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Switzerland is a landlocked alpine country of roughly 7.6 million people in Western Europe, consisting of 26 states called cantons. Berne is the seat of the federal authorities, while the country's economic centres are its three global cities, Zurich, Geneva, and Basel. Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world by per capita gross domestic product. Z&uu ...Show More

BEFORE YOU GO

On Your Switzerland Tour

Passport Requirements for Switzerland Tours

American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 90 days beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.

Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.

Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.

Visa Requirements for Switzerland Tours

U.S. and Canadian citizens may enter for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Citizens from other countries may require a valid visa. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Switzerland for the most up-to-date visa information.

Insurance Recommendations for Switzerland Tours

Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.

Vaccination Requirements for Switzerland Tours

We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes. For all vaccinations and health requirements, we also recommend that you consult the World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.

Medication Requirements for Switzerland Tours

If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.

Recommended Items:

  • Basic medicine kit (painkillers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, etc.)
  • Digestive aids such as Imodium, Pepto-Bismol; re-hydration salts and anti-diarrhea preparations.
  • Hydrocortisone tablets or cream for allergic skin reactions and bites
  • Anti-nausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), after-sun lotion, lip balm, wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, Insect repellent

Allergies & Dietary Needs

If you have any health or dietary needs that we should be aware about, please contact us and give us details so that we might help in case of an emergency. For those guests with specific dietary requirements, please ensure that we are notified prior to your arrival so we can pass on the information to airlines or any suppliers providing meals. We can accommodate most reasonable requests.

Weather, Seasons and Climate in Switzerland

The Alps cause many climatic variations throughout Switzerland. In the higher Alpine regions temperatures tend to be low, while the lower land of the northern area has higher temperatures and warm summers. Overall the hottest months are July and August, though these are also the busiest. Those looking to ski should visit Switzerland between December and April, when snow is good in the Alps. The months of May and September are great times to visit for those looking for sunny and mild days, but without the throngs of tourists.

Electricity, Phone and Internet in Switzerland

Electricity in Switzerland is supplied at 220 to 240 volts. Swiss sockets are designed to accept two round prongs. Some sockets will take the plugs with large prongs only; others will take the ones with small prongs. A multi-adaptor with different plug configurations can be very useful. We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.

Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card locally to avoid international charges when calling numbers within Switzerland. (You should check to see that your cell phone is SIM card compatible.)

Internet: Wireless access is available in most urban areas, airports and hotels. You’ll find Internet cafés throughout Switzerland.

FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

Remember to pack sufficient memory cards, zoom lens, a spare camera battery and charger, and dust-resistant case.

Currency in Switzerland

Generally speaking, we advise bringing 70-100CHF per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). Swiss Franc (CHF) banknotes come in denominations of (10, 20, 50, 100, 200 & 1000). There are also Swiss Franc coins: 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1, 2 and 5 franc.

We recommend that you get local currency from your bank before you leave home or from a bank machine in-country which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Your bank card may work, but Visa or MasterCard are more widely accepted. You will need a 4-digit PIN to be able to use your cards in Europe.

Quick Facts for a Switzerland Tour

Capital: Bern

Language: French, German, Italian, Romansh

Currency: Swiss Franc

Religion: Roman Catholic is the prominent religion

Time Zone: UTC +1 hour

Electricity: 220 - 240 volts

Telephone: Country code for calling outside Switzerland is 41

Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number 011 + 41 + ###-####

Emergency numbers in Belgium: Ambulance: 144; Police: 117; Fire: 118

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Joy L., August 8, 2016
"Private tours were the best. Enjoyed being able to stop and see sights big groups wouldn't be able to do. "
Kristian L., June 23, 2016
"We had the best vacation ever!"
Jeremy C., December 30, 2015
"Selcuk Yigitsoy was very knowledgeable and made my short trip a unique one."
Brian S., November 30, 2015
"We had an amazing time! We were very happy with the guides, the tours that were arranged for us, and the accommodations."
George W., November 24, 2015
" They really turned a vacation trip into an experience ! "