Corona: Entry restrictions that apply to high-risk countries
Foreign nationals without rights of free movement who wish to enter Switzerland but do not fall within any of the categories of exceptions under the COVID-19 Ordinance are still subject to entry restrictions. Since 15 June / 20 July there have no longer been any entry restrictions owing to coronavirus for persons arriving from Schengen and EU countries or from the small European states Andorra, the Vatican/Holy See, Monaco, San Marino as well as 12 third countries. The normal entry requirements apply to persons arriving from these states. Persons from high risk countries who have a partner in Switzerland have been able to enter the country since 3 August provided evidence of their relationship can be given. Further information on transiting Switzerland at airports, entering the country to care for family members and visas issued in high-risk countries is given in the SEM Directive of 31 August 2020 (see below – not available in English).
Persons arriving in Switzerland from certain countries are required to go into quarantine. For further information, consult the website of the
Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)
All the information on the coronavirus is being continuously updated. The COVID-19 Ordinance 3 and the SEM DDirective are binding on the Swiss authorities.
Helpline Entry and residence in Switzerland
Here you will find the most important information on the restrictions on entering Switzerland and residence provisions.
Corona: Info for migrants & asylum seekers
Migration Report 2019
The Migration Report 2019 from the SEM is now available online as a pdf or printable version. The report provides a comprehensive overview of all the SEM’s activities, areas of interest and projects.