Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swiss Federal Council decided to restrict entry into Switzerland.
Currently, travellers from Laos are not allowed to enter Switzerland, with the exception of the cases listed here, under the point “who has the right of free movement” & “who is not affected by the ban on entry to Switzerland”.
Holders of Schengen Visa C are not allowed to enter Switzerland. However, for persons holding already a visa or do not fall under the entry ban, the Regional consular center of the Embassy of Switzerland in Bangkok may be able to issue a Laissez-Passer to facilitate entry into Switzerland. Please contact the visa section by email.
Holders of a valid Swiss National Visa D (for family reunion, study, work, etc.) are allowed to enter.
Important: COVID-19-related, as per 26.06.2021
As of Saturday, 26 June 2021, the existing entry ban for travelers from third countries (non-Schengen Countries) will be lifted if they can prove that they have been vaccinated.* (As of today, except Sputnik) Media release 23.June 2021
*acc. to Annex 1a of the COVID-19 Regulation 3:
1 Vaccinated persons are persons who have been vaccinated with a vaccine,
- has a marketing authorization in Switzerland and has been fully vaccinated in accordance with the recommendations of the FOPH;
- has a marketing authorization of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the European Union and has been fully vaccinated in accordance with the specifications or recommendations of the country in which the vaccination was carried out; or
- is licensed according to the WHO Emergency use listing and has been fully vaccinated following the requirements or recommendations of the country in which the vaccination was carried out.
Irrespective of this, the border sanitary measures of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) continue to apply.
For travelers who do not meet the above conditions
The following applies:
Negative PCR Test (Certificate in English)
All persons arriving in Switzerland by air must present a valid certificate stating a negative PCR test result on arrival. The certificate must be issued in English and not be older than 72 hours at the time of arrival. Without valid certificate, the boarding of airplanes to Switzerland will be denied.
Exceptions are listed here, however, each airline has its own rules for combatting the pandemic and we strongly recommend to contact your airline in time, in order to confirm the exception.
All persons entering Switzerland by air, boat, bus or train, must complete an online form on arrival. This information helps to identify infected persons more easily, and to break transmission chains as soon as possible. More information and a download of the form are provided here.
Travelers entering Switzerland from Laos are currently not required to quarantine. Please click here for an updated list regularly published by the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG).