Switzerland Removes Most COVID Measures

Good new for travel to Switzerland: As of Thursday, February 17, most COVID-19-related measures within the country have been lifted thanks to the sharp decline in cases.

According to Switzerland Tourism, the following mandates are no longer in place:

  • Mask wearing in shops and restaurants, as well as other public settings is no longer mandatory. (Exceptions remain for public transport and hospitals).
  • No more access restrictions regulated by electronic COVID certificates to facilities such as cinemas, theaters, restaurants and events. Guests from the U.S. and Canada are therefore no longer required to apply for a Swiss COVID certificate.
  • A Passenger Locator Form (PLF) will no longer be required when entering Switzerland.
  • No COVID tests are required when entering Switzerland.

Note, however, that guests from both the U.S. and Canada must be fully vaccinated to be allowed entry to Switzerland. It is not possible to enter Switzerland if not vaccinated or based on a recovered status. To be considered fully vaccinated, you must have received your vaccine (booster or second shot) within 270 days of arrival in Switzerland. Switzerland will accept any vaccine that has been administered in full in accordance with its Federal Office of Public Health, or has been authorized by World Health Organization Emergency Use list or the European Medicines Agency for the European Union.

According to The New York Times, Switzerland has seen a 44 percent drop in average daily cases over the last 14 days. The country is also 69 percent fully vaccinated.

For the latest information, visit travelcheck.admin.ch.

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