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Old 25.06.2014, 04:58
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Health Check within 72hrs of arrival advice

Hi Everyone,

Does anyone know which countries must complete the health check within 72hrs of arrival?

I have googled and can come up with the countries that DO NOT need the health check, so therefore am I to presume that all others then will need a health check?

4 will arrive on a UK passport
1 will arrive on a NZ passport.

4 UK passport holders are part of the EU-25 countries so are exempt from a health check
1 NZ Passport holder will need the residence permit approved before arrival and is also exempt from the health check (we're currently applying for her UK passport but unsure how long it'll take).

HOWEVER, we're all currently residents of PNG. So, will we need a health check or does it go off passport rather than previous residency status?

Any advice gratefully received and also the associated costs of 2 x adults/3 x children's health check. I read that Zurich-Kloten airport has a small clinic so you can do it there if it's not a weekend/out of hours/public holiday. Is it worth doing it there for ease, or do they charge an absolute premium and it's worth getting it done somewhere else?

Thanks in advance
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Old 25.06.2014, 05:26
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Re: Health Check within 72hrs of arrival advice

A long while ago when I arrived at Kloten, everyone had to take a health check within 24 hours of arrival, if you went there a day later there was a Sfr 20-- fine. The actual compulsory check was always free of charge and used to be just a chest X-Ray, which was very quick, in and out in 10 minutes (Take your passports).

When you arrive at immigration ask the officer in the cubicle at the airport. He will know the exact requirements. If there are any you would need the proof you had been checked when you apply for the residence permit.

The stupid thing was that only employees were tested, the family never, until they took a job...
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Re: Health Check within 72hrs of arrival advice

Have never ever heard of health checks in a civilised country, no matter where one comes from. That doesn't apply to Hungary for instance, where all foreigners must do their health check within a year from arrival (such a joke).
Sorry OP, you might have to do it though, I have no idea and don't want to disinform you.
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Old 25.06.2014, 08:26
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Re: Health Check within 72hrs of arrival advice

I can´t help you with the question if you have to do a health check. But if there is one, there is a clinic at the airport that in principle is open 24 hrs a day (airport medical center).
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Re: Health Check within 72hrs of arrival advice

Thanks everyone. We'll see on arrival
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Re: Health Check within 72hrs of arrival advice

Never heard of this!
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Re: Health Check within 72hrs of arrival advice

So is this necessary? Did you do it at the airport? In the only place I've read it was in the book Living and Working in Switzerland 14th Edition. I am Japanese by the way.
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Re: Health Check within 72hrs of arrival advice

I would expect coming from Papua New Guinea that you are talking about a check/screen for tuberculosis and possibly one of a few other tropical illnesses.

The systems here are extremely organised, i would suggest speaking to the Swiss consulate general for PNG to clarify, and as said, you can present yourselves on arrival to the passport control, and I would expect they know what is required.

It may be wise to arrive during normal office hours monday-friday but as said the clinics in the airport and main train station, as well as the hospitals are all open on weekends...if that is where you would go - I suspect, however, that customs probably has their own doctor for this sort of thing...

Will be curious to hear how it goes...
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Re: Health Check within 72hrs of arrival advice

Just arrived to Zurich on Sunday, and since I came from Europe, I did not meet anybody (neither I looked for) an official guy to ask about it. So I did not do any health check.

Today I went to the Kreisbüro in Oerlikon and registered and I was never asked.

Caveat, I am Japanese. However In the exempted list, Japan was not included. So not sure if they still demand it. I did not ask. Just in case.
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