Rule change: Swiss Covid certificate no longer free for US/UK visitors

Switzerland's Covid certificate app. Photo: FOPH
Switzerland's Covid certificate app. Photo: FOPH
A change in Covid rules means US, UK and Indian arrivals must pay for a Covid certificate in Switzerland as of Monday.

From Monday, October 11th, people coming to Switzerland from non-EU /EFTA countries — including from the US, India and the UK — will have to pay to convert their evidence of vaccination to a Swiss Covid certificate.

Visitors can expect to pay 30 francs for this service.

For those coming from EU/EFTA countries – or who have a Covid certificate/passport from one of these countries – they will not need to convert it when they arrive in Switzerland. 

This is because EU/EFTA passes can be used throughout Switzerland wherever the Covid certificate is required and therefore does not need to be ‘converted’. 

Swiss tourism officials and ski resort operators are concerned that non-European tourists will be put off by the financial and logistical obstacles.

“These tourists are essential for ski resorts”, according to Markus Berger, spokesperson for Switzerland Tourism.

“With the 30-franc fee, we have a hurdle that other countries don’t have”, Berger said.

While neighbouring France and Germany also require certificate conversion, this procedure is free of charge there.

“The reason why this service is free in France is obvious”, Berger said, adding that the French “set it up and made it available very quickly, offering it free of charge as an active tourism promotion measure. Unfortunately, there is no such awareness in Switzerland”.

The tourism industry is lobbying federal authorities in Bern in an effort to rescind the 30-franc rule.

Exactly where the certificate will be needed on Switzerland’s slopes remains to be seen. 

Specific information on how to get Switzerland’s Covid certificate for arrivals from all countries can be found at the following link. 

Canton-by-canton: How visitors can get Switzerland’s Covid certificate


Member comments

  1. The federal application process just went live within the last 12 hours. I applied for mine and it was a relatively simple process, though there was a bit of confusion when it asked for “Last Dose”. The app was looking for 1 or 2, depending on how many doses you had. We will see if the screenshots from my hotel app and airline reservations will be enough, they mentioned 5 working days for approval.

    1. Well I already got my certificate, it even loads in the app when importing the pdf as I never provided a transfer code. My wife however was not so lucky, her CDC vaccination card has two dates… the larger of which is the expiration date of the specific batch she received. Unfortunately they read this as the date the dose was received, even though the expiration date is a future date. I called the Federal health office who could only provide technical support and thus I emailed the canton (Zurich) yesterday. I have yet to receive a response, though I’ll call in a few days of necessary.

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