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Covid certificate for non-EU tourists

So you know about the covid certificate, covid passport, green passport, or however you want to call it. And you have probably heard that, although it is not very useful at the moment in Switzerland, it is expected to become more important when new restrictions are put in place due to the rising corona cases.

My question, as the title suggests, has to do with non-european tourists. Is there any procedure by which they could obtain the certificate? As far as I'm aware, there isn't, as the process of validating vaccines admnistered abroad is managed by the cantons and they require some Swiss ID or proof of residence (at least ZH does).

Alternatively, if someone has their printed local proof of vaccination (presumably in english), but not the official Swiss Zertifikat, do you think business would accept it anyway? maybe someone with that experience can shime in .

I understand this isn't the greatest concern of the Swiss public right now, but it makes little sense to keep fully-vaccinated tourists out of restaurants or pubs just becase... well, beaurocracy? I don't see any other reason tbh. And then project this to the winter season and, well, you are leaving quite a bit of money on the table.

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Re: Covid certificate for non-EU tourists

Recall also that it has to be a vaccine recognised by Switzerland, which is an impediment for many.

Each Canton has a process for this. If non-resident, I would doubt it could be obtained but check with the relevant authority. At present, third country nationals can only enter if double vaccinated, so they must have already been through a process at the airport/border to recognise/prove this.

There's equivalence, in theory, with the EU certificate so that may be another route to look at.

Anyhow, they are not implementing the new measures today, so some additional time to reflect perhaps.
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There's equivalence, in theory, with the EU certificate so that may be another route to look at.
I can't speak for Switzerland, but I can say that in France, it is possible to be issued with an EU passport certificate by having your foreign vaccination registered with the French system. This can be done at a vaccination center or pharmacy, but not all pharmacies may be equipped to do this.

Having watched the process first-hand, I can say that registering an overseas vaccination is not straight-forward and might confuse the pharmacy the first few times they go through the process. Better to go to a larger pharmacy that deals with a lot of foreigners in hopes that they've already been through the "learning curve" with others.

In my case, it took about 15 minutes per certificate to register them in the French system, and there was no fee for the service.
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I can't speak for Switzerland, but I can say that in France, it is possible to be issued with an EU passport certificate by having your foreign vaccination registered with the French system. This can be done at a vaccination center or pharmacy, but not all pharmacies may be equipped to do this.

Having watched the process first-hand, I can say that registering an overseas vaccination is not straight-forward and might confuse the pharmacy the first few times they go through the process. Better to go to a larger pharmacy that deals with a lot of foreigners in hopes that they've already been through the "learning curve" with others.

In my case, it took about 15 minutes per certificate to register them in the French system, and there was no fee for the service.
If that is the case, then you just gave me an excuse to visit Paris with my visitor
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Recall also that it has to be a vaccine recognised by Switzerland, which is an impediment for many.

Each Canton has a process for this. If non-resident, I would doubt it could be obtained but check with the relevant authority. At present, third country nationals can only enter if double vaccinated, so they must have already been through a process at the airport/border to recognise/prove this.

There's equivalence, in theory, with the EU certificate so that may be another route to look at.

Anyhow, they are not implementing the new measures today, so some additional time to reflect perhaps.
You are right in all of it. In the case I am interested in, she has been vaccinated with Pfizer, so no problem.

So far my visitor would only be excluded from clubbing in Langstrasee. We can live without that .
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If that is the case, then you just gave me an excuse to visit Paris with my visitor

Except you'll need to get the EU certificate before you catch the train to Paris.
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Re: Covid certificate for non-EU tourists

I asked the Zürich authorities about this last week for a non-EU citizen. They said it was not possible for them to provide a COVID certificate, since the certificate was provided by a non-EU country, and the certificate needs to be provided by the country where it was received. Only residents can get a certificate from Switzerland.

I wonder if this may change in the future, especially since US citizens just have a paper copy/photo rather than a QR code.
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Re: Covid certificate for non-EU tourists

I have been keeping a close eye on this too as my parents will come and visit from South Africa over December and January. They are vaccinated with Johnson and Johnson, which is approved by SwissMedic and on the Zurich vaccination website (vaccinated outside of Switzerland), qualifies for a certificate provided you are a resident in the canton, but not yet for tourists/visitors. I am hoping this will change if they do end up implementing the more stringent restrictions, or their trip will be a complete waste.

https://www.zh.ch/de/gesundheit/coro...tml#-792208150
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Re: Covid certificate for non-EU tourists

What is the format of their certificate? If it’s a 3D bar code like ours, it may be readable by Swiss scanners. Anyone can download the Covid Check App, so you could test it.

Many countries are using the EU standard certificates which are valid here.

With the lax security with the US’s vaccination card, I wouldn’t accept one of those.
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Re: Covid certificate for non-EU tourists

A certificate with QR code is not needed. Any certificate from other country that contains date of vaccination and vaccine used is enough.

Not indicated in the BAG website but I guess it would be optimal if the certificate is written using the Latin Alphabet and in DE/FR/IT/EN.



Source: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...nreisende.html
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Re: Covid certificate for non-EU tourists

AFAIK you do not need any proof of anything to visit a restaurant.

This may change of course, but the new rules will be announced as we get there. Anything else is speculation.

Tourism is an important part of the economy of many regions. I don't think anybody is going to throw tourism under the bus unncessarily.
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Re: Covid certificate for non-EU tourists

Following this thread with interest in case the certificate is required for restaurants in the near future etc...in particular as AZ isn't approved in Switzerland yet...lots of UK tourists will have been vaccinated with this.
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Following this thread with interest in case the certificate is required for restaurants in the near future etc...in particular as AZ isn't approved in Switzerland yet...lots of UK tourists will have been vaccinated with this.
There's a great difference between (i) vaccine approved to the be used in Switzerland, and (ii) vaccine recognized as effective by Switzerland for tourists wanting to travel here.

If I understand well, AZ, Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines are not applied here. But, tourists having them are welcome.

Just for curiosity, what's the source for telling CH does not accept tourists with AZ vaccine?
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Following this thread with interest in case the certificate is required for restaurants in the near future etc...in particular as AZ isn't approved in Switzerland yet...lots of UK tourists will have been vaccinated with this.
Can they apply for an Eu vaccine passport?
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There's a great difference between (i) vaccine approved to the be used in Switzerland, and (ii) vaccine recognized as effective by Switzerland for tourists wanting to travel here.

If I understand well, AZ, Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines are not applied here. But, tourists having them are welcome.

Just for curiosity, what's the source for telling CH does not accept tourists with AZ vaccine?
There is some info here about applying for the Swiss covid certificate and which vaccines are accepted- https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...icate-required

But I guess it's too early to worry about it at this stage, and they may recognise non-EU certificates in the future too.
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There is some info here about applying for the Swiss covid certificate and which vaccines are accepted- https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...icate-required

But I guess it's too early to worry about it at this stage, and they may recognise non-EU certificates in the future too.
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Are tourists also admitted to large-scale events where a COVID certificate is required?

Answer - Yes. Tourists can be admitted to large-scale events if they can show a COVID certificate.

The following applies to people who have been vaccinated:

You can either show a recognised non-Swiss certificate or you can have a Swiss COVID certificate issued.
Thus, show your non-Swiss certificate.
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What is the format of their certificate? If it’s a 3D bar code like ours, it may be readable by Swiss scanners. Anyone can download the Covid Check App, so you could test it.

Many countries are using the EU standard certificates which are valid here.

With the lax security with the US’s vaccination card, I wouldn’t accept one of those.
While it is a QR code, It is not read by the swiss app, last I tried.

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A certificate with QR code is not needed. Any certificate from other country that contains date of vaccination and vaccine used is enough.

Not indicated in the BAG website but I guess it would be optimal if the certificate is written using the Latin Alphabet and in DE/FR/IT/EN.



Source: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...nreisende.html
i understand this is the case for entering the country. Yes, Switzerland and SCHENGEN recognize those certificates for migration purposes, even with vaccines not aprooved by Switzerland (though UN aprooved I think) which is indeed the most important thing. But I understand that that doesn't give you the covid passport to go have a drink indoors

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AFAIK you do not need any proof of anything to visit a restaurant.

This may change of course, but the new rules will be announced as we get there. Anything else is speculation.

Tourism is an important part of the economy of many regions. I don't think anybody is going to throw tourism under the bus unncessarily.

Correct. And that speculation prompted my question. I do hope that when/if they go ahead with expanding the uses of the passport, they will come up with something for tourists.

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Thus, show your non-Swiss certificate.
Ha! interesting. I had missed that somehow. Thanks

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Re: Covid certificate for non-EU tourists

Looking ahead to British visitors coming for Christmas. I know the border guards recognise British issued certificates, but what about restaurants and other places that require a certificate.

Any experience or knowledge?
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Re: Covid certificate for non-EU tourists

By October 10th the Cantons must have a solution in place. Until then, they will accept foreign certificates. This is from the zurich website:

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Travelers to the canton of Zurich
According to the decision of the Federal Council, from the 20th September 2021 all persons, incl. Tourists who have been vaccinated abroad with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) can obtain a Swiss COVID certificate.

The vaccines are accepted by:

Advantages:
Pfizer/BioNTech
Moderna
Janssen/Johnson&Johnson
AstraZeneca
An electronic solution for submitting the vaccination certificates and other necessary documents is being worked on. Information will follow here shortly. Please also note the transitional regulation.

Transitional regulation until 10. October 2021
Access to institutions or events subject to certification is valid for all foreign vaccination certificates in a transitional phase. Prerequisite is a complete vaccination with a vaccine approved by the EMA (Pfizer/BionTech, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson&Johnson or AstraZeneca).
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Re: Covid certificate for non-EU tourists

Now I have had a vaccine in the UK and have a NHS Covid Pass. I was able to download the pdf and import it into the app from the Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/covid-...e/id1565917320

It recognised the data but it says "Certificate with invalid signature". Will this therefore not work - what do I need to do? See pic
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