Corona: Entry restrictions that apply to high-risk countries
Foreign nationals without rights of free movement who wish to enter Switzerland from high-risk countries or regions but do not fall within any of the categories of exceptions under the COVID-19 Ordinance 3 are still subject to entry restrictions. There are no longer 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 and San Marino as well as certain 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 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 you will find within the following pages.
Persons arriving in Switzerland from certain countries or regions 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 Directive are binding on the Swiss authorities.
- COVID-19 Ordinance 3
- SEM Directive (version of 9 November 2020)
in German (PDF, 363 kB, 09.11.2020)
in French (PDF, 379 kB, 09.11.2020)
in Italian (PDF, 368 kB, 09.11.2020)
Information from the FOPH:
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.
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Resettlement / ATCR
In June 2020, Switzerland assumed the one-year chair of the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR), the most important international conference on resettlement.