry

Information on the entry form

Everyone entering Switzerland must present a completed entry form. Individual exemptions apply, e.g. for cross-border commuters. You can find a list of all exemptions in one of the expandable boxes below.

What to do:
Fill out the electronic entry form on a computer or smartphone before you enter Switzerland. As soon as you have filled out the online 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.

Note: You will never have to send in your entry form unsolicited after entering Switzerland – not even if you are not controlled at the border.

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 and about data protection.


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)
  • COVAXIN®

People who have been vaccinated with two different vaccines are considered to be fully vaccinated if:

  • the vaccines used have been approved by the authorities in Switzerland (Swissmedic) and the EU (EMA) or are on the WHO emergency use list and
  • they were administered in accordance with the regulations or recommendations of the state in which the vaccination took place.

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.


Can I enter with a foreign certificate?

Yes. The certificates from EU/EFTA countries and those issued by third countries that are connected to the EU system can also be used to enter Switzerland. You can therefore enter Switzerland with certificates from the following countries:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Georgia
  • Holy See
  • Israel
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Panama
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

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 in the last 12 months, you only need to show the entry form and a customary certificate proving full vaccination or recovery (Requirements for certificate) on arrival in Switzerland. In this case, 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. This test result must be reported to the canton within 2 days in the form of a COVID test certificate or positive test result. You’ll find the contact details in the section Contact details of the cantonal authorities.

Are you staying in Switzerland for fewer than four days? Then you don’t need to take a second test and only need to show a negative test result when entering the country.


Contact details of the cantonal authorities

Contact the competent cantonal authority within 2 days to report the result of the test you had 4-7 days after arriving in Switzerland in the form of a COVID test certificate or positive test result.


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.
  • The quarantine requirement after entering Switzerland from countries with a variant of concern also applies to children and adolescents of all ages, even if they have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID.
  • 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.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Answers to frequently asked questions about travel can be found here.

Last modification 30.11.2021

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Federal Office of Public Health FOPH
Infoline for people travelling to Switzerland
Tel. +41 58 464 44 88

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