Foreign travel advice

Switzerland

Summary

There’s a risk of flooding, landslides and avalanches in some parts of the country. Before travelling, check the local weather forecast for latest information, including any possible dangerous weather conditions.

The village of Bondo in the Canton of Graubünden remains only partially accessible following a mud slide in the Bondasca Valley on Wednesday 23 August 2017. The main cantonal road between Stampa and Castasegna is closed until further notice. If you’re in the area, you should follow the instructions of Swiss security authorities and local traffic advice. The Swiss authorities have issued a hotline number: +41 (0) 81 822 60 64.

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.

There has been an increase in reports of theft especially in larger cities, at Geneva airport and on trains to/from Geneva.

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Switzerland. There may be increased security in place over the Christmas and New Year period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities. See Terrorism

British nationals made 703,933 visits to Switzerland in 2016. Most visits are trouble-free.

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

The official website of Switzerland tourism provides useful information for travellers in a wheelchair or with impaired mobility.