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Can I travel to Switzerland from the United States?

Most visitors from the United States, regardless of vaccination status, can enter Switzerland.

Can I travel to Switzerland if I am vaccinated?

Fully vaccinated visitors from the United States can enter Switzerland without restrictions.

Can I travel to Switzerland without being vaccinated?

Unvaccinated visitors from the United States can enter Switzerland without restrictions.

Do I need a COVID test to enter Switzerland?

Visitors from the United States are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering Switzerland.

Can I travel to Switzerland without quarantine?

Travelers from the United States are not required to quarantine.

Do I need to wear a mask in Switzerland?

Mask usage in Switzerland is not required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.

Are the restaurants and bars open in Switzerland?

Restaurants in Switzerland are open. Bars in Switzerland are .

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COVID testing (COVID antigen speed test) is available for all foreign guests at dedicated test facilities specified by the cantons. Please consult with your hotel or the local tourist office to find a test center. Further information on CoVid-19 testing can be found here .

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  • Non EU-certificates can only be converted into a Swiss Covid certificate if people are vaccinated with an EMA approved vaccine  (Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson&Johnson, AstraZeneca and all licensed vaccine such as Covishield, etc.) 
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Bern, 17.09.2021 - The Federal Council wants to prevent an increase in the number of infections caused by people returning from the autumn holidays. From Monday 20 September, travellers entering Switzerland who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID-19 will have to present a negative test result. They will then have to be tested again after four to seven days. This was decided by the Federal Council at its meeting on 17 September. The Federal Council has also set out details of how people who have been vaccinated abroad or have recovered abroad can obtain a COVID certificate.

With the autumn school holidays approaching, the Federal Council has decided on new public health requirements at the border. This comes in response to experience made after the summer holidays: data from the cantonal contact tracing offices indicates that returning holidaymakers contributed to the worsening situation after the summer. The new rules reflect the fact that the highly contagious Delta variant can cause case numbers to rise very rapidly on a regional basis. It has therefore been decided that keeping and updating a list of risk countries is no longer the most appropriate health protection measure at Switzerland’s  borders.

Compulsory testing on entry for travellers who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered

Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not recovered must present a negative test result (antigen or PCR) on entry into Switzerland, irrespective of where they are travelling from or by which means of transport they are entering the country. After four to seven days in the country, another test must be carried out, subject to a fee. The result of the second test must be sent to the relevant cantonal office. Testing is not required for vaccinated or recovered travellers who can present a COVID certificate or other valid proof of vaccination or recovery.

Entry form required for everyone

All travellers entering Switzerland – whether vaccinated, recovered or with a negative test – must also complete the entry form (Passenger Locator Form, SwissPLF). This will enable the cantons to carry out random checks to determine whether people who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered and who entered the country with a test have actually taken the second test after four to seven days.

No test or form requirement for cross-border commuters 

The test and entry form requirements do not apply to travellers in transit through Switzerland without stopping, drivers who transport people or goods professionally, and cross-border commuters or people entering from border areas. The Federal Council is thus taking account of the close economic, social and cultural exchange in the border regions. Children under 16 are also exempt from the test requirement.

Risk-based inspections

More than two million people and one million vehicles cross Switzerland's borders every day. Risk-based inspections are to be carried out to ensure compliance with the new rules. Anyone required to present a negative test result and who cannot do so on entry must take a test immediately after entering Switzerland. The cantons are required to carry out random checks to ensure that incoming travellers who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered have actually taken the required second test. Fines may be imposed if these rules are breached (CHF 200 for missing test certificates and CHF 100 for incomplete forms). In international travel, the airlines and bus companies are responsible for ensuring that travellers to Switzerland have completed the Passenger Locator Form and can present a COVID certificate or a negative test result. The Federal Customs Administration and local police forces will carry out risk-based inspections on all modes of cross-border travel. In a few weeks, the Federal Council will evaluate the experience with the new entry rules and make adjustments if necessary. 

The existing entry regulations remain unchanged. The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) continues to operate a list of high-risk countries, which is used to determine who may enter Switzerland. Any non-Schengen state not on this list is still considered a risk country for which restrictions on entry to Switzerland apply to unvaccinated third-country nationals. As a Schengen associated country, Switzerland aligns its entry regulations as far as possible with the decisions taken by the European Union. The Travelcheck online tool can be used to check the conditions for travellers wishing to enter Switzerland from specific countries.

Swiss COVID certificate for individuals vaccinated or recovered abroad

As of 20 September, anyone who has been vaccinated abroad with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and who is resident in or travelling to Switzerland will be able to obtain a Swiss COVID certificate. This means that people who have been vaccinated abroad or have recovered abroad, such as tourists, can also participate in social activities here. Currently, only the certificates of countries using the EU Digital COVID Certificate are compatible with the Swiss system.

The documents can be submitted electronically. Each canton must designate a contact point for persons who have been vaccinated abroad. All cantonal contact points will be listed on a federal website. A federal working group (FDHA, FDFA, FDF) will oversee implementation together with the cantons and other agencies (data protection). The aim is to find a solution that is as efficient, straightforward and user-oriented as possible. In a transitional phase until 10 October 2021, all foreign vaccination certificates for EMA-approved vaccines will be valid for access to events or facilities requiring a COVID certificate.

As in neighbouring countries, access to the Swiss COVID certificate will not be extended to all WHO vaccines. Exceptions are being made for Swiss citizens living abroad returning to the country, non-EU citizens working in Switzerland, employees of international organisations and accredited diplomatic staff, as well as students.

Outcome of the consultation

The Federal Council had consulted on two variants for adapting the entry regulations, one with a requirement to take two tests and one with mandatory quarantine. Based on the results of the consultation, the Federal Council decided in favour of the first variant, which was found to be more practicable and should involve less additional work for the cantons.

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There are currently no COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions on entering Switzerland. You do not need to present proof of vaccination, recovery or recent test results in order to enter the country. Should the epidemiological situation change, under the COVID-19 Ordinance on International Travel a country or region may be placed on the list of countries and regions with a variant of a virus of concern, to help contain the spread of the variant involved. In such an event, any persons arriving in Switzerland from such a country or region will be subject to border health measures. No country or region is currently on this list, so no such border health measures are currently required.

The entry requirements of other countries may differ from those of Switzerland, and must always be observed. In view of this, it is important to obtain all the relevant information in good time in advance of any travel planned.

Note on COVID certificates

The entire Swiss certificate system was discontinued on 1 September. COVID certificates can therefore no longer be issued. COVID certificates issued before 1 September can still be used for travel if required, as long as they comply with the entry rules of the destination country and the QR code has not expired. The QR code of each COVID certificate is technically valid for two years.

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You must have a valid passport or national identity card to enter Switzerland. In some instances, Switzerland will accept a travel document that has expired. You can find out whether this applies to you here Overview of ID and visa provisions according to nationality.

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Citizens of countries outside the EU and EFTA who are not coming to Switzerland to work may stay in the country for a maximum of 3 months if they have a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the scheduled date of departure from Switzerland and if the passport was issued less than 10 years ago.

Citizens of certain non-European countries also need a visa to enter Switzerland. You can find out if this applies to you on the page about visas for foreign nationals .

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Unlike other countries, Switzerland does not have any special provisions on minors who enter Switzerland unaccompanied by family members or parents.

However, it is advisable for minors in this situation to carry a letter signed by their parents or guardian permitting such travel. The letter should contain the personal details of the parents/guardian, their telephone number and:

the parents’ names and identity document number (and possibly also a photocopy of the document);

the names, identity document number and address of any person accompanying the minor;

name and identity document number of the minor;

itinerary and dates of travel permitted by the parents/guardian.

Some communes and cantons provide a special form for this purpose (see example from the canton of Vaud). However, permission from the parents/guardian may also take the form of a letter.

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If you would like more information on what travel documents you require to enter Switzerland, on crossing borders, travelling around the Schengen Area or obtaining a visa, please consult the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) website FAQ – Entry .

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Switzerland is a small but picturesque country located in the heart of Europe, known for its breathtaking natural scenery, Alpine peaks, and charming cities. It is a popular travel destination for tourists from all around the world, who come to experience the country’s unique culture, delicious cuisine, and numerous outdoor activities. Let’s check out Switzerland travel requirements.

Switzerland has a well-developed tourism infrastructure and offers a wide range of accommodation options, from luxury hotels to budget-friendly hostels. Some of the country’s most popular tourist attractions include the Matterhorn, Lake Geneva, and the Jungfrau region.

If you are a US citizen planning to travel to Switzerland, it is important to be aware of the travel requirements for your trip. This includes obtaining a valid passport, determining whether you need a visa, and staying up-to-date on any travel restrictions or health regulations due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Being prepared and informed can help ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip to Switzerland. Let’s check out some of the most important Switzerland entry requirements for U.S. citizens.

Passport and Visa Requirements

Do people wonder about what are the Switzerland travel visa requirements? When traveling to Switzerland as a US citizen, it is important to have a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in the country. It is also recommended to have at least two blank pages in your passport for entry and exit stamps. This is a Switzerland entry form. Switzerland travel requirements 2023 may include changes in visa, COVID-19, and health and safety requirements.

US citizens do not need a visa to enter Switzerland for stays of up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes. However, if you plan to stay for longer than 90 days, you will need to apply for a visa.

Switzerland is part of the Schengen Area, which is a group of European countries that have eliminated border controls between each other. US citizens can travel to other Schengen countries for up to 90 days without a visa.

In 2022, the European Union was set to implement the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). This system will require US citizens (and citizens of other visa-waiver countries) to apply for electronic travel authorization before their trip to Switzerland. The ETIAS application will be completed online and will cost a small fee.

Additionally, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there may be travel restrictions and health requirements in place for US citizens traveling to Switzerland. It is important to check the latest updates and requirements from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health and the US Department of State before planning your trip. This may include proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results, quarantine requirements, and travel restrictions. Switzerland visa requirements for US citizens may vary depending on the purpose and length of their stay.

Health and Safety Requirements

What are Switzerland travel health requirements? When traveling to Switzerland, it is important to be aware of the health and safety requirements that are in place to ensure a safe and healthy trip. These requirements may change depending on the current COVID-19 situation, so it is important to stay up-to-date on the latest regulations and guidelines. Switzerland travel requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic may include testing and quarantine measures for international travelers.

As of April 2023, Switzerland does not require any specific vaccinations for entry. However, it is always recommended to be up to date on routine vaccinations such as measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP), polio, and influenza.

It is also recommended to purchase travel health insurance before your trip to Switzerland. This can provide coverage for medical expenses, emergency evacuation, and other unforeseen circumstances that may arise during your trip.

These Switzerland Covid travel requirements are still in place. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there may be testing and quarantine requirements in place for travelers entering Switzerland. As of April 2023, all travelers, including US citizens, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours before their arrival in Switzerland. There may also be quarantine requirements depending on your vaccination status and the risk level of your country of departure. So there are a lot of Switzerland international travel requirements that travelers must know about.

Additional Measures

So what are some additional measures in terms of Switzerland travel requirements? In Switzerland, there are also health and safety measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures may include wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, practicing physical distancing, and following specific rules and regulations for restaurants, bars, and other public venues. Switzerland travel restrictions may be imposed on certain countries or regions based on their COVID-19 situation.

Another important restriction that people traveling to Switzerland must take into consideration is ETIAS. The European Travel Information and Authorization System or ETIAS Switzerland will replace the current visa-free travel system for the Schengen area plus additional countries. It will be available starting in 2024.

Overall, it is important to stay informed about the latest health and safety requirements when traveling to Switzerland. By taking the necessary precautions and following the guidelines, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Switzerland travel insurance requirements are also something every tourist must consider beforehand.

Transportation Requirements

When traveling to Switzerland, it is important to be aware of the transportation requirements and options available to you. Now let’s see Switzerland travel requirements Covid.

US citizens traveling to Switzerland must have a valid passport and may be subject to COVID-19 testing requirements or other health restrictions upon arrival. It is important to check with your airline and the Swiss government for the latest information on any travel restrictions or requirements that may be in place. What are Switzerland travel vaccine requirements?

Once in Switzerland , there are a variety of transportation options available, including trains, buses, and taxis. Switzerland has an extensive and efficient public transportation system, making it easy to travel within and between cities. You may also consider renting a car, although be aware that Switzerland has strict requirements for drivers, including a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and compliance with traffic laws. The Swiss government may update Switzerland travel restrictions in response to changing COVID-19 trends or developments.

If you choose to rent a car, it is important to be aware of the road conditions, which can be challenging in the mountainous areas of Switzerland. Additionally, be sure to have a valid credit card to pay for the rental and any necessary deposits or fees. Switzerland travel entry requirements may include proof of vaccination, negative COVID-19 test results, and other health and safety measures. This is the latest Switzerland travel restrictions update.

Money and Currency Requirements

The official currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF), which is divided into 100 centimes. US dollars may not be accepted in all places, so it is recommended to exchange your currency for Swiss Francs before your trip or withdraw money from an ATM once you arrive.

Switzerland is a modern country with many payment options available, including credit and debit cards. However, it is always a good idea to carry some cash, especially for smaller purchases or in more remote areas.

As mentioned above, there are going to be new travel regulations starting in 2024. ETIAS Authorization Switzerland, short for European Travel Information and Authorization System (or ETIAS), will be an updated visa waiver system going live in 2024. You can check ETIAS requirements on this website. The ETIAS travel authorization system is going to revolutionize how American citizens travel.

ATMs are widely available in Switzerland, even in smaller towns and villages. However, be aware that some ATMs may charge fees for withdrawals, so it is important to check with your bank about any international fees that may apply.

Cultural and Social Requirements

Besides Switzerland travel requirements from US, there are cultural and social requirements as well. Switzerland has four official languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansh. The language spoken in a particular region may depend on the area of the country you are visiting.

Tipping in Switzerland is not mandatory as a service charge is often included in the bill. However, it is customary to round up the bill or leave a small tip as a gesture of appreciation for good service.

Swiss culture tends to be fairly formal, so dressing appropriately for the occasion is important. While casual attire is generally acceptable, it is recommended to dress a bit more formally for business meetings, fine dining, or cultural events. It is also important to dress appropriately for the weather, especially during the colder months.

In summary, US citizens traveling to Switzerland must have a valid passport and be aware of the latest COVID-19 requirements and restrictions. It is important to research and understand the transportation options, currency and payment methods, cultural norms, and health and safety requirements before embarking on your trip. Thoroughly researching these requirements can help ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Hopefully, this article clarifies everything about Switzerland travel requirements.

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  • Visa & entry to Switzerland

Various regulations apply for entering Switzerland. A basic distinction is made between citizens of the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries and those of other countries. The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) is the responsible authority in Switzerland.

Since Switzerland’s adherence to the Schengen and Dublin agreements came into force (12 December 2008), Swiss representations abroad are able to issue certain categories of visa, depending on the length of stay and purpose of the journey in Switzerland. Please select one of the following options.

Schengen visa for a stay of up to 90 days

For persons wishing to enter Switzerland for a short stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day period: for example, in a context of tourism, a visit to relatives or friends, short-term language studies, participating in a conference or in sporting/cultural events, etc.

National visa for a stay of more than 90 days

For persons wishing to enter Switzerland for a stay of more than 90 days within a 180-day period. It is subject to the authorisation of the cantonal migration authority competent for the intended place of residence. For example: long-term student, family reunification, marriage in Switzerland, etc.

Airport transit visa

For citizens of certain countries who need a transit visa even if they are staying in the international transit area of the airport and do not enter the Schengen territory.

Labour / Work permits

Admission of foreign workers to an employer in Switzerland is subject to the authorisation of the competent cantonal authority. The entry visa is granted only when the requested authorisations have been delivered.

Authorized Visa

For applicants whose work or residence permit request was submitted directly in Switzerland and has been authorized by the cantonal migration office

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Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor at least a month before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. If you or your doctor need help finding a location that provides certain vaccines or medicines, visit the Find a Clinic page.

Routine vaccines

Recommendations.

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines include

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)

Immunization schedules

All eligible travelers should be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Please see  Your COVID-19 Vaccination  for more information. 

COVID-19 vaccine

Hepatitis A

Consider hepatitis A vaccination for most travelers. It is recommended for travelers who will be doing higher risk activities, such as visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where a traveler might get infected through food or water. It is recommended for travelers who plan on eating street food.

Hepatitis A - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Hep A

Hepatitis B

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers younger than 60 years old traveling to Switzerland. Unvaccinated travelers 60 years and older may get vaccinated before traveling to Switzerland.

Hepatitis B - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Hep B

Infants 6 to 11 months old traveling internationally should get 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as part of the routine childhood vaccination series.

Measles (Rubeola) - CDC Yellow Book

Switzerland is free of dog rabies. However, rabies may still be present in wildlife species, particularly bats. CDC recommends rabies vaccination before travel only for people working directly with wildlife. These people may include veterinarians, animal handlers, field biologists, or laboratory workers working with specimens from mammalian species.

Rabies - CDC Yellow Book

Tick-borne Encephalitis

For travelers moving or traveling to TBE-endemic areas

TBE vaccine is recommended for persons who will have extensive exposure to ticks based on their planned outdoor activities and itinerary.

TBE vaccine may be considered for persons who might engage in outdoor activities in areas ticks are likely to be found. 

Tick-borne Encephalitis - CDC Yellow Book

Avoid contaminated water

Leptospirosis

How most people get sick (most common modes of transmission)

  • Touching urine or other body fluids from an animal infected with leptospirosis
  • Swimming or wading in urine-contaminated fresh water, or contact with urine-contaminated mud
  • Drinking water or eating food contaminated with animal urine
  • Avoid contaminated water and soil

Clinical Guidance

Airborne & droplet.

  • Breathing in air or accidentally eating food contaminated with the urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents
  • Bite from an infected rodent
  • Less commonly, being around someone sick with hantavirus (only occurs with Andes virus)
  • Avoid rodents and areas where they live
  • Avoid sick people

Tuberculosis (TB)

  • Breathe in TB bacteria that is in the air from an infected and contagious person coughing, speaking, or singing.

Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in Switzerland, so your behaviors are important.

Eat and drink safely

Food and water standards around the world vary based on the destination. Standards may also differ within a country and risk may change depending on activity type (e.g., hiking versus business trip). You can learn more about safe food and drink choices when traveling by accessing the resources below.

  • Choose Safe Food and Drinks When Traveling
  • Water Treatment Options When Hiking, Camping or Traveling
  • Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene | Healthy Water
  • Avoid Contaminated Water During Travel

You can also visit the  Department of State Country Information Pages  for additional information about food and water safety.

Prevent bug bites

Although Switzerland is an industrialized country, bug bites here can still spread diseases. Just as you would in the United States, try to avoid bug bites while spending time outside or in wooded areas.

What can I do to prevent bug bites?

  • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
  • Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
  • Consider using permethrin-treated clothing and gear if spending a lot of time outside. Do not use permethrin directly on skin.

What type of insect repellent should I use?

  • FOR PROTECTION AGAINST TICKS AND MOSQUITOES: Use a repellent that contains 20% or more DEET for protection that lasts up to several hours.
  • Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin)
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD)
  • 2-undecanone
  • Always use insect repellent as directed.

What should I do if I am bitten by bugs?

  • Avoid scratching bug bites, and apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to reduce the itching.
  • Check your entire body for ticks after outdoor activity. Be sure to remove ticks properly.

What can I do to avoid bed bugs?

Although bed bugs do not carry disease, they are an annoyance. See our information page about avoiding bug bites for some easy tips to avoid them. For more information on bed bugs, see Bed Bugs .

For more detailed information on avoiding bug bites, see Avoid Bug Bites .

Stay safe outdoors

If your travel plans in Switzerland include outdoor activities, take these steps to stay safe and healthy during your trip:

  • Stay alert to changing weather conditions and adjust your plans if conditions become unsafe.
  • Prepare for activities by wearing the right clothes and packing protective items, such as bug spray, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit.
  • Consider learning basic first aid and CPR before travel. Bring a travel health kit with items appropriate for your activities.
  • If you are outside for many hours in the heat, eat salty snacks and drink water to stay hydrated and replace salt lost through sweating.
  • Protect yourself from UV radiation : use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, wear protective clothing, and seek shade during the hottest time of day (10 a.m.–4 p.m.).
  • Be especially careful during summer months and at high elevation. Because sunlight reflects off snow, sand, and water, sun exposure may be increased during activities like skiing, swimming, and sailing.
  • Very cold temperatures can be dangerous. Dress in layers and cover heads, hands, and feet properly if you are visiting a cold location.

Stay safe around water

  • Swim only in designated swimming areas. Obey lifeguards and warning flags on beaches.
  • Do not dive into shallow water.
  • Avoid swallowing water when swimming. Untreated water can carry germs that make you sick.
  • Practice safe boating—follow all boating safety laws, do not drink alcohol if you are driving a boat, and always wear a life jacket.

Keep away from animals

Most animals avoid people, but they may attack if they feel threatened, are protecting their young or territory, or if they are injured or ill. Animal bites and scratches can lead to serious diseases such as rabies.

Follow these tips to protect yourself:

  • Do not touch or feed any animals you do not know.
  • Do not allow animals to lick open wounds, and do not get animal saliva in your eyes or mouth.
  • Avoid rodents and their urine and feces.
  • Traveling pets should be supervised closely and not allowed to come in contact with local animals.
  • If you wake in a room with a bat, seek medical care immediately.  Bat bites may be hard to see.

All animals can pose a threat, but be extra careful around dogs, bats, monkeys, sea animals such as jellyfish, and snakes. If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, immediately:

  • Wash the wound with soap and clean water.
  • Go to a doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor about your injury when you get back to the United States.

Reduce your exposure to germs

Follow these tips to avoid getting sick or spreading illness to others while traveling:

  • Wash your hands often, especially before eating.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, clean hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Try to avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home or in your hotel room, unless you need medical care.

Avoid sharing body fluids

Diseases can be spread through body fluids, such as saliva, blood, vomit, and semen.

Protect yourself:

  • Use latex condoms correctly.
  • Do not inject drugs.
  • Limit alcohol consumption. People take more risks when intoxicated.
  • Do not share needles or any devices that can break the skin. That includes needles for tattoos, piercings, and acupuncture.
  • If you receive medical or dental care, make sure the equipment is disinfected or sanitized.

Know how to get medical care while traveling

Plan for how you will get health care during your trip, should the need arise:

  • Carry a list of local doctors and hospitals at your destination.
  • Review your health insurance plan to determine what medical services it would cover during your trip. Consider purchasing travel health and medical evacuation insurance for things your regular insurance will not cover.
  • Carry a card that identifies, in the local language, your blood type, chronic conditions or serious allergies, and the generic names of any medicines you take.
  • Bring copies of your prescriptions for medicine and for eye glasses and contact lenses.
  • Some prescription drugs may be illegal in other countries. Call Switzerland’s embassy to verify that all of your prescription(s) are legal to bring with you.
  • Bring all the medicines (including over-the-counter medicines) you think you might need during your trip, including extra in case of travel delays. Ask your doctor to help you get prescriptions filled early if you need to.

Many foreign hospitals and clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International. A list of accredited facilities is available at their website ( www.jointcommissioninternational.org ).

Select safe transportation

Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of healthy US citizens in foreign countries.

Be smart when you are traveling on foot.

  • Use sidewalks and marked crosswalks.
  • Pay attention to the traffic around you, especially in crowded areas.
  • Remember, people on foot do not always have the right of way in other countries.

Riding/Driving

Choose a safe vehicle.

  • Choose official taxis or public transportation, such as trains and buses.
  • Make sure there are seatbelts.
  • Avoid overcrowded, overloaded, top-heavy buses and minivans.
  • Avoid riding on motorcycles or motorbikes, especially motorbike taxis. (Many crashes are caused by inexperienced motorbike drivers.)
  • Choose newer vehicles—they may have more safety features, such as airbags, and be more reliable.
  • Choose larger vehicles, which may provide more protection in crashes.

Think about the driver.

  • Do not drive after drinking alcohol or ride with someone who has been drinking.
  • Consider hiring a licensed, trained driver familiar with the area.
  • Arrange payment before departing.

Follow basic safety tips.

  • Wear a seatbelt at all times.
  • Sit in the back seat of cars and taxis.
  • When on motorbikes or bicycles, always wear a helmet. (Bring a helmet from home, if needed.)
  • Do not use a cell phone or text while driving (illegal in many countries).
  • Travel during daylight hours only, especially in rural areas.
  • If you choose to drive a vehicle in Switzerland, learn the local traffic laws and have the proper paperwork.
  • Get any driving permits and insurance you may need. Get an International Driving Permit (IDP). Carry the IDP and a US-issued driver's license at all times.
  • Check with your auto insurance policy's international coverage, and get more coverage if needed. Make sure you have liability insurance.
  • Avoid using local, unscheduled aircraft.
  • If possible, fly on larger planes (more than 30 seats); larger airplanes are more likely to have regular safety inspections.
  • Try to schedule flights during daylight hours and in good weather.

Helpful Resources

Road Safety Overseas (Information from the US Department of State): Includes tips on driving in other countries, International Driving Permits, auto insurance, and other resources.

The Association for International Road Travel has country-specific Road Travel Reports available for most countries for a minimal fee.

Maintain personal security

Use the same common sense traveling overseas that you would at home, and always stay alert and aware of your surroundings.

Before you leave

  • Research your destination(s), including local laws, customs, and culture.
  • Monitor travel advisories and alerts and read travel tips from the US Department of State.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) .
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary, contact information, credit cards, and passport with someone at home.
  • Pack as light as possible, and leave at home any item you could not replace.

While at your destination(s)

  • Carry contact information for the nearest US embassy or consulate .
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the actual passport securely in your hotel.
  • Follow all local laws and social customs.
  • Do not wear expensive clothing or jewelry.
  • Always keep hotel doors locked, and store valuables in secure areas.
  • If possible, choose hotel rooms between the 2nd and 6th floors.

Healthy Travel Packing List

Use the Healthy Travel Packing List for Switzerland for a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.

Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?

It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries. Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.

If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic . Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling.

For more information on what to do if you are sick after your trip, see Getting Sick after Travel .

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Regulations for entering the USA

Find out in advance about the entry regulations for the USA. Check whether you meet the requirements for visa-free entry. Otherwise you must have a visa. You can find helpful information here.

Conditions for visa-free entry into the USA

  • You are a national of a participating country in the Visa Waiver Program and are not subject to any exceptions.
  • Your passport meets the criteria required by the USA.
  • You hold an ESTA travel authorisation and are not subject to any exceptions.

Member countries of the Visa Waiver Program

The countries listed below are all members of the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA). Nationals from these countries may enter the USA without a visa and stay there for up to 90 days.

All travellers who are covered by the Visa Waiver Program must have a biometric passport (with an e-chip) when they travel.

Exceptions: The following travellers, among others, are not eligible for the Visa Waiver Program:

  • if they have visited Cuba on or after 12 January 2021;
  • if they have visited North Korea, Iran or Syria on or after 1 March 2011; or
  • if they are a dual national of one of these countries.
  • ESTA travel authorisation

For visa-free entry into the USA, it is essential that you present the ESTA electronic travel authorisation. Without this document you will be refused entry. Apply for the travel authorisation online no less than 72 hours before departure. It is valid for a two-year period for multiple entries, providing your passport does not expire during this period. You can update your details and travel destinations on the ESTA website at any time. Changes are subject to a USD 21 charge per entry.

Exceptions: ESTA travel authorisations that have already been issued lose their validity;

  • if you have visited Cuba on or after 12 January 2021;
  • if you have visited North Korea, Iran or Syria on or after 1 March 2011; or
  • if you are a dual national of one of these countries.
  • API data collection

Airlines are obliged to transmit the details of all passengers to the US authorities on the day of departure. This is done using the Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS). The personal data that are collected includes the passengers’ name, passport number, date of birth, etc., and their contact details in the USA. Providing complete and correct information will save you any inconvenience at your destination airport. The easiest thing to do is to transmit your data in advance online . If that is not possible, this will be recorded at the check-in machine or when you check in at the desk.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Anyone entering the USA is obliged to provide their details to the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA). This information is then compared with the watch lists. These details consist of the full name, date of birth and gender (legal basis: 49 U.S.C., section 114 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and 49 C.F.R, parts 1540 and 1560). People who do not provide this information may be refused carriage or admission to the gate. Travellers with a redress number must provide it.

The TSA may compare the data you provide with data from penal facilities, news agencies and other authorities (in accordance with the published system of records notices).

You will find full information on the TSA privacy policy, the system of records notices and the data privacy compatibility assessments at ​ www.tsa.gov .

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Due to increased security precautions, we recommend travellers to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before take-off.

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  1. Switzerland International Travel Information

    Call us in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (from all other countries) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution and Travel Advisories.

  2. Top Tips for Americans Visiting Switzerland

    Top Tips for Americans Visiting Switzerland. Check your passport validity: You will be denied entry into Switzerland if your passport is expired or is expiring soon. To enter Switzerland or the Schengen area, your passport must remain valid for 90 days after your planned date of departure from the Schengen area.. Before leaving the U.S., we recommend having at least six months validity ...

  3. Can I travel to Switzerland? Travel Restrictions & Entry Requirements

    Bars in Switzerland are . Find continuously updated travel restrictions for Switzerland such as border, vaccination, COVID-19 testing, and quarantine requirements.

  4. Travelling to Switzerland

    SWISS would like to draw your attention to that restrictions are still in place for travel to and transit in Switzerland for many countries. Please take note of the detailed information on this page.Generally, a negative Covid-19 test result must be presented and an entry form ( ePLF) must be filled in. Exceptions are in place for, among others, fully vaccinated passengers and guests under 16 ...

  5. Covid-19: Travel Conditions

    Entry from Schengen / EU / EFTA: possible without restrictions. Entry from third countries: With effect from 2 May 2022, all remaining countries are removed from the SEM risk country list. This means that entry into Switzerland from all countries in the world will again be possible as before the pandemic. More information: Travel-Check (FOPH)

  6. Update on Swiss Quarantine Restrictions for U.S. Travelers

    As of April 5, per the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, travelers from the United States will not be required to quarantine upon arrival in Switzerland. All other entry and travel restrictions to Switzerland still apply. For more information on COVID-19 related restrictions for those seeking to enter Switzerland, please visit: https://www ...

  7. Coronavirus: New rules for entry to Switzerland and for people

    The test and entry form requirements do not apply to travellers in transit through Switzerland without stopping, drivers who transport people or goods professionally, and cross-border commuters or people entering from border areas. The Federal Council is thus taking account of the close economic, social and cultural exchange in the border regions.

  8. Updated Travel Advisory: U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Switzerland

    U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland 031 357 70 11 (dialing within Switzerland) +41 31 357 70 11 (dialing from overseas) [email protected]. State Department - Bureau of Consular Affairs +1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) +1-202-501-4444 (from other countries) Swiss Federal Office of Public Health Hotline

  9. Visa & entry to Switzerland

    The relations between Switzerland and the United States of America are extremely rich, diverse and long-standing. Science, Higher Education and Innovation Small country, big science: learn more about Switzerland's research landscape, its policies and programs, and international cooperation in science, higher education, and innovation.

  10. COVID-19: Travel

    There are currently no COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions on entering Switzerland. You do not need to present proof of vaccination, recovery or recent test results in order to enter the country. Should the epidemiological situation change, under the COVID-19 Ordinance on International Travel a country or region may be placed on the list of ...

  11. Entry regulations

    General entry regulations. Remember to find out about the entry regulations of your destination country in good time. Make sure your passport has been signed and that it complies with the requirements of all the countries you will be visiting. Apply for any necessary visas in good time. You can find more information about this on the IATA website.

  12. Travel documents for entering Switzerland

    Travel documents for entering Switzerland. Foreign nationals must have proof of their identity in order to enter Switzerland. Here is some information on what travel documents are required. All themes. de fr it rm en Launch search Open all Citizens of EU/EFTA member states ...

  13. Switzerland Travel Advisory

    Exercise normal precautions in Switzerland. Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Switzerland. If you decide to travel to Switzerland: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.

  14. Switzerland Travel Requirements

    US citizens traveling to Switzerland must have a valid passport and may be subject to COVID-19 testing requirements or other health restrictions upon arrival. It is important to check with your airline and the Swiss government for the latest information on any travel restrictions or requirements that may be in place.

  15. NEW: The latest travel rules between Switzerland and the USA

    To respond to what travel officials expect to be a growing demand for US-bound flights, United Airlines started flying nonstop between Newark and Geneva on November 1st, and SWISS will operate up to four direct flights a week to JKF in New York from December 14th. Direct flights between Zurich and the two US airports will also resume in November.

  16. Visa

    National visa for a stay of more than 90 days. For persons wishing to enter Switzerland for a stay of more than 90 days within a 180-day period. It is subject to the authorisation of the cantonal migration authority competent for the intended place of residence. For example: long-term student, family reunification, marriage in Switzerland, etc.

  17. COVID-19

    Presidential Proclamation 9984 restricts and suspends the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Schengen Area (which includes Switzerland and Lichtenstein) during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.

  18. Travelling from the U.S. to Europe

    Yes, U.S. citizens holding a valid U.S. passport can visit 27 countries in Europe's Schengen Area for up to 90 days for tourism or business without needing a Schengen visa. However, for US residents who are not American citizens, the requirements vary based on their nationality.

  19. Switzerland

    Travel during daylight hours only, especially in rural areas. If you choose to drive a vehicle in Switzerland, learn the local traffic laws and have the proper paperwork. Get any driving permits and insurance you may need. Get an International Driving Permit (IDP). Carry the IDP and a US-issued driver's license at all times.

  20. U.S. Embassy in Switzerland and Liechtenstein

    Demonstration Alert: Bern Demonstrations (April 28, 2023) U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland Subject: Demonstration in Switzerland- May 1, 2023 Location: Bern, Switzerland - Bundesplatz (Federal Palace) Event: The U.S. Embassy…. The mission of the United States Embassy is to advance the interests of the United States, and to serve and protect U ...

  21. Entry regulations for the USA

    ESTA travel authorisation. For visa-free entry into the USA, it is essential that you present the ESTA electronic travel authorisation. Without this document you will be refused entry. Apply for the travel authorisation online no less than 72 hours before departure. It is valid for a two-year period for multiple entries, providing your passport ...

  22. U.S. Citizen Services

    U.S. Embassy Bern offers a full range of consular services to U.S. citizens in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Many of these services are also available at U.S. Consular Agency Zurich and U.S. Consular Agency Geneva. For opening hours, contact information and to make an appointment, please select a location most convenient to you.

  23. Travel & Tourism

    For travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange. ... when they meet all requirements. Are You Eligible? Travel & Tourism in the U.S. Visit the U.S.! ... Outside of Switzerland: +41 31 357 70 11 . Emergency Contact - All Locations;