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Jagged, snow-capped Alps form the backdrop for glacier trekking or shopping in ritzy St. Moritz. The world’s oldest democracy is delightfully clean, safe, and healthy. On-time trains carry Swiss toting bicycles and trekking poles. A melting pot with four official langueges, it holds Europe’s highest coffee roastery and the loneliest train station on the “Heidi Express.”

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Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Switzerland? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Bern
Population:  8.287 million
Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)
Languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: UTC +8

Entry requirements

Please see specific entry requirements provided by our partner, VisaHQ.

In general, to travel abroad, U.S. citizens must have a passport which should be valid for at least six months after your return date. Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel.

More information about passports & visas.

More information about passports & visas.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

There are no health requirements to enter Switzerland. 

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Weather

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.

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.

Money

The Swiss franc is the only currency accepted everywhere. Note that the Euro is a foreign currency in Switzerland, so accepting it results in extra costs and risks for shop owners. Therefore, if you pay with Euros, change will be in Swiss francs and the exchange rate is mostly not in your favor.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

Shopping

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. 

Electricity & Power Adapters

230 volts. 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. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

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