Last Updated: Thursday 12th May 2022
Latest Amendments: Lifting of all COVID-19 entry restrictions.

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.

Got any more questions? Please give the Information team a call on 0208 410 2009 or drop us an e-mail at [email protected]

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.

 

Contents

          -          Geneva Airport         
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          NHS COVID Pass & Booster Doses         
   -      Vaccine Eligibility
                   
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For Entry                   
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To Get Around Switzerland         
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          Entry Requirements       
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          Getting Around – Switzerland’s COVID Pass         
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          What to Expect in Resort?         
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          Travelling with Children

 

Geneva Airport

As the UK is considered a "High Risk" country, in order to enter Switzerland for the purposes of transiting to another Schengen Area state (such as France), you must meet the same requirements as entering Switzerland - i.e. all travellers aged 18 and over must be either fully vaccinated (see below) or hold proof of recent recovery from COVID-19. This includes transiting through all areas of Geneva Airport. For more information, please see Entry Requirements below, and for those travelling with children please see Travelling with Children.

If you meet these above requirements, no additional steps, such as COVID-19 testing or passenger locator forms, need to be undertaken.

Please note, travellers transiting through to other countries formally need to also comply with the entry requirements of their final destination country, including completing any relevant locator forms or declarations. Please be aware that the definition of "fully vaccinated" may differ between countries. 

As of 31st March 2022, the United Kingdom has been placed on France's "Green List" defining requirements for entering metropolitan France; for more information, please see our information page
for France here.


 

NHS COVID Pass & Booster Doses

The NHS Proof of COVID Vaccination has been updated to demonstrate proof of third or other booster vaccinations, as well as to demonstrate proof of recovery for those aged 12 and over. Please ensure all QR codes have been generated in the past 30 days to ensure they are up to date.

In almost all cases, a third or booster dose is required to access many European countries following completion of your "primary course" (e.g. first two doses of any multi-dose vaccination). It is strongly recommended that you take up all doses offer to ensure compliance with international regulations and any changes to these.



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 270 days (9 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

There are no longer any domestic COVID-19 restrictions in place in Switzerland.

 

Entry Requirements

As of 2nd May 2022, Switzerland have lifted all COVID-19 related entry requirements; you no longer need to present any evidence of vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test to enter Switzerland.

  

Getting Around – Switzerland's COVID Certificate

As of Thursday 17th February 2022, almost all domestic COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in Switzerland.

Please note that masks remain compulsory on public transport, which will include ski lifts, gondolas, etc.

 

What to Expect in Resort?

Social distancing will be in place in enclosed areas. 

Facemasks are no longer will be mandatory in many enclosed spaces, but remain in place on all forms of public transport - this includes all ski lifts. 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

As of 2nd May 2022, Switzerland have lifted all COVID-19 related entry requirements; you no longer need to present any evidence of vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.

Switzerland's COVID-19 Certificate
From 17th February 2022, Switzerland has removed all COVID certificate restrictions on accessing venues.