Switzerland Travel Advice

Security travel advice for Switzerland

Security information

Threat level: Low-Medium
The recommended travel advice for Switzerland is to stay cautious. The crime rate in the country is relatively low, but there are some cases of petty crime, such as theft. There is also a low threat from terror in Switzerland, but be aware there is a heightened level of terror threat globally.

For specific security threat information with regards to Geneva, see our: Geneva Travel Advice.

Recent Security Risk Events
There are increased reports of theft and pick pocketing especially in Geneva airport and on trains to and from the airport. Tourists do represent a vulnerable target for opportunists however, these cases are isolated and travel within the country is for the most part risk free.

Basic safety precautions such as ensuring your luggage is not left unattended and keeping valuables and important travel documents close to you in person will help to ensure a trouble free visit.

Security Risks
Restaurants and bars are a prime location for pick pockets to operate. Be extra cautious of this when consuming alcohol in excessive quantities as this can lead to you being less alert and aware of what is going on around you.

There have also been some isolated incidents of tourists having their drinks spiked in popular clubs and bars which can sometimes lead to theft or sexual assault. Although these cases are rare, be wary of accepting free drinks and never leave drinks unattended.

International Relations
Switzerland is a valued member of the United Nations and has been involved in international peacekeeping efforts. The country also has strong diplomatic relationships with Canada, USA, as well as many other countries in and outside of the European Union.

Travel considerations
UK, or other EU/EEA, driving licences can be used to drive in Switzerland. There is a risk of flooding, landslides and avalanches in some parts of the country which may affect roads in more rural areas of the country. Many mountain roads are narrow and winding as such road conditions can get severe even during the summer months.

General information

De facto capital: Bern
Largest city: Zurich
Headquarters of Europe’s United Nations and the Red Cross: Geneva
Official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh
Religion: Christianity
Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)
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Visa requirements
Travellers from the UK, USA, Australia, Canada and any of the European Unions do not require a visa to enter Switzerland. Passports should be valid for the duration of the proposed stay.

It is advised that visitors to Switzerland are up-to-date with primary boosters such as MMR. It is further recommended that most travellers also get a Tetanus vaccination. You may also want to consider vaccinations for Tick-borne Encephalitis as it is present in some areas of the country. Check with your local health professional prior to travel if you are unsure.

Other health risks
There is an increased risk of tick bites from April to October. Be wary of the risk of tick borne encephalitis.

Consular information

U.S. Embassy
Sulgeneckstrasse 19
3007 Bern
Telephone: +41 31 357 7011
Email: Switzerland@ustraveldocs.com

British Embassy
Thunstrasse 50
3005 Berne
Telephone: +41 31 359 7700
Email: info.berne@fco.gsi.gov.uk

Our office in Switzerland

In 2016 Intelligent Protection International Limited opened an office in Geneva, Switzerland to better serve our Clients.

For further information on our services in Switzerland, see: Close Protection Services

Intelligent Protection International Limited - Switzerland
Rue du Rhône 14
Tel: +41 22 5017275

You are responsible for your own safety abroad and for making the decision to travel.

The information contained in this Travel Advice for Switzerland is provided for information only. Whilst care is taken to ensure that this country brief is as up-to-date and accurate as possible, it is provided on an "as is" basis without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Intelligent Protection International Limited does not assume responsibility and shall not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

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