Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

Information about travel to Switzerland related to COVID-19

Information about travel to Switzerland, quarantine, entry form, vaccination certificate and negative COVID-19 TEST

To see what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland please consult the online FOPH - Travel Check.

The State Secretariat of Migration (SEM) considers effective 27 September, Japan again as a high-risk country. Due to the spread of the new Virus variant Omicron, Japan has been added to the list of countries with a variant of concern as of 30.11.2021.

Therefore, any person over 16 years of age entering Switzerland must present a negative test result. Any person must quarantine for 10 days. This rule also applies for vaccinated and recovered persons.

Health/COVID-19 requirements are the responsibility of the Federal Office of Public Health: All the necessary information

For fully vaccinated foreign nationals travelling from Japan to Switzerland, the regular entry requirements continue to apply. For information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please consult the following website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

However, entry restrictions apply for foreign nationals travelling from Japan who are not fully vaccinated, who are without rights of free movement, or who do not belong to any of the exceptional categories of the Covid 19 Regulation 3. For additional information, please consult the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).

Children, who cannot be vaccinated due to their age, are allowed to enter Switzerland with their vaccinated accompanying persons (parents, siblings, grandparents or other caregivers).

Mandatory for all airline passengers travelling from Japan to Switzerland:

  • Quarantine of 10 days. For further information on quarantine and COVID Test requirements, please see the website of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH.
  • Everyone entering Switzerland must present a completed electronic entry form (rare exceptions may apply, please refer to art. 3 of the COVID-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport). It is important to fill out the electronic entry form on a computer or smartphone at the earliest 48 hours before the entry to Switzerland in order to receive a QR code by email. This code needs to be kept at hand for inspection upon arrival in Switzerland. The controlling authority can impose a fine if the entry form is not completed or if the information provided is false. You can find here a graphic explaining the process:  New rules on entering Switzerland (PDF, 358.9 kB, English).
  • a negative COVID-19 PCR test or a rapid antigen test in English (if older than 16 years), taken no more than 72 hours (time of specimen collection) before departure
  • Present one of the following medical documents (if older than 16 years):
  1. a COVID-19 vaccination certificate stating that you were fully vaccinated within the last 12 months with an approved vaccine
  2. a positive COVID-19 test result of a test taken within the last 6 months and a COVID-19 recovery medical certificate

If your trip to Switzerland includes transit through another foreign country, you must also check the entry restrictions of that country. Each airline has its own rules for combatting the pandemic. It is therefore strongly recommended to contact your airline in time, in order to confirm the boarding requirements.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, specific rules apply for people entering Switzerland. For further information on quarantine and COVID Test requirements, please see the website of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH.

For further information, please consult the COVID-19-Ordinance or the website of the State Secretariat of Migration. Other countries might be on the list of risk countries of the SEM. Entry restrictions continue to apply for entry from these states. The list will be adjusted as necessary. We therefore recommend that you consult the website of the SEM regularly for more information.

Information on converting a foreign COVID certificate to a Swiss Covid certificate 

It is possible for travelers to Switzerland to convert a foreign COVID certificate to a Swiss COVID certificate (if vaccinated with an EU recognized vaccine). The conversion costs CHF 30 and takes up to 5 days to be processed.

Please visit FOPH - I was vaccinated abroad. How can I get a COVID certificate? for further details or apply directly online here: National COVID certificate application platform.

Re-entry into Japan for foreign nationals with status of residence who are returning from specific countries can still be denied. Please consult the following webpage for details: MOFA - Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of COVID19

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Various regulations apply for entering Switzerland. A basic distinction is made between citizens of the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries and those of other countries. The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) is the responsible authority in Switzerland.

SEM

Since Switzerland’s adherence to the Schengen and Dublin agreements came into force (12 December 2008), Swiss representations abroad are able to issue certain categories of visa, depending on the length of stay and purpose of the journey in Switzerland. Please select one of the following options.

Schengen visa for a stay of up to 90 days

For persons wishing to enter Switzerland for a short stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day period: for example, in a context of tourism, a visit to relatives or friends, short-term language studies, participating in a conference or in sporting/cultural events, etc.

National visa for a stay of more than 90 days

For persons wishing to enter Switzerland for a stay of more than 90 days within a 180-day period. It is subject to the authorisation of the cantonal migration authority competent for the intended place of residence. For example: long-term student, family reunification, marriage in Switzerland, etc.

Airport transit visa

For citizens of certain countries who need a transit visa even if they are staying in the international transit area of the airport and do not enter the Schengen territory.

Labour / Work permits

Admission of foreign workers to an employer in Switzerland is subject to the authorisation of the competent cantonal authority. The entry visa is granted only when the requested authorisations have been delivered.