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Travelling to Switzerland
Since 3 November 2020, Switzerland is open again for non-essential travel from Singapore and therefore short-term Schengen visa applications (visa type C) will be accepted. The regular visa requirements and border procedures apply. For more information about travelling to Switzerland from Singapore, consult the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM or contact the embassy.
For information how to book an appointment and to submit a visa application, please visit the website of VFS Global.
At its meeting on 27 January 2021, the Federal Council took a range of decisions to further contain and overcome the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the following rules will apply as per 8 February 2021:
All persons arriving by air - even from a country that is not considered high risk like Singapore today – must present on arrival a valid proof of a negative PCR test that is no more than 72 hours old. Boarding will only be allowed for travelers holding such a valid proof of a negative PCR test.
Until now, only the contact details of people arriving in Switzerland from a high-risk country or region have been recorded. From now on, all persons arriving from abroad by air, boat, bus or train must complete an online form on arrival. With this information, cases of infection can be identified more easily and transmission chains broken more rapidly. Please consult this website for the complete information regarding the changes.
Travellers entering Switzerland from Singapore are currently not required to undergo a mandatory self-quarantine for 10 days in Switzerland unless they spent, within the last 14 days before departure, time in a risk destination according to a regularly updated list by the Federal Office of Public Health.
Transit through Singapore
Changi Airport allows transit with authorised airlines. Transit lanes are specifically granted airline-by-airline and are limited in scope. Travellers wishing to transit through Changi Airport are encouraged to contact their chosen airlines directly to ensure they are able to complete their full journey.
Entry into Singapore for Swiss short-term visitors
With few exceptions, short-term visitors are not allowed to enter Singapore.
Entry into Singapore for Swiss citizens residing in Singapore
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is restricting the entry/re-entry of work pass holders, including their dependents, into Singapore. All work pass holders are required to obtain the MOM’s approval before they commence their journey to Singapore. Moreover, long-term pass holders (this includes holders of a Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP), a Student’s Pass (STP), and those with an In-Principle Approval (IPA) for a Long-Term Pass) who are planning to enter Singapore must obtain the permission of the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority before they commence their journey to Singapore.
Furthermore, incoming passengers must submit online health declarations up to three days before arrival. Arrivers then must serve a Stay-Home-Notice (SHN) for 14 days at government-designated premises.
More permissive rules apply to travellers from select countries. Singapore allows entry for all travellers, including returning Singapore residents, from Areas in Australia outside of NSW, Taiwan, Brunei Darussalam, mainland China, New Zealand and Vietnam.
- From 10 February, Singapore Citizens (SCs), Permanent Residents (PRs) and Long-Term Pass holders returning from NSW, Australia will undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at the airport in lieu of a 7-day SHN, and if the result is negative, they will be allowed to go about their activities in Singapore.
- From 12 February, Singapore Citizens (SCs), Permanent Residents (PRs) and Long-Term Pass holders entering Singapore with travel history to Vietnam within the last 14 days before departure for Singapore, will be subject to an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test, 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities, and a PCR test before the end of the SHN period.
- As an added precautionary measure, travellers on the Business Travel Pass (BTP) are now required to undergo COVID-19 PCR Tests on Day 3, Day 7 and Day 14 of their return. An additional serology test will also be required on Day 3. These enhanced testing requirements serve to minimise the risk of potential incubating cases leaking into the community. Travellers are also to avoid events with more than 8 attendees within 14 days of returning to Singapore.
Passengers must register online on the Safe Travel portal at least 7 days before the planned entry date and must have remained for the last 14 consecutive days before entry in the before mentioned countries. Travellers must self-isolate until results from an on-arrival Covid-19 test are ready, those who test negative are exempt from the compulsory SHN, though they must still use the Trace Together App.
Travellers who spent the previous two weeks in mainland China, Macau SAR, and Taiwan can serve a 7 day SHN at their place of residence. Travellers must test negative for Covid-19 at the end of their SHN before they can leave the SHN facilities.
For binding information, consult the website of the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority and work pass holders the Ministry of Manpower before traveling to Singapore.
Register the Swiss Travel Admin App on your smartphone so that you can be contacted by the relevant Swiss embassy in an emergency.
If you wish to fly to Switzerland, please find here a list of airlines currently (as of 7 September 2020) flying from Singapore to Europe (PDF, 241.3 kB, English). Please contact airline for binding information.
The Consular Section continues to be operational. Swiss citizens can visit without appointment during the public opening hours.
Relevant sources of information
Ministry of Health, Singapore
Official push notifications per WhatsApp (Singapore): www.go.gov.sg/whatsapp
MoH general enquiry hotline: +65 6325 9220
Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, Singapore
Ministry of Manpower, Singapore
Federal Office of Public Health, Switzerland
World Health Organization WHO
International Air Travel Association IATA
FDFA Travel Advice, Focus Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) , in German, French, Italian
Helpline, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA):
+41 800 247 365
+41 58 465 33 33
Communication of 05.03.2020 (PDF, 321.9 kB, English)
Communication of 17.03.2020 (PDF, 488.7 kB, English)
Communication of 25.03.2020 (PDF, 233.5 kB, English)
Communication of 02.06.2020 (PDF, 303.6 kB, English)
Embassy Newsletter 1/2020
Embassy Newsletter 2/2020
Embassy Newsletter 3/2020
Embassy Newsletter 4/2020