Switzerland eases Covid entry rules

Skiers planning trips to Switzerland will find Covid entry rules relaxed from this weekend.

The Swiss government will no longer require pre-arrival testing for vaccinated travellers.

Travellers from the UK and many non-EU/Schengen countries can still not enter if they are not vaccinated.

Announcing amended rules on testing to enter Switzerland, the government said:From Saturday, 22 January, persons who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19 will no longer be required to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test before entering Switzerland.

“Persons who are not vaccinated or who have not recovered from Covid-19 will still have to take the tests to enter the country.

“However, due to limited testing capacity, travellers will no longer be required to take follow-up tests four to seven days after arriving.

“The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) will only have to be completed by those travelling to Switzerland by plane or on a long-distance bus service.”

Despite the relaxation or entry rules, the country is extending a working from home edict until the end of February and mask wearing in indoor settings plus limits on private gatherings until the end of March “in view of the strained situation in hospitals”.

The possible easing of measures will be discussed at a meeting on February 2.

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