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Switzerland Lifts Quarantine Obligation for All Travellers, Imposes Stricter Testing Requirements

The Swiss Federal Council has decided to amend the rules for entering Switzerland amid the coronavirus pandemic, among other things, by lifting the obligation to quarantine all travelers, but at the same time tightening the rules for testing.

The council confirmed in a press release issued on Friday, December 3 that as of the following day, Saturday, there will be no countries on the quarantine list.

“In order to continue to prevent the new Omicron variant from entering the country to the greatest extent possible, a stricter testing regime will now be applied to all arrivals to Switzerland. This test requirement also applies to those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from the disease,” the council notes in a statement. A journalist announces the decision.

It further explains that since quarantine is no longer mandatory, travelers will need to take a second test between the fourth and seventh day when they arrive in Switzerland. The test can be a PCR or a rapid antigen and has become mandatory to detect infected persons who tested negative in the first test.

The board also notes that travelers must cover the costs of the test themselves.

Third-country travelers who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and wish to enter Switzerland for a short-term stay will be refused entry. Only those who show evidence of work or hardship are exempt.

>> Traveling to Switzerland in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic: a complete guide

In an effort to further contain the spread of the Corona virus, in particular the spread of the newly discovered variant Omicron, the Council approved several other measures, besides restrictions on travel to Switzerland.

Among other things, the council agreed to extend the requirement for proof of immunity, which means that people in the country remain obligated to provide evidence of vaccination, recovery or negative COVID-19 test results in order to attend indoor venues at all public events, such as as well as amateur sports and cultural activities. .

“The current exemption for fixed groups of less than 30 people has been rescinded. Certification requirements will now apply to outdoor events of more than 300 people. The board has agreed that the limit so far has been 1,000 people.

At the same time, it was decided that from now on, rapid antigen tests will only be valid for 24 hours and not for 48 hours as before. In contrast, PCR tests are valid for 72 hours.

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