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Re: Traveling to USA -- what covid test is required?

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Testing is required, quarrantine is recommended.
Fair enough.

As a non US citizen, I prefer to be on the safe side and wait for quarantine recommendation to be lifted (as it is unclear what happens if you decide not to follow the recommendation and, by any chance, you get sick after you landed!)
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Old 25.03.2021, 21:32
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If I understand the above correctly, Swiss citizens traveling from the US back to Switzerland no longer need to go into quarantine in Switzerland as of March 25. Can someone confirm this?
Keep in mind if a person arrived from the USA before March 25 (as I did), the quarantine requirement doesn't magically lift today.

It's the list that was in effect on the day the person arrives that applies. Therefore I get to quarantine because I arrived a few days too early, despite the fact the USA case rate was below the CH threshold when I arrived.
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Re: Traveling to USA -- what covid test is required?

Has anyone actually boarded a plane to the USA with only a Rapid Antigen test? The PCR is over 150 per person and the Antigen is free. I'd love to save the 600 bucks (we're four people) but am afraid to risk it.



As far as I can tell from the many places I contacted, a rapid antigen test should be valid for travel to the US. But most pharmacies and doctors seem to think a PCR is necessary. I wrote the embassy and specifically asked if the Rapid Antigen Test in Switzerland was valid and here is what they replied:



"Passengers must be tested with a viral test that could be either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT). Examples of available NAATs for SARS-CoV-2 include but are not restricted to reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP), transcription-mediated amplification (TMA), nicking enzyme amplification reaction (NEAR), and helicase-dependent amplification (HDA). The test used must be authorized for use by the relevant national authority for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in the country where the test is administered."


Anyone know?

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Re: Traveling to USA -- what covid test is required?

The quote you posted (I have also read many times) specifically names an antigen test as a possibility. On the United Airlines travel ready center, it says any antigen or molecular test. Therefore, a rapid antigen test that you get at a pharmacy or testing center will do the job. I plan on getting on a flight with that.

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Old 11.06.2021, 10:29
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Re: Traveling to USA -- what covid test is required?

When I was in Mexico all the Americans were getting antigen tests to go home.
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Old 11.06.2021, 10:42
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Re: Traveling to USA -- what covid test is required?

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The PCR is over 150 per person and the Antigen is free.
Its a lot cheaper, but hardly free. Are you mixing it up with a self test? Or the ones you get when you claim symptoms? The one with certificate for traveling is paid, typically 50-70 CHFs instead of the 150 for a PCR.
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Re: Traveling to USA -- what covid test is required?

I traveled to the USA in March with just an antigen test. The pharmacies/labs will ask several times, because they don't want you to take the "wrong" test and then "blame" them when it's not accepted.

The airline also asked for PCR, which took a bit of time to sort. I can't blame them too much. Passengers are traveling everywhere with different rules and it's hard to keep track. Many places require the PCR so that seems to be the default that is requested. I explained that the requirement was only for antigen for USA and showed them a printout from the CDC website along with my antigen test.

At one point, passengers even transiting via Amsterdam needed a PCR test but I'm not sure that's still the case.

It's probably wise to continue checking rules for transit airports as well as destination. The rules are constantly shifting.
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Re: Traveling to USA -- what covid test is required?

As a US citizen I travel to the US end of may, and just returned to Switzerland on monday. My experience:

The US only requires an Antigen test within 3 days of travel - I got a quick test from a provider Test-and-Go in Zurich. Quick and easy - and they even didn't charge me for the rapid test - even though it was for travel

Checkin was easy - I uploaded all documents to the United Airlines App - and all was approved automatically and was given my boarding pass in advance through the app. However! my United flight was cancled for mechanical and they moved me to a Swiss flight - where they manually checked my documents and I got a stamp on my boarding pass.

On they way back - the rules changed June 1st (I think that was the date) and since I was fully vaccinated I didn't need to submit any tests in order to come back. To get my boarding pass in the US I had to show the airlines my Residence permit, and my vaccination document.

Hope that helps - but I think everyone's situation depends on the airline.

It all went very smoothly - and on either side US or CH - there was no one checking documents on arrival.
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Re: Traveling to USA -- what covid test is required?

Interesting... Wife and I (both American) are traveling on Swiss BCN>ZRH>BOS in July and my assumption was that we needed the PCR test <3 days before arrival. Now I will have another look. Cheers!

PS - Maybe we need the PCR test to transit through CH? Still not clear after going through the BAG.CH site...

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As a US citizen I travel to the US end of may, and just returned to Switzerland on monday. My experience:

The US only requires an Antigen test within 3 days of travel - I got a quick test from a provider Test-and-Go in Zurich. Quick and easy - and they even didn't charge me for the rapid test - even though it was for travel

Checkin was easy - I uploaded all documents to the United Airlines App - and all was approved automatically and was given my boarding pass in advance through the app. However! my United flight was cancled for mechanical and they moved me to a Swiss flight - where they manually checked my documents and I got a stamp on my boarding pass.

On they way back - the rules changed June 1st (I think that was the date) and since I was fully vaccinated I didn't need to submit any tests in order to come back. To get my boarding pass in the US I had to show the airlines my Residence permit, and my vaccination document.

Hope that helps - but I think everyone's situation depends on the airline.

It all went very smoothly - and on either side US or CH - there was no one checking documents on arrival.

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Re: Traveling to USA -- what covid test is required?

We also traveled to the US recently (end May-June), and my husband and I got the free antigen test as proof (with report in English) from our local pharmacy. There were no problems at check-in regarding this.
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Its a lot cheaper, but hardly free. Are you mixing it up with a self test? Or the ones you get when you claim symptoms? The one with certificate for traveling is paid, typically 50-70 CHFs instead of the 150 for a PCR.
The rapid antigen test taken in pharmacies and which is sufficient for travel to many countries is free even for travel. All you have to lay for is the travel certificate which costs between 10 and 20 chf depending on where you get it done.
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Re: Traveling to USA -- what covid test is required?

Was checking on the web but could not find a suitable answer.

What is the latest on travel to USA for Swiss nationals? Are they allowed to travel after vaccination?
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Was checking on the web but could not find a suitable answer.

What is the latest on travel to USA for Swiss nationals? Are they allowed to travel after vaccination?
The rules have not yet changed. Vaccination won't help you and if you have been in Schengen area 14 days prior to entry to USA, you as a Swiss can't enter. Several exceptions though so keep searching through the rules.
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if you have been in Schengen area 14 days prior to entry to USA, you as a Swiss can't enter
What does this mean, as Switzerland is in the Schengen area?
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Re: Traveling to USA -- what covid test is required?

Travelling to the USA: My flights have been cancelled twice. I'm on my third one...it seems using Iceland as a layover is the best bet.
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Travelling to the USA: My flights have been cancelled twice. I'm on my third one...it seems using Iceland as a layover is the best bet.
Do you know what the reason was for your flight cancellations? It seems more people are traveling now, so if it was due to low demand that might not be the case anymore.
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Re: Traveling to USA -- what covid test is required?

Well, one reason is a global undersupply of pilots, in addition to the maintenance that was deferred during the pandemic. Planes are found to have mechanical glitches and have to be taken out of service. Pilots have been furloughed and now must undergo refresher courses. Don't know how much this has affected European carriers, but the US ones are cancelling flights all over.

https://www.flightglobal.com/strateg...141036.article
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What does this mean, as Switzerland is in the Schengen area?
Exactly, as that is what rule applies to them as it appears that they are Swiss living in Switzerland (European Schengen Area). There are other countries that the same 14-day rule applies (UK, China, Brazil,etc.,,..). If interested, you can see more details here: Travelers Prohibited from Entry to the United States
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Travelling to the USA: My flights have been cancelled twice. I'm on my third one...it seems using Iceland as a layover is the best bet.
Our flights (Reserved with United but flights are operated by SWISS) have been “rescheduled” twice. I’m not sure what changed as plane, carrier, departures and arrivals are the same, but obviously they’re going through internal shuffles if they’re sending us these emails.

On the flip side of the coin, is it looking like American tourism to Switzerland will be an option now?
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Travelling to the USA: My flights have been cancelled twice. I'm on my third one...it seems using Iceland as a layover is the best bet.
If you haven't tried them, try United. They kept flying throughout the pandemic from ZRH direct to the east coast. The flight attendants said they had so much cargo it was still worth it, and they could break even with only a handful of passengers.
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