Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has announced that fully vaccinated travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 coming from the UK, India and Nepal will no longer be subject to testing and self-isolation requirements.
The decision, which takes effect as of today, August 4, comes after the three countries were removed from Switzerland’s list of countries with a virus variant of concern, TheSchengen.com reports.
Based on the newly announced rules, people entering from the UK, India and Nepal by car, train, plane or bus are exempt from any coronavirus restrictions as long as they provide a certificate of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test result, or medical proof indicating that the holder has recovered from illness.
Those arriving in Switzerland by air transport, including children, are also required to fill out an entry form.
Vaccinated travelers entering from the United Kingdom, India, Nepal or any other country admitted into Switzerland are considered to be fully immunized if they have completed the vaccination with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organization (WHO).
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For those who plan to present a certificate of return upon entry, the Swiss authorities have noted that such a document is valid from the eleventh day after receiving a positive result of the coronavirus test. In addition, the Certificate of Recovery is valid in Switzerland for 180 days.
People who are traveling by plane or from a different region of the virus and are unable to provide a certificate of vaccination or recovery can submit a negative COVID-19 test result. It was emphasized that the PCR test result must be done within 72 hours prior to entry, while the rapid antigen test must be obtained within 48 hours prior to arrival.
Are you not fully immunized or unable to prove that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months? In the following cases, you will have to provide evidence of a negative PCR test (no later than 72 hours) or a rapid antigen test (no more than 48 years old) hour,” FOPH noted.
Children under 16 years of age are exempt from the test requirements.
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