Switzerland reopening to tourists - travel restrictions

Switzerland travel restrictions and entry requirements – Updated

As of November 20, Switzerland is open for tourism to all EU Member States, Schengen Associated countries, and some third party countries under special conditions. 

Some of the countries above will be out of the list on November 23. Continue reading to learn about the restrictions you need to follow in case you are looking at Switzerland as your holiday destination.

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Who is allowed entry to Switzerland?

Technically speaking all EU Member States, the Schengen Associated countries and a handful of third party countries under special conditions.

Covid situation in Switzerland

Who has to quarantine?Updated Nov 20.

These countries and territories are now considered places with an increased risk of infection. As a result, visitors coming from these areas will need to undergo a 10 day quarantine.

  • Australia
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Holy See
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Romania
  • Rwanda
  • San Marino
  • South Korea
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Uruguay
Switzerland reopening - travel restrictions

High-risk territories

  • France:
    • Overseas area French Polynesia
  • Austria:
    • Land Salzburg
    • Land Upper Austria
  • Countries and areas
    • Andorra
    • Czech Republic
    • Luxemburg
    • Montenegro

Important! – From November 23 on, Armenia, Belgium, Hauts-de-France, region Île de France will no longer be on this list.

Check additional changes in this list here.

Are American citizens allowed entry to Switzerland? 

Americans are allowed but only for essential travel. 

Are there entry exceptions?

Switzerland reopening for tourism - travel restrictions

Yes. Residents of EU+ Schengen countries (including the UK) and their families can enter without restrictions.

All you need to know about quarantine 

  • You will be notified during your flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings if you are compelled to undergo an isolation period.
  • In this case, you should contact the cantonal authorities as soon as you arrive at your destination, and follow their instructions.
  • Carriers are not allowed to transport sick passengers. If you show symptoms abstain of traveling altogether.
  • Passengers who have had to transit through a high-risk region or country do not have to undergo a quarantine as long as they have spent less than 24 hours in the territory.

Do I have to wear a mask?

Yes. You do. You will be required to wear a mask when in public indoor spaces, businesses or shops, including airports and, depending on your carrier, during your flight.

What’s open in Switzerland for tourism? 

Everything is open for tourism with some restrictions. We recommend you to consult the specific biosecurity restrictions for the area you are visiting. 

Covid situation in Switzerland

The increase in positive cases has forced the Swiss government to impose new restrictions nationwide such as that every person older than 6 should wear a face mask in all enclosed spaces.

Last week, authorities reported 5,262 new cases over the last 24 hours. As of today the country has reported 279,572 positive cases, 180,700 of them are already recovered and 3,879 have lost their lives to the virus.