Coronavirus in Ticino

Since the Coronavirus is a very present topic and has created some insecurities, we would like to keep our guest updated about the current situation. Please find answers to several frequently asked questions below.

  • What's the current situation?
    • The situation is constantly monitored and under control. In order to avoid an increase in infections, the Federal Council has decided to extend the COVID certificate requirement to the following areas from September 13, 2021:

      Indoor areas of restaurants and (hotel) bars, leisure, sports and entertainment establishments such as theaters, cinemas, casinos, swimming pools, museums, zoos, large outdoor and indoor events. The COVID certificate is still not required on public transport. The certificate requirement applies from 16 years of age.

      There is no mask requirement at locations and events that require a certificate.

      Anyone who has been vaccinated, recovered or tested negative can receive the COVID certificate. It can be submitted in electronic (app) or paper form.

      For more information, we recommend visiting the website of the Federal Office of Public Health or the website of the canton Ticino (in Italian)

  • What are the rules for entering Switzerland?
    • Anyone who has not been vaccinated or recovered must show a negative test (antigen or PCR) when entering Switzerland, regardless of where they come from and what means of transport they are using. After four to seven days in Switzerland, another test, carried out in Switzerland, is required. The result of the second test must be sent to the responsible cantonal office.

      In Switzerland, until September 30th, the tests are free not only for residents, but also for tourists (once a week). Pharmacies and doctors are therefore obliged to offer free tests for visitors, but it is recommended to make sure that the chosen center is informed by calling. (The list of pharmacies can be viewed here; the list of doctors can be viewed here).

      There is no obligation to test for vaccinated and recovered people with a Covid certificate or other valid proof of vaccination or recovery.

      All persons entering Svizzerland - vaccinated, recovered and people who tested negative - must also fill out the entry form (Passenger Locator Form, SwissPLF).


      Information and entry requirements for nationals of the various countries can be found here.

      Recommendations for travelers can be found here

      To find out if and under which conditions you can enter Switzerland, click here.

  • Are all certificates recognized?
    • Tourists from the European Union (EU), the Schengen area and the EFTA area: Certificates of the countries affiliated to the EU Digital Covid Certificate are recognized as valid in Switzerland.

      Tourists from third countries (outside the EU / Schengen / EFTA): Certificates for a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen / Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and all licenses such as Covishield, etc.) are recognized as valid in Switzerland until October 10, 2021 (interim solution). The latter do not have to be converted into a Swiss Covid certificate.

  • Is there a certification for tourist facilities?
    • Yes. At Swiss level has been created the label "Clean & Safe", which attests the compliance with protective measures by tourist facilities and thus strengthens guests' confidence in Switzerland as a safe travel destination. The label was developed in collaboration with professional associations.

Last update: 20.09.2021

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