General Visa information regarding entry/travelling to Switzerland
Who can enter Switzerland
Even if you are arriving from a high-risk country, you can still enter Switzerland if you meet at least one of the following requirements:
- You have Swiss citizenship.
- You hold a travel document (e.g. a passport or identity card) and:
- • a Swiss residence permit (L / B / C / Ci permit);
- • a cross-border permit (G permit),
- • an FDFA legitimation card;
- • a D visa issued by Switzerland;
- • a C visa issued by Switzerland after 16 March 2020 in a valid exceptional case or in order to work on a short-term contract;
- • an assurance of a residence permit
- • confirmation of notification for the cross-border provision of services up to 90 days in any calendar year (e.g. UK nationals).
- You hold a refugee’s or stateless person’s travel document issued by Switzerland, a passport for foreign nationals issued by Switzerland, a valid residence or permanent residence permit or an F-Permit.
- You have rights of free movement. If you require a visa, a valid Schengen C-visa, a valid D-visa or a valid Schengen residence permit are sufficient (see FAQ “Who has rights of free movement?”).
- You are in a situation of special necessity (see FAQ). The border control authority will assess the necessity of the situation.
- You can prove that they have been vaccinated with a recognized vaccine (see FAQ "How can I prove that I am vaccinated?").
- You are under 18 and are travelling with an adult who has been fully vaccinated.
- You are simply travelling directly through Switzerland with the intention and possibility of entering another country. (see FAQ ‘Travelling through Switzerland’).
Authorised / recognized vaccines for entry into Switzerland are:
- Pfizer/Pfizer/BioNTech (BNT162b2 / Comirnaty® / Tozinameran)
- Moderna (mRNA-1273 / Spikevax / COVID-19 vaccine Moderna)
- AstraZeneca (AZD1222 Vaxzevria®/ Covishield™)
- Janssen / Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
- Sinopharm / BIBP (SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell))
- Sinovac (CoronaVac)
You must be able to prove that you meet the abovementioned requirements.
To see what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland, consult the online Travelcheck.
Important: please do not forget to fill out the following mandatory entry form before travelling to Switzerland. Once you’ve filled out the form you’ll be emailed a QR code as confirmation. If you are controlled you can show the QR code on your smartphone or produce a printed confirmation. If you have not filled out the entry form, the airline can refuse your check-in and the controlling authority in Switzerland may impose a penalty.
Please note that the airlines themselves decide on the conditions on which they carry passengers. If this is relevant to your situation, please ask the airline concerned about the conditions that they apply.
If you still have questions, please read the FAQs of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) carefully.
Please refer to the following website for more information regarding the FOPH (Federal Office of Public Health) regarding sanitary protocol when entering Switzerland (Entry form, PCR test, quarantine, etc).