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PCR test and its result to return to Switzerland

Hi guys, I have C permit in Switzerland and am currently in Spain since a few weeks and plan to return to Switzerland by plane. I raise below questions to be cautious and decide my return date.

Regarding the new measure which will enter in force the 8th February:

1. Do they require a negative PCR result from everyone including Swiss nationals and residents?
2. what if by then I have positive result or get COVID? Does that mean that I can't go back to Switzerland as long as my test result is positive?

I found some official info but not sure what will happen in the scenario that the Swiss national/resident can't provide a negative PCR result.

Holders of a Swiss passport or a valid residence permit for Switzerland may enter Switzerland from any country.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...-reisende.html
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Hi guys, I have C permit in Switzerland and am currently in Spain since a few weeks and plan to return to Switzerland by plane. I raise below questions to be cautious and decide my return date.

Regarding the new measure which will enter in force the 8th February:

1. Do they require a negative PCR result from everyone including Swiss nationals and residents?
2. what if by then I have positive result or get COVID? Does that mean that I can't go back to Switzerland as long as my test result is positive?

I found some official info but not sure what will happen in the scenario that the Swiss national/resident can't provide a negative PCR result.

Holders of a Swiss passport or a valid residence permit for Switzerland may enter Switzerland from any country.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...-reisende.html
There's a media release in the page you just linked:
https://www.newsd.admin.ch/newsd/mes...ents/65089.pdf

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Travellers entering Switzerland by plane must always present a negative PCR test, even if they are not travelling from a high-risk area. Airlines must ask passengers to present evidence of a negative test before boarding, and if the passenger is unable to present such evidence, they will not be allowed to fly.
If by some chance the airline misses it and you get here, #11 says:
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Anyone unable to present evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival in Switzerland must get themselves tested for SARS-CoV-2 immediately at their own expense by taking a PCR test or a rapid test in consultation with the relevant cantonal authority.

Anyone who is required to present evidence of negative PCR test on arrival, but is unable to do so may face a fixed penalty of CHF 200.
Obviously if you test positive before you leave where you are, you shouldn't be traveling.
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Hi guys, I have C permit in Switzerland and am currently in Spain since a few weeks and plan to return to Switzerland by plane. I raise below questions to be cautious and decide my return date.

Regarding the new measure which will enter in force the 8th February:

1. Do they require a negative PCR result from everyone including Swiss nationals and residents?
2. what if by then I have positive result or get COVID? Does that mean that I can't go back to Switzerland as long as my test result is positive?

I found some official info but not sure what will happen in the scenario that the Swiss national/resident can't provide a negative PCR result.

Holders of a Swiss passport or a valid residence permit for Switzerland may enter Switzerland from any country.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...-reisende.html
1. Yes

2. Yes

..... and you need to quarantine for 7-10 days!
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Re: PCR test and its result to return to Switzerland

Thanks lawyer 3Wishes I always try to know what could be the worst scenario when making a decision.

Do you know if we need negative PCR test result if flying BEFORE 8th Feb? my 2nd question is because it is reported some asymptomatic person can have positive PCR result, even for a long time. just wish to know if it happens on me, I did my PCR test 2 weeks ago and it was negative but we can't be 100% sure now

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There's a media release in the page you just linked:
https://www.newsd.admin.ch/newsd/mes...ents/65089.pdf

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If by some chance the airline misses it and you get here, #11 says:


Obviously if you test positive before you leave where you are, you shouldn't be traveling.


Thanks for your concise answer, yes was aware the need of quarantine, it was clear.


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2. Yes

..... and you need to quarantine for 7-10 days!
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2. what if by then I have positive result or get COVID? Does that mean that I can't go back to Switzerland as long as my test result is positive?
Do I understand your question correctly that you are asking if you should hop on a plane full of people when you know that you are covid positive?



No, you shouldn't. (and the airline wont let that happen...)
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Thanks lawyer 3Wishes I always try to know what could be the worst scenario when making a decision.

Do you know if we need negative PCR test result if flying BEFORE 8th Feb?
I'm not a lawyer. I'm that annoying kid always asking "Why? I know, but WHY?" So I try to find answers.

If you're definitely arriving before the 8th then it doesn't appear to be required.

I'm a bit paranoid though so I'd probably get a test anyway. Airlines reserve the right to refuse boarding to anyone for any reason. The last thing I would want is some grumpy airline employee not letting me fly home because someone told them the test was required now, not in a few days.
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Re: PCR test and its result to return to Switzerland

the question was hypothetical. I have read articles saying that some asymptomatic people test positive for months, I wonder if that means they will not go home during months

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Do I understand your question correctly that you are asking if you should hop on a plane full of people when you know that you are covid positive?



No, you shouldn't. (and the airline wont let that happen...)




I said lawyer because you quoted me the precise articles of the law, which is very good

I understand your feeling, but I wouldn't go to test COVID if I have no symptom and not required to provide PCR, I barely go out and have little interaction with the outside world here. I think there is also a risk that we catch COVID at the place where we test it, if they are not properly organised, with so many people going there to test because they have symptoms.

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I'm not a lawyer. I'm that annoying kid always asking "Why? I know, but WHY?" So I try to find answers.

If you're definitely arriving before the 8th then it doesn't appear to be required.

I'm a bit paranoid though so I'd probably get a test anyway. Airlines reserve the right to refuse boarding to anyone for any reason. The last thing I would want is some grumpy airline employee not letting me fly home because someone told them the test was required now, not in a few days.
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Re: PCR test and its result to return to Switzerland

Hello,

I have a similar question but related to travelling by car:
What if I'm in the country with increased risk of infection and would like to go back to my home in Switzerland. I understand that negative test AND 10 days quarantine in Switzerland are required BUT what if I am tested positive for COVID in another country where I don't have any place to be on the quarantine.
Assuming I feel well and can come with the car directly to spend the quarantine in Switzerland. I can't cross the border without the negative test? What if I do this and no one stops me on the border. Is there a predifined fine or some other troubles?
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Hello,

I have a similar question but related to travelling by car:
What if I'm in the country with increased risk of infection and would like to go back to my home in Switzerland. I understand that negative test AND 10 days quarantine in Switzerland are required BUT what if I am tested positive for COVID in another country where I don't have any place to be on the quarantine.
Assuming I feel well and can come with the car directly to spend the quarantine in Switzerland. I can't cross the border without the negative test? What if I do this and no one stops me on the border. Is there a predifined fine or some other troubles?

If you are tested positive, stay where you are and adhere to whatever measure that country has.



Do not drive back and think it will be ok. If you get caught, it can get expensive (and not touching on the morality here).
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Hello,

I have a similar question but related to travelling by car:
What if I'm in the country with increased risk of infection and would like to go back to my home in Switzerland. I understand that negative test AND 10 days quarantine in Switzerland are required BUT what if I am tested positive for COVID in another country where I don't have any place to be on the quarantine.
Assuming I feel well and can come with the car directly to spend the quarantine in Switzerland. I can't cross the border without the negative test? What if I do this and no one stops me on the border. Is there a predifined fine or some other troubles?


If you test positive, wherever you are, you will be told what to do from the authorities. You will receive instructions concerning quarantine and they will probably follow up in order to ensure that you are following orders.

Please tell me that you are not seriously considering travelling if your Covid test came back positive!!!
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Please tell me that you are not seriously considering travelling if your Covid test came back positive!!!
I am not considering travelling if I'm tested positive but I would like to be able to come back home after travelling. I don't believe everyone is now sitting at home and not crossing any borders. If someone is travelling anywhere, there is always a risk of getting infected and only then I wonder what to do.
I would never try to get on the plane or bus with the positive test result but driving by car alone and not getting close to anyone should be fine. Then of course going directly home and having quarantine for 10 days.
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I am not considering travelling if I'm tested positive but I would like to be able to come back home after travelling. I don't believe everyone is now sitting at home and not crossing any borders. If someone is travelling anywhere, there is always a risk of getting infected and only then I wonder what to do.
I would never try to get on the plane or bus with the positive test result but driving by car alone and not getting close to anyone should be fine. Then of course going directly home and having quarantine for 10 days.

No it is not fine to drive home when you are tested positive. Not ever!
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Re: PCR test and its result to return to Switzerland

I've made several trips this year, including two to Spain. Once by plane and once by train.

Although obviously fewer people are travelling than in normal times, there are still good numbers travelling and on the whole things are pretty much as normal.
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I am not considering travelling if I'm tested positive but I would like to be able to come back home after travelling. I don't believe everyone is now sitting at home and not crossing any borders. If someone is travelling anywhere, there is always a risk of getting infected and only then I wonder what to do.
I would never try to get on the plane or bus with the positive test result but driving by car alone and not getting close to anyone should be fine. Then of course going directly home and having quarantine for 10 days.
Again, if you test positive, at the very least, the authorities (from whatever country you are in) will know.

If you test positive, you have to quarantine. That's it.

I am sorry, and maybe it's not your case at all, but I keep reading about people travelling for holidays, or whatever non emergency reason and then complain that they can't come back to Switzerland or that they are going to do it anyway "because sometimes they don't check at the border" "other people are doing it" "nobody stays home anyway". In fact yes, many people stay home and have been staying home for months now.

This is not only illegal, but irresponsible. If somebody I know puts a stunt like that and I end up catching Covid I am going to kick his/her ass like there's no tomorrow.
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Re: PCR test and its result to return to Switzerland

Thank you all for replies though I still didn't get the answer on my main question - maybe I didn't formulate it correctly. I will rephrase it:
What happens if someone doesn't have a negative test confirmation without a good reason of not doing it at the border. Can the test be done in Switzerland or he can't enter the country? What if person anyway enters Switzerland without a negative test after coming from the high risk country?

Please don't answer that this person should not do this - we all know it. There are many situations in life when it can occur. So what happens if someone does this anyway? Does he get a fine? Does he go to the arrest?
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Re: PCR test and its result to return to Switzerland

Since yesterday Spain is not a high risk country anymore (removed from the list). https://twitter.com/EmbEspSuiza/stat...54018344108032

Still youŽll need a PCR when traveling by Air from Spain to Switzerland. You will not need PCR if you came by car, bike or walking.
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Thank you all for replies though I still didn't get the answer on my main question - maybe I didn't formulate it correctly. I will rephrase it:
What happens if someone doesn't have a negative test confirmation without a good reason of not doing it at the border. Can the test be done in Switzerland or he can't enter the country? What if person anyway enters Switzerland without a negative test after coming from the high risk country?

Please don't answer that this person should not do this - we all know it. There are many situations in life when it can occur. So what happens if someone does this anyway? Does he get a fine? Does he go to the arrest?
Yes, you're supposed to get the test before travelling, but you know that. Here are some FAQs, also about the situation in which - for whatever reason - you cannot show a valid negative test result upon arrival.
https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home.../en/node/75894

You must then fill out the form to say that you could not get a test done. This is for persons with Swiss citizenship or a residence permit issued by Switzerland.
https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...html#-95184949

The footnote on that form reads as follows:
Art. 7 Requirement to be tested and to quarantine
1. The following persons must prove that they have undergone a molecular-biological test for Sars-CoV-2 within the previous 72
hours and that the test result was negative:
a. persons entering Switzerland who have at any time in the previous 10 days stayed in a country or region with an increased
risk of infection;
b. persons entering Switzerland on an aircraft from a country or region that does not have an increased risk of infection.

2. Persons under paragraph 1 letter a are required on entry to travel immediately and directly to their home or to other suitable
accommodation. They must remain there without leaving at any time for 10 days following their entry (quarantine on entry).

3. Persons under paragraph 1 who are unable to produce proof of a negative test on entering Switzerland must immediately and
at their own expense undergo one of the following tests by arrangement with the responsible cantonal authority:
a. a molecular-biological test for Sars-CoV-2; or
b. a Sars-CoV-2 rapid test.

In addition, you can scroll down, here, to see the rules for tourists, and the rules of each Canton (which can differ from the federal rules and between the Cantons):
https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...html#103059051
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