Switzerland: COVID test report no longer required for fully vaccinated, recovered travellers

Good news for those planning to travel to Switzerland. As per the news reports, Swiss authorities have announced that fully vaccinated and recovered people will not be required to present a COVID-19 test report to enter the nation. As per the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), those who have not recovered from COVID or are not vaccinated, will be required to take the tests to enter.

The Consulate General of Switzerland in Mumbai shared this information and stated that the updated order has come into effect from January 22, and those who have fully recovered from COVID or are fully vaccinated, will no longer be required to provide a negative PCR or Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) report before entering Switzerland.

Reports also have it that since there is limited testing capacity, those infected or unvaccinated travellers will no longer be required to take follow-up tests after arriving. Do note if PCR test report is required, it should not be older than 72 hours or the RAT should not be older than 24 hours on arrival. However, do note that the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) will be required to be completed by those travelling to Switzerland by a long-distance bus service or a plane.

As such, those who have not recovered from COVID or have not been vaccinated, will now need to present a negative or recovery report to enter this country. Apart from this, they will have to fill the PLF form online before arrival.

As per the reports, currently, there is no quarantine requirement when entering Switzerland. Anyone with a vaid Swiss residence permit or who has a Swiss passport, will be able to enter Switzerland at any time. However, they will have to abide by the health-related measures at the Swiss border.

Moreover, children under the age of 16, will not be required to undergo COVID-19 test. Also, certain categories of people will be exempted from this rule like those with medical emergencies or those who are transiting without stopping.

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