Official Travel Advice for Switzerland
Safety and security (Road travel), Entry requirements and Health sections - editorial amendments to add existing information on travel if the UK leaves the EU with a deal
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 23 Jan 2020.
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British nationals made 703,933 visits to Switzerland in 2016. Most visits are trouble-free.
If you’re living in or moving to Switzerland, read the Living in Switzerland guide in addition to this travel advice.
There has been an increase in reports of theft, especially in larger cities, at Geneva airport and on trains to/from Geneva. See Crime
Terrorist attacks in Switzerland can’t be ruled out. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities. See Terrorism
There’s a danger of flooding in lower regions. Many ski areas and hiking routes have been temporarily closed. For further information, contact the relevant train companies, local authorities and your tour operator. Before travelling, check the latest local weather forecast and check for information on any possible dangerous weather conditions.
If you plan skiing or hiking, check weather conditions and follow local advice before going. Take care and observe all written notices and warnings. See Outdoor sports activities
If you’re travelling to Switzerland to do business or provide services, see further guidance on providing services in Switzerland after Brexit.
If you need to contact the emergency services, call 112 (general emergency calls), 118 (fire), 117 (police) or 144 (ambulance).
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
You should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you travel. If you already have an EHIC, make sure it hasn’t expired. Some medical costs aren’t covered by the EHIC so you should also take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance and make sure it covers winter/mountain activities. See Health
Quick Facts Tourist Information for:Switzerland
Drive on the: Right
Visitors/Tourists: 8,534,000 in 2011
French (official language) 21%
Swiss German (de facto official language) 12%
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Population: 125,681 (in 2011-12)
Largest City: Zurich