Starting in the early hours of Monday, September 27, travelers from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brunei, Japan and Serbia will be subject to new entry restrictions upon arrival in Switzerland.
The change in entry rules for arrivals from these countries comes after the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) moved to drop these six countries from the list of safe countries and regions and include them in the list of high-risk areas, after an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in their territories.
In contrast, Uruguay is now included in the list of safe zones, and visitors from that country can enter Switzerland under the soft rules, starting next Monday.
According to a press release from the Swiss Federal Council, which announced several changes to the country’s COVID-19 measures, foreign nationals coming from a country listed as high risk, particularly tourists, cannot enter Switzerland if they do not have proof of vaccination. With one of the vaccines recognized in Switzerland as proof of travel.
“People with a valid Swiss passport or residence permit can enter Switzerland from any country at any time. All people entering Switzerland must submit an entry form. In addition, all people who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered must submit a result Negative test,” the board notes.
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Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that on September 13, Switzerland imposed a COVID-19 passport requirement for those who wish to attend inland areas, such as restaurants, cafeterias, etc. It has also been reported that those vaccinated in third countries will have to be tested every three days to be able to attend indoor dining venues in Switzerland.
However, the Council has announced that now, all people vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), including those in third countries, will be able to apply for a Swiss COVID certificate
“This means that tourists can also participate in social activities here,” the press release notes.
Those who have recovered from the coronavirus in the past six months will also be eligible to receive the document.
Those who have been vaccinated with vaccines other than those approved by the EMA will only be able to obtain a Swiss certificate if they reside in Switzerland, and the vaccine with which they have been vaccinated is approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Demand for COVID-19 tests for COVID certificates has surged since September 10, resulting in additional costs of about CHF160 million for the federal government. As the government has expanded free testing for those vaccinated with only the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, it is estimated that through the end of November, the same will cost an additional CHF120 million.
The number of coronavirus cases in Switzerland detected per day has recently decreased. So far, the country, with a population of 8.545 million, has recorded 828,336 cases of COVID-19 and 10,592 deaths from the virus.