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Entry requirements to Switzerland from the UK

Switzerland will permit fully-vaccinated travellers from the UK to enter Switzerland starting Saturday, January 22nd, without the need for proof of a negative antigen test or PCR.

Travellers who have recently recovered from the virus can also enter the country without the need to show a negative pre-departure screening.

Only those who are fully vaccinated and have recovered from Covid-19 need to:

  • Show proof of vaccinations or recovery
  • If they travel by long-distance bus or plane, please complete the SwissPLF passenger locator form.

Unvaccinated UK travellers who have not recovered from the disease or aren’t updated with their vaccinations will be subject to an entry ban.

Unvaccinated persons or those who have not recovered from Covid-19 must still take a pre-travel antigen or PCR test. They will not be required to undergo a Covid test for up to seven days following arrival.

They should:

  • If they travel by long-distance bus or plane, please complete the passenger locator form (SwissPLF).
  • Present proof of a negative pre-departure test (rapid antibody test done within 24 hours, or PCR test performed within 72 hours before entry).

Children below 16 years old do not need to take any tests.

Swiss National Covid Restrictions Extended

Travel restrictions have been relaxed, allowing more UK tourists to experience the Swiss slopes. Travellers should be aware of the ongoing Swiss national measures to stop coronavirus spread.

The Switzerland Federal Council released a statement on January 19th that stated: “The requirement for working from home will remain in effect until February and the rules regarding contact quarantine.”

“The ‘2G+’ and 2G+’ rules for indoor settings, extended mask requirements in indoor settings, and the ‘3G’ rule for outdoor events exceeding 300 people will be in effect until March 31st.

“2G” refers to vaccination status. This means that the person must have been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid. “2G Plus” means that they must have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid and may also have a negative test results certificate.

“3G” means that they must have been vaccinated, recovered from Covid, or have passed a negative test.

According to the Federal Council, its decision was based on “a strained situation at hospitals”.

In line with EU policy, the Council states that it will reduce the validity of Covid-19 certificates as proof of vaccination or recovery to Covid-19 by 270 days starting at the end of January.

A vaccination certificate is not valid if the booster shot or last dose of vaccine was administered within the past 270 days (or 9 months).

This measure will apply not just to Switzerland but to all EU countries. This requirement will not apply to travellers from the UK.

According to the World Health Organisation, Switzerland experienced a record 69% week-on-week increase in confirmed Covid cases during January. Over 180,000 Covid cases have been confirmed in Switzerland.

The current restrictions for UK travellers

Up to January 22nd, UK travellers who have been fully vaccinated and have had treatment for Covid-19 can still travel.

  • Show proof of valid proof that you have been vaccinated or received a recovery.
  • If they travel by long-distance bus or plane, please complete the passenger locator form (SwissPLF).
  • You must show evidence of a negative pre-departure test (rapid Antigen Test completed within 24 hours OR PCR Test completed within 72 hours before entry).

UK travellers who have not been vaccinated and have not fully recovered from Covid-19 are required to:

  • If they travel by long-distance bus or plane, please complete the passenger locator form (SwissPLF).
  • You must show evidence of a negative pre-departure test (rapid Antigen Test completed within 24 hours OR PCR Test completed within 72 hours before entry).
  • A second test (rapid antigen, PCR) must be completed within four to seven days of arrival. The results must be sent to relevant cantonal offices.

Children below 16 years old do not need to take any tests.

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