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Here is the form you need to enter Switzerland

Everyone entering Switzerland by plane will need to fill out a form. Here’s what you need to know.

Here is the form you need to enter Switzerland
A woman wearing a mask walks past a line-up of Swiss flags. Photo: STEFAN WERMUTH / AFP

Extensive travel restrictions have been put into place to slow down the spread of coronavirus mutations.

“These rules apply to all people who are permitted to enter Switzerland. That means they also apply if you are Swiss and returning to Switzerland after being abroad”, the Federal Office of Public Health said on its website.

Almost everyone who enters Switzerland must fill out the entry form online, if they are entering by plane. 

Once this is done, you will receive a QR code which you should show at immigration and passport control if asked.

You can find the form here

Who does not need to fill out the form? 

Some travellers are exempted from this requirement.

More information about the travel rules can be seen at the following link. 

UPDATED: Who can travel to Switzerland right now?

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  1. Thank you for this. I’m going by train from Italy (Milan) all the way through to Germany without getting off the train. I’m also double-jabbed and British. Do I need to fill in the Swiss form? All guidance gratefully received 🙂 Andrew

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TAXES

Masks, tests and jabs: Can I deduct Covid-related costs from my taxes in Switzerland?

Switzerland’s tax deadline is just around the corner. Are Covid-related costs tax deductible?

Masks, tests and jabs: Can I deduct Covid-related costs from my taxes in Switzerland?

March 31st is the deadline for filing taxes in Switzerland relating to the 2021 financial year. 

Over the past two years, the Covid pandemic has seen a change in our spending habits. 

While we may have saved on restaurants and travel, we laid out considerable costs on a range of new expenses, including disinfectant, masks and Covid tests. 

As some of these costs are required by law, can they be deducted from your tax?

In some cases, expenses directly related to the Covid pandemic can be deducted. 

Masks, for instance, can be deducted as medical expenses in some cantons, Swiss tax specialist Markus Stoll told 20 Minutes

This depends on the specific framework for tax deductions related to medical expenses in that canton. 

EXPLAINED: What can I deduct from my tax bill in Switzerland?

Generally speaking, any medical costs paid out of pocket can be deducted. However, most cantons impose a minimum percentage limit from which these costs can be deducted. 

In many cantons, this will start at five percent of your yearly income in total (i.e. including other out-of-pocket costs like dental or specialist visits), meaning you would need to purchase a significant amount of masks to beat the threshold. 

What about testing and vaccination?

Testing and vaccinations however were largely free as their costs were covered by the Swiss government, which means associated expenses cannot be deducted. 

Those tests which were not covered by the government – for instance for travel abroad or for visiting clubs – cannot be deducted, Stoll says. 

“Tests for travel abroad or to visit clubs are not deductible” Stoll said. 

For a complete overview of taxation in Switzerland, including several specific guides, please check out our tax-specific page here. 

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