Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Rules and Current Situation

Updated: January 25, 2022

ISSI is open for meetings and travel to Switzerland is possible from the vast majority of countries. To ensure a safe environment for all visitors, we are following all relevant public health measures. 

Travel Regulations 

On account of the COVID-19 pandemic, certain restrictions are in place for entering Switzerland. Anyone who has not been vaccinated or recovered from COVID must present a negative test result on entering Switzerland. In addition, anyone entering by air or long-distance bus (coach) must complete 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. 

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

Please consult for further information the official webpages of the Federal Office for Public Health: 

Hotel and Restaurant Regulations 

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

Restaurants are open to guests with a COVID certificate (proof of vaccination or recovery from a COVID-19 infection, both dating back no more than 270 days). There are also take-away stands nearby the institute. 

COVID certificates from EU/EFTA states or from countries connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate system, are valid for entering Switzerland and can be used as official certificate (e.g., restaurants etc.). More Information >>

Visitors from outside the EU/EFTA states can apply for a Swiss COVID certificate. Please indicate the address of the hotel in Bern. Anyone who has been vaccinated abroad with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and who is resident in or travelling to Switzerland will be able to obtain a Swiss COVID certificate. 

Application for a Swiss COVID Certificate (vaccinated or recovered from the disease) >>


In Person Meetings at ISSI 

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

  • Please note that ISSI meeting participants must either have been vaccinated or have recovered from a COVID-19 infection (both within the last 270 days; Swiss “2G” policy)
  • Masks are compulsory in the entire Institute. Individuals who cannot wear masks for medical reasons can apply for an official exemption from wearing a mask on the premises of the Institute 

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.