Switzerland Country Report
Switzerland's operational environment is likely to remain of a very high standard. Located in the centre of Europe with good infrastructure links across the continent, Switzerland is one of the most attractive destinations for foreign businesses in the region. To maintain access to the EU single market, the Swiss parliament rejected a law on curbing EU migration, reducing investor uncertainty. Sectors notably affected include pharmaceuticals, financial services, and fast-moving consumer goods industries. Moreover, measures to remove tariffs on imported industrial goods are being implemented by the government. The debate about replacing current bilateral Swiss-EU treaties with a more formalised treaty is ongoing.
The risk of jihadist terrorist attacks is lower in Switzerland than in many other European countries such as Belgium, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. However, a low-capability attack by a lone actor or small cell inspired by non-state armed groups such as the Islamic State has become more likely over recent years. An anti-radicalisation plan and a new set of anti-terrorism measures are likely to bring about increased police powers. Generally, the most likely targets would be public transport, crowded public spaces, security forces, or international organisations, which are mostly based in Geneva.
Switzerland's overall crime levels are likely to remain low. However, organised crime groups, often originating from southeastern Europe, are likely to engage in illegal drug and arms trading, human trafficking, and migrant smuggling. Switzerland has one of the toughest legal systems in the world to fight money laundering, making such criminal activity less likely in the coming years. Cross-border crime affecting Geneva and other areas close to France also poses a continuous challenge to the Swiss authorities.
Interstate war risks are highly likely to remain negligible in Switzerland thanks to the country's friendly diplomatic and economic relations with most European countries and many other states around the world. Switzerland is an internally stable country overall that follows the principle of neutrality and faces no external aggression that could lead to war. As a result, the likelihood of a war on Swiss soil will remain very low. Switzerland's armed forces do not engage in conflicts in other countries, but they do participate in international peacekeeping missions.
Vaccinations required to enter the country
No vaccinations are required to enter the country.
Hepatitis B: A vaccine is available for children at least two months old.
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Polio: A booster shot should be administered if necessary (once every ten years).
Tick-Borne Encephalitis: For stays in rural zones and for hiking enthusiasts (for children over the age of one).
For Children: All standard childhood immunizations should be up-to-date. In the case of a long stay, the BCG vaccine is recommended for children over one month and the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine for children over nine months.
Mountain accidents are regularly reported and there is a risk of avalanches in mountainous areas year round. Between October 1, 2016, and September 30, 2017, seven people were killed in avalanche accidents. Most Western governments advise travelers to purchase search-and-rescue insurance.
Drivers are required to purchase and display a CHF 40 (EUR 25) vignette (sticker) before driving on the country's highways. The vignettes are available for purchase at most border crossing points, gas stations, Swiss Post offices, by phone (+800 1002 0030), and online.
Public transportation - trains, buses, and trams - are of the highest quality.
Switzerland is a mountainous country whose climate is semi-continental with oceanic and sometimes Mediterranean influences. Winters are very cold and summers hot. It rains regularly throughout the year. Temperatures tend to be lower at higher elevations while the north of the country, which has lower elevations, experiences higher temperatures and hotter summers.
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