Travel Information

BEFORE TRAVELLING / VISA REQUIREMENTS
Every traveller to Switzerland must have a valid passport.

If you are a citizen of European Union countries and/or Schengen zone countries, you won’t be required to obtain a visa to travel to Switzerland.

The majority of foreign nationals visiting Switzerland for a period of up to three months require a short stay Schengen visa. Foreign nationals from countries of the American Continent (with the exception of Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Colombia and Peru), and also Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand are exempt from the visa requirement for their short stays less than three months.

Since the visa regulations of all countries depend on diplomatic agreements and may change time to time, AEPC 2022 participants are kindly required to check the current visa requirement for themselves and to apply for visa if necessary.

For information on visa please contact the Swiss Consulate General located nearest you or read more through the official website of Switzerland State Secretariat for Migration:

Do I Require A Visa?

Home - Switzerland State Secretariat for Migration SEM

Switzerland's Online Visa System

 

TRAVEL REGULATIONS DUE TO COVID-19

During its session of 16th February 2022, the Federal Council decided to lift nearly all protective measures, including the entry regulations. 

It is therefore no longer necessary for persons who aren't arriving from a country at risk to present :

  • A vaccination certificate or
  • A recovery certificate or
  • A certificate of negative test and
  • An entry form

Am I even allowed to travel to Switzerland?

The interactive travel check and the website of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) will give you more information on this.

If entry is permitted: People entering Switzerland from a country with a variant of concern must observe the health-related measures at the border. You will find information on the individual measures on this site.

PCR Test

Currently, you do not have to present a negative test result to enter Switzerland.

In any case, you should find out directly from the airline or travel company what rules they apply.

Entry form

Currently, you do not have to fill out an entry form for entry to Switzerland.

It is the list of countries with a variant of concern that determines whether you have to complete an entry form. Since there are currently no countries or areas on this list, until further notice people arriving can enter Switzerland without an entry form.

COVID FAQ - Corona: Questions and answers on entry and stay in Switzerland, the exceptions and suspension of visas


HOW TO GET THERE?

BY PLANE

Geneva Airport (GVA) is located just out of the city centre. There are several direct domestic and international flights arriving to and departing from Geneva Airport.

 

 

 

 Some important details about Geneva Airport:

  • more than 50 European and international airlines
  • 142 direct flight destinations
  • a 'French sector’ to arrive in or board from France without entering Switzerland
  • a railway station with connections to the centre of Geneva, Switzerland and Europe
  • more than 80 boutiques and a wide selection of restaurants
  • long-stay parking
  • two duty-free shops (arrival and departure)

Genève Aéroport
Information: +41 22 717 71 05
Flight information: 0900 57 15 00
https://www.gva.ch/en/

Transportation to Geneva City from the Airport
Geneva Airport is the final (and the first) train station for all trains coming to/departing from Geneva city. All trains departing from Geneva Airport station stop in the city centre of Geneva in Gare Cornavin. It is only a 7-minutes trip between the two stations, up to seven trains per hour at peak hours.

Upon your arrival to the Gare Cornavin, please proceed to the Place de Cornavin to get on a tram / bus to reach your hotel. The free ticket claimed at the airport is valid for 80 minutes, therefore, it can be used for the tram/bus journey to get to your hotel. Please make sure to check the tram/bus line to be used and the station to get off with your hotel before your arrival to the city.

The tram/bus line and station information for the Meeting venue (CICG) is provided on the Venue page. You can visit the Venue page by clicking here.


BY TRAIN

Geneva can be reached very easily by train with its three railway stations at the core of Europe’s rail network. The Swiss Railway network reaches every corner of Switzerland. And France’s high-speed trains TGV from Paris reach Geneva’s main railway station (Gare Cornavin) in just three hours!

Upon your arrival to the Gare Cornavin, please proceed to the Place de Cornavin to get on a tram / bus to reach your hotel. The free ticket claimed at the airport is valid for 80 minutes, therefore, it can be used for the tram/bus journey to get to your hotel. Please make sure to check the tram/bus line to be used and the station to get off with your hotel before your arrival to the city.

Please click here for further information about Gare Cornavin.

Please click here to review the layout plan of Gare Cornavin.

BY CAR

Geneva is located at the crossroads of the European motorway network. A perfect city for a perfect city break on the way from North to South. The N1 motorway alongside Lake Geneva circles the city and leads straight into the centre. At the French border in Bardonnex, it joins the A40 towards Lyon and Paris, or Chamonix and Italy.

Access to the Swiss motorways requires a motorway tax sticker, available at post offices, at the border or at garages.

Driving speed:
In town: 50 km/hr (some zones 30 km/hr)
Outside built-up areas (national roads): 80 km/hr
Motorways: 120 km/hr

The wearing of seat belts both in front and back seats of vehicles is compulsory.