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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?
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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.
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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!
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why?
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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.

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

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