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Latest news: Switzerland has waived all entry requirements related to Covid-19. This means no testing, quarantine or vaccination is required. Stay tuned for full news updates.
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The Swiss government lifted almost all restrictions on the pandemic at midnight today, as the country believes they over the worst pandemics as the number of hospitalizations decreases.
Swiss President Ignacio Cassis told a news conference: “Switzerland is taking a decisive and important step towards normalcy.”
“The virus is there. We are learning to live with the virus, ”he added.
On Wednesday, the Swiss government wrote: “Due to the high level of immunity among the population, it is unlikely that the health care system will be overloaded, despite the long high level of virus circulation.”
“For the Federal Council, this means that the conditions have been created for the rapid normalization of social and economic life.”
New restrictions on entry into Switzerland
It is now easy for travelers to enter Switzerland on holiday in 2022.
Tourists no longer need to take a negative PCR test before traveling, and travelers no longer need to fill out a passenger locator form. As a result, millions of fully vaccinated Americans could enter Switzerland no worries.
Travelers can enter Switzerland if they meet one of the following criteria:
- citizens of Switzerland
- Holders of residence rights in Switzerland
- Holders of rights of free movement (EU / EFTA citizens)
- Fully vaccinated persons (last vaccination within 270 days before entry)
- Children under the age of 18 traveling with a fully vaccinated adult caregiver
- Cases of special necessity
Switzerland receives the following doses for entry:
- Pfizer / BioNTech (BNT162b2 / Comirnaty® / Tozinameran)
- Moderna (mRNA-1273 / Spikevax / vaccine against COVID-19 Moderna)
- AstraZeneca (AZD1222 Vaxzevria® / Covishield ()
- Jansen / Johnson and Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
- Sinopharm / BIBP (SARS-CoV-2 vaccine (Vero Cell))
- Sinovac (CoronaVac)
- Novavax (NVX-CoV2373 / Nuvaxovid ™ / CovovaxTM)
Unvaccinated travelers cannot enter Switzerland unless the Swiss government releases them.
New domestic restrictions in Switzerland
In addition, Switzerland has removed her vaccine passport from home life. Travelers will no longer need a vaccinated passport to enter major events, bars, cinemas, restaurants, domestic tourist attractions, etc.
Previously unvaccinated travelers had to present proof of recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test for COVID-19 to enter most indoor venues. The vaccine passport was a disappointment for American tourists because they had to go through a process to get it.
Switzerland too removing from his mandate mask from most aspects of life. Travelers will only need to wear masks on public transportation or at healthcare facilities across the country.
In response to the observance of the mandate of the mask in public transport, the President of Switzerland said: “You can avoid shopping, for example, through online shopping or adjusting the time when you go shopping. This does not happen in public transport. ”
Switzerland will also lift all restrictions on private meetings and require permission for large-scale events.
However, unlike some EU countries, Switzerland will retain the requirement for self-isolation if they get a positive result on COVID-19.
Travelers will need to isolate themselves for five days if they get a positive result on COVID-19. The President of Switzerland suggested: “Any person who has had a positive test is highly contagious in the short term … In this way, the most contagious people can be excluded from circulation.”
The situation with COVID-19 in Switzerland
Switzerland currently has the highest number of cases, despite a decline in recent weeks. The average number of cases in 7 days is 19,846. More than 69% of the Swiss population fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The discovery of Europe
Travelers have witnessed the greatest relaxation of entry rules in Europe since the start of COVID-19. Most European countries, including England, Spain, France, Greece, Portugal, Croatia and Germany, do not require testing for fully vaccinated tourists.
Although there are still months until the summer of 2022, perhaps we are finally seeing Europe return once and for all to normal travel.
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