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Travel to Switzerland in 2021

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Last updated October 26, 2021

Yes, Switzerland is open to American and Canadian tourists

Switzerland is reopening to non-essential (tourist) travel from the US and Canada on Saturday June 26, 2021, ending a period of over a year during which most non-EU travelers were unable to visit the country.

Entry Requirements

From the U.S. (by air):

  • Requirement to be fully vaccinated within the last 12 months (from 20 Sept 2021, ONLY fully vaccinated travelers are allowed)
  • Children and young adults below age 16 do not have to show proof of a negative PCR or rapid antigen test on entering Switzerland. If traveling on their own, a proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test is required to enter the country.  
  • Travelers must complete the online form of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH.

From Canada (by air):

  • Requirement to be fully vaccinated within the last 12 months (from 20 Sept 2021, ONLY fully vaccinated travelers are allowed)
  • Children and young adults up until the age of 18 are allowed to enter Switzerland (even if not vaccinated) if they are accompanied by their fully vaccinated parents. They do not need a proof of vaccination and do not need to quarantine. However, children who are older than 16 years of age need to show a negative Covid-19 test result.
  • All travelers entering Switzerland by plane, must complete the online form of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH.

Proof Of Vaccination

From October 25th, only a Swiss Digital Covid Certificate or EU Digital Covid Certificate will be accepted for access to indoor venues. To obtain the Swiss certificate, you need to submit your US or Canadian vaccination certificate online, pay a 30 CHF fee (approx $33), and wait up to 5 days. This should be done in advance of traveling to Switzerland.

Antigen or PCR Testing for Returning Home

If you need to get tested for your journey home, whether it is required by the airline or for re-entry into the U.S. we will help you schedule that at the most convenient location possible, at the appropriate time. For re-entry to the US you need to have a negative result from a Covid-19 viral test up to 3 days before departure (not counting the day of departure, so for a flight at 1pm on a Friday, you could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Tuesday or after.) Since May 12 2021, the CDC have approved Antigen tests for travel. Antigen tests are quicker (results in 30 minutes, not 24 hours) and cheaper (around 1/3 the price or less) than PCR tests and often more readily available. If you are flying direct back to the US, the only test you’ll need is an Antigen test. If you are transferring in another country on the way back to the US other requirements may apply. We advise to check with the airline in this case.

General COVID-19 measures to be aware of

  • maintain physical distance (1.5 meters)
  • maintain hand hygiene and disinfection (we will provide a personal bottle of hand sanitiser to you upon arrival)
  • wearing protective masks is mandatory in all closed spaces throughout the country (we will provide one disposable mask per day of your vacation)

Curfews and Movement Restrictions

There is no curfew in place.

Restaurants

There are no restrictions on dining but if dining indoors one person per table needs to provide contact details, for contact tracing purposes.

Sightseeing

Cultural sites are open without restrictions but contact details may be required.

Shops and Beauty Services

All shops and beauty services are open with regular working hours. Shops have limitations on number of visitors depending on their size. As for beauty services (hairdressers, nail appointments, etc.) appointments must be made.

Estimate for next change in measures

As most restrictions have been lifted at this point, there’s no predicted date for the removal of the contact-tracing requirement.

Useful Links

US Embassy in Switzerland’s Covid-19 Info Page (not frequently updated)
Swiss Office of Public Health Coronavirus Measures Page

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