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    LOW MEDICAL RISK for Switzerland
    INSIGNIFICANT TRAVEL RISK for Switzerland
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Berne, Geneva, Zurich


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Medium -

Inbound travel is possible, but with notable inconvenience; restrictions affect a wide range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a wide range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Very Low -

Health and security constraints to business operations are broadly similar to pre-COVID-19.

The medical systems are at similar operating levels to pre-COVID-19, and the authorities are able to respond to medical and security threats as before. BCP should include response for potential COVID-19 disruption as standard within existing operational planning and clear escalatory indicators.

RestrictionsInboundEntry requirements

A) Entry for Schengen nationals

All European nationals and residents from countries inside the Schengen area are able to enter Switzerland.

B) Entry for third-country nationals

The federal government maintains a list of high-risk countries available at: https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/sem/aktuell/entry-restrictions-to-third-countries.html

Non-Schengen or European nationals travelling from locations which are not in that list are able to travel to Switzerland without an urgent reason. Travellers from these locations may still be required to comply with testing/quarantine requirements if the country of departure is included in the list of countries with an increased risk of infection (see testing and quarantine section).

Those not travelling from the above countries will need citizenship, residency, a suitable visa or a pressing reason. Pressing reasons include 'business appointments which cannot be postponed and meetings that require personal presence such as to negotiate or sign a contract, carry out inspections, practical training courses or essential assignments'.
Full information is available at: https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/sem/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html AND https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html

C) Border closures

Switzerland’s borders remain open.

D) Inbound travel for vaccinated travellers

Those travelling from countries not on the list of high-risk countries, and who have been fully vaccinated within the last six months, are able to travel to Switzerland without any testing or quarantine. The same applies to those coming from high-risk countries provided it is not designated as a place with a virus variant of concern. Those coming from virus variant areas of concern must fill in the entry form, provide a negative test, and quarantine.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements
A) Who needs to test?
All passengers entering Switzerland by air need to take a COVID-19 test. Additionally, all those coming by land who have visited a country with an increased risk of infection in the past ten days must take a COVID-19 test. A list of these countries and areas can be found here: www.bag.admin.ch/risk-countries

Children under 12 do not need to be tested.

B) Type of test and number of hours
The test must have been a molecular-biological analysis for the new coronavirus, for example a PCR test. The result of a rapid antigen test is not sufficient. The test must have been conducted no more than 72 hours before entry to Switzerland. The result of the test must be negative.

C) What information needs to be included with the test result?
The document with the negative test result (in digital or paper form) must contain the following information:
- Last name, first name and date of birth of the person tested
- Date and time sample was taken
- Type of test
- Test result
Travellers are recommend that the negative test result is issued in English. However, this is not a legal requirement, other languages are also accepted.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements
A) Who must quarantine and for how long?
Adults and Children who have spent time in a country or area with an increased risk of infection and then enter Switzerland must go into quarantine. The list of areas is available at www.bag.admin.ch/risk-countries

Quarantine lasts ten days. Within the first two days, travellers must report their arrival to the responsible cantonal authority. A list of cantonal authorities is available online at https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#-1675462321

After seven days, it is possible to shorten the quarantine. This is done by taking a PCR test and presenting the result to the responsible cantonal authority. They will then grant permission to leave quarantine.
Having a negative test result or proof of vaccination does not exempt one from quarantine.

B) Where can this be done?
This can be done at home or in suitable accommodation such as a hotel or holiday apartment. Those quarantining should avoid public transport. More information on quarantine is available at https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/isolation-und-quarantaene.html#996315808
(Until further notice)
Declarations
All travellers entering Switzerland must fill in an electronic form before travelling to Switzerland. The form is found at https://swissplf.admin.ch/home

Exemptions
These exemptions apply to all travellers:
- Those travelling by land from regions bordering Switzerland
- Those transporting passengers or goods if they are staying less than 24 hours
- Transit passengers and drivers crossing Switzerland

These exemption apply if you are travelling from a country that it is not in the list of risk countries:
- Travellers entering Switzerland in a private vehicle.

These exemptions apply if you are travelling from a country that it is not in the list of risk countries due to a variant of concern:
- People who have been fully vaccinated and the last dose was less than six months ago
- People who have recovered from COVID-19. This exemption applies for six months from the end of the isolation period (the 11th day after the first positive test result).

Please see here for further information: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html
(Until further notice)
Exemptions
Various groups of people are exempt from both the need to test and quarantine. These exemptions apply to travellers from all countries:
- Transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a state or area with an increased risk of infection.
- Transit passengers who are entering Switzerland to only travelling though.
- People who in the course of their professional activities transport passengers or goods across borders.
- People whose activity in Switzerland is absolutely necessary to maintain the functioning of the healthcare system, public security and order or the functioning of institutional beneficiaries or Switzerland’s diplomatic and consular relations.

These exemptions apply if you are travelling from a country that it is not in the list of risk countries due to a variant of concern:
- People travelling on business for an important reason that cannot be postponed.
- People travelling for an important medical reason that cannot be postponed.
- People who have been in a country with an increased risk of infection for an important work or medical reason not able to be postponed.
- People who have been fully vaccinated and the last vaccination was less than six months ago.
- People who have recovered from COVID-19. This exemption applies for six months from the end of the isolation period (the 11th day after the first positive test result).

A full list of exemptions depending on where travellers are coming from is available (in French – also available in German and Italian) at https://www.fedlex.admin.ch/eli/cc/2021/61/fr#art_8
(Until further notice)
Transit
There are no restrictions on transit passengers.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticNationwide
Bars and restaurants are allowed to open outdoors with an eight-person limit. They can open indoors with a six-person limit.

All businesses are allowed to open with capacity restrictions.

Generally gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed. Public gatherings (cultural and sport events) up to 300 people outdoors and up to 100 people indoors are allowed with a strict sanitary plan. Private gatherings can include up to 50 people outdoors and 30 indoors.

Face masks are compulsory at all times on public transport and in indoor public places and crowded outdoor areas where social distancing cannot be maintained. They are also compulsory in places of work where distancing is not possible. Working from home is compulsory where possible. A mask is required indoors where there is more than one person in a room.

Working from home is recommended. Face to face teaching can resume without any capacity restrictions.

Further information can be found here: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/fr/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/massnahmen-des-bundes.html#-477572303
(Until further notice)
Canton Geneva
Partial reopening of the canton.
Retail businesses are allowed to reopen, as long as they comply with strict sanitary measures.
Bars and restaurants can open outdoors as well as indoors from 06.00 to 23.00. No more than four people can seat at the same table.
Museums, exhibition halls and libraries allowed to open.
Organised events up to 50 people are allowed. This limit does not apply namely to events with up to 100 spectators indoors and 300 outdoors.

Further details can be found at: https://www.ge.ch/en/covid-19-restrictions-closures-and-other-measures
(Ends 30 June 2021)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Switzerland

COVID-19 information for Switzerland

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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The security environment is benign. Petty crime poses the main risk, mainly in busy areas of Berne, Geneva and Zurich. There are occasional disruptive protests related to anti-capitalist campaigns against multinational companies and international conferences (such as the annual World Economic Forum in Davos). Severe winter (November-March) weather can disrupt travel within, to and from the country. There is a low risk of terrorism.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Switzerland
Hepatitis AMany travel health professionals recommend
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Hepatitis BRecommended for health care workers and anyone
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Tickborne encephalitisMay be recommended for those visiting forests,
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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