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Switzerland: Travellers From Third-Countries Can Now Apply for Swiss COVID-19 Certificate

Swiss authorities have announced that third-country nationals coming from countries outside the EU/Schengen area can now apply for a Swiss COVID-19 certificate.

However, to be eligible for such a document, applicants must demonstrate that they have been immunized against COVID-19 with one of the vaccines approved for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – AstraZeneca and Pfizer / reports BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson and

“The national and electronic solution for converting foreign vaccination certificates (EMA vaccines) to the Swiss Covid certificate has been in operation since October 19, 2021,” said the Swiss Tourism Authority’s statement.

Except to meet the vaccination requirements, applicants from third countries must also provide all of the following information to complete the transfer of their vaccination passport:

Nationality or residence status, including a copy of the passport and identity card Confirmation of vaccination, including detailed description (name of the vaccine, number of vaccine doses received, institution that carried out the vaccination, date of the last vaccine dose, attach the existing certificate) Reason for visit, duration and place of residence While you are in Switzerland Proof of entry to Switzerland, such as a plane ticket or an overnight reservation

Furthermore, it is noted that all required documents must be submitted in either German, French, Italian or English. Documents submitted in other languages ​​are not accepted.

According to the data provided by the official page of Tourism in Switzerland, applicants are required to pay 30 Swiss francs (28 euros) to transfer their certificate, which can be downloaded or transferred directly to the COVID-19 certificate application.

Once the application process is complete, applicants will have to wait up to five days before receiving their Swiss COVID certificate.

In addition, it was emphasized that as a temporary solution, until Sunday, October 24, all human-readable certificates will remain valid for access to the interior. However, starting Monday, October 25, this solution will no longer be implemented.

“All human-readable certificates (including personal information, vaccine, country of vaccination and date of vaccination, in certified Swiss, English or Spanish national languages ​​or translated into these languages) are still valid for indoor access until October 24, 2021. This is a solution Temporary. Effective Monday, October 25, 2021, this temporary solution will no longer apply.”

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With regard to travelers from third countries who have been vaccinated against the disease with vaccines not approved by the EMA, the authorities have clarified that they are still not allowed access to inland places as they do not currently have the option to transfer their certificate.

Previously, Swiss authorities announced that the country would no longer offer free COVID-19 tests to those who had not been fully vaccinated, including travelers. Only those under 16 who have been partially vaccinated will continue to benefit from the free test until the end of October.

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