Entry restrictions for high-risk countries

Current situation

Normal entry requirements apply to persons entering Switzerland from Schengen states, EU member states, certain small European states and certain states outside Europe.
Normal entry requirements

For all other third-country citizens travelling directly from a high-risk country, entry restrictions apply when they enter Switzerland, for example for a holiday, visit or other reason. Persons who do not have rights of free movement will not be permitted to enter Switzerland from a high-risk country for stays of less than 90 days that do not require authorisation, other than in cases of special necessity.

Irrespective of these entry restrictions, persons arriving in Switzerland from certain countries and regions may be required to complete a form and produce confirmation of a negative test result on entry; they may also have to go into quarantine: 
Countries and regions to which the quarantine requirement applies

For further information, please consult the website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH):
www.foph.admin.ch  

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
Croatia
Cyprus
Ireland
Monaco
New Zealand
Rwanda
Romania
San Marino
Singapore
South Korea
Thailand
Vatican / Holy See

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

This list 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 SEM list of high-risk countries does not apply to them. However, on entering Switzerland they may be required to complete a form and be able to produce confirmation of a negative test result, and thereafter they may have to go into quarantine. For further information on quarantine, please consult the website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH):
    www.foph.admin.ch
  • A third country citizen may not enter Switzerland from a high-risk country, even if they travel in transit through a country that is not on the high-risk list.
  • A third country citizen may be permitted to enter Switzerland from a country that is not on the high-risk list provided they meet the usual entry requirements. They may fly via a high-risk country, provided they do not leave the airport transit area (i.e. they do not enter the country).

Information on the normal entry requirements

Quarantine and other health-related measures on entry

In addition to these entry restrictions, anyone who is allowed to enter Switzerland from a country or area with an increased risk of infection may have to complete a form and be able to produce confirmation of a negative test result; they may also have to go into 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: 
Coronavirus: Entering Switzerland (FOPH)

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Last modification 12.02.2021

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