Coronavirus (COVID-19)

[Updated 06.12.2021]

You may find detailed information on current travel rules below. Please make sure to read the information carefully.

Please use the Swiss travel check tool to find out the conditions for entering Switzerland and which COVID-19 related measures apply to you when entering.

Please note that the Embassy cannot respond to individual emails in relation to COVID-19.

Further information is available via the following links:

Travel to Switzerland

General situation

Please visit the COVID-19 website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) for the latest information and advice on the situation in Switzerland.

The NHS vaccination certificate is recognised in Switzerland. Holders of the NHS vaccination certificate should refresh their digital certificate or print a new certificate if generated before 2 November 2021. In case of two dose vaccines, only the certificate for the second dose will be recognised. For further questions concerning the use of COVID certificates in Switzerland please consult the following links:

Travel rules

Please use the Swiss travel check tool to find out the conditions for entering Switzerland and which COVID-19 related measures apply to you when entering.

Entering Switzerland:

You may find information on entering Switzerland via the FAQs of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).

For non-Swiss, non-fully vaccinated travellers entry restrictions apply – see SEM FAQs, section ‘Who can enter Switzerland’. You may check if you qualify as fully vaccinated in the SEM FAQs, section ‘How can I prove that I am vaccinated’.

In case of inquiries that are not answered by the SEM FAQs, you may contact SEM directly (by email or – in the case of emergency – via the helpline).

Please be aware that if you qualify as a case of special necessity, airlines may require a ‘Laissez-Passer’ document to allow you to board. You can apply for a ‘Laissez-Passer’ by sending a copy of your passport and proof of your case of special necessity to london.visa@eda.admin.ch.

Covid-19 related measures:

As of 4 December 2021, Switzerland has changed its travel rules. For travellers from the UK who enter Switzerland new measures apply which are explained below.

Travellers from the UK (irrespective of their vaccination status):

  • have to complete a passenger locator form (SwissPLF) within 48 hours before entry
  • have to complete a pre-departure test (PCR) before arrival into Switzerland
  • Please note: The PCR test cannot be more than 72 hours old at the time of arrival.
  • have to complete a second test after 4 to 7 days in the country (antigen or PCR); the result of the second test must be sent to the relevant cantonal office
  • Please note: Children under the age of 16 do not have to take any tests.
  • do not have to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival

For more information on the new travel rules please consult the FOPH FAQs on the new rules.

For further information on COVID-19 related measures when entering Switzerland, please visit the travel website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and consult the FOPH travel FAQs. For urgent inquiries that are not answered by the FOPH FAQs, you may contact the FOPH helpline.

For information on potential refunds by your travel service provider or your travel insurance you may consult Citizens Advice UK.  

Travel to the United Kingdom

General situation

Via the following links you may find more information on:

Travel rules

Please note that the information below regarding UK travel rules originates from British authorities. The Embassy cannot be held liable for this information and changes of rules at short notice might not be reflected immediately. For any further enquiries please contact the British authorities.

For travel to England, please check the rules for international travel to England. The applicable rules depend on where travellers have been in the last 10 days before arrival as well as on their vaccination status.

UPDATE: As of 7 December 2021, 4am, all travellers are required to take a pre-departure test (PCR or LFD) within 48 hours before they travel to England.

Travellers from Switzerland who have been fully vaccinated:
(check here to find out if you qualify as fully vaccinated)

Single vaccination: Please note that, according to current rules in England, persons who have recovered from an infection with COVID-19 and have subsequently received only one dose of a two-dose vaccine are not considered fully vaccinated. The persons concerned will be able to enter England, but they will have to comply with more restrictive testing and quarantine requirements.

Travellers from Switzerland who have not been fully vaccinated:

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated and who are self-isolating in England may choose to opt in to the Test to Release Scheme allowing them to end their self-isolation period early if tested negative on day 5.

Persons who have been in a red list country at any point in the previous 10 days have to follow the red list rules. The red list rules apply irrespective of a person’s vaccination status. They include booking and staying in a quarantine hotel.

Via the following links you may find further information on: