Switzerland

Entry allowed but some restrictions may apply. COVID test result is required unless you are either recovered, vaccinated or EUDCC holder.
Quarantine is not required. Find more details on official websites.

EUDCC certificate is respected in SwitzerlandHolders of EUDCC are not subject to extra restrictions when entering Switzerland. Visit the EUDCC's official website.

Pre-entry clearance formTravelers might be required to fill out the pre-travel clearance form. Fill the form on official website.

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What is the COVID situation in Switzerland?

+12,425 New COVID cases in Switzerland
+23 New COVID deaths in Switzerland
65.77% Fully vaccinated

Data source: Our World In Data / Data updated on December 8, 2021

Data last reviewed on: 10 November 2021

Basic facts about Switzerland

Switzerland is a small country located in Western Europe. The capital of Switzerland is Bern and the most spoken language is German. The national currency in Switzerland is Swiss franc (CHF).

What taxi apps are available in Switzerland?

If you are not a local, you may have difficulty making the best use of public transportation. Using a taxi app such as Uber or Bolt is unquestionably a better method to go about cities without getting into too much touch with strangers. There may be also other local taxi apps available in Switzerland.

You can use Uber in 9 cities: Basel, Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne, Sion, Winterthur, Zug, Zurich. Bolt is not available in Switzerland.

See the full list of cities where Uber operate.

Practical information

Swiss franc (CHF)Official currency
1 EUR~1.04 CHF
1 USD~0.92 CHF

Check with your bank to determine if there are any costs for international transactions. When you use a foreign ATM, your home bank will typically charge you a fee. While some banks don't charge a fee, some charge a fixed fees for every withdrawal or provide a limited amount of free withdrawals.

When you spend money abroad with your card, you're unlikely to get the interbank exchange rate. This implies that each time you spend in a foreign currency, you may be paying a significant fee. Varying service providers may charge different markups, but they should not exceed 3% of the transaction value on average.

To reduce the transaction costs, you may choose to consider one of the travel cards offered by the following mobile banks: Wise.com, Revolut, N26 or Monose

Do people speak English in Switzerland?

There are 3 common languages spoken in Switzerland: German, French and Italian. Although English is not the official language, a large number of people in Switzerland are fluent English speakers. You will, however, most likely not be able to speak smoothly with everyone in Switzerland. Learning a few basic words and phrasees will make your trip in Switzerland a bit easier.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Switzerland was ranked 18th out of 100 countries in 2020.

What socket types are used in Switzerland?

There are 2 common plug types used in Switzerland:

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type J 230 V, 50 Hz

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

What countries need visa to enter Switzerland?

Currently, citizens of 93 countries can enter Switzerland without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival.

What are visa requirements to enter Switzerland?

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Switzerland.

Data last reviewed on: 10 November 2021

Is it safe in Switzerland?

The U.S. State Department uses a four-level travel advisory system. The levels show how safe it is to travel throughout the world. The countries with the lowest level (1) are considered safe for visitors, while those with the greatest level (4) should be avoided, at least temporarily.

On August 30, 2021, the risk level for Switzerland was changed to Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Emergency phones in Switzerland

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

How much tobacco and alcohol can you bring to Switzerland?

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Alcoholic drinks are defined as beverages with an alcohol concentration by volume of less than 0.5 percent.

Alcohol

  • 1L of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content by volume of over 18%
  • 5L of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content by volume of under 18%

Tobacco

  • 250 cigarettes or 250g of other tabacco products

Data last reviewed on: 10 November 2021

Check travel information also for neighbor countries of Switzerland:

AustriaFranceGermanyItalyLiechtenstein
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