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Switzerland coronavirus travel restrictions

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The travel advice is Exercise a high degree of caution to Switzerland. Switzerland is Closed for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to Switzerland. Switzerland is part of Europe with main city at Bern. Its Developed country with a population of 8M people. The main currency is Swiss Franc. The languages spoken are German, French and Italian.
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๐Ÿšจ Travel Advice for Switzerland

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for travel
International travel to Switzerland is permitted for vaccinated travelers. This also applies to travel into Liechtenstein. There are exceptions for non-vaccinated citizens and those traveling for 'essential reasons'.
It is necessary to comply with requirements to ensure entry is allowed.

Exceptional travel

Exemptions to the border closure are in place for vaccinated travelers and essential reasons, including travel for family bereavement and essential medical treatment. Travel for tourism is not permitted unless fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19.
A full list of exemptions can be found at https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/sem/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html#-1871257744

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, with the use of an approved vaccine, are allowed to enter without an 'essential reason' and are exempt from testing requirements. The final dose must have been administered within 12 months.
Those with a COVID-19 certificate not recognized in Switzerland must have the date of vaccination and the type of vaccine used included in the document. Accepted vaccines can be found at https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#-440105700

EU Digital COVID Certificate

Travelers may provide their EU Digital Certificate in paper or digital format as proof of vaccination, negative test result, or previous recovery. Health documents provided this way will not require further verification on arrival.
Full details on the EU Digital Certificate, including how EU residents can access their certificate, can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/coronavirus-response/safe-covid-19-vaccines-europeans/eu-digital-covid-certificateen

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on departure. Alternatively, travelers can provide proof of a negative antigen test, taken within 48 hours of departure.
Travelers may instead provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. This will require proof of a positive PCR test, taken at least 11 days before travel and within 180 days, or a medical certificate confirming recovery.

Testing on arrival

A PCR or antigen test must be taken 4-7 days after arrival, the test result must be reported to cantonal authorities. Contact details can be found at https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#-1675462321

Additional documents required

An 'entry form' must be completed within 48 hours of arrival. The generated QR code must be presented on arrival. - Entry form
For more details Federal Office of Public Health, Switzerland

Government measures

Restrictions are gradually lifting, most facilities have re-opened, and small public events are allowed with adapted safety measures in place. Private social gatherings are currently limited to a maximum of 30 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. A COVID Certificate (EU Digital Certificate) as proof of vaccination, negative test result, or previous recovery may be required to access most facilities and establishments or attend large-scale events. Those without an EU Digital Certificate who have recovered or been vaccinated abroad may request a Swiss Covid Certificate at https://covidcertificate-form.admin.ch/foreign
Further information related to the COVID-19 response in Switzerland can be found at https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/massnahmen-des-bundes.html

Use of masks

Face masks are required in public spaces, enclosed spaces, on public transportation, and when social distancing cannot be respected.

Public transport

Public transportation is operating as usual.

Restaurants

Restaurants are open and indoor dining is only available to customers with a COVID Certificate. Customers may be required to provide their personal details for contact tracing purposes.

Bars

Bars are open and indoor dining is only available to customers with a COVID Certificate. Customers may be required to provide their personal details for contact tracing purposes.

Nightclubs

Nightclubs are open. Admission to events where customers can dance is only available to those with a COVID Certificate.

Shops

Shops and services are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

On return

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19 issued in the departure country, or other selected countries, are exempt from pre-departure testing, post-arrival testing on day 8, and quarantine requirements. The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before departure.
Vaccinated travelers are still required to book a rapid lateral flow test or PCR test for day 2 after arrival and complete a passenger locator form. Travelers testing positive on the rapid lateral flow test will undergo PCR testing. Those who test positive on the PCR test will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.
Vaccination exemptions will only apply if the full dose and certificate were issued in the United Kingdom, Europe, United States, and other specific countries. A full list of authorized vaccines and issuing countries can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival at their own residence or accommodation, or the full duration of the trip if staying less than 10 days.
If traveling to England, travelers may apply for the 'Test to Release' scheme to be tested on the fifth day after arrival and be relieved from self-isolation early, if the result is negative. Those with a positive result will be required to self-isolate for another 10 days.
Further details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative nucleic acid test, such as a PCR, LAMP, or antigen test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on departure. This certificate must be in English, French, or Spanish.
Further information on tests such as the minimum standards accepted can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england#test-providers-and-type-of-test

Testing on arrival

Those traveling to England are required to purchase a 'COVID Testing Package' before departure, for 'Day 2 and day 8 tests'. These tests must be administered twice during isolation, on or before day 2 and on day 8.
Vaccinated travelers who meet the exemption criteria are only required to book a 'Day 2 test'.
Unvaccinated travelers staying for less than 10 days, and vaccinated travelers staying for less than 2 days, are still required to book the relevant testing package regardless of the duration of their stay. The tests only have to be taken if the travelers are still in England on the test dates.
Proof of purchase for this testing package must be provided on departure. This can be booked directly at https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ or a list of approved third-party test providers can be found at https://www.gov.uk/find-travel-test-provider

Travel restriction details for Switzerland

๐Ÿšซ Destination No quarantine
๐Ÿ›ฌ Return Quarantine required
๐Ÿ–๏ธ Some Visitors
๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
๐Ÿ›๏ธ Open shopping
๐ŸšŒ Operational transport
๐Ÿ“… events Partially Allowed

๐Ÿ”’ Lockdown Details for Switzerland

The latest measures in place in Switzerland are available at measures and ordinance https://bit.ly/3hI8vza
Masks must be worn in many public spaces, for example in shops, in restaurants, on public transport and in busy pedestrian zones. Further details can be found on the Masks page. The general rule of thumb applies: always wear a mask when you are away from home and unable to maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres from other people at all times.
Physical distancing of a minimum of 1.5 metres is required (if not possible: strong recommendation to wear a face mask).
From 19 April, events with spectators or audiences will be allowed at the following conditions:
-The maximum number of visitors will be limited to 100 people at outdoor venues โ€“ such as at football matches or open-air concerts โ€“ and 50 people indoors โ€“ such as at cinemas, theatres and concerts; -Furthermore, attendance will be limited to a third of the venueโ€™s maximum capacity; -There will be a seating requirement and masks must be worn at all times; -A distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained between visitors at all times, or a seat left free; -Food and drinks will not be allowed and there should be no intervals. -Other events involving up to 15 people will also be permitted in addition to the private gatherings and sporting and cultural activities already allowed. These include guided tours at museums, club gatherings or other leisure and recreational events. Mask-wearing and social distancing rules still apply.
As of 1 March 2021, all shops are open. There are no restrictions on opening hours for service businesses. However, there are limits on the number of customers allowed in shops and service businesses.
From 19 April, restaurants and bars will be able to reopen their outside seating areas.
-Customers must be seated and masks may only be removed to consume food and drinks; -A maximum of 4 people will be allowed per table and each personโ€™s contact details must be recorded; -Tables must be 1.5 metres apart or have a screen placed between them.
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๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ Travel safety for Switzerland

Exercise a high degree of caution

Switzerland has tightened COVID-19 restrictions. If you're 16 or older and haven't been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19, you must provide a negative test result (PCR or antigen) on arrival in country and four to seven days after arrival. A COVID certificate is needed to access indoor spaces such as restaurants, bars and museums. You must complete an entry form prior to arrival in Switzerland unless you have an exemption. We now advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Switzerland due to the impacts of COVID-19.
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