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DavidB52 24.03.2021 03:09

Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
I spent some time browsing these forums but didn't find a specific thread that deals with travel to Switzerland. Perhaps it is buried among several threads.

In any case, I am presently living in Canada but would like to visit Switzerland again in the near future. Hopefully, travel restrictions will be loosened soon. I have a valid Swiss passport, but would only visit for two weeks to a month. Travel, visit family, etc.

When people fly to Canada,
(i) they need proof of a negative molecular Covid test,
(ii) they need to get another Covid test upon arrival in Canada and stay in a government-approved hotel (at their own cost) for three days, and
(iii) they need to self-isolate for ten days after that.

I am wondering if Switzerland has the same requirements for people arriving from overseas? (If so, that effectively doubles the amount of time away from work, and expense, for a rather short visit.)

What are current requirements for citizens coming to Switzerland from North America?

IslanderInTheMountains 24.03.2021 04:40

Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
This should be the site with the most up-to-date information.

By giving it a quick look it seems like you'll need a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departing and an entry form.

Canada doesn't seem to be in the list of high-risk countries for the moment, so no self-isolation is required. But have a look by yourself as well.

Island Monkey 24.03.2021 07:37

Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
Canada is not on the quarantine list right now (it changes every few weeks though), so currently all you need is a negative PCR test, Swiss passport and fill in the passenger info form to board a flight!

vladest 24.03.2021 08:50

Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Island Monkey (Post 3289141)
Swiss passport

why?

bowlie 24.03.2021 09:25

Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DavidB52 (Post 3289130)
What are current requirements for citizens coming to Switzerland from North America?

Note the rules are different for Canada and the USA. The US is on the quarantine list!

Island Monkey 24.03.2021 09:30

Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by vladest (Post 3289148)
why?

I was thinking that Switzerland still has a general ban for Non-Eu citizens, so the OP should travel on their Swiss passport. But actually this might have changed.

Spaceghost 24.03.2021 09:36

Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by vladest (Post 3289148)
why?

Non-residents can't fly to Switzerland still currently so you need a Swiss passport or residents permit.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...nreisende.html

Spaceghost 24.03.2021 09:42

Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bowlie (Post 3289166)
But it is normally the residence that is important, not the nationality.

Agreed I'm merely saying on the Bag page it says either are fine.

They check my residence permit every time currently in UK and again here at the Swiss side, but this is because only Swiss and Liechtenstein passports can go through the E-Gates at the Swiss end at present. So someone with a Swiss passport can go straight by any manual checks.

Sinking 24.03.2021 11:34

Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
OP has a Swiss passport and Canada isn't on the risk countries list right now.

So no quarantine if travelling today.

Now, things can change super fast so it really depends on when OP is planning on travelling.

When in doubt, always check your local embassy website: https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/c...in-ottawa.html

st2lemans 24.03.2021 12:07

Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by vladest (Post 3289148)
why?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Island Monkey (Post 3289162)
I was thinking that Switzerland still has a general ban for Non-Eu citizens, so the OP should travel on their Swiss passport. But actually this might have changed.

Swiss citizens need to enter and leave with a Swiss passport or ID card, even in non-COVID times. ;)

Tom

Landers 24.03.2021 13:23

Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Spaceghost (Post 3289165)
Non-residents can't fly to Switzerland still currently

Having a Swiss passport doesn't make you resident but nevermind nationals and residents are allowed.

Landers 24.03.2021 13:25

Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
Surey surely surely surely surely you can just google "entry requirements Switzerland" to be sure before you find yourself arguing "Well joe546 said it was ok on the English Forum" at the boarding gate.

Axa 24.03.2021 13:32

Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
In map form, Canada, no quarantine required since 29.10.2020 https://www.covid19.admin.ch/en/inte...?mapZoom=world

vladest 24.03.2021 14:26

Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Spaceghost (Post 3289165)
Non-residents can't fly to Switzerland still currently so you need a Swiss passport or residents permit.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...nreisende.html

or EU passport
noone actually asked me residence permit on departure

vladest 24.03.2021 14:29

Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by st2lemans (Post 3289227)
Swiss citizens need to enter and leave with a Swiss passport or ID card, even in non-COVID times. ;)

Tom

no. EU passport is fine as well.
10 years ago we even entered with Ukrainian passports with Schengen visa (now it will not work)

Spaceghost 24.03.2021 15:17

Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by vladest (Post 3289291)
or EU passport
noone actually asked me residence permit on departure

Have you flown in the last month or two?

They will if you fly from the UK. Probably not from Schengen countries. Unless you have Swiss residency/passport you are not currently permitted to fly to Switzerland from non-Schengen countries (as listed clearly on the Bag page).

In the last few weeks they've asked for my residence permit also on the way out at Zurich airport to check for passengers trying to transit through the country and have scanned both that and my UK passport outbound and back in.

st2lemans 24.03.2021 15:20

Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by vladest (Post 3289293)
no. EU passport is fine as well.

Not if you are Swiss.

Tom

st2lemans 24.03.2021 15:24

Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Spaceghost (Post 3289319)
Unless you have Swiss residency you are not currently permitted to fly to Switzerland from non-Schengen countries (as listed clearly on the Bag page).

If you are Swiss you do not require Swiss residency.

OP is Swiss.

Tom

Spaceghost 24.03.2021 15:26

Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by st2lemans (Post 3289323)
If you are Swiss you do not require Swiss residency.

OP is Swiss.

Tom

Agreed (adjusted my earlier post) and also what I'd pasted earlier but my comment was more to vladest who was implying EU passport is ok to enter, which it isnt necessarily. For example if you try and fly from the UK direct to Switzerland on a EU passport with no residence permit they won't let you and will insist you would have to fly to a Schengen country first.

Island Monkey 24.03.2021 15:35

Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Spaceghost (Post 3289324)
Agreed and also what I pasted earlier but my comment was more to vladest who was implying EU passport is ok to enter, which it isnt necessarily. For example if you try and fly from the UK direct to Switzerland on a EU passport they won't let you and will insist you would have to fly to a Schengen country first.

This is wrong.

There was a time back in December when only Swiss residents could enter from the U.K.

Then it changed and anyone with EU zone freedom of movement could enter from U.K. and other Non-EU. Countries.

Then it changed again, and if the country was not on the at risk list, anyone can enter (risk list only Swiss & EU cit/res).


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