Covid-19

Covid-19 Information
Covid-19 Information © Embassy of Switzerland

The Embassy  is following  recent news and recommendations provided by the competent authorities in the Republic of Korea and in Switzerland.

Travel Check

Before calling the Embassy, please check first by using "Travel Check" tool to find out what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland. 

Traveling to Switzerland

1) Entry Form 

All persons entering Switzerland must complete an entry form.

The entry form can be completed at the earliest 48h before entry.

Information on Entry Form

2) Test requirement (entry into force on 22.01.2022 00h00 CET)

If you are not fully vaccinated or unable to prove that you have recovered from COVID-19, you must present the negative result of a PCR test (carried out no later than 72 hours before boarding) or rapid antigen test (no later than 24h before boarding).

Note: For people entering Switzerland from a country with a variant of concern, the test requirement on boarding already applies to those aged 6 and over.

Exceptions

For more information, please refer to the website of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH. Coronavirus: Entering Switzerland

3) Quarantine

People arriving in Swtizerland from certain countries and areas will be required to go into quarantine 

Federal Office of Public Health FOPH > Mandatory quarantine

Please find the list of countries subject to normal requirements for entering Switzerland.

List of high risk countries

Please double check with the airline and the Embassy of the transit country for further information in order to transit.

COVID Certificate for people vaccinated abroad

A COVID certificate is required to access indoor areas such as restaurants, cultural and leisure facilities in Switzerland. For all outdoor events where COVID certificates are not mandatory, special requirements apply. Precise details may be found on the Precautionary measures page.

If you were vaccinated abroad with a vaccine licensed in Switzerland or approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or listed on the WHO Emergency Use List  you can apply for Swiss Covid Certificate.

  • Comirnaty® / BNT162b2 / Tozinameran (Pfizer/BioNTech)
  • Spikevax® / mRNA-1273 / COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna)
  • Vaxzevria® / AZD1222 / Covishield™ (AstraZeneca)
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • SARS-CoV-2 vaccine (Vero Cell) (Sinopharm/BIBP)
  • CoronaVac (Sinovac)

*This list can be updated anytime.

Application 

You can apply for the COVID certificate using the following online form. The canton where you are resident or staying will issue the certificate. An application usually takes five days to process, but this can take slightly longer in individual cases. 

Infoline +41 58 469 79 63 (daily from 7am to 8pm).

For people visiting Genève, please apply at the website of Canton Genève

Traveling to the Republic of Korea

1) Visa waiver & K-ETA implementation 

Visa-free travelers who intend to enter the Republic of Korea are required to obtain a K-ETA entry authorization in advance by providing personal and travel-related information online through the website 

All visitors entering Korea are required to self-quarantine for 14 days, except those who have been granted quarantine exemption.

2) A negative COVID-19 test (PCR) result is required 

Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) announced that all nationals must present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result to enter the country. 

  • The test must be done within 48hours of departure date. 
  • This measure also applies to holders of A1 (diplomatic), A2 (official) and A3 (treaties) visas.
  • Infants and children under the age of 6 (as of the entry date) are exempted from submitting a test result certificate.
  • For a list of designated hospitals and medical institutions, please check with the Korean embassy from the country of departure. 
  • The original test certificate (copies are not accepted) in English or in Korean must mention the negative PCR result. If the test certificate is not issued in English or Korean, a certified translation must be submitted.
  • The certificate must be carried on the traveler’s person and presented before boarding the plane. Non-compliance will result in boarding being denied.
  • The mandatory two-week quarantine for all inbound travelers is still effective.
  • The above measure is not related to visa issuance.
  • Passengers transiting in Korea without entry are not required to show their test result certificate when boarding an aircraft and they are allowed to transit in Korea without the certificate.

PCR Negative Result must include the following information:

  • Name on your passport

  • Date of birth and/or passport number or ID card number

  • Type of test(PCR, LAMP, TMA, SDA, NEAR etc.) and test results

    *Antigen antibody test such as RAT, ELISA is NOT acceptable

  • Date of test and date of issuance

  • Name of the examination facility

* Not accepted as PDF file or email. It must be a physical document.

3) Quarantine: entry procedures 

At the immigration,

  •  Travelers with symptoms will be tested. 

If positive, isolation and treatment at a hospital or treatment center

If negative, self-quarantine for 10 days at home or facility for short-term travelers

  • Travelers without symptoms;

- Long term residents (living in Korea):

Testing within 24hours at the local healthcare center / self-quarantine for 10 days / testing on the 9th day of quarantine

- Short term travelers (not living in Korea): testing at a government-designated facility within 24 hours / quarantine at the government-designated facility for 10days at their own cost (KRW 1,500,000 per person) / testing on the 9th day of quarantine

The Agreement to Facility Quarantine must be completed and submitted to the airlines.

- Quarantine facilities are randomly assigned and cannot be changed for personal reasons.

If positive, admitted to hospital or treatment center.

All in-bound travelers are required to download the Self-Quarantine Safety and Protection App on their smartphone. In case travelers violate the self-quarantine order and leave the designated location without justifiable reasons, they may be subject to fine or deportation.

Exceptions

  • A-1, A-2 and A-3 visa holders with negative test results from COVID-19 diagnostic testing will be subjected to "Active Monitoring" (instead of 10 days quarantine), which includes daily submission of health status information via the 'Self Diagnosis App' and phone calls from health authorities throughout their stay in Korea.
  • Travelers who received Quarantine Exemption Certificate from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea before the trip.​

Swiss citizens living in the Republic of Korea

Vaccination for the Swiss abroad

Swiss citizens abroad – with or without compulsory health insurance – and their close family members (partners, children, parents, parents-in-law) living in the same household can get vaccinated in Switzerland.

If you wish to get vaccinated while staying in Switzerland, please contact the cantonal offices.

  • Infoline Coronavirus: +41 58 463 00 00 (daily 06:00-23:00, Swiss time)
  • Infoline for entering travelers: +41 58 464 44 88 (daily 06:00-23:00, Swiss time)
  • Infoline Covid-19-Impfung: +41 800 88 66 44 (daily 06:00-23:00, Swiss time)

FAQ

Re-entry permit required for long-term visa holders of Korea 

Foreign residents with long term visa are required to apply for re-entry permit whenever they plan to travel abroad. 

Please refer to the website for further information.

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