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Switzerland Travel Restrictions

60,48% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 59,39% last week
Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter Switzerland.
Fully vaccinated visitors from South Africa can enter Switzerland without restrictions.

For restrictions that apply to vaccinated visitors, please check the official guidelines from Switzerland for the types of accepted and permitted COVID-19 vaccinations, requirements on proof of vaccination certificates, vaccination validity period, and persons and/or groups that may be exempt from vaccination restrictions.


Switzerland entry details and exceptions

Swiss citizens, permanent residency holders, holders of other specified permits or visas, EU or EFTA citizens and some of their family members are exempted from this restriction.


Outgoing travel to SwitzerlandTravelling from South Africa to Switzerland

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 48 Antigen (quick-test) hours before departing to Switzerland.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test.

Details and exceptions

Travelers under the age of 16, travelers who recovered a maximum of 6 months and no more than 10 days before travel and with a positive test confirmation and travelers with valid proof of being fully vaccinated in the last 12 months before travel are exempted from this requirement.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors from South Africa are not required to quarantine after entering Switzerland.

Documents
Travel Declaration Form

Children can be included in the form of an adult traveling with them.


Return travelReturning to South Africa from Switzerland

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travellers returning from Switzerland must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure to South Africa.

Details and exceptions

traveler with no proof of a negative COVID-19 test result will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at his or her own cost and if positive for COVID-19, he or she will be required to isolate at their own cost, for a period of 10 days.

Children under the age of 5 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from Switzerland are not required to quarantine upon entering South Africa.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

Details and exceptions

Travelers who display any COVID-19–related symptoms must be tested on arrival. In the event that the result of the COVID-19 test is positive, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days. The cost of testing and quarantine will be on the travelers' expense.

Documents
Health Declaration Form

Must be completed in 48 hours prior to arrival in South Africa.


Other COVID-19 restrictions for Switzerland

Masks:Required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.
Restaurants:Open
Bars:Open

FAQs

  • Fully vaccinated visitors from South Africa can enter Switzerland without restrictions. Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter Switzerland.

  • Fully vaccinated visitors from South Africa can enter Switzerland without restrictions.

  • Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter Switzerland.

  • Fully vaccinated travelers coming from South Africa are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result. Unvaccinated travellers coming from South Africa will need a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 48 Antigen (quick-test) hours before departure.

  • Travellers from South Africa are not required to quarantine.

  • Mask usage in Switzerland is required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.

  • Restaurants in Switzerland are open. Bars in Switzerland are open.