Switzerland Covid Information

In light of the ongoing global uncertainty around travel, the Bramble Group, undertakes a survey and update of Government imposed travel restrictions in the localities in which we operate.

Please note that the information provided is only a guide and the Bramble Group cannot be held liable for its accuracy. Before making any decisions, guests are encouraged to check the restrictions in place with the relevant Government bodies.

Latest Update – September 13th

  • As of the 13th of September 2021, the Swiss government have made it a requirement to show a COVID certificate in the following situations: restaurants, bars, clubs, leisure facilities, fitness centres. This list is by way of an example and is no-way exhaustive. This information is a guide, and we recommend you consult the relevant governing bodies and consulates for full details and requirements.
  • Please see the following this link for all details on the latest measures.

Latest Update – August 4th

  • Switzerland have removed all countries from the list of countries with a variant of concern. Please see the following link for all details on the latest measures.
  • The SEM list of high risk countries is still in place. Please see the following link for the latest list.

Latest Update – June 26th

  • Clubs and discos are now open but only with a valid COVID certificate.
  • Mask requirement lifted outdoors, masks are still required indoors.
  • Private gatherings of 30 people indoors and 50 people outdoors are permitted

Travelling to Switzerland

Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health draws on data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control to determine its quarantine rules from countries deemed high risk.

All information taken from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health website and information about Ordnance 3 on Measures to combat the Coronavirus. Please refer to these URLs for detailed information on travel restrictions, quarantine requirements, exemptions and FAQs.

Who can enter Switzerland?

Travel Check

You can use the TravelCheck link developed by the Swiss Government to check the requirements before traveling to Switzerland.

If you are vaccinated

Anyone who can prove that they have been fully vaccinated can once again enter Switzerland from a high-risk country, i.e. a country outside the Schengen area. Please observe the health-related measures taken by the FOPH (entry form, compulsory testing), full details can be found here.

Entry form requirement

Everyone entering Switzerland must present a completed entry form. The form can be completed at the earliest 48h before entry. The entry form can be found here.

Quarantine for persons arriving in Switzerland

Further to the above entry restrictions, Switzerland requires people who are allowed to enter the country, but coming from pre-determined risk areas to go into quarantine.

The quarantine period is for 10 days. Within two days of arrival, people on the quarantine list must report their arrival to the Cantonal authority responsible and then follow the instructions on quarantine. Children are not exempt from quarantine rules.

Explanation of the list

The federal government maintains a list of countries where virus variants of concern are circulating. The Federal Office of Public Health FOPH compiles the list on behalf of the federal government according to certain criteria. Since the epidemiological situation is constantly changing, the list is updated accordingly as needed.

You can find further details on the requirements following this link

The list below is critical to Switzerland’s health-related measures at the border. However, the FOPH list does not state anything about whether or not you are allowed to enter. Please follow the following link for further details on this.

The newly added countries are written in bold in the respective list.

List valid upon arriving in Switzerland from 04.08.21

Countries* with a worrying variant
Currently there are no countries on the list of countries with a variant of concern. India, Nepal and the UK were removed from the list with effect 4 August. However you must check the SEM list of high-risk countries, using the link below.

SEM List of High Risk Countries

If you are entering Switzerland from a high risk country you cannot enter the country if you. Please see the following link for the latest list.

Public Transport

It is currently obligatory to wear masks on all Swiss public transport.

Lift Systems in Switzerland

The ski lift systems in Switzerland are allowed to stay open with Cantonal authority. Verbier and Zermatt are currently open.

Lift systems are considered public transport and masks are obligatory.

Lift System Verbier

Verbier is committed to doing everything it can to stay open safely and welcome guests for the 2021/22 winter season.

Please see the most up-to-date information about Verbier here.

These actions are summarised in the key points below:

Lift System Zermatt

Zermatt’s entire mountain railway and cable car infrastructure is currently open with normal operating hours although the Cervinia-Valtournenche ski area is currently closed. This is due to a decision of the Italian government.

The lift infrastructure is following regulations and guidelines stipulated by the Canton of Valais and this includes all persons aged 12 years and older required to wear masks:

  • On public transport
  • On cable cars
  • In waiting areas
  • In publicly accessible indoor spaces
  • At indoor work places.

Zermatt’s full list of measures and restrictions can be found here.

Restaurant, bars and shops

Night bars, nightclubs, piano bars and discotheques are currently open but you must show you are fully vaccinated, recovered from COVID within the last 6 month or can show a negative .

Laws around wearing masks

The Federal Council on October 28 announced that mask wearing is now obligatory in all public and private business closed spaces as well as in outdoor spaces such as markets or busy pedestrian areas where the respective cautionary distance cannot be respected.

A mask is also obligatory on all public transport and in stations throughout Switzerland.

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