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Third Country Nationals, Including Britons, Now Need to Convert Their COVID-19 Certificate Before Travelling to Switzerland

Swiss authorities have announced that the country will no longer recognize certificates of COVID-19 vaccination issued by countries outside the European Union and the Schengen area, including the UK’s NHS COVID-19 application.

As such, all those wishing to travel to Switzerland need to apply for a Swiss COVID certificate, and starting next week, vaccination certificates will not be accepted if they are not transferred, reports.

The electronic solution for transferring vaccination certificates issued in other countries has been in operation since October 19.

According to the official travel page in Switzerland, the Swiss Tourism Authority, travelers from the UK as well as all those without an EU digital COVID-19 certificate will be eligible for a Swiss COVID certificate as long as they have demonstrated that they have been fully vaccinated against the disease with one of the approved vaccines from Switzerland. EMA.

The Federal Council has also proposed allowing access to those who have been vaccinated with Sinopharm or Sinovac. However, a decision on this issue has not yet been made.

“In an effort to support the tourism sector and the economy, it is proposed that all tourists who have been vaccinated abroad with a WHO-approved vaccine only receive the Swiss certificate. This is currently the situation for Sinovac and Sinopharma vaccines,” said the council’s statement.

The same revealed that applicants are required to pay a fee of 30 Swiss francs (€28) to transfer their degree, which can then be transferred directly to the application.

Apart from fulfilling vaccination requirements, applicants from third countries are also required to provide information regarding their nationality and residential status, including a copy of their passport and identity card.

Furthermore, in the application form, each applicant must confirm their vaccination by including detailed descriptions such as the name of the vaccine, the number of doses received, the date the vaccine was last given, the institution that carried out the vaccination, as well as attach their current certificate.

Applicants must also provide a reason for their visit, duration, place of residence, and other proof of entry, such as a plane ticket.

All this information must be provided in German, French, Italian or English. Once the application process is complete, applicants will be able to receive their Swiss COVID certificate within five days. However, the authorities suggested that everyone apply for the document at least two weeks before traveling to Switzerland.

The COVID-19 passport has been made mandatory in Switzerland for everyone, including tourists, since September 13. Thus, only those who hold the document are allowed access to restaurants, bars, theaters, concerts, cinemas and other events.

>>Switzerland plans to extend COVID certification requirements until mid-November

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