Corona: Easing of entry restrictions with Germany and Austria

Switzerland, Germany and Austria have agreed that from 16 May unmarried couples in long-term cross-border relationships will be able to cross the borders between the three countries to visit their partners. The same will apply to people wishing visit relatives or attend important family events. In addition, people may cross the border if they maintain a property, make use of agricultural and hunting land or woodlands or need to tend to animals in a neighbouring country. Persons crossing the border for any of the foregoing reasons must complete and produce a self-declaration. A general opening of borders between Switzerland, Germany, France and Austria is planned for 15 June 2020 provided the coronavirus pandemic situation permits. The Federal Council aims to lift all travel restrictions to and from states in the Schengen area by 6 July at the latest.  

Further information on the relaxation of measures with Germany and Austria

Self-declaration for visits in       German    French    Italian 
Self-declaration for owners in  German    French    Italian   


Corona: Current entry restrictions

Persons wishing to enter Switzerland from all other EU/EFTA states or from third countries remain subject to strict entry restrictions, with certain exceptions. Since 11 May, the Federal Council has been gradually relaxing these restrictions, in step with the lifting of restrictions on the Swiss economy. Swiss citizens and persons with a valid residence permit or work permit in Switzerland are allowed to enter Switzerland from abroad. It should be possible to issue work permits under a simplified procedure from 8 June. Transit and the movement of goods through Switzerland with appropriate supporting documents are also permitted. These measures are designed to protect the Swiss population and to stop the spread of the pandemic.


All the information on the coronavirus is being continuously updated. The COVID-19 Ordinance 2 and the Directive are binding on the Swiss authorities.

COVID-19 Ordinance 2 
Directive (version of 16 May 2020) in 
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Information from the FOPH: Protect yourself and others

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