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Updated on 20.12.2021
New rules when entering Switzerland and tighter restrictions:
Switzerland: From 4 December, Switzerland has removed all countries from its quarantine list. This means that entry into Switzerland will be possible without having to quarantine. Instead, there will be a stricter testing regime in place.
All travellers are required to check the current travel and entry conditions on the Federal Travel Check website.
Vaccinated and recovered travellers will have to present a negative PCR test before entry. They will have to carry out another PCR test or rapid antigen test between the 4th and 7th day after entry. The test result needs to be reported to the Cantonal authorities. Please note that no second test is required up to 7 days / 6 nights but a second test (PCR or antigen) is required from 8 days / 7 nights stay in Switzerland.
From 20 December, in addition to PCR tests taken within the previous 72 hours, rapid antigen tests taken within the previous 24 hours will also be accepted for entering Switzerland. The requirement to take a second test 4 to 7 days after entering the country will be waived for persons who are vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19. More information can be found here.
Every traveller must continue to complete an entry form with their contact details (Swiss PLF). This can be done online or on paper. Children up to 16 can be included in their parents’ form. The testing requirement applies to all arrivals aged 16 or over.
Further details can be found in the media release from the Swiss Federal Council.
Please have a look at the following links for more information:
- Information for travellers from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health
- How to get a COVID-19 PCR test while in Switzerland
- FAQ on entry and stay in Switzerland
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The Swiss tourism industry had launched a ‘Clean & Safe’ campaign back in 2020. A Switzerland Tourism initiative that is part of its ‘Recovery Plan’, the campaign consists of an information platform and a ‘Clean & Safe’ label, which signifies to guests that the tourism service providers have made a conscious commitment to comply with the protection guidelines.
The campaign aims to strengthen guests’ confidence when travelling around Switzerland while assuring them that Switzerland is indeed a safe and clean destination. More details and insights into the concrete measures taken can be found here.