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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 boarding 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. Children under the age of 12 are never required to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test upon entering Switzerland. They are exempt from the test obligation.
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 Australia, Brunei Darussalam, mainland China and New Zealand. The passengers must have remained in the above mentioned locations for the last 14 days, apply for an ATP before entry, and self-isolate until on-arrival test results are ready. Travelers who test negative are exempt from SHN requirements.
- 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 apply for an Air Travel Pass ATP before the planned entry 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.
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.
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 . 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
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