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7 Jan 2022


Certificate adoption

Switzerland has adopted the COVID certificate that verifies you have had a COVID-19 vaccination, have recovered from COVID-19, or have a negative test result.

Also, Swiss government has already connected this certificate with EU DCC system. So Swiss citizens can use the COVID certificate to enter EU, on the other hand, EU citizens can enter Switzerland with EU DCC.


Instrument type

Vaccination and immunity based


Certificate name

Swiss COVID Certificate


Timeline

Already use


Certificate details

COVID Certificate in Switzerland has 3 certificate types:
1. COVID-19 vaccination certificate. You can receive this certificate if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • Persons who are vaccinated in Switzerland (Certificate valid 365 days after receiving the last dose*)
  • Person who are vaccinated outside Switzerland, but these vaccines are authorised by EMA (Certificate valid 365 days after receiving the last dose*)
  • Persons who are vaccinated outside Switzerland, but these vaccines are authorised by WHO and not authorised by EMA or Swissmedic. However, you must be the Swiss citizens or hold the residence permit in Switzerland. (Certificate valid 365 days after receiving the last dose*)
  • Persons who are vaccinated outside Switzerland, but these vaccines are authorised by WHO and not authorised by EMA or Swissmedic. In addition, you are only tourist status to entry Switzerland. (Certificate valid 30 days after received)
    *For Janssen vaccine, the certificate is validated after day-22 from the inoculation date.

2. Recovery certificate. You can request for this certificate if

  • you have the positive PCR test result in Switzerland or abroad. (Certificate valid 365 days after the confirmation date of positive result)
  • you have the positive antibody test result in Switzerland. (Certificate valid 90 days after the sample was taken)

3. Negative test result. You can request for this certificate if

  • You have the negative PCR test results in Switzerland no longer than 72 hours.
  • You have the negative antigen test results in Switzerland no longer than 24 hours.

Please access this link for more details about COVID certificate in Switzerland.


Certificate format

Both paper and electronic formats are available. You can offer either the paper document or the electronic COVID certificate in the app to demonstrate your COVID certificate.


Entry protocol

For general measure

  • All travellers to Switzerland, even vaccinated and recovered travellers, must fill out the pre-departure Entry Form. They must give the findings of a negative pre-departure PCR or antigen test.
  • Before entering Switzerland, complete the electronic entry form on a computer or smartphone. After completing the online form, travellers will be emailed a QR code as confirmation. When travellers arrive in Switzerland, have this code accessible for inspection. Travellers can present the QR code on smartphone or a paper confirmation during these inspections. If travellers do not fill out the entry form despite being required to do so, the regulating authority might fine you CHF 100. The same is true if travellers provide inaccurate information on the form.
  • Presently, there are no countries with a variant of concern for Switzerland.
  • Although foreign travellers are from a high-risk country (please see in the remark topic), they will allow to enter Switzerland if they meet one of these criteria:
    • Swiss citizen
    • You have a travel document (such as a passport or identity card) as well as:
      • a Swiss resident permit (L / B / C / Ci permit);
      • a cross-border permit (G permit);
      • an FDFA legitimation card;
      • a D visa granted by Switzerland; and
      • assurance of a residence permit.
      • notice confirmation for up to 90 days of cross-border supply of services in any calendar year (e.g. UK nationals)
    • have a Swiss-issued refugee or stateless person travel document, a Swiss-issued passport for foreign nationals, a valid resident or permanent residence permit, or an F-Permit.
    • have rights of free movement. If you need a visa, a valid Schengen C-visa, D-visa, or Schengen resident permit will suffice.
      “Spouses or registered partners of EU/EFTA citizens; descending line relatives under the age of 21 or who are dependent. This comprises relatives of EU/EFTA citizens, as well as relatives of their spouse or registered partner; dependent relatives in ascending line. This includes relatives of EU/EFTA citizens as well as relatives of their spouse or registered partner; in the case of EU/EFTA citizens studying in Switzerland, this includes spouses or registered partners and dependent children.”
    • are in a position of extreme need. The border control authority will determine the situation’s need.
    • can demonstrate that you have been vaccinated with a recognized vaccination. You can also enter with a valid Schengen visa granted by any Schengen-state before March 16, 2020.
    • are under the age of 18 and are traveling with an adult who has received all necessary vaccinations (parents, siblings, grandparents or other caregivers).
    • are just passing through Switzerland with the aim and potential to enter another nation.
  • Foreign travellers who do not have proof of a recognized vaccination and who wish to travel to Switzerland from a SEM high-risk country for a stay of up to three months without a visa and do not meet any of the requirements for the allowance from a high-risk country are not permitted to enter Switzerland. These travellers are as follows:
    • travellers seeking services in Switzerland; Tourists, visitors, and event attendees.
    • travellers who seek to go to Switzerland for medical treatment that has not yet begun or is not deemed urgent.
    • travellers looking for work or who have been invited to a job interview in Switzerland.
    • travellers who intend to apply for a residency permit.
    • Third-country travellers from nations and areas with immunevasive virus strains who desire to enter Switzerland.

For vaccinated travellers

  • Vaccinated travellers must completely fill out the entry form before entry and provide the negative PCR test result no longer than 72 hours or negative rapid antigen test no more than 48 hours.
  • Vaccination must be verified by a recognized certificate or other kind of evidence of vaccination. The evidence of vaccination must include your last name, first name, and date of birth, as well as the date of vaccination and the vaccine used.

For recovered travellers

  • Recovered travellers must completely fill out the entry form before entry and provide the negative PCR test result no longer than 72 hours or negative rapid antigen test no more than 48 hours.

For unvaccinated travellers

  • Unvaccinated travelers above the age of 16 must have a second test (PCR or antigen) performed between the fourth and seventh day of entry and report the findings to the appropriate cantonal authorities.

For children

  • Children under the age of 16 are exempt from test requirement before arrival.

For other measures

  • Test and entry form requirement before and after arrival is not applied for those who:
    • Professional drivers
    • Cross-border commuters
    • Person from border regions

Travel bubble

European Union countries


Vaccine authorised to be used in the country

  • Pfizer–BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson

Vaccine accepted for inbound travellers

Similar vaccine:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech (BNT162b2 / Comirnaty® / Tozinameran)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273 / Spikevax / COVID-19 vaccine Moderna)
  • AstraZeneca (AZD1222 Vaxzevria®/ Covishield™)
  • Janssen / Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
  • Sinopharm / BIBP (SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell))
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac)
  • COVAXIN®
  • Novavax (NVX-CoV2373 / Nuvaxovid™/ CovovaxTM)

Two different vaccines:

  • The vaccine that has approved by Swissmedic and EMA
  • The vaccine that has been authorized by WHO based on the advice in the inoculation that occurred.

Border status

Partially open because some travellers are not allowed to enter.


Remark

  • Except for those mentioned below, all nations and areas are now deemed high-risk. This list is assessed and updated on a regular basis.
  • The regular entrance restrictions apply to anybody entering Switzerland directly from the countries or areas listed below. They are no longer regarded as high-risk nations:
  • List of high-risk countries:
    Schengen States:

    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • Finland, France
    • Germany, Greece
    • Hungary
    • Iceland, Italy, Latvia
    • Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
    • Malta
    • Netherlands, Norway
    • Poland, Portugal
    • Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain

EU and tiny European countries, as well as third-country and regional groups:

    • Andorra, Argentina, Australia
    • Bahrain, Bulgaria
    • Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus
    • Hong Kong
    • Indonesia, Ireland
    • Kuwait
    • Macao, Monaco
    • New Zealand
    • Peru
    • Qatar
    • Romania, Rwanda
    • San Marino, Saudi Arabia, South Korea
    • Taiwan
    • United Arab Emirates, Uruguay
    • Vatican / Holy See
  • All other countries are still deemed high risk and are included on the COVID-19 Ordinance 3 list of high-risk countries and areas. Travellers entering Switzerland from these countries continue to face entry restrictions.

Countries and regions with immunevasive virus variant:

    • Botswana
    • Eswatini
    • Lesotho
    • Mozambique
    • Namibia
    • Zimbabwe
    • South Africa