Welcome back! Switzerland now open to ALL

Welcome back! Switzerland now open to ALL

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If a trip to the land of spectacular lakes and mountains, charming wooden chalets and magnificent Alpine scenery sounds like something you would have been yearning for, you might want to get your passport out. It is now possible for all travellers to travel to Switzerland again, providing all visa requirements are met.

Switzerland becomes one of the few countries where all pandemic-related restrictions are no longer in place for visitors. Travellers from around the world are again able to visit Switzerland without Covid-imposed entry restrictions.

REVERTING TO FORMER ENTRY REGULATIONS

Switzerland, together with most of the countries in Europe had imposed entry restrictions and lengthy travel bans on nationals from countries that were deemed to pose increased health risks through liberal border controls.

Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Migration has decided to reinstate the country’s entry regulations which had been in place prior to the onset of the global pandemic, for international travellers.

EASING OF TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Switzerland began to ease pandemic-related entry restrictions on fully vaccinated travellers from outside of Europe earlier this year.

From late January Swiss authorities began allowing travellers who were fully vaccinated or who had proof of recovery from Covid-19 infections to enter Switzerland without being required to present COVID-19 test certificates when travelling to the country.

Non-vaccinated travellers were permitted to travel to Switzerland, but were subject to testing requirements.

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RETURN TO PRE-COVID REGULATIONS

Switzerland reverted to its former (pre-Covid) entry regulations on 2 May. Therefore unvaccinated, vaccinated and recovered individuals may once again enter Switzerland without the need for proof of vaccination. 

According to TravelNews, on 1 April Switzerland dropped the requirement for face masks to be worn in public spaces, at events, and on public transport on 1 April.


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