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Switzerland travel restrictions & quarantine rules

Switzerland

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The travel advice is Exercise a high degree of caution to Switzerland. Switzerland is Moderate restrictions for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to Switzerland. Switzerland is part of Europe with main city at Bern. Its Developed country with a population of 8M people. The main currency is Swiss Franc. The languages spoken are German, French and Italian.
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🚨 Travel Advice for Switzerland

Moderate restrictions

for travel
International travel to Switzerland is permitted. The same conditions also apply for onward travel to Liechtenstein.
It is necessary to comply with requirements to ensure entry is allowed.

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, with the use of an approved vaccine, are exempt from testing after arrival requirements.
The exemption also applies to travelers who can provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. This will require proof of a positive PCR test result, taken within a year before departure or a positive antibody test taken within 3 months before departure.
The list of accepted vaccines and recovery test results can be found at https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/covid-zertifikat/covid-zertifikat-erhalt-gueltigkeit.html#-1428730671

EU Digital COVID Certificate

Travelers may provide their EU Digital Certificate in paper or digital format as proof of a negative test result, vaccination, or recovery. Health documents provided this way will not require further verification on arrival.
Full details on the EU Digital Certificate, including how EU residents can access their certificate, can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/coronavirus-response/safe-covid-19-vaccines-europeans/eu-digital-covid-certificateen

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on departure. Alternatively, proof of a negative antigen test, taken within the previous 24 hours, is also accepted.

Testing on arrival

A PCR or antigen test must be taken 4-7 days after arrival, the test result must be reported to cantonal authorities. This does not apply to travelers staying in Switzerland for less than 7 nights.
Contact details can be found at https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#-1675462321

Additional documents required

An 'entry form' must be completed within 48 hours of arrival. The generated QR code must be presented on arrival. - Entry form
For more details Federal Office of Public Health, Switzerland

Government measures

Restrictions are gradually lifting, most facilities have re-opened and private gatherings are allowed with a maximum of 30 people if all participants are vaccinated and a maximum of 10 people if not all participants are vaccinated. Proof of vaccination or recovery(EU Digital Certificate) is required to attend events.
Visitors without an EU Digital Certificate, who have recovered or been vaccinated abroad, may request a Swiss Covid Certificate at https://covidcertificate-form.admin.ch/foreign
Further information related to the COVID-19 response in Switzerland can be found at https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/massnahmen-des-bundes.html

Use of masks

Face masks are required in public spaces, enclosed spaces, on public transportation, and when social distancing cannot be respected.

Public transport

Public transportation is operating as usual.

Restaurants

Restaurants are open for vaccinated or recovered customers with negative antigen tests. Some restaurants may require proof of vaccination or recovery, a negative test may not be accepted. Customers may be required to provide their personal details for contact tracing purposes.

Bars

Bars are open for vaccinated or recovered customers with negative antigen tests. Some bars may require proof of vaccination or recovery, a negative test may not be accepted. Customers may be required to provide their personal details for contact tracing purposes.

Nightclubs

Nightclubs are open for vaccinated or recovered customers with negative antigen tests. Customers may be required to provide their personal details for contact tracing purposes.

Shops

Shops and services are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

On return

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, with the use of an approved vaccine, do not require an essential reason to enter and are exempt from quarantine requirements.
Vaccinated travelers must still provide a pre-departure test and may be randomly selected to be tested on arrival. Travelers are also required to have a suitable quarantine plan in place for 14 days as a precaution, even when seeking the fully vaccinated exemption.
Proof of vaccination must be uploaded on the ArriveCAN application. The final dose must have been administered at least 15 days before departure and supporting documentation must be in English, French, or with a certified translation.
Further information can be found at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada#determine-fully

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival at their own residence or accommodation.
Travelers testing negative on the day-8 test may leave quarantine 14 days after arrival. Travelers testing positive will undergo further 10-day quarantine from the day the test was taken and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative test result, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on departure.
Travelers may instead provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. This will require proof of a positive test result, taken at least 15 days before departure and not more than 180 days before departure.
Proof of negative molecular test result or recovery must be uploaded to the ArriveCAN application. Further information on the testing requirements, such as types of tests accepted, can be found at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying-canada-checklist/covid-19-testing-travellers-coming-into-canada?utmcampaign=gac-amc-covid-20-21&utmsource=travel-covidtravel-restrictionsflying&utmmedium=redirect&utmcontent=en#getting-tested

Testing on arrival

A molecular test will be administered on arrival and travelers will be provided COVID-19 at-home specimen collection kits which must be taken on day 8 of the quarantine period. The kit contains information on how to collect, store and ship the samples.
Travelers may register for the test on arrival at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying-canada-checklist/covid-19-testing-travellers-coming-into-canada?utmcampaign=gac-amc-covid-20-21&utmsource=travel-covidtravel-restrictionsflying&utmmedium=redirect&utmcontent=en#register
Travelers who can present proof of a positive test result, taken at least 14 days before departure and not more than 180 days before, are exempt from testing on arrival.

Travel restriction details for Switzerland

🚫 Destination No quarantine
πŸ›¬ Return Quarantine required
πŸ–οΈ Some Visitors
🍽️ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
πŸ›οΈ Open shopping
🚌 Operational transport
πŸ“… events Partially Allowed

πŸ”’ Lockdown Details for Switzerland

The latest measures in place in Switzerland are available at measures and ordinance https://bit.ly/3hI8vza
Masks must be worn in many public spaces, for example in shops, in restaurants, on public transport and in busy pedestrian zones. Further details can be found on the Masks page. The general rule of thumb applies: always wear a mask when you are away from home and unable to maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres from other people at all times.
Physical distancing of a minimum of 1.5 metres is required (if not possible: strong recommendation to wear a face mask).
From 19 April, events with spectators or audiences will be allowed at the following conditions:
-The maximum number of visitors will be limited to 100 people at outdoor venues – such as at football matches or open-air concerts – and 50 people indoors – such as at cinemas, theatres and concerts; -Furthermore, attendance will be limited to a third of the venue’s maximum capacity; -There will be a seating requirement and masks must be worn at all times; -A distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained between visitors at all times, or a seat left free; -Food and drinks will not be allowed and there should be no intervals. -Other events involving up to 15 people will also be permitted in addition to the private gatherings and sporting and cultural activities already allowed. These include guided tours at museums, club gatherings or other leisure and recreational events. Mask-wearing and social distancing rules still apply.
As of 1 March 2021, all shops are open. There are no restrictions on opening hours for service businesses. However, there are limits on the number of customers allowed in shops and service businesses.
From 19 April, restaurants and bars will be able to reopen their outside seating areas.
-Customers must be seated and masks may only be removed to consume food and drinks; -A maximum of 4 people will be allowed per table and each person’s contact details must be recorded; -Tables must be 1.5 metres apart or have a screen placed between them.
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πŸ›‘οΈ Travel safety for Switzerland

Exercise a high degree of caution

If you're fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19, you don't have to provide a negative PCR or rapid antigen test to enter Switzerland. From 31 January, COVID-19 vaccination certificates will only be valid for 270 days from the administration of the last vaccine dose. Certificates issued as proof of recovery will be valid for 270 days. Tightened COVID-19 regulations remain in place. We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Switzerland due to the impacts of COVID-19.
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