Consulate General of Switzerland in Sydney
Coronavirus: Entering Switzerland
Due to the spread of the new virus variant Omicron, Australia has been added to the list of countries with a variant of concern as of 29.11.2021.
Therefore, any person over 16 years of age entering Switzerland must present a negative test result. Any person must quarantine for 10 days. This rule also applies for vaccinated and recovered persons.
Health/COVID-19 requirements are the responsibility of the Federal Office of Public Health.
In addition, all incoming travelers must complete the entry form when entering Switzerland. This electronic entry form can be found at swissplf.admin.ch and must be filled out on a computer or smartphone before or during travel.
Please note, that immigration regulations to Switzerland are implemented by the State Secretariat for Migration SEM. Relevant information about current entry restrictions can be found here. These restrictions can change at very short notice
The Embassy and the Consulate General strive to provide Swiss citizens with the most recent information. However, please note that regulations can change quickly and sometimes without prior notice. Of course such updated regulations prevail over the information stated below.
The Consulate General is currently open for visitors from Monday to Thursday, 09.00h to 12.00h. Please contact us for an appointment (by calling 02 8383 4000 or by writing an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org). Please also consult this website for new information regularly.
We advise all Swiss citizens in Australia to comply with the recommendations and regulations of the competent local authorities, the Department of Health, the Department of Home Affairs or others.
Please note that entry to Australia is currently restricted. Entry is only possible for Australian nationals and for permanent residents, and their immediate family members, or if you have been granted a visa and an individual travel exemption, which is issued only to a very restricted number of categories of visitors and individuals.
For more information about Australian border restrictions, please check the following website: covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au.
Please also follow the travel advice "Focus novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)” of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the World Health Organization (WHO)..
- Australian Government
- Australian Department of Health
- Australian Department of Home Affairs (Immigration/Travel Advice)
- Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Thank you for your understanding in these extraordinary circumstances worldwide.
Health-related requirements for travels to Switzerland
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are special rules for people entering Switzerland. These rules are implemented by the Federal Office of Public Health and you will find the most recent information here.
Everbody who has been vaccinated abroad with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA List) and who is a resident in Switzerland, staying in Switzerland or intends to enter Switzerland, will be able to obtain a Swiss COVID-19 certificate on presentation of the foreign vaccination certificate. See also FOPH COVID-19 Certificate. You can apply for the Swiss COVID-19 certificate using the following online form. The canton where you are resident or staying will issue the certificate.
To see what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland, consult the online Travelcheck: https://travelcheck.admin.ch/home
Please note, that all persons arriving from abroad have to fill out an entry form online with contact details before they enter Switzerland. You will find this form for incoming travelers at swissplf.admin.ch.
Depending on the airline, however, different rules may apply and therefore we strongly advise you to check with your airline to find out which requirements have to be fulfilled when checking in at the airport, which forms need to be presented, what kind of test or confirmation is accepted, in which form the confirmation has to be presented, etc. If you are unable to show all documents required by the airline, you may not be allowed to board the plane.
Important information "Visa for Switzerland"
Australian nationals, as well as permanent residents (as long as they have the necessary Schengen visa), are allowed to enter Switzerland for a short stay of up to 90 days. All foreign nationals who are already holders of a Swiss residency permit can enter Switzerland upon presentation of their valid residency permit.
Swiss citizens and EU/EFTA citizens can enter Switzerland at any time.
Short-term visa applications for tourism, visits or business are accepted and processed (permanent residents only!). Long term National visas D (study, work or family reunion) are processed and applications are accepted.
Before you travel, please check the website of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM under the following link: Corona: Questions and answers on entry and stay in Switzerland, the exceptions and suspension of visas