Rules for entering in Switzerland

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TIA on September 28, 2021


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Even if you are arriving from a high-risk country, you can still enter Switzerland if you meet at least one of the following requirements:


You have Swiss citizenship.


You hold a travel document (e.g. a passport or identity card) and:

• a Swiss residence permit (L / B / C / Ci permit);

• a cross-border permit (G permit),

• an FDFA legitimation card;

• a D visa issued by Switzerland;

• a C visa issued by Switzerland tzerland after 16 March 2020 in a valid exceptional case or in order to work on a short-term contract;

• an assurance of a residence permit

• confirmation of notification for the cross-border provision of services up to 90 days in any calendar year (e.g. UK nationals).


You hold a refugee’s or stateless person’s travel document issued by Switzerland, a passport for foreign nationals issued by Switzerland, a valid residence or permanent residence permit or an F-Permit.


You have right of free movement. If you require a visa, a valid Schengen C-visa, a valid D-visa or a valid Schengen residence permit are sufficient. (See “Who has rights of free movement?”)


You are in a situation of special necessity (see below). The border control authority will assess the necessity of the situation.


You can prove that you have been vaccinated with a recognized vaccine (see "How can I prove that I am vaccinated?"). In this case, you can also enter with a valid Schengen visa issued by any Schengen-state before March 16, 2020.


You are under 18 and are travelling with an adult who has been fully vaccinated (parents, siblings, grandparents or other caregivers).


You are simply travelling directly through Switzerland with the intention and possibility of entering another country. (see ‘Travelling through Switzerland’)


You must be able to prove that you meet the abovementioned requirements. Suitable documentary proof must be produced at the border or when you apply for a visa.

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