Travelling to Switzerland this Winter

Although travel requirements might seem confusing at the moment, for the vast majority of travellers they are actually relatively straightforward and it is just a question of completing each of the steps involved.

However, please do take the time to read and understand the entry requirements pages on the UK Government and Swiss Government websites before you travel.

We've summarised the requirements for travelling to and from Switzerland as we understand them as of 3 November 2021. They assume you are travelling from the UK and have not visited any other countries 14 days prior to travel.

We have tried to be as comprehensive as possible, but we cannot account for all circumstances. Requirements are subject to change at any time and we do not take any responsibility for the information provided. You must make your own enquiries to satisfy yourself that you and your party can meet the entry requirements to match your intended travel arrangements.

If you're travelling with children, please read the advice towards the bottom of the page as requirements differ to adults.

For more general information on travelling this winter, please see our Winter 2021/22 FAQs.

Before you go

Before you travel, you should:

  1. Check if you can enter Switzerland
  2. Be able to show a valid NHS COVID Pass
  3. Complete the Switzerland Entry Form
  4. Ensure that your travel insurance includes comprehensive winter sports and coronavirus cover

If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to provide a negative COVID test.

On arrival

To enter Switzerland, you will need to be able to show:

  1. A valid QR coded NHS COVID Pass
  2. Other travel documents

Travellers with a valid QR coded NHS COVID Pass will not be required to provide evidence of a negative test on arrival, be tested at the border or quarantine after arrival.

Tip: We highly recommend taking both digital copies on your phone and printed copies of all your required travel documentation. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully.

While you're there

It is a legal requirement to show a valid Covid certificate (the NHS COVID Pass is accepted) to access public transport and public indoor spaces such as restaurants and bars.

It is compulsory to wear a mask in public indoor spaces and also recommended when you are unable to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from those not in your household in any setting.

Returning to the UK

If you are fully vaccinated or under 18, before you return to England, you must:

  1. Book and pay for a COVID-19 test - to be taken before the end of day 2 in England
  2. Complete a passenger locator form - to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

Rules differ for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Travelling with children

Aged 16 to 17

If fully vaccinated with two doses of an approved vaccine, the same rules of entry apply as for vaccinated adults.

Unvaccinated 16 to 17 year olds are subject to the same requirements as unvaccinated adults.

Aged Under 16

Children under the age of 16 are not required to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test or quarantine as long as they are travelling with a fully vaccinated adult. They should be included on their parent or guardian's Entry Form.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions about travelling to Switzerland this winter.

How do I get my NHS COVID Pass

You can access your NHS COVID Pass through the free NHS App on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 status will be shown within the NHS App. Full instructions can be found here.