Due to major repair work in the building where the Consulate General of Switzerland is located, our capacity to accommodate customers remains reduced throughout the summer. Consular services will continue to be available. Please note that any personal appearance is by appointment only. Appointments have to be scheduled online or by e-mail. Longer waiting times cannot be excluded and we apologize for any inconvenience.
Consulate General of Switzerland in New York
Information about travel to Switzerland
To see what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland please consult the online travelcheck.
Effective September 13, 2021, the USA is considered a high-risk country again by the State Secretariat of Migration (SEM).
For fully vaccinated foreign nationals travelling to Switzerland from the United States, the regular entry requirements continue to apply. For information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please consult the following website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
However, entry restrictions apply for foreign nationals travelling from the United States who are not fully vaccinated, who are without rights of free movement, and who do not belong to any of the exceptional categories of the Covid 19 Regulation 3. For additional information, please consult the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).
Children who cannot be vaccinated due to their age, are allowed to enter Switzerland with their vaccinated accompanying persons (parents, siblings, grandparents or other caregivers).
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic there are special rules for people entering Switzerland. Please refer to the information of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
All travelers arriving in Switzerland by plane must fill in the entry form (no exceptions).
If your trip to Switzerland includes transit through another foreign country, you must also check the entry restrictions of that country.
Information about QUARANTINE, ENTRY FORM, VACCINATION CERTIFICATE and negative COVID-19 TEST
Travelers arriving in Switzerland from the USA do not have to go into quarantine (FOPH).
Mandatory for all airline passengers travelling from the USA to Switzerland:
- Electronic form for all incoming travelers (no exceptions)
- Present one of the following medical documents (if older than 16 years):
- a COVID-19 vaccination certificate stating that you were fully vaccinated within the last 12 months with an approved vaccine
- a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken no more than 72 hours (time of specimen collection) before departure
- a positive COVID-19 test result of a test taken within the last 6 months and a COVID-19 recovery medical certificate
For further information on quarantine and COVID Test requirements, please see the website of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH.
Information for Swiss citizens
The Federal Council recommends to avoid non-urgent foreign travel whenever possible.
Dual citizens should be aware that U.S. citizens are required by law to enter and leave the United States with a U.S. passport.
For travels to or via the United States, only the U.S. authorities can give you the necessary information. Please consult the following websites:
US Embassy in Berne
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC
For urgent requests, contact the FDFA Helpline (Tel. +41 800 24-7-365/ +41 58 465 33 33) or your Swiss representation in the USA (Washington, Atlanta, New York or San Francisco).
For information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) consult the information and directives of the local authorities and the recommendations of the World Health Organization WHO.
In Switzerland, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) provides information about the new coronavirus.
The Travel Advice Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland (FDFA) offers travelers basic information by informing on possible risks and certain precautions (in German, French and Italian). They are to be considered as a complementary source of information.
FDFA Travel Advice
"SWI plus" is the SWI swissinfo.ch service for the Swiss abroad
On 9 August 2021, swissinfo.ch has launched its "Briefing for the Swiss Abroad" with a concise daily briefing on the most important debates in Switzerland in English. Since then, this valuable information service is available in four languages (German, Italian, French and English) via the "SWI Plus" app – every day at 5pm.
With the "SWI plus" app, SWI swissinfo.ch provides the Swiss abroad with the most useful information and surprising stories from the Swiss media world. Their journalists keep an eye on what is happening in Switzerland and summarise the relevant information in a compact daily briefing.
This is service and at the same time also dialogue and networking: The app brings the Fifth Switzerland closer together. In the question and answer section, users can discuss, debate and network. No matter where they are in the world, questions find answers in the community.
The app "SWI plus" and thus also the "Briefing for Swiss Abroad" can be downloaded free of charge from the app stores: