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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic there are special rules for people entering Switzerland:

Everyone entering Switzerland must present an entry form. The entry form can be completed at the earliest 48h before entry. As soon as you have filled out the form, you’ll be emailed a QR code as confirmation. Keep this code handy for inspection when you arrive in Switzerland.

If you are not vaccinated or recovered, you must also show proof of a negative test (PCR test not older than 72 hours or rapid antigen test not older than 48 hours). 4-7 days after your arrival, you will need to get another PCR test or rapid antigen test in Switzerland. The result of this test must be reported to the cantonal authorities.

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The International Space Science Institute is located in the district “Länggasse” very close to Bern main rail station. When standing on the platform, do not walk down into the station itself but rather take the stairway up at the western end of the platform called “Welle”. Follow the road walking gradually uphill on Schanzen- and Länggassstrasse. Turn right at Hallerstrasse and find the Institute on the left, street number 6. If you come by public transport “Bern Mobil” you have to take the Bus No. 20 (direction: Länggasse), and get off at the station “Universität”.

Bern can be reached easily from the following international airports: Zurich (ZHR), Geneva (GVA), and Basel Euroairport (BSL). Direct intercity trains to Bern depart every half hour from inside the airport buildings in Zurich and Geneva. The travel time is ~1.5 hours from Zurich airport and ~2 hours from Geneva airport. For passengers coming from Basel Euroairport, there is a shuttle bus from the airport to Basel SBB railway station. Direct intercity trains to Bern depart from Basel SBB every half hour. The travel time from Basel Euroairport to Bern is ~1.5 hours. For detailed departure and arrival times please visit www.rail.ch >>