Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Rules and Current Situation

Updated: September 14, 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic there are special rules for people entering Switzerland. Depending on the type of travel, you might have to fill out an entry form (aircraft only) and show proof of a negative test or proof of vaccination or recovering from the COVID-19 disease.

Here you can check whether and under what conditions you can enter Switzerland (Travelcheck) >>


Hotel and Restaurant Regulations

Hotels are open. In general, the hotels have developed an appropriate protection concept for all areas.

A COVID certificate is required to visit restaurants and bars indoors. There are also take-away stands nearby the institute. 

A digital COVID certificate (the EU Digital COVID Certificate) has also been introduced by the EU and other EFTA states. The certificates from EU/EFTA states are valid for entering Switzerland and can be used as official certificate (e.g., restaurants etc.). More Information >>

Visitors outside the EU/EFTA states can apply for a Swiss COVID certificate. Please indicate the address of the hotel in Bern.

Certificate for persons vaccinated abroad >>

Certificate for persons who have recovered from COVID >>


In Person Meetings at ISSI (Current Situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic)

The top priority is protecting everyone’s health. Currently, the following regulations and recommendations apply:

  • Please note that all visitors to ISSI must have proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or have recovered from the disease or have a negative test result (PCR test not older than 72 hours or rapid antigen test not older than 48 hours)
  • All participants maintain the distance of 1.50 meters
  • Masks are compulsory on the entire Institute. Individuals who cannot wear masks for medical reasons can apply for an official exemption from wearing a mask around the Institute premises
  • The general rules of hygiene and protective measures must be respected, e.g. washing or disinfecting hands regularly, airing the lecture rooms regularly, etc.
  • Seminar room: total of 50 seats / 2 (capacity limit) = max. 25 participants
  • Conference room: total of 14 seats / 2 (capacity limit) = max. 7 participants
  • Room 31: total of 14 seats / 2 (capacity limit) = max. 7 participants
  • Room 32/33: total of 24 seats / 2 (capacity limit) = max. 12 participants
  • Room 34: total of 28 seats / 2 (capacity limit) = max. 14 participants

All other measures, especially the social distancing rules, general mask obligation and hygiene recommendations, remain in place and apply until further notice. 

The International Space Science Institute recommends:

  • to get vaccinated
  • Installing your country’s Covid Tracing App
  • Avoiding large crowds of people
  • Avoiding public transport during rush hour
  • If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home (even if you’ve been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID)

Many thanks for your cooperation.