Switzerland Travel Update: Switzerland relaxed all Covid-related entry rules

Switzerland Travel Update: Switzerland relaxed all Covid-related entry rules

Switzerland is the most recent European country to announce the removal of travel restrictions.

As of 17 February, Switzerland relaxed all Covid-related entry rules. 

“It will no longer be necessary to provide proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test or complete an entry form”

Swiss government announcement

There are currently no countries on the ‘virus variant of concern’ list, although this may change if another mutation is detected. 

In this case, entry rules may again be reinstated which includes outright bans or requiring evidence of vaccination and/or tests, with these sometimes coming into effect at short notice.

Switzerland joins a growing group of European countries scrapping nearly all pandemic-related restrictions, including Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. 

Swiss Covid Certificate

As the Swiss government removed the Covid certificate requirement, this means that you no longer need to prove your vaccination status in restaurants, bars, and events in Switzerland. 

Keep in mind however that other countries may require a Covid certificate. Thus, EU-compatible COVID certificates will continue to be issued since several EU, and Schengen Area countries still require such certificates for entry into their territory.

The relaxed entry rules only pertain to Covid border measures. Other restrictions on entering Switzerland such as the requirement to be granted a visa or due to specific bans placed on individuals and nationalities, will remain in place. 

Covid Measures Within Switzerland

Masks will no longer be required in shops, supermarkets, and the workplace, while they will continue to be required in public transport and when visiting health care facilities until the end of March.

The government said this will be maintained in the meantime, but may be relaxed in the future as the situation allows it. 

Another measure that will remain in place is the isolation requirement for those who have tested positive. 

Anyone who has tested positive in Switzerland is required to isolate for five days. 

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