Safe Travel / COVID-19

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This page provides an overview of entry and transit restrictions in France, Switzerland and Germany, as well as information about precautionary measures in place at EuroAirport.

Last update: 10/09/2020

Key information at a glance

Current situation
Flight operations and entry restrictions at destinations are constantly evolving. Please check the applicable prescriptions before you set off on your trip.
To do so, contact your airline first, and then read the travel advisories of the country concerned:
> Travel advice for Switzerland: Travel advice EDA
> Travel advice for France: Conseils aux Voyageurs (in French only)
> Travel advice for Germany: Reisewarnungen Auswärtiges Amt (in German only)
> Travel advice Europe: Overview of all countries

Mandatory face masks
Protective face masks are mandatory throughout the terminal and on airport buses save for children under 11. Face masks are mandatory onboard airplanes, and airlines may have additional requirements apart from the mandatory face mask rule.  We recommend that passengers wear disposable face masks for the entire duration of their trip. Face masks are also mandatory on all public means of transport in France and in Switzerland.

Quarantine requirement on entering Switzerland
Travellers entering Switzerland from high-risk countries are required to go into quarantine. On arrival, passengers from high-risk countries must go directly to their home or to a suitable accommodation and self-isolate for ten days. They must report their arrival to the competent cantonal authority within 48 hours. Follow this link for the list of high-risk countries and the official measures and ordinances.

COVID-19 testing on arrival at EuroAirport
Since 1 August 2020, mandatory COVID-19 testing is carried out at EuroAirport for all passengers arriving from Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Israel, Kosovo, Serbia and Turkey.  Testing is free of charge. Travellers with a recent COVID test, which must not be more than 72 hours’ old, are released from the testing requirement.  French health controls do not apply to Swiss nationals and persons holding a valid Swiss residence permit who are travelling to Switzerland. These persons are subject to Swiss rules and regulations. Travelers should expect long queues at entry points. Please follow the official prescriptions at the Airport.

Mandatory quarantine for travellers to the United Kingdom
Travellers entering the UK from Switzerland and France are required to go into quarantine for 14 days. Further information is available here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel corridors

  • We have compiled a list of FAQs with answers to travellers’ most important questions. Please consult the FAQs before you contact us.
  • Travellers are strongly advised to contact their respective airlines before setting off on their trip for information about flights and existing restrictions on entry at their destinations.
  • The Information Desk and Airport Service Centre are open daily from 5.30 am to midnight and can be reached at the following numbers: +41 (0)61 325 31 11 (Switzerland) and +33 (0)3 89 90 31 11 (France).

Rules of behaviour for safe travel

Please observe the general hygiene and safety precautions. Wearing a protective mask is obligatory in the terminal and is recommended for the entire journey. Keep your distance, wash your hands regularly and follow instructions. By doing so, you will be making a valuable contribution to a safe and pleasant journey for everyone.

Entering and leaving the country / Crossing the border

The situation in terms of border crossing restrictions in Europe, the EFTA countries, and elsewhere, is evolving rapidly and the following information is therefore merely indicative. The Airport assumes no responsibility for any errors or inaccuracies in such information, or for any associated consequential damages. Please consult the websites of the relevant countries for information about their current prescriptions.
Leaving the country
As a rule, you may leave the country, but you need permission or a valid reason to enter the country of destination. Please contact your airline, the Embassy or diplomatic representation of the destination country, or any other competent authorities in this regard. You are advised not to leave the country before checking the entry restrictions at your destination.
Flag_of_Switzerland  Entering Switzerland

Travellers entering Switzerland from high-risk countries are required to go into quarantine. Passengers from high-risk countries must go home or to their place of accommodation directly on arrival, and self-isolate for ten days. They must report their arrival to the competent cantonal authority within two days. Follow this link for the list of high-risk countries and the official measures and ordinances.

Entry into Switzerland is unrestricted for Swiss nationals, persons holding a residence permit, and authorised cross-border commuters.  For nationals of all Schengen states, and nationals of non-Schengen countries with the right to freedom of movement, in particular the United Kingdom, Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus,  normal entry requirements apply. Border controls are still possible.

Workers from EU and EFTA Member States may apply for residence permits; applications from highly qualified nationals of other countries are also being processed. Students, and non-EU nationals eligible under family reunification rules are permitted to enter Switzerland.

Since 16 August 2020, entry restrictions have been lifted for the following other countries: Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, Croatia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Romania, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and Cyprus. Further information is available here.

The nationals of all other countries continue to be barred from entering Switzerland when they arrive directly from high-risk countries or areas.
Permision to enter Switzerland will only be granted in cases of urgent need: please contact the competent embassy or relevant public authority.

Further information is available here:
> Information for travellers
> FAQ about entering and staying in Switzerland
> Federal measures and ordinances 
Flag_of_France  Entering France

The COVID-19 tests prescribed by the French Government are mandatory for all travellers arriving from Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Israel, Serbia, and Turkey. The tests are carried out directly at the Airport before passport control, at no charge, by France’s regional health authority, Agence Régionale de Santé (ARS). Travellers having recently passed a COVID-19 test, which must not be more than 72 hours old, are released from the testing requirement. For further information, see here (French only).

As a rule, French nationals may always enter France.
Moreover, the Government has lifted all travel restrictions at France’s European borders. Persons from the European area (EU Member States, as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, the Vatican, and the United Kingdom) may now unrestrictedly enter French territory again.

France has re-opened its borders to travellers from certain countries. The current list includes ten countries: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay.

Restrictions continue to apply to nationals and citizens of all other countries.  Border controls remain in place.
Please visit the following pages to check existing entry regulations:
> Coronavirus : les réponses à vos questions (only in French)
> Informations Coronavirus (only in French)
Flag_of_Germany  Entering and returning to Germany

Persons from the European area (EU Member States, as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, the Vatican, and the United Kingdom) may now enter Germany unrestrictedly again. Travellers from the following countries may also enter Germany without restrictions:  Australia, Canada, Georgia, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay.

Travellers must, however, satisfy German entry criteria, as well as any entry and transit restrictions applicable in France or Switzerland, as the case may be.

For general information on entering Germany: Entering Germany (only in German)

Germany imposes mandatory quarantine and COVID-19 testing for travellers from high-risk areas.
For more information:
> Mandatory quarantine on returning from abroad
> List of international risk areas (only in German)
> Information for Baden-Württemberg: Corona tests for returning travellers (only in German)
> Travellers returning by car may have themselves tested at the test point on the Neuenburg-Ost parking area on the A5 motorway.

Our measures for safe travel

Precautionary measures at the Airport for safe travel

Social distancing measures:
Adjacent seats in the terminal and at the boarding gates have been taped off for your protection.
Hygiene measures:
Hand sanitiser facilities have been placed at security checks and other key points in the terminal.
Social distancing measures:
Distance signage on floors at check-in counters, security checks and boarding gates to help you keep your distance.
Hygiene measures:
Perspex screen dividers have been installed at check-in counters, security checks and boarding gates to protect travelers and employees.
Hygiene measures:
Regular disinfection and cleaning of the baggage trolleys by our employees.
Social distancing measures:
Provision of cleaned baggage carts with an appropriate distance.
Hygiene measures:
Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfection of all passenger areas as well as airport buses.
Hygiene measures:
Installation of foot door openers which you can use with your shoes - prevents touching the door handles.

Further measures

To make your journey as safe and pleasant as possible we have brought in the following measures:
  • All employees in direct contact with passengers will wear a face masks
  • Increased cleaning and disinfection measures in all areas of the Airport are in place
  • Passenger flow management to ensure adequate distancing in specific areas
  • Daily disinfection of airport buses
  • Regular announcements over the public address system about precautionary measures and instructions
  • Installation of foot door openers to avoid touching doors with your hands
  • Disinfection of air-conditioning systems and regular replacement of AC filters
  • Automatic disinfection of handrails on escalators and walkways by a built-in UVC light
  • Regular cleaning and disinfection of baggage carts