Switzerland has joined the list of European Union and Schengen area countries that have shortened the obligatory self-isolation obligation in recent weeks by cutting it from ten to five days.
The decision was made by the Swiss Federal Council at a meeting on Thursday, January 12, during which the Council also decided to shorten the validity of vaccination and recovery certificates from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 to 270 days.
The council announced a shortening of the duration of the quarantine, and indicated that in order for a person to leave the quarantine after five days, they must be symptom-free for at least 48 hours before that.
“Contact quarantine will be shortened to five days. Furthermore, quarantine should be limited to people who live in the same household with someone who has tested positive or who has been in close contact in other ways. The council notes in a press release that people who took the last dose are exempted.” Those who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 within the past four months.
The move to shorten the quarantine was taken based on an assessment by the Swiss health authorities that the interval between infection and transmission of the Omicron variant is shorter than the other variables.
At the same time, Switzerland moved to implement an EU commission decision taken on December 21, to shorten the validity of vaccination certificates from one year to 270 days upon completion of the initial vaccination.
“The Federal Council also plans to reduce the validity period of all forms of vaccination certificates from 365 to 270 days, thus ensuring that the certificate remains valid in the European Union,” the press release read.
The decision to shorten the validity of these certificates by the European Union Commission is based on guidance from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), according to which the primary protection against COVID-19 vaccination begins to wane after six months.
The validity of redemption certificates has also been reduced to 270 days.
According to other COVID-19 measures, which were introduced on December 17 last year, they will remain in effect until the end of March due to the tense situation in hospitals across the country, although the number of patients with Omicron requiring much less intensive care compared to those with the Delta formula , which prevailed last summer in Switzerland.
World Health Organization (WHO) data shows that Switzerland has reported 128,174 cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days, bringing the total number of cases recorded since the start of the pandemic to more than one and a half million.