Foreign travel advice

Switzerland

Summary

On 27 July 2016 Swiss authorities confirmed an ongoing police operation in the area of Geneva airport. If you’re in the area, you should follow the instructions of Swiss security authorities. Geneva police have advised passengers to allow extra time to get to the airport and check in. Contact your airline or travel company if you need more information about your flight.

There is 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.

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.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

British nationals made 709,925 visits to Switzerland in 2015. Most visits are trouble-free.

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.