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Canada shares values with and enjoys a multifaceted and close bilateral relationship with Switzerland. The two countries have a multilateral and international engagement, trade relations, people-to-people relations, academic relations, and youth mobility.

There are over 155,000 Canadians of Swiss ancestry. As a matter of fact, both countries exchange a large number of tourists with each other. The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding in 2017 to create new opportunities for young people from 18 to 35 years by creating new opportunities.

Canadians travel to Switzerland for several purposes including education, tourism, trade, and investments. When traveling to Switzerland, it is important that Canadians have the right Switzerland travel insurance to cover you in case of medical emergencies, accidents or injuries.

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Basic Information About Switzerland

Some important information on Switzerland Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency Swiss franc
Most common languages spoken German, Romansh, French, Italian
Capital Bern
Continent Europe
Population Approx. 8.4 million
Plug type Plug type C and J
Driving side Right-hand side
Seasons
  • Spring – March to May
  • Summer – June to August
  • Autumn – September to November
  • Winter – December to February
Laws Local laws and customs

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Switzerland Security Measures for travelers

The decision to travel to Switzerland is your choice and you are equally responsible for your safety abroad. But since we care about your safety and security abroad, we offer you credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to help you to make well-informed decisions as regards traveling outside Canada.

Risk Level

Switzerland – Take normal security precautions

Entry / Exit requirements

Every country or territory decides who passes through its borders and the Government of Canada cannot interfere with a country’s decisions as regards its entry or exit requirements.

The information on this page was obtained from the authorities of Switzerland; however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.

Passport

The entry requirements that apply to you depend on the type of passport you use to travel. Check with your transportation company to find out about passport requirements before you travel.

  • Regular Canadian Passport – You must hold a passport valid for a minimum of three weeks beyond your duration of stay in the Schengen area country.
  • Passport for official travel – Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents – When traveling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document, different entry rules may apply. Check with the closest diplomatic mission for your destination before you leave.

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Switzerland Healthcare

Switzerland has both public and private hospitals and healthcare facilities. As a matter of fact, Switzerland healthcare standard is one of the best in the world. Also, Switzerland has a high healthcare cost and the healthcare cost is still rising. Before traveling to Switzerland, you need to have an adequate Switzerland travel insurance policy or private medical coverage. It may also be necessary to have enough money to cover potential costs in Switzerland.

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Switzerland Travel Insurance News

After Canada’s Parliament passed a new law that allowed for doctor-assisted death criticized as restrictive, a small number of Canadians travelled to Switzerland to end their own lives in 2016. According to a figure from Dignitas, a Swiss organization that assisted patients with chronic or terminal illness to die, 131 Canadians became members in 2016 but only five travelled to Switzerland to die.

Monique Hamel was one of the Canadians who turned to Dignitas but did not qualify for doctor-assisted death under the new Canadian law. She suffered a neurological disorder for 20 years and later left a two-page letter that criticized the politicians that enacted the restrictive law.

In a letter released by Dignitas, Hamel wrote that she will die with strangers who are more courageous and humane than Canadian doctors and decision makers.

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Switzerland Travel Insurance FAQ


Do you need a Visa for travelling to Switzerland?

As a Schengen area country, Switzerland offers visa-free travel to Canadians for stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period. It is also important to note that visits to Schengen area countries are cumulative. If you intend to stay longer in Switzerland or any of the Schengen area countries, you need a visa and you can obtain the visa from the high commission or embassy of Switzerland in Canada.

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Can I buy multiple travel insurance policies?

You can buy more than one Switzerland travel insurance policy if you need a more comprehensive coverage with additional benefits and features. However, you are not allowed to double dip when purchasing multiple policies.

Does travel insurance cover doctor visits?

Switzerland travel insurance policies cover outpatient services including doctor visits.

Can I buy travel insurance the day I leave?

You can purchase Switzerland travel insurance policies the day you leave to Switzerland or even later. Some providers now offer usage-based policies that can be purchased easily on the go even outside Canada and also managed easily.

How long does a travel insurance claim take?

The length of time it will take to get an outcome for your claim depends on the type of claim you intend to make. However, if you provide the necessary claim documents to your travel insurer, you should get an outcome in 10-14 business days.

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