COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
• Vaccinated and recovered travelers do not need to carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test result or complete quarantine.
- Recovered travelers must be recovered in the six months before entry to be exempt.
- Vaccinated travelers must be fully vaccinated with a recognized vaccine to be exempt.
• For all other travelers: Negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours before entry, or rapid antigen test conducted no more than 48 hours before entry, for all travelers aged 16 and over.
- Travelers who cannot complete a PCR test in time or whose PCR test expired during travel, are required to complete a PCR test or rapid antigen test immediately upon arrival.
• In-country COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test, 4-7 days after arrival. Travelers testing positive complete 10-day quarantine.
• Consular services are operating normally for those travelers permitted entry.
• Switzerland has resumed immigration application processing for most application types. Under certain circumstances, applications for Schengen C Visas are possible again.
• TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS: Switzerland is easing entry restrictions. Entry is now permitted for the following categories:
- Travelers entering from Schengen Area countries.
- Travelers entering from Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Hong-Kong, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Macao, Moldova, Monaco, New Zealand, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi-Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vatican City who hold a valid visa or are visa-exempt. Entry will be denied to travelers who only had a stopover in these countries.
• The following categories are allowed entry, regardless of the country the traveler is coming from:
- Swiss nationals
- Swiss residence permit holders (L, B, C or Ci permit).
- Swiss cross border permit holders (G permit).
- Those holding a valid D visa issued by Swiss authorities or a valid C visa issued by Swiss authorities and valid as of March 16, 2020 in connection with a situation of absolute necessity or short-term work.
- Those holding a notification confirmation for the cross-border provisions of services for up to 90 days in a calendar year.
- Those holding a confirmation issued by Cantonal migration authority or an entry permission as well as a visa issued by Swiss authorities.
- EU/EFTA nationals, their spouses, parents and children under 21 (visa nationals require a valid Schengen C visa, a valid D visa or a valid Schengen residence permit).
- Those who are fully vaccinated with a recognized vaccine.
- Those who are under the age of 18 and are travelling with an adult who has been fully vaccinated.
- Travelers in a situation of absolute necessity, such as those traveling for family reunification, under the usual conditions, holding a suitable entry permit; and those traveling to visit their partner in an unmarried or unregistered partnership (evidence of long-term relationship and invitation from the partner who lives in Switzerland are required as well as proof of at least one meeting prior to the entry restrictions being imposed).
- Those in transit, carrying proof of entry into the destination country.
• Air travel, where permitted under the entry ban (e.g., travelers in absolute necessity), is restricted to the airports of Basel, Geneva or Zurich until further notice.
• Services currently offered:
- All services, some on virtual or face-to-face basis. Group viewings are available.
- Check in/out: Yes, available
- Timelines: Yes, all services take longer than usual.
- Market availability: The market will tend to be more tight as the demand will increase with the lifting of the entry restrictions in Switzerland.
- House hunting or orientation tours are limited to maximum of three people (Consultant, assignee, and a spouse or partner). In some cases, assignee can travel in the same vehicle, but are requested to sit in the back seat. The ideal situation is for the assignee to travel in a separate car.
- Wearing a mask and respecting distance from one person to another is requested during tours.
• Yes. Bookings are being made virtually.
• No face-to-face support.
• Apartments are available.
• Compulsory schools: Face-to-face teaching is permitted. Schools must implement precautionary measures.
• Upper secondary schools (e.g. baccalaureate and vocational schools): Classroom teaching is permitted. Schools must implement precautionary measures. Everyone on site must also wear a mask. There is no restriction on group size for sports tuition and this may also be held in sports halls. The requirements concerning physical distancing and/or the wearing of masks must be observed.
• Tertiary level (e.g. universities and other higher education institutions): Face-to-face teaching is permitted only if the students absolutely need to be on site (e.g. instruction on operating a particular machine, dissection during medical studies) and if the teaching forms an essential part of the course of study. Otherwise, a switch to remote learning is required. Examinations linked to study courses or higher vocational training and the examinations necessary for obtaining an official certificate may be held on site provided that the precautionary measures are observed.
• Recreational schools and courses: Face-to-face teaching is prohibited in courses for adults and young people aged 16 and above. One-to-one tuition, such as in music schools or for the skipper’s license examination, for example, is permitted.
• Switzerland has tightened curbs on public life in order to quash a fourth wave of infections that is putting pressure on hospitals. As of Sept. 13, 2021, all individuals over the age of 12 must show a COVID certificate to access indoor spaces such as restaurants, bars, museums and cinemas. The number of new reported infections rose over the summer, but have recently leveled off to around 2,500 cases a day.
• Since June 26, anyone from a third country who is fully vaccinated can enter Switzerland for tourism or a visit. Conditions may apply, including testing or quarantine, particularly for people arriving from countries with variants of concern. TravelcheckExternal link offers information about how the rules apply to specific countries. https://travelcheck.admin.ch/check - While on https://travelcheck.admin.ch/check, if person was already vaccinated, it is necessary to specify which was the Vaccine taken as this might change the necessary requirements while entering Switzerland
• A forgery-proof Covid-19 certificate was made available on June 7 and is being rolled out across the country to anyone who has been vaccinated, has recovered from or has recently tested negative for coronavirus
• Flights: Switzerland’s main airports, Zurich, Geneva, and Basel-Mulhouse, are committed to restore freedom to travel with their ‘Back in the Air’ initiative.
• Wearing a face mask is mandatory for persons over the age of 12 on all public transports (train, tram, bus, metro, funicular, ski lift, boat, and ferry), train stations, bus stops, all Swiss airports, railway stations (including platforms), and other publicly accessible public transport areas (for example bus/tram stops).
• Wearing a face mask is mandatory for any flight to/from Switzerland.
• Transport companies ask travelers to be considerate of each other and to keep the required distance. All paid services during a journey should be paid cashless.
Household GoodsSurvey (Video/In-person)
• Video only
Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
• Yes, with sanitary precautions
• Air: Limited services
• Sea: Available services with some limitations, longer transit time than usual which could add some extra charges.
• Normal services with some restrictions depends on destination country.
• Trucks allowed to cross borders only with one driver.
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
• No, customer must sign waiver if nominating a representative.