Travel: Where can you fly from Switzerland right now?

Swiss schools will soon have their autumn break and some families are planning to spend these holidays abroad. What foreign destinations are reachable from Switzerland’s international airports?

Travel: Where can you fly from Switzerland right now?
There are more more international flights from Switzerland. Photo by AFP

Though airlines haven’t totally recovered yet from huge losses they suffered during the lockdown, when non-essential international travel was banned, a number of flights have resumed in the past three months.

SWISS airline announced on Wednesday that it is expanding its existing route network from Zurich and Geneva, offering more European and overseas destinations.

Switzerland’s flagship airline is planning to offer 67 flights from Zurich and 21 from Geneva.

For long-haul flights, services to Boston, New Delhi, Johannesburg and Dubai will be added.

Currently, the airline’s overseas network includes flights from Zurich to Newark (USA), New York JFK, Chicago, Miami, Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.

READ MORE: European airlines cutting fares to woo back passengers

In Europe, SWISS flies to Lisbon, Frankfurt, Brindisi, Florence, Naples, Palermo, Rome, Faro, Nice, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Valencia, and Ibiza, among other destinations. 

Some of these routes are codeshare flights with SWISS’ sister airline, Edelweiss.

You can see SWISS’ current network here. 

The airline still flies to London Heathrow, but some connections have been cancelled due to the quarantine requirement in the UK.

Other airlines also fly from Switzerland to various European destinations.

For instance, EasyJet flies from Geneva to Barcelona, Porto, Lisbon and Nice.

From Basel’s EuroAirport, the low-budget airline goes to Catania, Malaga, Porto, London Gatwick, Naples, Brindisi, Ajaccio, Nice, Olbia, and Palma.

And Helvetic Airlines just announced it will fly from Zurich to Florence at the end of October.

The best way to see where various airlines, including regional and charter carriers, fly at any given moment is to check the websites of each of Switzerland’s international airports:



Basel EuroAirport 

Before you make any plans to go abroad, however, keep in mind that flights are still being cancelled from time to time, so patience, flexibility, and travel insurance may be required.

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What is the fine for not filling out Switzerland’s Covid arrival form?

There is one essential form all travellers to Switzerland must fill out, but many don’t. If caught, border guards will hand out fines.

A 100-franc fine could be imposed on those who don’t fill out the Personal Locator Form
Important paperwork: Switzerland-bound travellers must fill out the PLF form or risk getting fined. Photo by Zurich Airport

With constantly changing travel rules, it is difficult to keep up with all the regulations that need to be followed to enter Switzerland (and all the other countries, for that matter).

Since September 20th, everyone arriving in Switzerland, regardless of their country of origin, mode of transport, or vaccination status, must fill out the electronic Personal Location Form (PLF).

Once filled out and registered online, you will receive a QR code which you will have to show when entering Switzerland.

However, some people may be unaware of the requirement and enter the country without this form.

READ MORE: Here is the form you need to enter Switzerland

Checks are done randomly, so many travellers slip in without having filled this form. But if caught, you will have to pay a 100-franc fine.

So far, 200 people had to pay this fine, according to Tamedia media group.

The only people exempted from this rule are transit passengers, long-haul lorry drivers transporting goods across borders,  children under 16, cross-border workers, and residents of border areas.

The PLF requirement is an addition to other travel regulations the Federal Council implemented in September:

Two tests to enter Switzerland are now required for the unvaccinated and unrecovered.

Unvaccinated arrivals and those who have not contracted and recovered from the virus in the past six months must show two negative tests. 

The first proof should be presented when arriving in Switzerland.  Then, four to seven days later, travellers will have to undergo another test, which they must pay for themselves.

Both PCR and antigen results are accepted.

These rules only apply to arrivals from nations not on the Switzerland’s high-risk list. As the United States and United Kingdom are considered high risk, only vaccinated people from those countries can arrive in Switzerland.

This article contains more information on the rules which apply. 

EXPLAINED: What are Switzerland’s new travel and Covid certificate rules?