The Consular Section has been answering many of your questions since the end of the Transition Period and throughout the current Corona pandemic. We would like to summarise the most common enquiries relating to both the UK and Switzerland’s current travel restrictions, Covid-19 measures, entry requirements and quarantine rules as we go into spring and hopefully be able to go out more.
Entering the UK:
If you are planning to travel to the UK, you should check the current regulations regarding entry, quarantine and other measures that might be in place. Please be aware that these rules can change quickly in the current situation.
For further Information please check: gov.uk/uk-border-control
Leaving the UK/ Entering Switzerland:
The UK has taken a number of measures to combat the pandemic. While the “Stay in the UK” restrictions are in place, you are only allowed to leave the UK if you have a reasonable excuse.
Check if this applies to you here: gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-declaration-form-for-international-travel.
If you are travelling to Switzerland, you should check our travel advice for the latest guidance: gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/switzerland.
For all UK nationals visiting Switzerland, visiting family members or new residents, the entry requirements have changed as well since 1 January 2021.
You can find all relevant information for short term stay in Switzerland here: sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/themen/einreise/faq.html
Living in Switzerland:
If you have any questions about living in Switzerland, you can check our Living In Switzerland guide: gov.uk/livinginswitzerland.
You can always reach out to us for further questions and concerns you might have.
I am pleased to see that the Covid 19 vaccination program is gathering momentum, certainly in the UK but now also in Switzerland. I hope you have been appropriately informed by either your Cantonal Health authorities or your own GP. This may lead to a more open society and certainly will enable us to meet again in person very soon!
I wish you all a beautiful spring period and hope for an equally nice summer to come.
For now, my warmest regards,
Enno van der Graaf, Vice Consul