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Travelling to Switzerland for healthcare reasons: procedure lightened

The Swiss authorities have lightened the procedure for entry into Switzerland to receive medical treatment

Entry into Switzerland is still restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 still 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 required medical treatment that has begun in Switzerland or abroad is now a ground for absolute necessity stated in the Directive of the State Secretariat for Migration (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.

The statement from a doctor that suspending the treatment is life-threatening, is no longer required, neither is the request to the Swiss mission (see previous announcement from 7 April 2020).

Host States Relations service