Switzerland, officially known as the Swiss Confederation, is a country located in central Europe. It is bordered by Italy to the south, Germany to the north, France to the west and Austria to the east. Switzerland is a very popular destination in the winter season due to the numerous ski resorts dotted around the country. As such, winter tourism plays a huge part in the country’s economy.

The www.gov.uk website has a lot of helpful information for travelling to Switzerland.


Before visiting any country make sure you know the basics. General details and important information.

  • Emergency Services: 117 (police), 118 (fire services) and 144 (ambulance)
  • Language: German, French, Italian and Romansh
  • Currency: Swiss franc
  • Capital City: Bern
  • Country Code: CHE
  • Travel Visa: ETA Visa
  • Population: 8,744,666
  • Driving: Right hand side

Risk Level

Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;

Overall Risk 20%
Pickpickets 65%
Mugging 20%
Common Crimes 25%

Travellers Tips

Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.


  • Where can I keep up with local news in Switzerland?
  • Where are the best places to visit in Switzerland?

    The Matterhorn

    One of the most photographed mountains in the world, this iconic landscape is instantly recognisable. Also home to the highest cable car station in the Alps, this location is thrill seeker’s dream and a trip to Switzerland would not be the same without a visit. Make sure to bring your camera!

     Lake Geneva

    Something a little different from the many mountainous regions the country has to offer, this gorgeous crescent of water stretches for miles. It’s shores are home to many shops and restaurants, whilst on the water itself you can take part in a range of different water sports and activities.


    When you visit Lugano, you’ll see Switzerland in a whole new light. Nestled in the southern part of the country close to Italy, this city has been nicknamed the ‘Monte Carlo of Switzerland’. It sits on the shores of the gorgeous Lake Lugano and boasts an impressive number of luxury restaurants. A must-visit if you’re a foodie.

  • What are some top safety tips for visiting Switzerland?

    Although crime rates in Switzerland are relatively low, you should always exercise the same level of caution when visiting any new destination. Keep your bags and valuables secure, and never leave any items unattended.

    Particularly in the winter months, pay attention to the weather conditions before you head out. Mountainous regions can have particularly varying weather conditions and can get very cold and icy. If you’re unsure about whether or not to head out, speak to your hotel staff or travel reps.

    In high altitude areas, it can take time for your body to adjust to the conditions. Symptoms of altitude sickness include a shortness of breath and dizziness. If you have any prior health conditions, make sure to consult your GP before your trip.

Improve Your Safety

Knowledge The more you have the better equipped you are.

Research is always number one. Any place you choose to visit usually has something about it that makes us want to find out more, ultimately the more you know the better your experience.

Awareness The more you see the safer you become.

Armed with the knowledge of the possible risks, common crimes and safety advice, your raised awareness and enables you to spot possible hazardous situations before they unfold.

Response The right reaction can change a situation.

How you handle a situation is very important and can dramatically change the outcome. If you have recognised the potential dangers early enough it will give you time to process and decide on the best course of action… Find Out More

For more country specific travel & safety information, please visit the Travel Aware website by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

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