Entry restrictions for high-risk countries

Current situation

Since 15 June / 20 July 2020 all Schengen and EU countries, small European states and some third countries are no longer considered high-risk countries (see list below). Corona-related border controls were lifted at all land and air borders between Switzerland and the Schengen states. This means that normal entry requirements now apply again.
Normal entry requirements

For all other third-country citizens travelling directly from a high-risk country, it is still not possible to enter Switzerland, for example for a holiday, visit or other reason; entry from a high-risk country for stays of less than 90 days that do not require authorisation is still only permitted in cases of special necessity.

 
The FOPH publishes a separate list of high-risk countries; persons arriving in Switzerland from these countries are required to go into quarantine, regardless of the entry requirements: 
Countries and areas with a high risk of infection

For further information, please consult the website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH):
Federal Office of Public Health
   

Further information for people from EU/EFTA states
Further information on travelling to EU states
   

Coronavirus: Switzerland to lift COVID restrictions regarding all EU/EFTA states
Press release of 12 June 2020

Coronavirus: Workers from third countries to be permitted to enter Switzerland again 
Press release of 24 June 2020

Coronavirus: Unmarried partners from third countries may enter Switzerland from 3 August
Press release of 30 July 2020

List of non high-risk countries

The normal entry requirements apply to any persons entering Switzerland directly from the following countries:

Schengen States:

Austria
Belgium
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Sweden
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain

EU and smaller European countries and some third countries:

Andorra
Australia
Bulgaria
Canada
Croatia
Cyprus
Georgia
Ireland
Japan
restrictions)
Monaco
New Zealand
Rwanda
Romania
San Marino
South Korea
Thailand
Tunisia
Uruguay
Vatican / Holy See

All other countries are still considered high risk and are listed on the list of high-risk countries in the COVID-19 Ordinance 3. Entry restrictions continue to apply to persons entering Switzerland from these countries.

This list of high-risk countries may be adapted according to changes in circumstances. We therefore recommend that you consult this website regularly.

Examples:

  • A Swiss citizen can enter Switzerland from any country in the world. The same applies to persons with rights of free movement (see “Who has rights of free movement?” in the FAQs). The list of high-risk countries does not apply to them, but they still may be required to go into quarantine. For further information on quarantine, please consult the website of the
    Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)
  • A citizen of the third country may not enter Switzerland from a high-risk country (e.g. US or UK), even if they travel in transit through a country that is not on the high-risk list (e.g. Canada).
  • A citizen of the third country may enter Switzerland from a country that is not on the high-risk list (e.g. Australia) provided they meet the usual entry requirements. They may fly via a high-risk country (e.g. Turkey), provided they do not leave the airport transit area (i.e. they do not enter the country).

Normal entry requirements

Coronavirus: Masks compulsory on public transport; quarantine for travellers from high-risk regions; lifting of certain entry restrictions from 20 July
Press release of 1 July 2020

Quarantine and other health-related measures on entry

In addition to these entry restrictions, since 6 July 2020 anyone entering Switzerland from a country or area with an increased risk of infection must spend ten days in quarantine. The Federal Office Of Public Health (FOPH) is responsible for this measure and keeps its own independent list of countries and areas where there is an increased risk of infection:

FAQ

Last modification 31.08.2020

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