Fast Facts: Switzerland

What is the weather like in Switzerland?

Spring, summer and autumn are all very fair in Switzerland despite snow on its highest peaks year-round. June and July are when the alpine wildflowers bloom; they are also the peak season for tourists. Take a sweater no matter when you travel, and an umbrella. Click here for the current forecast in Switzerland.

What is required for entry into Switzerland?

U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

There are no health requirements to enter Switzerland.

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What is the currency?

Switzerland uses the Swiss franc, but in tourist regions the euro is often accepted as well. The rate of the franc seems to follow that of the euro very closely. ATMs are abundant; most accept major bank cards and credit cards, and they dispense Swiss francs at the going rate of exchange. For updated currency exchange info, click here.

Tipping: A 15% service charge is included in the price of all services and on your hotel bill. Round up taxi and restaurant bills if the service has been good.

What items should I shop for in Switzerland?

When shopping in Switzerland, look for watches, crystal, embroidered items, clocks, pottery, Swiss army knives, lace, cowbells, antiques, cutlery, ski clothing and equipment, shoes, chocolate, cheese, and liquors.

What are the voltage requirements in Switzerland?

Voltage: 230 V; Plug J. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. Click here for more information about electrical standards around the world.

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