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COVID-19 – Workers from third countries permitted to enter Switzerland again

24 June 2020

The Swiss Federal Council will fully lift the covid-related restrictions related to workers from third (non-EU/EFTA) countries as of July 6 2020. Permits will be issued again using the quota system in place prior to the corona crisis.

The current restrictions on stays of more than 90 days for non-active third-country nationals, such as people who have retired, will also be lifted as of July 6 2020.

Depending on the pandemic development in individual third countries and based on the Epidemics Act, health-related measures at the borders will continue to be possible for all persons travelling to Switzerland from certain countries.

The entry of third-country nationals for short stays of less than 90 days, such as for holidays, short-term training, medical treatment or non-urgent business meetings, will still not be possible. Only in cases of extreme necessity will travel be possible. These final entry restrictions are to be lifted, if possible in agreement with the other Schengen states. Depending on the development of the epidemiological situation all non-European countries, the ban on entry should be lifted progressively and coordinated as best as possible.

The entry restrictions at the borders to all Schengen states were already lifted on June 15 2020. Also since June 15 2020, full freedom of movement of persons has again been in force with all EU/EFTA states and the United Kingdom (read more).