The Swiss government recently announced additional travel restrictions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Key points:

  • All inbound foreign travel has been suspended except for Swiss and Liechtenstein nationals, and holders of Swiss residence permits. Individuals who are required to travel to the country due to their work, or who are experiencing an emergency situation can also be admitted. Examples of emergency situations are an urgent medical care scenario or the death of a family member.
  • Individuals trying to enter the country who have a current Assurance or Certificat d‘engistrement and who are traveling in a professional capacity may be denied entry. Exceptions can be made for professionals with such credentials who are working in service of the greater good, such as healthcare specialists and suppliers of necessary products or materials.
  • New work permit approvals are being restricted to ones that are directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This restriction also covers pending work permit cases. The new restriction applies to online registrations as well.
  • The new, tighter measures are in effect until further notice.
  • Travelers who are in transit within Switzerland may pass through.
  • Movement of goods is still allowed.

Analysis & Comments: The new travel restrictions will significantly impact travel to Switzerland. It is possible further restrictions may be announced. Employers should account for affected travelers and rearrange travel schedules accordingly.

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