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New Swiss platform for drone pilots is now online

18.8.2021 - The FOCA has published the UAS.gate, a new platform for drone pilots. Drone pilots in Switzerland can register and obtain certificates on a voluntary basis. The service is free of charge until further notice. Registration and certificates are currently not accepted in other EU countries.

The FOCA introduces itself

Video "BAZL stellt sich vor"

The FOCA introduces itself

The Federal Office of Civil Aviation has produced a new short video to introduce itself and its employees.
The video and a small brochure were created by the mediamatic apprentices and summarise FOCA's organisational structure, its tasks and its activities.

Regulations for air travellers entering Switzerland


Entry requirements for people who have recovered or who have been vaccinated

From 26 June 2021, people who have recovered from Covid are exempt from the requirement to be tested and to provide contact details on arrival in Switzerland for a period of six months (vaccinated are exempt for twelve months). People under the age of 16 are also exempt. These exemptions do not apply to people arriving from regions with virus variants of concern, which are immune evasive.

NLR Report

NLR Review

NLR Report

The Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) conducted an external review on the safety supervision activities of the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA).
The NLR experts concluded that there are no systemic deficits or risks in the supervision of the FOCA that need to be addressed with immediate measures.

Press release of the General Secretariat of DETEC and NLR Report

European drone regulation


New information web portal on the European regulation on drones

A new section of the FOCA website introduces for information purposes the european legislation on drones.

The existing part of the website presenting Swiss national legislation, which is still in force, remains online and accessible.

The Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) is responsible for aviation development and the supervision of civil aviation activities in Switzerland. The FOCA is part of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) and is charged with ensuring that the high safety standards in civil aviation in Switzerland are maintained, and with pursuing a policy of sustainable development.


Drones and aircraft models

Regulation and up to date information

Sachplan Verkehr, Teil Infrastruktur Luftfahrt (SIL)

Sectoral Aviation Infrastructure Plan (SAIP)

The Sectoral Aviation Infrastructure Plan (SAIP) is the federal government's planning and coordination instrument for civil aviation.



Civil aviation statistics comprise data relating to airports and airlines.

Press releases

Note: Most Press releases are only available in German, French and Italian. Please check the FOCA homepage of these languages.  

Press Releases


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