Date Updated

01/18/2022

  • COVID-19 Testing Requirements Vaccinated or Recovered Travelers

    • Negative COVID-19 PCR test result at least 72 hours or antigen rapid test at least 24 hours before arrival for all travelers over 16; and for travelers under 16 entering from virus variant areas. Exemptions apply to transport workers and cross-border commuters, among limited others.

    • Vaccinated and recovered travelers additionally carry proof of full vaccination or recovery Non-vaccinated Travelers

    • Negative COVID-19 PCR test result at least 72 hours or antigen rapid test at least 24 hours before arrival for all travelers over 16; and for travelers under 16 entering from virus variant areas. Exemptions apply to transport workers and cross-border commuters, among limited others.

    • In-country COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test between day 4 and 7 after arrival, for all travelers over 16.


  • • 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

    • Entry from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa is only permitted for Swiss nationals and residence permit holders, or those traveling for hardship situations, regardless of vaccination status.
    - Air travel, where permitted under the entry ban, is restricted to the airports of Basel, Geneva or Zurich until further notice.

    • Entry is permitted from Schengen Area countries; and from 'non-high risk' countries. Travelers must hold a valid visa or visa-exempt passport. Entry will be denied to travelers who only had a stopover in these countries.

    • Entry is also permitted for the following categories of traveler from other countries:
    - Swiss nationals;
    - Swiss residence permit holders (L, B, C or Ci permit);
    - Swiss cross border permit holders (G permit) holding a FDFA legitimation card;
    - 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 (even if they hold C visa issued by a different Schengen-State prior to March 16, 2020);
    - Travelers under 18, travelling with a fully vaccinated adult;
    - 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); and
    - Those travelling directly through Switzerland with the relevant documents and visas to enter another country.


  • • 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 is currently undergoing a fifth wave of the pandemic, with the number of new daily coronavirus infections reaching unprecedented highs: 32,150 new cases were reported on January 14 for the previous 24-hour period. Hospital admissions are up slightly but officials fear an increase due to the fast-spreading Omicron variant. A total of 262 Covid-19 patients are in intensive care (-10% compared with the previous week)

    • Swiss health experts say they expect the number of Covid infections to peak within the next 1-3 weeks. “The cases will double every eight to ten days," said Tanja Stadler of the Covid science task force on January 11. “As a result, between 10-30% of the population will be infected with Covid." On January 12, to prevent the economy falling victim to staff shortages, the government decided to shorten the quarantine and isolation periods to five days, with only those people in close contact with an infected person subject to the rules

    • On December 31, the government decided not to introduce any new pandemic measures for the time being after it tightened restrictions for the unvaccinated on December 17. However, it says a package of additional measures is ready and could be activated quickly in the event of a deterioration in the health situation

    • On December 27, Swissmedic approved the use of the monoclonal antibody cocktail Ronapreve developed by Roche and Regeneron for use in the treatment and prevention of Covid-19. It also gave the green light for the Janssen booster shot

    • Since December 20, only people who have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 are able to go inside restaurants, cultural, sporting and leisure venues and attend indoor events (the so-called "2G rule"). A requirement to work from home has also been reintroduced

    • Private gatherings are limited to ten people if there is one person from age 16 present who is unvaccinated or has not recovered from Covid-19

    • The requirements to enter Switzerland have also been updated: anyone 16 and over must 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 previously). A second test taken four to seven days after entering the country is required unless you are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19

    • Swiss health officials have recommended an extension of booster jabs, which started with the most vulnerable, to anyone aged over 16. Around 67% of the population has received two doses of vaccine. Some 22% of the population has received a so-called booster shot. More than 12,000 people have died in connection with Covid-19 in Switzerland, which has a population of 8.6 million


  • • 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 Goods

    Survey (Video/In-person)
    • Video only

    Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
    • Yes, with sanitary precautions

    Freight Availability/Cost
    • Air: Limited services
    • Sea: Available services with some limitations, longer transit time than usual which could add some extra charges.

    Road Availability
    • 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.

Entry Restrictions

Normal

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