Swiss authorities have announced that unvaccinated and non-recovered travelers arriving in Switzerland are required to submit a negative test that is taken prior to arrival and another, which is taken four to seven days upon arrival in the country, starting Monday, September 20.
The decision was made in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 as the fall holiday season approaches, TheSchengen.com reports.
“Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not recovered must present a negative test result (antigen or PCR) upon entry into Switzerland, regardless of where they are traveling from or by means of transport they enter the country.” A version issued by the notes of the Federal Council.
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Furthermore, regardless of vaccination status, all travelers arriving in Switzerland must complete the SwissPLF form, which is a passenger locator form. The form allows authorities to locate travelers residing in the respective cantons and determine whether they have been tested on the fourth to seventh day upon their arrival, as required by law.
However, travelers who have been given one of the vaccines approved by Swiss medical authorities and who have tested positive for the virus in the last 30 days, as well as holders of an EU COVID-19 digital certificate, are allowed to enter the country without quarantine or testing requirements.
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Passengers transiting through Switzerland, drivers transporting people or goods, cross-border travelers and people entering border areas are also exempt from the test requirements. Children under 16 years of age are also excluded from the test requirements.
On the other hand, since August 4, the Swiss authorities have imposed stricter restrictions on travelers from India, Nepal and the United Kingdom due to them being regions concerned with the virus.
Furthermore, all travelers arriving in Switzerland from EU/Schengen area countries, and other countries on the EU list of epidemiologically safe countries, are allowed to enter the country. However, they must provide a valid vaccination or refund certificate or be willing to undergo the dual test requirements.
TheSchengen.com previously reported that Swiss authorities have ordered the COVID-19 passport to be a necessary document for people over 16, including tourists, to enter indoor facilities, including restaurants.
The decision set by the Federal Council was announced on September 8 and will be valid until January 24, 2022.
“A total of 10 million doses of vaccine were administered between late December and 15 September. In all, 53 percent of the entire population was vaccinated (two vaccines). A vaccination campaign targeting young people was launched through social media channels. The use of a vaccine was allowed Pfizer/BioNTech and the Moderna Vaccine on Adolescents 12 Years and Over”.
Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that two positive cases were reported in Switzerland in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of people infected with the Coronavirus to 817,472. Since the pandemic began, 10,553 deaths due to COVID-19 have been recorded in the country.