COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
• All travelers must complete an online contact tracing form, prior to entry by air.
• Negative COVID-19 PCR test result, from a test conducted no more than 72 hours before entry, for travelers entering by air; or travelers entering from a country or region with a variant of concern by other entry means; except:
- Children under 16
- Travelers who are fully vaccinated with a recognized vaccine.
- Travelers recovered from COVID-19 in the six months preceding entry.
• Travelers who cannot complete a PCR test in time or whose PCR test expired during travel, are required to complete a PCR test or Antigen Rapid text immediately upon arrival.
• Quarantine-required travelers report their arrival to the cantonal authority within two days of entry.
• Travelers can reduce the quarantine duration by completing a COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test no sooner than day 7 after entry. The negative test result is submitted to the cantonal office. Individual can cease quarantine upon approval by the cantonal office.
• The employing company or organization must file an application for exemption for 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.
• Switzerland is easing entry restrictions. Entry is now permitted for the following categories:
- Travelers entering from Schengen Area countries.
- Travelers entering from Albania, Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Hong-Kong, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Macao, Monaco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United States of America, 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 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.
- Those who are fully vaccinated with a recognized vaccine.
- Children under the age of 18 who is travelling with an adult who has been fully vaccinated.
- Travelers in a situation of absolute necessity, such as those traveling for family reunification, under unusual conditions, who hold 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.
• The Swiss COVID certificate is recognized by EU/EFTA states and Switzerland is recognizing certificates issued by EU/EFTA states. The Swiss COVID certificate has been connected with the EU's digital interface and is usable throughout the entire EU/EFTA area.
• 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.
General InformationCURRENT SITUATION - After weeks of falling COVID-19 figures, the number of new reported infections started to rise in the country at the end of June amid the rapid spread of the more infectious Delta variant. The Delta variant has made rapid inroads, accounting for 77% of new cases by mid-July. The recent surge in cases has surprised Swiss officials. The vaccination rollout continues across the country but has slowed (down to 60,000-70,000 jabs per day). In total, 8.6 million doses were administered between late December and July 20. Around 43% of the population are fully vaccinated. Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine have been cleared for 12 to 15-year-olds.
• 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.
• Remote work downgraded from a requirement to a recommendation: Home office is still recommended in all areas where it is possible to work at home without disproportionate effort. Masks compulsory indoors: If several people are working in the same room or using the lift together they must all wear a mask. This rule also applies if large distances are maintained
• As of 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 significant concern. TravelcheckExternal link offers information about how the rules apply to specific countries. https://travelcheck.admin.ch/check
• Flights: Switzerland’s main airports, Zurich, Geneva and Basel-Mulhouse, are commited 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 & 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 on 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 cashless transactions.
• Fines for people not wearing a mask or participating to a private meeting (more than 5 people).
• All passengers arriving to Switzerland by air must present a negative PCR test and to register her/his/their data online.
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
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
• No, customer must sign waiver if nominating a representative