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Switzerland removes restrictions for nation and arriving travellers

The Swiss Federal Council has announced a major shift in their Covid-19 policy with most restrictions to be lifted throughout Switzerland from 17 February.

The Swiss Federal Council has announced a major shift in their Covid-19 policy with most restrictions to be lifted throughout Switzerland from 17 February.

While Australians have been able to travel to Switzerland for some time, the easing of restrictions opens up the nation to more freedom of movement and tourism options.

The easing of restrictions include:

  • No masks requirement in shops, restaurants, as well as in other public settings (facilities, venues and events)
  • No mask requirement in the workplace
  • No access restrictions to facilities and venues such as cinemas, theatres and restaurants, as well as events and no Swiss Covid Certificate needed
  • No permit requirement for large-scale events
  • No restrictions on private gatherings anymore

Mask duty remains for public transportation and health institutions until the end of March. If the epidemiological situation allows, the mask duty will end by April 1.

Border rules for travellers out of Australia remain unchanged

Switzerland Tourism. Image: Christian Perret
Switzerland Tourism: Christian Perret

Since Australia is still classed as a “risk country”, only fully vaccinated people (double vaccinated within the last 270 days) may enter Switzerland.

However, there is no need anymore to fill out the PFL (Passenger Locator Form) or to apply for the Swiss Covid Certificate.

What about testing?

As all travellers from Australia need to be vaccinated, there is no test needed before or upon arrival in Switzerland.

Many airlines however still require a PCR or RAT test, so verify with the respective airline beforehand.

For more information, visit www.myswitzerland.com/trade