Update 17 avril 2020 - COVID 19 - COVID 19 - Access to medical care in Switzerland

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swiss authorities have restricted entry into Switzerland. Only Swiss citizens, holders of a residence permit in Switzerland (including a FDFA legitimation card), and persons with a certified professional reason for entering Switzerland may enter the country.

Non-Swiss citizens and persons not holding a valid Swiss resident permit may not, in principle, travel to Switzerland to receive medical treatment.

However, exceptions may be granted in particular when a person is in a situation of absolute necessity. The continuation of a medical treatment that has begun in Switzerland and abroad is one of the grounds for absolute necessity, as stated in the Directive of the State Secretariat for Migration: https://www.sem.admin.ch/content/dam/data/sem/aktuell/aktuell/einreisestopp/weisung-covid-19-f.pdf (last updated on 16 April 2020).

The person concerned must therefore be able to present, when crossing the border, a certificate issued and signed by the Swiss treating doctor stating that the patient must imperatively continue their medical treatment and indicating the dates of the scheduled appointments.

For further information on travel restrictions for Switzerland, click here.