Consulate General of Switzerland in Sydney

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Coronavirus Health Related Requirements for traveling to Switzerland

COVID-19 restrictions by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)

On entry to Switzerland: 
On entering Switzerland, everyone aged 16 and over intending to enter Switzerland must be able to show the negative result of a PCR test (performed no more than 72 hours prior to entry) or a rapid antigen test (performed no more than 24 hours prior to entry). You must do this test in your country of departure. The Travelcheck tools shows you which measures apply to you if you travel to Switzerland.

Depending on the airline, however, different rules may apply and therefore we strongly advise you to check with your airline to find out which requirements have to be fulfilled when checking in at the airport, which forms need to be presented, what kind of test or confirmation is accepted, in which form the confirmation has to be presented, etc. If you are unable to show all documents required by the airline, you may not be allowed to board the plane.

After entering Switzerland:
Once in Switzerland, every unvaccinated person aged 16 and over must take another PCR test or rapid antigen test between the 4th and 7th day after entry. The test result and the number of the entry form or a copy of the contact card must be notified to the canton.

Health/COVID-19 requirements are the responsibility of the Federal Office of Public Health. All the necessary information, including contact details for the cantonal authorities can be found here.

In addition, all incoming travelers must complete the entry form when entering Switzerland. This electronic entry form can be found at swissplf.admin.ch and must be filled out on a computer or smartphone before or during travel, but at the earliest 48h before entry.

Everybody who has been vaccinated abroad with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA List) and who is a resident in Switzerland, staying in Switzerland or intends to enter Switzerland, will be able to obtain a Swiss COVID-19 certificate on presentation of the foreign vaccination certificate. See also FOPH COVID-19 Certificate. You can apply for the Swiss COVID-19 certificate using the following online form. The canton where you are resident or staying will issue the certificate.

Immigration regulations by the State Secretariat for Migration SEM:
Please note that immigration regulations to Switzerland are implemented by the State Secretariat for Migration SEM. Relevant information about current entry restrictions can be found here. These restrictions can change at very short notice.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - General information

The Embassy and the Consulate General strive to provide Swiss citizens with the most recent information. However, please note that regulations can change quickly and sometimes without prior notice. Of course such updated regulations prevail over the information stated below.

The Consulate General is currently open for visitors from Monday to Thursday, 09.00h to 12.00h. Please contact us for an appointment (by calling 02 8383 4000 or by writing an e-mail to sydney@eda.admin.ch). Please also consult this website for new information regularly.

We advise all Swiss citizens in Australia to comply with the recommendations and regulations of the competent local authorities, the Department of Health, the Department of Home Affairs or others.

Please note that entry to Australia is currently restricted. Entry is only possible for Australian nationals and for permanent residents, and their immediate family members, or if you have been granted a visa and an individual travel exemption, which is issued only to a very restricted number of categories of visitors and individuals.

For more information about Australian border restrictions, please check the following website: covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au

Please also follow the travel advice "Focus novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)” of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Thank you for your understanding in these extraordinary circumstances worldwide.

Important information "Visa for Switzerland"

Australian nationals, as well as permanent residents (as long as they have the necessary Schengen visa), are allowed to enter Switzerland for a short stay of up to 90 days. All foreign nationals who are already holders of a Swiss residency permit can enter Switzerland upon presentation of their valid residency permit.

Swiss citizens and EU/EFTA citizens can enter Switzerland at any time.

Short-term visa applications for tourism, visits or business as well as long term National visas D (study, work or family reunion) for foreign nationals are processed and applications are accepted.

Please note that as of 1.1.2022, Australian citizens do no longer need a long term visa but only an authorization by the competent Swiss authorities (assurance of residence permit). All relevant queries must be addressed directly to the competent cantonal immigration and labour market authorities. This Consulate General is not involved in this process.

Before you travel, please check the website of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM under the following link: Corona: Questions and answers on entry and stay in Switzerland, the exceptions and suspension of visas

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