Last Updated: Thursday 2nd December 2021

Skiing and riding this year will be different; we’re here to welcome you back to winter as smoothly as possible. This guide is a brief overview of what to expect when travelling to and around Switzerland and in resort this winter.

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The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office issues advice relating to the safety of a country or destination to travel to. If you travel against this advice, there could be serious ramifications for the cover provided under your travel insurance policy. Please read their advice and your travel insurance policy very carefully before booking and travelling.

If you are unsure as to whether you meet the appropriate requirements, or need to check your eligibility for travel to Switzerland, please use the Swiss Government's Travelcheck service.

 

Mandatory Quarantine 
As of Saturday 28th November 2021, all passengers regardless of vaccination status arriving from the UK must quarantine for a period of 10 days, and take a PCR test between days 4 and 7 after arrival. 

This does not affect passengers transiting on to another country via Switzerland, including passengers going to France via Geneva Airport, so long as you complete your transit within 24hrs are are not staying overnight in Switzerland. As of 1st December 2021, you must hold proof of a negative COVID-19 test, either a PCR test taken no more than 72hrs before arrival, or an antigen (rapid flow) test taken no more than 48hrs before arrival.

 

Contents

          -          Geneva Airport

          -          NHS COVID Pass & Booster Doses

          -      Vaccine Eligibility

                    - For Entry

                    - To Get Around Switzerland

          -          Entry Requirements

                    - Quarantine Requirements
             - Testing or Recovery Requirements
             - Travel Documents
             - 
Reason/Necessity for Travel

          -          Getting Around – Switzerland’s COVID Pass

          -          What to Expect in Resort?

          -          Travelling with Children

 

Geneva Airport

Fully vaccinated passengers (see below) flying to Geneva Airport, through either the French or Swiss zones, and continuing to a final destination in France are considered as “transiting passengers” and are still permitted to enter Switzerland, providing their transit on to another country takes place within 24hrs and does not involve and overnight stay. You must fill out a travel pre-registration form, available here, and hold proof of either a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72hrs before departure for PCR tests or 48hrs for Antigen (rapid flow) tests, or proof of recovery within the previous six months. Children 15 and under are exempt from this testing requirement. These steps will need to be followed for the return journey. 

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated (see below) may not enter Switzerland from a "high-risk" nation, including the United Kingdom, for the purposes of transiting to another country - you should travel directly to your destination country.

You will need to provide proof of COVID vaccination, recovery or negative test via the Swiss COVID Certificate to access bars and restaurants in the "landside" area of airport - this can be done through your NHS Proof of Vaccination via either the NHS App, a PDF on your phone or on paper. Note that this will need to be downloaded or accessed after 5th November 2021 to ensure the correct QR code is provided. Proof of vaccination is not required in "airside" areas, i.e. beyond security.

 

 

NHS COVID Pass & Booster Doses

As of Friday 19th November, the NHS Proof of COVID Vaccinationin England has been updated to demonstrate proof of third or other booster vaccinations. Please refresh your NHS COVID Pass after this date to ensure all appropriate doses are included on your NHS COVID Pass.

Currently, Switzerland does not require a third dose to be considered “fully vaccinated” (see below). However, if offered, you should strongly consider taking up your third “booster” dose, to ensure swift compliance with any changes in international regulations.

 

Vaccine Eligibility

For Entry

In the eyes of Swiss authorities and for the purposes of this overview, a person is considered fully vaccinated if they have received;

          -          A full course of vaccination against COVID-19 in Switzerland or an EU country.

          OR

          -          A full course of any European Medical Association (EMA) vaccination against COVID-19, or WHO vaccine approved for emergency use. This includes all four vaccines issued by the NHS in the United Kingdom.

A “full course” is considered as the first two doses of any multiple-dose vaccine, or the only shot of a single-dose vaccine.  You must have received your most recent dose within the past 12 months, and for single shot vaccines this must have been administered no less than 22 days ago.

More details can be found here.

To Get Around Switzerland

The same as above, but Sinovac and Sinopharm/BIBP vaccines are not accepted for this purpose. You should undergo regular PCR testing to access your temporary 72hr Swiss COVID Certificate.

 

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are subject to change at short notice. Please check the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s advice for Switzerland for the latest guidance.

Quarantine Requirements
All travellers from the UK, regardless of vaccination status, must now quarantine for a period of 10 days after arrival. Your day of arrival is considered Day 0. You must contact cantonal authorities on your arrival, and test again between days 4 and 7.
Transiting passengers are exempt from quarantine requirements, provided the period of transit is less than 24hrs and does not require an overnight stay in Switzerland.

Testing  or Recovery Requirements
All travellers from the UK must provide proof of  either:
          - A negative PCR test taken no more than 72hrs before arrival in Switzerland
          - A negative Antigen (Rapid Flow) test taken no more than 48hrs before arrival in France
          - Proof of recovery within the last six months

Travel Documents

All passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must complete a Swiss travel pre-registration form, available here, within the 48hrs before you travel. This is to be submitted online to swiss authorities. Note that this form will ask for your flight number and seat number - if the latter is unknown, for example if you are flying as part of a Freshtracks group flight, please select the box marked "seat number unknown". You can then amend the form up to a week after submission to update these details as appropriate.

Reason/Necessity for Travel
Fully vaccinated travellers do not require a valid reason or residency/nationality to travel to Switzerland.
Unvaccinated travellers  You can only travel to Switzerland if you possess a valid reason or exemption, a list of which can be found here, or are holders of Swiss residency, nationality or other eligible visa or nationality - please see the FCDO's advice for more information. Unvaccinated travellers from high-risk nations, including the UK, are not permitted to transit through Switzerland.

 

Getting Around – Switzerland's COVID Certificate

You will need to be able to demonstrate proof of vaccination, recovery or a recent negative test in order to gain access to some venues, including bars, restaurants, theatres, and cinemas. You can check what's needed and where here. Public transport and religious ceremonies do not require proof of vaccination.

You should carry I.D. with you as you may be required to present this as part of your proof of vaccination.

You can use your NHS Proof of COVID Vaccination and Recovery for this purpose. You will need to refresh or download your pass after 1st November 2021 to ensure this generates a QR code that can be read by Swiss authorities.

For unvaccinated travellers, a negative PCR test administered in Switzerland will grant you a 72hr long COVID Certificate. Asymptomatic tests can be obtained for a fee in pharmacies and testing centres in resort.

 

What to Expect in Resort?

Social distancing will be in place in enclosed areas. 

Facemasks will be mandatory in all enclosed spaces, or outdoor spaces where the ability to social distance is limited, including all ski lifts and lift queues. Swiss authorities allow the use of “community” masks (i.e. non-medical) to be worn, including “neck gaiters worn for skiing”. Cable cars, gondolas, etc., are considered public transport, and facemasks must therefore be worn at all times when riding.

 

Travelling with Children

For entry to Switzerland, Children under the age of 18 will mirror the vaccination status of the adults they are travelling with. Therefore, they may enter Switzerland without restriction regardless of vaccination status if they are travelling with fully vaccinated adults. Those aged 16 or 17 who are not fully vaccinated - see above - must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test. Children under 16 are exempt from this testing requirement.

To access venues, such as restaurants, Children under 16 do not require a Swiss COVID Certificate to access restaurants, etc. Those aged 16 or 17 who have not received a full course of vaccination can access their COVID certificate by undergoing PCR testing at testing centres. Note that asymptomatic testing will incur a charge in Switzerland.