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Travelling to Switzerland: Rules & Restrictions Explained

Arrivals from other regions are no longer required to follow strict entry rules when planning to visit Switzerland, after the latter’s government decided to facilitate travel and help the country recover from the damage caused by the Corona virus.

According to figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 2,653,056 people in Switzerland have tested positive for the virus while 12,553 people have died during the same period, reports.

Despite these numbers, authorities in Switzerland lifted the majority of restrictions imposed on it to stop the virus from spreading further on February 17.

This decision was confirmed by a statement published by the Swiss Federal Council, which highlighted that travel rules will be relaxed from 17 February.

“Procedures regarding the health of people entering the country will be lifted. The announcement published by the council indicated that it will no longer be necessary to provide evidence of vaccination, cure, negative test or complete the registration form.

In addition, the authorities in the country decided to stop issuing COVID-19 documents valid only on Swiss soil, which were imposed for local use.

However, EU compliant coronavirus documents will continue to be released as some countries of the EU and Schengen area still require travelers to submit such documents in order to be allowed to enter their countries.

Are travelers subject to entry rules when planning travel to Switzerland?

Changes introduced by the Swiss government on February 17 mean that arrivals from other territories will not be obligated to follow the following requirements:

Passengers are excluded from the requirement to fill out an entry form upon entry, as was previously required, and passengers are no longer required to provide valid evidence showing that they have tested negative for the virus.

Previously, authorities in Switzerland required arrivals from other territories to submit a negative PCR test result, lasting no longer than 72 hours, or a negative antigen test result, no longer than 48 hours.

People from other countries are no longer required to provide valid proof of vaccination in order to be allowed to enter Switzerland. The requirement for foreigners to undergo mandatory quarantine upon entry has also been abolished.

“There are no longer any public health measures at the border for people entering Switzerland from countries or regions without any kind of concern. These people no longer have to provide proof of vaccination, cure or a negative test and they no longer have to complete SwissPLF,” the statement published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted. The Federal Interior of Switzerland notes that there are currently no countries on the list of countries with different concerns.

The Swiss government has also stressed that arrivals from countries that are a variable of concern in terms of the COVID-19 situation will be subject to stricter entry rules. However, at present, there are no territories that are considered a different type of concern. This rule means that the above changes apply to all travelers who are planning to visit the country.

Switzerland has also made COVID-19 laws easier for its citizens

As part of an effort to gradually return to daily life, authorities in Switzerland have also relaxed COVID-19 rules for its citizens.

Citizens of Belgium are no longer required to wear face masks, only if they are using public transport or in healthcare facilities.

In addition, citizens of the country are also exempt from the requirement to present a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 when planning to arrive at designated places such as bars, restaurants, cinemas and other similar places.

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