What else do I need to know when travelling to Switzerland?
Visa: if you’re a British citizen with a valid passport, then you won’t need a visa to travel to Switzerland.
Currency: the Swiss Franc is the national currency in Switzerland
Language: Switzerland has four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh. What language you hear will depend on which border you’re closest to. For example, if you’re visiting the west Switzerland, you’ll hear more French. When you’re closer to the southern border, you’ll hear more Italian.
Transport: if you plan to travel around Switzerland by train, consider getting a Swiss Rail pass, which can be more cost effective then getting individual tickets.
EHIC: A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)** gives you access to state-provided healthcare that may be necessary while you’re on holiday on the same terms as a local. However, it’s not a replacement for travel insurance and it won’t cover you for treatment at a private hospital. If you need medical attention, go to a state medical facility first and tell your insurance provider. They will give you advice on what additional private treatment might be covered by your policy. You can get an EHIC card free via the NHS.
**UK residents can use an EHIC card during the Brexit negotiations and until the UK leaves the EU. The UK Government has proposed a similar scheme to the EHIC in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. However, this is subject to EU countries agreeing to that proposal.