Business and private trips
Entry into Switzerland made easier
The Federal Council has decided to ease restrictions for entry into Switzerland. For entry from the Schengen area, the quarantine requirement will be lifted. Testing is now only mandatory for persons entering the country by air who have not been vaccinated or are not recovered from previously being COVID positive. In future, contact details will still be required when entering the country by plane. In addition, Switzerland is easing the remaining entry restrictions for third-country nationals who have been verifiably vaccinated.
Entry from a country with a virus variant of concern
The current risk list of the Federal Office of Public Health will be reduced and will only contain states or areas where virus variants of concern are circulating. Vaccinated and recovered persons entering from a country or area where variants of the virus are circulating can enter without testing and quarantine as long as it is certain that the vaccination provides good protection. Those who are neither vaccinated nor recovered must present a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test and enter quarantine after entry.
In concrete terms, this means that vaccinated and recovered persons do not have to present a negative test even when traveling from countries in which the delta variant dominates (such as India or Great Britain) and are not subject to quarantine after entry. The vaccinations used in Switzerland offer only slightly reduced and thus still very high protection against the delta variant.
International compatibility of the COVID certificate
Today, the Federal Council also adopted two EU ordinances on the EU's digital COVID certificate as a further Schengen development. The recognition process of the Swiss certificate by the EU has been launched. During a six-week transition period starting July 1, it is expected that other certificates will also be accepted in the EU/EFTA area. It is therefore important to find out about the exact entry requirements before traveling.
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For employees the following also applies:
Before travelling to countries at risk, the return and commencement of work activities must be arranged with superiors.
Return travelers from risk countries are not entitled to paid short holidays if the basic assignment cannot be fulfilled by working from home.
Further information can be found at State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).