On 27 May the Federal Council announced further easing of the COVID-19 related border entry restrictions as follows:
As of 8 June:
- The authorities will again start processing applications for EU/EFTA nationals
- New applications for highly skilled non-EU/EFTA nationals can be submitted if this is in the public interest or if they are urgently required
- For job vacancies with an unemployment rate of more than 5%, the exclusive notification requirement for the first 5 days with the Swiss unemployment office has been re-instated
- Family reunification will be possible again for all persons with a permanent residence permit, a residence permit, a short stay permit or who have been temporarily admitted to Switzerland, under the usual conditions.
- A medical examination at the border for certain groups of people, including a temperature reading, a health questionnaire or quarantine, for any person from a high-risk country listed in the COVID-19 Ordinance can be requested.
As of 15 June (if the pandemic situation permits):
- Travel restrictions with Germany, Austria and France are lifted: All travel restrictions to these countries will be lifted and free movement of persons will be re-established.
Until the 6 July (if the pandemic situation permits):
- Expected travel restrictions will be lifted for all Schengen Countries: If developments with respect to the pandemic situation in Switzerland and in the EU/EFTA countries permit, restrictions on entering, working and living in Switzerland will be lifted for all Schengen states from mid-June and no later than 6 July.
- The Federal Council will decide on lifting further entry restrictions for third countries at a later date and in consultation with the Schengen member states
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Learn more about the other Swiss economical and legal COVID 19 measure here