COVID-19

Travelling to Switzerland 

Due to COVID-19, the Swiss government has enacted entry restrictions for travelers from certain countries and territories. These travelers can only enter Switzerland under certain conditions (“essential travels only”). 

A list of countries exempt from entry restrictions (“non-high risk countries”) can be found here.

Can I enter Switzerland from Canada? No.

Are there exceptions? Yes:

  • Swiss citizens (if you do not have a valid Swiss passport, please contact the Consulate General in Vancouver)
  • Permanent residents in Switzerland with proof of permanent residency.
  • EU/EFTA citizens with a valid passport
  • Canadians citizens and permanent residents in Canada for documented essential purposes only, subject to authorization.

What do I have to do to get an exemption for essential travels?
Please email us: vancouver.visa@eda.admin.ch

 

**UPDATE**

If I am entitled to enter Switzerland, do I need to go into quarantine?
Yes, until further notice
Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)

 

Do I have to present a negative PCR Covid-test before boarding the plane? 
Yes, you have to present valid proof of a negative PCR test, taken not more than 72 hours (time of specimen collection) before boarding. Children under the age of 12 years are exempt from the test requirement.
See further details here: Entering Switzerland

Do I have to fill in a form? 
Yes, all international travelers have to fill out and submit the following form prior to boarding a flight to Switzerland: Form for incoming Traveller

Find further information on current entry restrictions to Switzerland here: FAQ Entry restrictions

Please note that airlines decide on the conditions by which they carry passengers. The Swiss authorities have no influence on the decision. It is therefore recommended to ask the airline concerned about the conditions that apply before booking a flight.

Quarantine in Switzerland

Travelers from certain countries and territories entering Switzerland have to go into mandatory quarantine. The list of countries is regularly upated. 

Travelers from Canada: No quarantine mandate in place when entering Switzerland.
Travelers from the Commonwealth of the Bahamas: No quarantine mandate in place when entering Switzerland.

For additional information, please visit:

Facial mask requirements in Switzerland

Refer to the following page for mask requirements in Switzerland

Please note: further obligations may apply depending on the canton.

Travelling to Canada

For information on Canadian measures regarding the conditions of entry into Canada please visit: Government of Canada  

The practical aspects of the implementation of these measures fall within the competence of the Canadian authorities.

IMPORTANT: New regulations coming into effect regarding mandatory PCR test upon arrival in Canada and quarantine arrangements. More information: Government of Canada introduces further restrictions on international travel

If your are flying to Canada as your final destination, you must use the ArriveCAN app to submit your travel and contact information.

Switzerland's Travel Advisory currently advises against non-essential travel to Canada

Life certificate for the Swiss pension AHV/AVS

As of May 1st 2021, the Swiss Compensation Office (SCO) will require a life certificate legalized by a local authority. If it is not possible due to the health situation (e.g. difficulties in getting to the relevant authorities), life certificates may be attested by the insured themselves by signing the document (without the official stamp). In this case, we ask that a copy of a valid identity document (with photo) be attached to the certificate, as well as a witness confirmation (PDF, 146.8 kB, English).

The requested documents may be sent by postal or electronic mail to the Consulate General or direcly to the SCO by email in PDF format.  

Insured Foreign Nationals should have the life certificate legalized by a local authority before sending it to the Consulate, or, as stated above, sending it to the SCO.

Helpline 

For urgent requests, kindly contact the FDFA Helpline (Tel. +41 800 24 7 365 / +41 58 465 33 33) or contact your representation directly.