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Switzerland Permits Entry for Travellers From Risk Countries Who Have Recovered From COVID-19

Travelers from high-risk third countries who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 but have recovered from the virus in the past 180 days can now enter Switzerland without restrictions for non-essential travel purposes such as tourism.

The decision was taken on Friday, March 18th during a meeting of the Federal Council and came into force today on March 21st.

According to a press release issued by the council after the meeting, due to the development of the Corona virus pandemic into an epidemic situation, the number of severe cases decreased significantly, despite the high rates of infection with the Corona virus. Thus, the situation allows more people to enter Switzerland for non-essential purposes.

In addition to people who have been vaccinated, it is now also possible for recovered people to enter Switzerland from third countries – such as the USA, India or Serbia – for a short stay without a permit. The council announced in its press release that this applies primarily to entry for tourism purposes.

At the same time, at this meeting, the Federal Council decided to shorten the validity of COVIF-19 certificates for those who have recovered from the virus. Whereas previously, the certificate was recognized as valid for 270 days from the date the holder was diagnosed with COVID-19, now the certificate is valid for a shorter period of 180 days.

Announcing the move, the Council noted that since such certification is required for domestic purposes, the film does not in any way affect Swiss citizens.

“For entry into countries where a Swiss Covid certificate is recognized today (so-called ‘EU countries – DCC’), there is usually a maximum validity period of 180 days,” the council notes as well, focusing on travel to other countries that are part of the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate, Certificates validity has been 180 days for several months now.

Earlier on February 16, the council also canceled the obligation to quarantine on arrival in Switzerland for travelers from countries with a higher rate of COVID-19 infection.

Among the sectors worst affected by the pandemic in Switzerland is tourism, mainly due to travel restrictions imposed by the authorities in an attempt to control the spread of the virus. However, despite the decline in the number of tourists from outside the country, the data shows that Swiss hotels achieved record levels of domestic demand in 2021, with 21 million domestic nights registered during the year, up 27.9% from 2020 and 17%. More than at pre-pandemic levels.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of COVID-19 cases reported in the past seven days in Switzerland reached 155,398, 39 of which resulted in death.

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