COVID-19 Information


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COVID-19 INFORMATION

Last updated: 06/20/2022


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Country-Specific Information

 

Before you travel to Switzerland, visit the Swiss Government Travel Check Website to verify if you can enter Switzerland.


Federal Measures

 

There are currently no national measures in place.

Cantonal measures

Since the return to a normal situation, responsibility for measures to protect the population has moved back to the cantons. The measures can therefore differ from one canton to the next.
Consult the corresponding canton to find out whether and what cantonal measures apply. The links to information provided by the cantons can be found on the website www.ch.ch (in GermanFrench or Italian).


COVID-19 Testing

 

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Switzerland and LiechtensteinYES 
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? YES
    • You can find the most up-to-date information on COVID testing in Switzerland and Liechtenstein through the Swiss Office of Public Health. 
    • Click here for information on testing locations in Switzerland by canton.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

 

  • Has the government of Switzerland and Liechtenstein approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  YES
  • Are vaccines available in Switzerland and Liechtenstein for U.S. citizens to receive? YES
  • Which vaccines are available in Switzerland and Liechtenstein?
      • Novavax: 6 million doses of vaccine
      • Pfizer/BioNTech: 6 million doses of vaccine in 2021 / 7 million doses in 2022 / 7 million doses in 2023
      • AstraZeneca: 5.3 million doses of vaccine
      • Moderna: 13.5 million doses of vaccine in 2021 / 7 million doses in 2022
      • Janssen: 150,000 vaccine doses in October 2021

All vaccines are thoroughly checked by Swissmedic

  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination. 
    • You can find the most up-to-date information on COVID testing in Switzerland and Liechtenstein through the Swiss Office of Public Health. 
    • You can register with your cantonal authority for vaccination through this site.
    • National COVID-19 vaccination info-line (every day from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.): +41 58 377 88 92
  • Veterans registered under the Foreign Medical Program are authorized to receive a COVID vaccine (even non-FDA approved versions) and be reimbursed. This would require they sign-up/receive a vaccine through Swiss authorities https://foph-coronavirus.ch/vaccination/when-can-i-be-vaccinated/#cantons). They should call the toll-free VA contact number (+1 877-345-8179) for more information/to confirm this individually. (source: https://www.va.gov/communitycare/programs/veterans/fmp/index.asp)

    Veterans eligible to receive care from military facilities (retirees and medical retirees, for example) can contact Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to see if they are currently eligible for a vaccine (it is likely that they will have to wait until after higher tier groups become vaccinated) https://landstuhl.tricare.mil/

 


Swiss COVID-19 Certificate

 

The Swiss-COVID certificate provides documentary evidence that you have had a COVID-19 vaccination, have had and recovered from the disease or have tested negative. You can store the COVID certificate in paper form or in the COVID Certificate app (download free from the Apple App StoreGoogle Play Store and the Huawei AppGallery.).

Within Switzerland there is no certificate requirement at the national level. This means you do not have to apply for a Swiss COVID certificate to visit Switzerland.

Important: Your U.S. vaccination card needs to be properly issued and include an official stamp and signature from the administering authority. If your vaccination card is not properly issued please contact the issuing office.


Entry and Exit Requirements

 

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? YES.

To verify what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland, consult the Swiss Government Travel Check Website prior to your travel.


Infoline for people travelling to Switzerland:
 +41 58 464 44 88, every day from 6am to 11pm

Visit the official Swiss Government website State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) for more detailed and up to date information about entering Switzerland and transiting through Switzerland.

The entry restrictions currently in place will be lifted from 2 May. As of that date, the usual rules for entering Switzerland will apply. You will find information about visas, travel documents, etc. here: FAQ – Entry.

 


Transit through Switzerland

 

For the most up to date information on requirements to travel through Switzerland, please visit the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration website.

The entry restrictions currently in place will be lifted from 2 May. As of that date, the usual rules for entering Switzerland will apply. You will find information about visas, travel documents, etc. here: FAQ – Entry.


Movement Restrictions

 

  • Is a curfew in place? NO
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? NO

Quarantine Information

 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? NO, not for entry to Switzerland arriving from the United States

Transportation Options

 

  • Are commercial flights operating? YES
    • International commercial flight options currently exist in Switzerland.  

  • Is public transportation operating? YES
    • Persons over the age of 12 are required to wear a mask in trains, trams, and buses, as well as on mountain rail and cableways and on lake and river boats.

Fines for Non-Compliance

 

  • Certain violations of measures to combat the epidemic are explicitly listed as criminal offences and can in some cases be punished with fixed penalties (fines) of between 50 and 200 francs, depending on the offence.
  • If you have not filled out the entry form despite the obligation to do so, the controlling authority can punish you with a CHF 100 fine. The same applies if you provide false information on the form.
  • Anyone who evades quarantine commits an offence under the Epidemics Act and may be fined up to CHF 10,000.


Consular Operations

 

  • American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit
    Visit our website to apply for a U.S. passport or U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad as well as Notarial Services.  Appointments are available at the U.S. Embassy in Bern and the consular agencies in Geneva and Zurich. 

Local Resources

 


Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland
031 357 70 11 (dialing within Switzerland)
+41 31 357 70 11 (dialing from overseas)

American Citizens Services Unit
Visa Unit

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 Government Hotline
Infoline for people travelling to Switzerland: +41 58 464 44 88, every day from 6am to 11pm

Coronavirus Infoline: +41 58 463 00 00, 6am to 11pm
COVID-19 vaccination Infoline: +41 800 88 66 44, every day 6am to 11pm
Infoline National COVID certificate application platform: +41 58 469 79 63 (every day from 7am to 8pm)