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Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid

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This is wrong.

There was a time back in December when only Swiss residents could enter from the U.K.

Then it changed and anyone with EU zone freedom of movement could enter from U.K. and other Non-EU. Countries.

Then it changed again, and if the country was not on the at risk list, anyone can enter (risk list only Swiss & EU cit/res).
I stand corrected - weirdly they're still asking for residence permits at Heathrow as of last weekend so yeah this is no longer necessary. Must be a recent change as they were making people book alternative flights only a week or two earlier.

Seems UK is coming off the quarantine list from 25.3 as well which will make things a lot easier (other than PCR test requirements)

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Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid

Hi all,

Rather than start a brand new thread, I figured it would be better to post here.

I'm looking for confirmation on my current thinking regarding entry to Switzerland from the UK.

Obviously the UK has now been removed from the FOPH list mandating quarantine on arrival, however, I have noted that the UK is still not listed under Annex 1 of the SEM COVID Ordinance 3 as an exception for countries outside the Schengen area (here: https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...countries.html and also here: https://www.fedlex.admin.ch/eli/cc/2020/438/en#annex_1).

I assume this means that without a Schengen area passport or work permit or residency permit, entry to Switzerland is still not permitted? (or rather, boarding will be prevented).

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Hi all,

Rather than start a brand new thread, I figured it would be better to post here.

I'm looking for confirmation on my current thinking regarding entry to Switzerland from the UK.

Obviously the UK has now been removed from the FOPH list mandating quarantine on arrival, however, I have noted that the UK is still not listed under Annex 1 of the SEM COVID Ordinance 3 as an exception for countries outside the Schengen area (here: https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...countries.html and also here: https://www.fedlex.admin.ch/eli/cc/2020/438/en#annex_1).

I assume this means that without a Schengen area passport or work permit or residency permit, entry to Switzerland is still not permitted? (or rather, boarding will be prevented).

Thanks

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Switzerland has changed their rules several times and I think there’s still out of date info around. Now if you are travelling from a “non risk” country there are no restrictions other than a PCR test.

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...weigerung.html

“Can I enter Switzerland from a country not considered to be high-risk?

Yes, normal requirements apply to entry from these countries.”

.... Of course Boris won’t let you leave the country right now!
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Switzerland has changed their rules several times and I think there’s still out of date info around. Now if you are travelling from a “non risk” country there are no restrictions other than a PCR test.

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...weigerung.html

“Can I enter Switzerland from a country not considered to be high-risk?

Yes, normal requirements apply to entry from these countries.”

.... Of course Boris won’t let you leave the country right now!
Thankyou for the reply. I'm actually moving to Switzerland for work, contract signed and waiting on the permit application. My reasoning for wanting to travel is to look at some properties / areas since I'm due to start at the beginning of May.

I was planning on waiting until the permit was in-hand but it potentially leaves a very narrow window between landing, finding accommodation, registering and starting work. If I can get out before I'll feel much better about the entire situation.
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Switzerland has changed their rules several times and I think there’s still out of date info around. Now if you are travelling from a “non risk” country there are no restrictions other than a PCR test.

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...weigerung.html

“Can I enter Switzerland from a country not considered to be high-risk?

Yes, normal requirements apply to entry from these countries.”

.... Of course Boris won’t let you leave the country right now!
To ask a further question - Is the guidance posted above based on the FOPH list (where UK isn't high-risk) or the SEM COVID Ordinance where the UK is considered high-risk?
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and will insist you would have to fly to a Schengen country first.
Switzerland is in Schengen. ...but you mean fly to a different Schengen country and then travel overland I suppose? Or do you mean say fly to Paris and then Paris to Zurich?
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To ask a further question - Is the guidance posted above based on the FOPH list (where UK isn't high-risk) or the SEM COVID Ordinance where the UK is considered high-risk?
The UK is not high risk as of today

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...countries.html

Entry restrictions for high-risk countries

Current situation

Normal entry requirements apply to persons entering Switzerland from Schengen states, EU member states, certain small European states and certain states outside Europe.

For all other third-country citizens travelling directly from a high-risk country, entry restrictions apply when they enter Switzerland, for example for a holiday, visit or other reason. Persons who do not have rights of free movement will not be permitted to enter Switzerland from a high-risk country for stays of less than 90 days that do not require authorisation, other than in cases of special necessity.
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Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid

Ok, some clarity. Yesterday I emailed SEM for some clarification, the full response is at the bottom of this post. In summary:

Yesterday, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) removed the requirement for quarantine for travellers arriving from or having spent time in the last ten-days in the UK.

The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) has a separate list of countries to which entry to Switzerland is allowed from. As of 25th March 2021, this currently consists of Schengen states, plus:
  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Ireland
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Vatican / Holy See

Note that the UK is not presently included on this list, as such, it is still considered 'high-risk' and entry to Switzerland is not permitted on just a UK passport, you must also have a valid work or residency visa.

Copy of the email response, I've highlighted pertinent parts in bold, note that its been translated from French into English also:

Since 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom nationals and Northern Ireland are processed for entry into Switzerland as nationals of a third country exempted from the visa requirement, either for a stay short or long term. If they enter from a State at risk and wish to stay in our country for a short time (for example to spend a holiday there), entry into our country will in principle be refused. This also applies to family members. In addition, the United Kingdom appears on the list of countries at risk from the SEM.

[b]We draw your attention to the fact that the United Kingdom of Great Britain is on the list of countries at risk as provided for in Annex 1 of Ordinance 3 of June 19, 2020 on measures to combat the coronavirus (in short: ordinance 3 COVID-19, RS 818.101.24; cf. art. 3 paragraph 2 of the said ordinance for the definition of a country or a region at risk).[b]


Entry into Switzerland is thus refused to any person coming from this country for a stay not subject to authorization of a duration of three months at the most without aiming to exercise a gainful activity (art. 4 para. 1 ordinance 3 COVID-19), unless there is a reason of absolute necessity, within the meaning of art. 4 al. 2 Ordinance 3 COVID-19 and the SEM directive of February 12, 2021 relating to the implementation of the aforementioned COVID-19 ordinance 3 (ch. 1.5).

Any hardship request must be duly motivated and documented. This request must be filed with the competent Swiss representation based on the place of residence ( www.swiss-visa.ch ), even if the person is not subject to the visa requirement.

You will find all the necessary information, including the aforementioned ordinance and directive, on the home page of our website www.sem.admin.ch (blue square on the left of the home page). By clicking otherwise on the link "FAQ and assistance service of the SEM Entry restrictions" appearing in the pink square at the top of the home page of our website, then on "Entry" and on the questions "Can- I am entering Switzerland from a state on the list of countries at risk? "," Who is not affected by the entry ban into Switzerland? " and "When are we in the presence of a situation of absolute necessity (case of hardship)?", you will be directly informed about the notion of situation of absolute necessity and on the procedure to follow in such circumstances.


On the other hand, if you can avail yourself of a right to free movement of ALCP persons (cf. 1.7 of the following link https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/fr/home...reise/faq.html ), the usual entry conditions apply.

Finally, if however entry into Switzerland were to be authorized for you, we would like to point out that for any health issue in Switzerland (quarantine to be respected or exemption from said quarantine, entry form to be completed, presentation of a PCR test negative, etc.), it is your responsibility, before your departure, to contact the Federal Office of Public Health (OFSP), which has sole jurisdiction in the matter, through its website www.ofsp.admin.ch .
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Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid

Ask your airline, it will be them checking you eligibility on departure. In a situation where the rules are changing quickly different interpretations can be made. The airline is always going to be cautious as the fines for getting it wrong are huge.
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Ask your airline, it will be them checking you eligibility on departure. In a situation where the rules are changing quickly different interpretations can be made. The airline is always going to be cautious as the fines for getting it wrong are huge.
Ah yes, I also forgot to mention, I gave SWISS a quick call, they confirmed the need for permit / visa - this tallies up with other posts I've read on here regarding the need for them at check-in.

Looks like I'll have to sit tight until my permit arrives or SEM update their list and add the UK into the list of exceptions.

Thanks for everyone's replies.
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Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-ad...y-requirements

Yes you are right. The U.K. gov updated their page, due to quarantine and it confirms the same. I don’t know why the Swiss government make this info so hard to find for everyone.
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Re: Flying TO Switzerland in Light of Covid

IM - A little bit more information today and its not good news for standard UK travellers.

SEM have released the next version of Ordinance 3 (due to apply from 1st April 2021):

https://www.fedlex.admin.ch/eli/cc/2020/438/en

UK and USA have not been included on the list of 3rd country exceptions.
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Most stupid system ever. You’re not high risk - but you are
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Most stupid system ever. You’re not high risk - but you are
Everyone is high risk, everyone including Covid survivors; Adolescents and Children; vaccinatees; lagerlout tourists.
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