Corona: Entry restrictions that apply to high-risk countries
The Confederation is currently examining whether and how, in view of the improved epidemiological situation, the entry conditions for persons from third countries may be relaxed. As a Schengen-associated state, the Confederation coordinates its entry regulations with the EU. The Federal Council will provide information on this before the end of June.
Foreign nationals without rights of free movement who wish to enter Switzerland from high-risk countries or regions but do not fall within any of the categories of exceptions under the COVID-19 Ordinance 3 are still subject to entry restrictions. There are no entry restrictions related to coronavirus for persons arriving from Schengen and EU countries or from the small European states Andorra, the Vatican/Holy See, Monaco and San Marino as well as certain third countries. The normal entry requirements apply to persons arriving from these states. Persons from high risk countries who have a partner in Switzerland have been able to enter the country provided evidence of their relationship can be given. For further information on transiting Switzerland at airports, entering the country to care for family members and visas issued in high-risk countries, please consult the following pages.
- corona-related entry restrictions
- entry restrictions that apply to high-risk countries
- persons with rights of free movement
Persons arriving in Switzerland may be required to complete a form, and produce confirmation of a negative test result on entry; they may also have to go into quarantine. For further information, consult the website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
All the information on the coronavirus is being continuously updated. The COVID-19 Ordinance 3 and the SEM Directive are binding on the Swiss authorities.
- COVID-19 Ordinance 3
- SEM Directive (version of 7 June 2021)
in German (PDF, 373 kB, 07.06.2021)
in French (PDF, 388 kB, 07.06.2021)
in Italian (PDF, 377 kB, 07.06.2021)
For asylum matters, the following also apply:
- COVID-19 Asylum Ordinance
- Guide to the COVID-19 Asylum Ordinance
in German (PDF, 133 kB, 02.04.2020)
in French (PDF, 114 kB, 28.10.2020)
Information from the FOPH:
Helpline Entry and residence in Switzerland
Here you will find the most important information on the restrictions on entering Switzerland and residence provisions.
Warning against fraudulent e-mails
Emails with the sender «swissimmigration@consultant» or «eu_immigration@consultant» and requests for payment are sent to foreigners. The SEM warns against these fraud attempts.
The annual report of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM has been published for the first time in digital form – with short films on current challenges, providing insights through personal stories and impressions. www.migration.swiss provides an overview of events and developments in the 2020 reporting year and presents key facts and figures.