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Re: Holidays abroad during Covid

For travel purposes, is there a difference between a free PCR test and a an expensive PCR test for travelling ? Just wondering, i have no travels plans and i'm waiting for my vaccine.
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Old 17.05.2021, 12:22
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Re: Holidays abroad during Covid

You need to pay to get a certificate with which you can travel. If you can add that to the free test I have no idea
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You need to pay to get a certificate with which you can travel. If you can add that to the free test I have no idea
Yes you can. You can get the free antigen test and then pay for the travel certificate. I think they charge 10 or 15 chf for the travel certificate.

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No. A Non-EU who is coming from outside of the EU and does not have a Swiss permit cannot enter Switzerland (apart from a handful of countries eg Australia). So your average Brit or American cannot enter Switzerland.

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...OzNn9AQZNuzoA4

"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." (This SEM "high risk" list is different to the FOPH quarantine list).
I thought that people from the UK could enter CH now. I must have read it wrong -I need to bring my UK registered car back for its MOT - it lives at my Swiss flat and the MOT expires soon.
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I thought that people from the UK could enter CH now. I must have read it wrong -I need to bring my UK registered car back for its MOT - it lives at my Swiss flat and the MOT expires soon.
I have been digging into this last few days because it is contradictory. It was the case you couldn't come in, a month or so back when people coming from the UK had to quarantine on arrival in CH - however it has changed.

We called the geminde, the migrationsamt and the border control people to clarify.The answer seems to be, you can come but you need to have a "valid" reason to be let into Switzerland.

Of course, if you have a Swiss permit, that's always valid. But if you are a visitor coming for a work meeting, that's now also valid. In my case, the lovely missus is coming to visit me for a week. Even though she has no Swiss permit, and is not listed on mine, this is also a valid reason.

She needs: A letter of invitation from me explaining the reasons for the visit, where she will stay, and that I will pay the costs of the trip; a copy of my permit; a copy of our marriage certificate. We are assured that is enough to prove validity.

In your case, it sounds like you either have some kind of permit / or you own property here / or collecting the car could be construed as visiting for a business purpose.


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Old 17.05.2021, 21:02
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I thought that people from the UK could enter CH now. I must have read it wrong -I need to bring my UK registered car back for its MOT - it lives at my Swiss flat and the MOT expires soon.
If you have a Swiss residence permit or Swiss/EU citizenship, you can enter the country.

The EU are talking about lifting restriction on Non-EU folk, so hopefully all Brits might be allowed to enter in the near future.
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I have been digging into this last few days because it is contradictory. It was the case you couldn't come in, a month or so back when people coming from the UK had to quarantine on arrival in CH - however it has changed.

We called the geminde, the migrationsamt and the border control people to clarify.The answer seems to be, you can come but you need to have a "valid" reason to be let into Switzerland.

Of course, if you have a Swiss permit, that's always valid. But if you are a visitor coming for a work meeting, that's now also valid. In my case, the lovely missus is coming to visit me for a week. Even though she has no Swiss permit, and is not listed on mine, this is also a valid reason.

She needs: A letter of invitation from me explaining the reasons for the visit, where she will stay, and that I will pay the costs of the trip; a copy of my permit; a copy of our marriage certificate. We are assured that is enough to prove validity.

In your case, it sounds like you either have some kind of permit / or you own property here / or collecting the car could be construed as visiting for a business purpose.


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Don’t you have to get a ‘laissez passer’ from the Swiss consulate in the UK?
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Greece is already in Switzerland's list of risk countries since the beginning of April.
It wasn't, but was added later on the day we booked for arrivals from May 3rd. Thankfully it was removed from the next published list, valid from May 6th, and is still not present on the latest list as of today.

So although we'd mentally prepared ourselves for the 10 day quarantine it looks like we won't need to do it after all. Fingers remain crossed.

Still need to get the tests, of course, which is not as simple as it might be. Flying Tuesday afternoon, so a Saturday test, latest we can find is late morning, is too early, and then we need to find one for Monday morning that can guarantee getting the results back in 24 hours - mostly they only say 24-48.

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Re: Holidays abroad during Covid

I'm ready and willing to travel, but with infections dropping and vaccines picking up pace, it seems there's not end to government incompetence regarding travel in sight

I want to get back to the UK to visit family, but there's still not knowing when. The traffic light system is updated every 3 weeks, but then one can only travel a week after the change is announced. But it makes no sense! Why have a traffic light system when everyone is going to be stood together in immigration queues at the airport anyway?! Why have a traffic light system at all when 70% of adults are vaccinated and the mortality rate is at its lowest ever!?

Now Germany has banned travel from the UK due to "variants". Banned travel from a country with a handful of Covid deaths each day, where there are still about 200 a day in Germany! It gets better too, because soon Germans will be going to sunny places like Portugal, where they'll be able to mix with Brits on the beach and in hotels, so can bring the spooky "variants" back from there.

So frustrating trying to plan anything at the moment, and it's high time we just be allowed to get on with life.

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Old 22.05.2021, 20:32
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Germany has totally banned Brits at the same time Spain is lifting all restrictions/requirements for Brits! Go figure
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Re: Holidays abroad during Covid

BAG have updated their travel info. It does not say however, what they accept regarding proof of vaccination. No mention of 2 week wait either.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...nreisende.html

New exemptions from 31 May 2021
Have you been fully vaccinated in the last six months? Or have you recovered from coronavirus within the last six months? If so, you are exempt from all health-related measures at the Swiss border from 31 May 2021. This means you don’t need to fill in an entry form, you don’t need to produce evidence of a negative test and you don’t have to quarantine. Caution: these exemptions do not apply if you have travelled from a country that is on the FOPH list of risk countries due to a variant of concern.

COVID-19 vaccination requirements
People who are fully vaccinated are exempt from many health-related measures at the border. These exemptions only apply for vaccinations that meet one of the following requirements:

The vaccine is authorised in Switzerland. The person must also be fully vaccinated according to the FOPH recommendations.
The vaccine is authorised for the EU by the European Medicines Agency. The person must also be fully vaccinated according to the requirements or recommendations of the country in which the vaccine was administered.
The vaccine is authorised according to the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing. The person must also be fully vaccinated according to the requirements or recommendations of the country in which the vaccine was administered.
The exemptions to the health-related measures at the border apply for six months from the time that you are fully vaccinated. This six-month time limit applies because there is currently too little scientific data on how long the protection afforded by the vaccines lasts.
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Re: Holidays abroad during Covid

Rather than creating a new thread, I decided to ask on this thread, because it's still related.

Anybody have experience with pre-travel PCR test either in Viselio or checkport, or even share their comparison between the two?

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Yes, loads of comments already on checkport, have used them several times
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Portugal now off the UK Green List! Chaos ensues...
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PCR test no longer required for fully vaccinated European tourists entering France from next Wednesday. Fully vaccinated = at least 14 days since the second dose.

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Germany has totally banned Brits at the same time Spain is lifting all restrictions/requirements for Brits! Go figure
Spain is in a world of economic pain. Germany OTOH seems unlikely to depend on British tourists.
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PCR test no longer required for fully vaccinated European tourists entering France from next Wednesday. Fully vaccinated = at least 14 days since the second dose.

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But you’ll still need one if you’re travelling from an orange country such as the UK even if fully vaccinated.
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Re: Holidays abroad during Covid

Air travel companies are betting on a recovery, they're scheduling more flights to meet the current demand. Vaccines, falling infection rates, less restrictions, whatever, people is willing is to travel for vacation.

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Miguel Torruco Marqués, Secretary of Tourism of the Government of Mexico, announced that, according to information from the Official Airline Guide (OAG), for the next summer vacation period, which includes the months of July and August, there will be an offer of 820 thousand 928 scheduled airplane seats on routes from Europe to Mexico, which means an increase of 457,416 seats over the same period of 2020, equivalent to 125.8 percent more.

He indicated that the European airlines with the greatest offer of seats are: KLM, with 78,331 and 11.1 percent of the total number of seats; and Virgin Atlantic Airways, with 68,997 seats and 9.8 percent of the total.

As for the Mexican airlines that fly between European countries and ours, an offer of 117 thousand 168 seats is expected, a figure 75.5 percent higher than that registered during the summer of last year.
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Re: Holidays abroad during Covid

Looking through various CH govt sites in advance of our trip back to the US: BCN>ZRH>BOS and BOS>ZRH>BCN. I see a flow chart that answers my outbound question: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...nreisende.html, as there is currently no restrictions transiting through ZRH from Schengen countries.

However, upon returning from the US, I am a bit confused. Wife and I are US citizens with residency in Spain. She is vaccinated and I am not. It appears that I/we need to fill out a form even to transit, but it does not seem to have information for transiting passengers to fill out (https://swissplf.admin.ch/home). Maybe it is the wrong form. We are travelling in late July, so everything might change by then but trying to plan well in advance. Cheers!

PS - We will have PCR test results with us in both directions

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Looking through various CH govt sites in advance of our trip back to the US: BCN>ZRH>BOS and BOS>ZRH>BCN. I see a flow chart that answers my outbound question: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...nreisende.html, as there is currently no restrictions transiting through ZRH from Schengen countries.

However, upon returning from the US, I am a bit confused. Wife and I are US citizens with residency in Spain. She is vaccinated and I am not. It appears that I/we need to fill out a form even to transit, but it does not seem to have information for transiting passengers to fill out (https://swissplf.admin.ch/home). Maybe it is the wrong form. We are travelling in late July, so everything might change by then but trying to plan well in advance. Cheers!
It’s the same form. Just put your Spanish address!
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