What are the entry requirements for Switzerland? – Forbes Advisor UK

Current: All vaccinated and unvaccinated situation travelers can enter Switzerland without taking any form of Covid test, or filling in a Passenger Locator Form. Fully-jabbed travelers do not need to provide proof of vaccination.

The travel rules before the pandemic apply. Travelers must ensure their passports were issued less than 10 years before their arrival in Switzerland, and that they are valid for at least three months after the day they plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’).

Update, 17 February 2022 – Switzerland Drops Entry Requirements

Brits traveling to Switzerland will no longer need to provide a negative PCR test, proof of recovery or proof of vaccination from today, after the country greatly dropped its Covid-19 restrictions.

Unvaccinated travelers, however, will not be allowed to enter the country.

Those wishing to cross the Swiss border had, until today (see story below), been required to prove their vaccination status.

Arrivals will also no longer need to complete a Passenger Locator Form.

Once in-country, masks will no longer be required for shops, restaurants or other public places.


Requirements to enter Switzerland from the UK

From Saturday 22 January, Switzerland will allow fully-vaccinated travelers from the UK to enter the country without proof of a negative PCR or antigen test.

Travelers who can show recent recovery from the virus will also be able to enter without proof of a negative pre-departure test.

Those who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19 will only need to:

  • show proof of vaccination or recovery
  • complete a passenger locator form (SwissPLF) within 48 hours before entry if they travel by plane or on a long-distance bus service.

An entry ban will still exist for UK travelers who are unvaccinated or who have not recovered from the virus, unless they meet the requirements for exemptions.

Those who are unvaccinated or who have not recovered from Covid-19 but who are allowed to enter Switzerland must continue to take a pre-travel PCR or antigen test. However, they will no longer need to take a Covid test four to seven days after arrival.

They should:

  • complete a passenger locator form (SwissPLF) within 48 hours before entry if they travel by plane or on a long-distance bus service
  • present proof of a negative pre-departure test (rapid antigen test completed within 24 hours or PCR test completed within 72 hours before entry).

Children under the age of 16 do not have to take any tests.

Swiss national Covid restrictions extended

The loosening of travel restrictions will allow more UK travelers to enjoy the Swiss slopes this winter. However, travelers will still have to be wary of ongoing national measures that are currently in place in Switzerland to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

A statement from the Switzerland Federal Council on 19 January says: “The requirement to work from home will stay in place until the end of February, as well as the rules on contact quarantine.

“The ‘2G’ and ‘2G plus’ rule for certain indoor settings, the extended mask requirement in indoor settings, the ‘3G’ rule for outdoor events with over 300 people, and restrictions on private gatherings will apply until the end of March. ”

‘2G’ refers to vaccination status, meaning that a person has to be vaccinated or have recovered from Covid, while ‘2G Plus’ means they must be vaccinated or have recovered from Covid and can additionally show a negative test result certificate.

‘3G’ means they must be vaccinated, have recovered from Covid or have had a negative test.

The Federal Council says decision is based on ‘a strained situation in its hospitals’.

The Council also states that, in line with EU policy, it is shortening the validity period of certificates issued as proof of vaccination and recovery from Covid-19 to 270 days from the end of January.

This means that a vaccination certificate will only remain valid if the last vaccine dose or booster shot was given in the past 270 days (9 months).

The measure will not only apply to Switzerland but across all EU countries. Travelers, including those from the UK, will only need to meet this requirement if they are traveling between EU countries.

Switzerland saw an unprecedented week-on-week surge of 69% in confirmed Covid cases at the start of January, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). There are now over 180,000 confirmed Covid cases in the country.

Current restrictions for UK travelers

Until 22 January, UK travelers who are fully-vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 must still:

  • show proof of valid proof of vaccination or recovery
  • complete a passenger locator form (SwissPLF) within 48 hours before entry if they travel by plane or on a long-distance bus service
  • show proof of a negative pre-departure test (rapid antigen test completed within 24 hours OR PCR test completed within 72 hours before entry)

Until this date, UK travelers who are unvaccinated or have not recovered from Covid-19 must:

  • complete a passenger locator form (SwissPLF) within 48 hours before entry if they travel by plane or on a long-distance bus service
  • show proof of a negative pre-departure test (rapid antigen test completed within 24 hours OR PCR test completed within 72 hours before entry)
  • complete a second test four to seven days after arrival (rapid antigen or PCR); the result of the second test must be sent to the relevant cantonal office

Children under the age of 16 do not have to take any tests.

Returning to the UK from Switzerland

Find out more about travel rules for returning to the UK.



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