The Swiss Federal Council has revealed the abolition of the mandatory quarantine requirement that was previously imposed on travelers from the United Kingdom.
However, the same has declared that while self-isolation rules will no longer be effective, travelers will still be subject to strict entry rules, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to a press release from the Swiss Federal Council on December 3, the Swiss authorities have decided to apply stricter testing rules to all incoming travelers, including UK nationals, in order to prevent the further spread of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron that has already been detected within European continent.
“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,” the Swiss Federal Council said in a statement.
Accordingly, in line with the new rules, Britons are now subject to mandatory testing requirements upon arrival in Switzerland. This means that all people, even those who have been vaccinated or recovered from the virus, must submit a negative test in order to be allowed to enter Switzerland.
In addition, with the exception of taking a pre-entry test, travelers from the UK must take a second test between the fourth and seventh day when they arrive in Switzerland. The second test can be a PCR test or a rapid antigen test.
“This test requirement also applies to those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from the disease. In addition to having a PCR test before travel, a second test (a PCR test or a rapid antigen test) must be performed between the fourth and seventh day after arrival.”
As for unvaccinated travelers, the Swiss authorities have made it clear that they will be refused entry. Currently only a small group of people who fall under the Swiss exemption list are allowed to enter Switzerland without being subject to additional entry rules.
Aside from UK nationals, the same rules also apply to travelers from other countries.
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Furthermore, in order to protect the further spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the Board has also approved other measures.
The Board agreed to extend the requirement to provide evidence of immunity. This means that everyone will be required to provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test result taken recently to allow access to indoor venues and activities.
The same has also been announced that rapid antigen tests will now only be valid for 24 hours instead of 48 hours. On the other hand, the PCR test will continue to remain valid for 72 hours.
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