COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
Quarantine RequiredCOVID-19 Testing Requirements Vaccinated or Recovered Travelers Vaccinated travelers carry proof of full vaccination no more than 270 days before entry; recovered travelers carry proof of recovery no more than 270 days before entry. These travelers do not have to carry a negative COVID-19 test or complete on-arrival testing. Non-vaccinated Travelers Negative COVID-19 PCR test, completed no more than 72 hours before entry, or rapid antigen test completed no more than 24 hours before entry, for all travelers over 16. Exemptions apply to transport workers and cross-border commuters, among limited others. Quarantine Requirements There is no quarantine requirement.
ImmigrationConsular 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 is permitted from Schengen Area countries; and from 'non-high risk' countries as listed here. 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: Fully vaccinated travelers (even if they hold C visa issued by a different Schengen-State prior to March 16, 2020) and accompanying minors; Swiss nationals; 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); 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 Swiss visa, entry permission or confirmation issued by Cantonal migration authority; 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; Transiting travelers, transiting directly and holding suitable documents and visas to enter another country; and 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). Travelers are advised to check entry options
• 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 Information- The regulatory requirement to go into isolation is removed and replaced with a recommendation for adults with a confirmed case of COVID-19 to stay home for 4 days from the onset of symptoms and, regardless, until they have been fever-free for 24 hours
• 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.