Switzerland Travel Advice
Security travel advice for Switzerland
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.
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.
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.
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.
Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)
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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.
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