Security / Health / Insurance

Switzerland has one of the lowest crime rates of all industrialized countries. But it is always wise to keep an eye on wallets and luggage in busy areas. Drinking and eating-out is hygienic and the tap water is safe.

It's no surprise that the water of the Oeschinensee coming out of the taps in Switzerland should be of drinking quality, but there aren't many countries where you can drink the water in the city fountains. In general, if it doesn't say you can't, you can. So there's no need to buy bottled water, but if you like it, Switzerland is rich in mineral springs, bottled by local companies. Still or sparkling, it's purely a matter of taste which one you choose.

Immunization for contagious diseases is only required if the traveler has been in an infected area within 14 days preceding arrival in Switzerland. Personal travel insurance is strongly recommended, including coverage of personal accident, sickness, loss or damage to luggage and personal effects and cancellation charges.