Arrivals from other territories are no longer obliged to follow strict entry rules when planning to visit Switzerland after the latter’s government decided to make the travel process easier and help the country recover from the damages caused by the Coronavirus.
According to the figures provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), a total of 2,653,056 people in Switzerland have tested positive for the virus while 12,553 people have died during the same period, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Despite such figures, authorities in Switzerland lifted the majority of their restrictions imposed to stop the further spread of the virus on February 17.
Such a decision was confirmed through a statement published by the Swiss Federal Council, which highlighted that travel rules would be eased starting from February 17.
“Health-related measures for persons entering the country are to be lifted. It will no longer be necessary to provide proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test or complete an entry form,” the announcement published by the Council noted.
In addition, authorities in the country decided to stop issuing COVID-19 documents that are valid only in the Swiss territory, which were imposed for domestic use.
However, EU-compatible Coronavirus documents will continue to be launched since some EU and Schengen Zone countries still oblige travellers to present such documents in order to be permitted to enter their countries.
Are Travellers Subject to Entry Rules When Planning to Travel to Switzerland?
The changes introduced by Switzerland’s government on February 17 mean that arrivals from other territories will no longer be obliged to follow the requirements below:
- Passengers are excluded from the requirement to fill in an entry form upon their entry, as it was required before,
- Passengers are no longer obliged to present valid proof which shows they have tested negative for the virus.
Previously, authorities in Switzerland obliged arrivals from other territories to present a negative result of the PCR test, not older than 72 hours, or a negative result of the antigen test, not older than 48 hours.
- Arrivals from other countries are no longer required to present a valid proof of vaccination in order to be permitted to enter Switzerland.
- The requirement for internationals to undergo mandatory quarantine upon their entry has also been abolished.
“There are no longer any public health measures at the border for people entering Switzerland from countries or regions without a variant of concern. These people no longer have to present evidence of vaccination, recovery or a negative test and no longer have to complete a SwissPLF. There are currently no countries on the list of countries with a variant of concern,” the statement published by the Federal Department of Home Affairs Switzerland notes.
The Swiss government also stressed that arrivals from countries considered a variant of concern in terms of the COVID-19 situation would be subject to stricter entry rules. However, at present, there are no territories considered as a variant of concern. Such a rule means that the changes mentioned above apply to all travellers who plan to visit the country.
Switzerland Also Facilitated the COVID-19 Rules for Its Nationals
As part of an effort to gradually get back to everyday life, authorities in Switzerland have also eased the COVID-19 rules for its nationals.
Citizens of Belgium are no longer required to wear face masks, only if they use public transport or in healthcare institutions.
In addition, the country’s citizens are also exempted from the requirement to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate when planning to access specific places such as bars, restaurants, cinemas and other similar places.