Skiing in Switzerland 21.22

Make The Most Of Your Ski Holiday in Switzerland This Year

Please note that we will be updating this page regularly, BUT it is your responsibility to keep up to date with current guidelines.

Last updated 03/04/2022

All travellers

You can see what rules apply to you when entering Switzerland using the online Travelcheck service.

It is no longer necessary to provide proof of a negative test or complete an entry form to enter Switzerland.

If you’re fully vaccinated

  • If you’re fully vaccinated you can enter Switzerland without needing to test or quarantine.

At least 14 days must have passed since your second dose of the vaccine and the vaccine must have been approved by the authorities in Switzerland (Swissmedic) and the EU (EMA) or are on the WHO emergency use list and they were administered in accordance with the regulations or recommendations of the state in which the vaccination took place.

Find out if you qualify as fully vaccinated in Switzerland on the website of the Federal Office of Public Health.

Proof of vaccination status

  • You must present proof that you have been fully vaccinated to enter Switzerland

Switzerland will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. However, a screenshot or a photo is not sufficient.

Your final vaccine dose must have been administered within the last 270 days prior to travel and, in the case of the Janssen vaccination, at least 22 days prior to travel. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

You will be regarded as vaccinated if you have received a vaccine that either:

  • is authorised in Switzerland and has been administered in full in accordance with Federal Office of Public Health recommendations; or
  • has been authorised by the European Medicines Agency for the European Union and has been administered in full in accordance with the requirements or recommendations of the country in which the vaccination was administered; or
  • has been authorised under the WHO Emergency Use Listing and has been administered in full in accordance with the requirements or recommendations of the country in which the vaccination was administered.

This includes the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen vaccines that are available in the UK.

Further information is available on the Federal Office of Public Health and State Secretariat for Migration websites. The Federal Office of Public Health also has a helpline for people travelling to Switzerland (+41 58 464 44 88) which is available every day from 6 am to 11 pm CET.

If you’re not fully vaccinated

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated are only eligible to enter Switzerland from the UK if they are:

  • Swiss or Liechtenstein nationals;
  • EU or EFTA nationals;

holders of the following documents:

  • a residence permit, i.e. a Swiss residence permit (L / B / C / Ci permits);
  • a cross-border permit (G permit);
  • an FDFA legitimation card;
  • a D visa issued by Switzerland or another Schengen country;
  • confirmation of notification for the cross-border provision of services up to 90 days;
  • in situations of special necessity, border guards will assess the necessity of the situation.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated and do not meet one of the exemptions outlined above are not eligible to enter Switzerland. There are limited other exemptions from this requirement. A negative COVID-19 test will not grant your entry to Switzerland if you are not eligible to enter (i.e. exempt).

If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year

You will be regarded as recovered if:

  • you have a UK proof of recovery record;
  • you have another form of proof containing, in addition to your surname, first name and date of birth, one of the following details:
  • confirmation of infection, including the name and address of the confirming body (test centre, doctor, pharmacy, hospital);
  • confirmation that the quarantine order has been lifted or medical confirmation that you have recovered;
  • you are also regarded as recovered if you can prove your COVID-19 infection by means of a positive PCR test or a positive rapid antigen test; this proof is valid from the eleventh day after the positive test result and lasts for 180 days.

If you’re transiting through Switzerland

Travellers transiting airside in Switzerland are not required to show a negative test before boarding a plane to Switzerland but may be required to show a negative test result for their onward destination.

Read more on the UK government website.

Read more on the Swiss government website.

Note: We specialise in ski and snowboard lessons, and quite often, especially at weekends we’re out on the hill. So we do encourage you to do your own research of travel restrictions or to contact your travel provider. 

Unvaccinated children and adolescents arriving from the UK under the age of 18 are allowed to enter Switzerland.

  • Group Lessons – The New Generation Verbier Ski School meeting point is situated at the Les Esserts beginners area. This can easily be reached by bus via the green or orange line. Please note, you cannot buy lift passes here, so ensure you purchase one before you arrive at the meeting point.
  • Private Lessons – We’ll meet you at a convenient location for you. Our team will be in touch the week of your lesson to arrange the best meeting point.

Find our meeting point on Google Maps

Switzerland will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. You will also need to show photographic ID (e.g. passport, driving licence). If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November 2021 to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully, if domestic certification is required. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Vaccinated visitors who don’t have an EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) or a certificate that is compatible with the EUDCC (e.g. the NHS COVID Pass) can apply online for a Swiss COVID certificate. This costs CHF 30. Applications take 5 working days to be processed. Further information is available on the application website.

You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing.

People aged 12 or over must wear face masks in enclosed areas of public vehicles, as well as in publicly accessible indoor areas of hospitals and clinics, retirement and care homes. Failure to wear a mask is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons.

Anyone who tests positive for the coronavirus during their stay in Switzerland must self-isolate for 5 days. Details can be found on the Isolation and contact page of the Federal Office of Public Health website.

PCR testing centres in Verbier: Book an appointment here.

A list of pharmacies in Verbier

Swiss Covid App

We recommend downloading the Swiss Covid app, which is where you can provide evidence of your vaccination history. You can take a photo of your vaccine certificate and it will convert it into a QR recognised in Switzerland. 

You can use your NHS QR code from the NHS app, but it’s preferable to have uploaded your certificate to the Swiss Covid app.

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Social Pass App

As well as the Swiss Covid app, there is an additional app for entering bars, restaurants or any social public space (not supermarkets). The app is called Social Pass.

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