Switzerland Travel Information
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends travel
that is not strictly necessary to the city of Samnaun
(Canton of Graub¨¹nden) and the city of Zermatt, as well
as the areas bordering Ischgl and Italian Cervinia. For
information about coronavirus see the section Health.
Switzerland is a safe destination for tourists and is
in many ways comparable to Norway. The level of crime is
low, and most trips to the country go safely and without
special problems. However, as in all major cities,
precautions should be taken to avoid pocket theft and
other crime, as well as to exercise normal vigilance at
night and night during visits to Zurich and Geneva, and
during the train journey to said cities.
The risk of terrorist incidents is considered low in
Switzerland, but several terrorist incidents in
neighboring Germany and France in recent years have
led to increased focus on risk and preparedness also in
When it comes to natural disasters, the State Civil
Protection Office has considered earthquakes to be the
biggest danger to Switzerland. There have been cases of
flooding in Switzerland (most recently in the summer of
2005) that have caused major damage to buildings, roads
and rail networks, and have led to breakdowns of the
telephone and electricity networks. Some villages have
been isolated. The danger of landslides is also present
in heavy rain.
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People traveling in the mountains should be aware of
the danger of avalanches and should equip themselves
with avalanches. Off-piste driving is very risky, so all
traffic should be in accordance with safety
instructions. In connection with off-piste driving in
blocked slopes, a rescue operation can result in
compensation claims. To stay up to date on the current
avalanche danger, visit the website of the Swiss
authorities' department for snow and avalanche research.
Traveling by public means of communication (train,
metro, airplane, bus, etc.) is considered safe in
Switzerland. Caution should be exercised on the highway
as there are relatively frequent queues due to
In the event of a crisis or emergency, the Norwegian
Embassy in Switzerland is encouraged to contact them.
The embassy can be contacted by phone: +41 31 310 55 55
and e-mail: [email protected] The embassy is open from
Monday - Friday from 09.00-16.00.
Emergency number: Police 117, fire 118, European
emergency number 112 (phone answered by police), medical
assistance 144, air ambulance 1414, roadside assistance
140, roadside information 163, landslide bulletin 187
(landslide, snow line).
Norwegian citizens staying for a shorter or longer
period in Switzerland are encouraged to register on
reiseregistrering.no. Everyone who travels is encouraged
to have travel insurance in order.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
In December 2008, Switzerland became part of the
Schengen area. The border control between Switzerland
and the Schengen countries has thus ceased.
Liechtenstein became part of the Schengen area in 2011.
Norwegian citizens must also bring a valid passport on
trips within the Schengen area, because the passport is
the only document that satisfies international
requirements for identification documents.
According to the Schengen Table of Travel Document,
Norwegian emergency passports, foreigners passports and
refugee certificates are valid for entry into
Switzerland and Liechtenstein. For longer stays see
Swiss Federal Office for Migration.
Tighter border control: Many countries in Europe have
introduced temporary border control where previously you
could travel without a passport. The requirement for a
valid travel document is also tightened with the
airlines, so that you can no longer travel by bank card
or driver's license as proof of their identity.
Entry to Switzerland with underage children: Swiss
authorities recommend that persons traveling alone with
underage children to Switzerland bring with them the
authorization of parents/parents who do not accompany
the child on the journey.
The embassy finds that this can also apply if an
accompanying parent and child have different surnames
and/or different passports. The proxy should include the
name, address and telephone number of the proxy, as well
as a copy of the proxy's passport, itinerary for the
child and the purpose of the trip. See Swiss migration
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian
travelers are advised to stay abreast of the development
of the coronavirus. Travelers should follow local
authorities' advice, guidance and requests on how to
deal with the situation.
Swiss authorities continuously inform about the
situation on the health authorities' website New
coronavirus. Information is available in English,
German, French and Italian.
Switzerland has a very well-developed health care
system and high standards in hospitals and medical
services. The country has no special vaccination
European health cards are initially in line with EU/EEA
countries, but since the health care system is heavily
privatized, a number of health institutions require you
to pay for on-site services, despite the presentation of
European health insurance cards. One must then contact
the Norwegian or Swiss authorities themselves to get the
expenses reimbursed. Not all health services are
reimbursed, as deductibles are imposed.
Further on European Health Insurance Card: The card
gives you the right to receive health care in emergency
situations (accidents and the like) and to cover
expenses for necessary health care in EU/EEA countries.
What is meant by the necessary health care depends on
the kind of health care involved and how long the stay
is intended to last. You have the right to the health
services that are necessary in order to continue your
stay or journey in a medically sound manner. You have
the right to cover health care expenses according to the
rules of your country of residence. If it is common for
those living in the country to have to pay deductibles,
one must also do so as a tourist. Read more about
European health insurance card on Helfo's website.
Travel insurance is recommended as supplementary
insurance. The health insurance card does not replace
ordinary travel insurance on travel in Europe. The card
only covers disease treatment in EU/EEA countries. The
card does not cover extra travel expenses because you
have become ill or have suffered an accident. It also
does not cover expenses related to loss of valuables,
lost luggage or other arrangements that you can get
through a regular travel insurance policy.
You are responsible for taking out travel insurance
when you travel abroad. It is important that you check
that your travel insurance applies to the area you are
For health professional travel advice and health
professional guidance to Norwegians when traveling
abroad, you can contact the Institute of Public Health.
63.7 percent of the Swiss population speak German,
20.4 percent French, 6.5 percent Italian and 0.5 percent
rhetoric (all languages are national languages, but
only the first three are official). In the
German-speaking part of Switzerland, the inhabitants
speak German, but most also speak German. In this part
of Switzerland, and especially in the cities, people
have good English skills. This applies to a somewhat
lesser degree to the French, Italian and rhetorical
speaking parts of Switzerland. Most Swiss who work in
service industries speak English.
Switzerland's national phone code is +41. There is no
time difference between Norway and Switzerland, and the
country has summer time like Norway.
Switzerland has a very well-developed road and public
network, major international airports in Zurich, Geneva
and Basel and some international connections to Bern and
Lugano. The train network is very well developed with
hour or half hour routes on most lines. Travel time
between Zurich - Geneva is about 2 hours and 50 minutes
and Zurich - Bern approx. one hour. Bus connections are
good for most villages and they correspond frequently
with trains. Comprehensive and very well developed road
network, but danger of queuing around the big cities
during rush hour.
For more information see overview of timetables and
Tourists traveling in Switzerland by car must pay a
highway fee of CHF 40. This can be paid at the border
and has a maximum duration of 14 months. Each cachet has
an annual number written, but the cachet is on sale and
valid from 1.12 the previous year to 31.1 the year after
the cachet year. For example, if If you purchase a bond
on December 5, 2015, it will be valid until January 31,
For private traffic on Swiss roads, one must follow
the Swiss traffic rules and customs, such as speed
limits and rules for alcohol intake and safety for
children. Radar alerts are illegal in Switzerland, both
in use and not. The speed limit on Swiss motorways is
120 km/h (80 - 100 km/h tunnels). As mentioned above,
tourists traveling in Switzerland by car have to pay a
highway fee of CHF 40. Swiss traffic rules are enforced
relatively strictly. Violation of the traffic
regulations can be punishable by expensive fines and/or
imprisonment. When driving in alpine transit routes,
travelers are asked to follow instructions given by
local police and officials.
Each of the 26 cantons has their own laws and
regulations, but they coincide largely so that there is
great equality all over Switzerland. If you are
uncertain about specific laws, you can contact the local
police or a tourist office in the canton.
Swiss Francs is the currency unit in Switzerland. One
franc is divided into 100 rapes (German), centimes
(French), centesimi (Italian), rapese (rhetorical).
Swiss francs are also used in Liechtenstein. The
currency code is CHF.
The mains is 220 volts (also partially 230/240
volts). There is at least 95 percent coverage for GSM.
You use partially own contacts with three contact points
(one for grounding) and it is therefore advisable to
Please note that in some grocery stores you cannot
use Norwegian/ international credit cards, so you may
want to have cash available.
Banks and public offices are open from 8am (some from
8.30am) to 5pm, shops are open Monday-Friday 8am (9am) -
7pm, Saturday 8am (9am) - 5pm. Most shops are open until
9pm on Thursdays.
Holidays: January 1st, Good Friday, 1st and 2nd
Easter Sunday, May 1st, 1st and 2nd Pentecost, August
1st (Switzerland's National Day), December 25th and
26th. In addition, there are regional holidays such as
January 2, Ascension Day etc.
The climate in Switzerland is generally milder than
in Norway, although it can be cold in winter (usually in
higher altitudes). Summer can be hot with up to 30-35
degrees in certain periods (July - August). Dry winds
from the southwest often cause large fluctuations in air
pressure and temperature.