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Brexit: passenger rights

United Kingdom

Brexit - changes to air passenger rights from 1.1.2021

As a result of the exit of the United Kingdom from the European union, changes in the passenger rights enter into force on first of January 2021. 

Please check this page for details.

Information to passengers: UK and South Africa

Passenger rights

Information to passengers: UK and South Africa

23.12.2020 - The restrictions on passenger flights from Switzerland to the UK and South Africa have been lifted. Passengers who have a flight booking can travel. The known protection and quarantine requirements apply. Flights from these two countries to Switzerland are subject to authorisation, and the transport of persons is subject to conditions. We ask passengers, especially those stranded in these countries, to consult the this page.

Information for airlines: UK and South Africa


Information for airlines and operaotrs on temporary derogation from flight ban for connections between Switzerland, the UK and South Africa

14.1.2020 - Temporary derogation from flight ban for connections between Switzerland, the UK and South Africa. For flights from the United Kingdom or South Africa to Switzerland, airlines and operators have to obtain prior approval by the FOCA.

Please check our new opening hours.

Integration of drone provisions postponed


Integration of European provisions on drones postponed

The integration of the new European provisions on drones into Swiss law has been postponed. Following the adoption of a motion by both chambers of parliament calling for the exclusion of traditional aeromodelling from the new EU provisions on drones, Switzerland must start negotiations with the EU. For this reason, Swiss law will continue to apply to drones and model aircraft until further notice.

Annual Safety Report 2019

Annual safety report 2019

Annual Safety Report 2019

This Annual Safety Report (ASR 2019) covers the safety projects that the FOCA pursued in 2019 and the incidents that occurred in Swiss civil aviation in the reporting year, by category, and describes how appropriate measures were implemented and the measures planned for the future.
Annual Safety Report 2019 (PDF, 2 MB, 19.08.2020)


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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Occurrence reporting