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Switzerland Introduces Entry Quarantine for UK Nationals Due to New COVID-19 Virus Variant

Swiss authorities introduced a quarantine for entry to UK citizens after reports of the novel coronavirus variant, now called Omicron, which has already been detected in many countries of the world.

The decision took effect last week and includes travelers from the UK who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In order to qualify for entry into Swiss soil, Britons are required to provide proof of full vaccination, take a pre-arrival COVID test and undergo a ten-day quarantine, reports.

“From November 27, travelers arriving in Switzerland from the UK who wish to travel to another country will need to quarantine in Switzerland for ten days. The UK’s official coronavirus information website explains that there is no quarantine requirement for those traveling to Air side transit at the airport.

Non-vaccinated travelers can only enter the country if they are Swiss, Liechtenstein, European Union, European Free Trade Association and other residence permit holders. Travelers who have not been fully vaccinated and who do not meet one of the exemptions described above are not eligible to enter Switzerland.

Previously, the Spanish government had tightened entry rules for Britons of similar concerns by barring them from entering the country by only providing a COVID-19 test on arrival. According to Spanish health representatives, this medical evidence is not sufficient evidence to grant Britons admission.

Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the UK over the past seven days was 299,581 positive, with 874 deaths reported during the same time frame.

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In addition, for a person to be considered fully vaccinated in Switzerland, they must be vaccinated with the following injections:

Pfizer / BioNTech Moderna AstraZeneca Janssen / Johnson & Johnson Sinopharm / BIBP Sinovac COVAXIN

Furthermore, all holders of EU COVID-19 digital certificates and other documents recognized as equally valid for EUDCC, coming from the following countries are eligible for entry into Swiss territory:

Albania Andorra Armenia Faroe Islands Georgia Vatican City Israel Moldova Monaco Morocco New Zealand North Macedonia Panama San Marino Serbia Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom

Data from the WHO also shows that over the past seven days, there have been 34,252 positive cases of COVID-19 in the UK, with 60 deaths reported during the same time. According to vaccination rates, Switzerland has provided at least 1,1667,889 doses of COVID vaccines so far, which represents 68 percent of the country’s fully vaccinated population.

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