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Old 09.06.2021, 19:47
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Re: Holidays abroad during Covid

I want to go to by Italy soon How can I get a PCR? and how will I be able to get back home to Switzerland?
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Old 09.06.2021, 20:10
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Re: Holidays abroad during Covid

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and how will I be able to get back home to Switzerland?
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I want to go to by Italy soon How can I get a PCR? and how will I be able to get back home to Switzerland?
I went to Italy last weekend: no PCR. I went in my car and came home the same way. Not sure what you really want to know. Maybe you should read up a bit on the regulations and come back with a specific question if you don't understand the rules.
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Old 09.06.2021, 20:57
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Re: Holidays abroad during Covid

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I went to Italy last weekend: no PCR. I went in my car and came home the same way.
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Travellers are still required to produce on arrival the certificate for a negative molecular or antigen swab test, taken in the 48 hours prior to arrival in Italy.
Doesn't mean they'll ask you for it but if they do then you need to produce it at the border.

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Doesn't mean they'll ask you for it but if they do then you need to produce it at the border.

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Unless you are in transit (or the 24 hour rule for people that live near the border). Then you just need the travel certificate.
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Re: Holidays abroad during Covid

On a related note, if I am reading the current Swiss rules correctly, if an unvaccinated American tourist buys a ticket from the US to Europe that transits through CH, he/she will be denied boarding in the US by the airline (even with a Neg PCR test), as current CH rules do not allow this.

PS - In fact, I think ALL American tourists coming to Europe are required to have proof of vaccinations.

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It’s the same form. Just put your Spanish address!

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Old 10.06.2021, 14:15
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Re: Holidays abroad during Covid

On the subject of Italy again, if someone is staying more than 48 hours, they need, according to the blurb:

Travellers are still required to produce on arrival the certificate for a negative molecular or antigen swab test, taken in the 48 hours prior to arrival in Italy.

As every website seems to use different terminology, does any one knwo the other names used for these two tests and is there a massive difference in price and availability?

I'm thinking that when schools break up for the summer, demand for certificated negative tests is going to easily outstrip supply so it would be prudent to book early.
A PCR apiece test could get quite expensive for a family.
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Re: Holidays abroad during Covid

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On the subject of Italy again, if someone is staying more than 48 hours, they need, according to the blurb:

Travellers are still required to produce on arrival the certificate for a negative molecular or antigen swab test, taken in the 48 hours prior to arrival in Italy.

As every website seems to use different terminology, does any one knwo the other names used for these two tests and is there a massive difference in price and availability?

I'm thinking that when schools break up for the summer, demand for certificated negative tests is going to easily outstrip supply so it would be prudent to book early.
A PCR apiece test could get quite expensive for a family.
Have a look at this link: COVID Test Types

In basic terms: molecular is the PCR Test and antigen is the so-called Schnelltest. The Schnelltest is much cheaper than the PCR and the results are typically available sooner. The price difference can be 5X or more.
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Re: Holidays abroad during Covid

The NYT reported that 1 in 5 unvaccinated Canadians would lie in order to travel. I wonder what that means for the ridiculous paper "proof of vaccination" that US travelers have? Wait until one of these jerks infects an entire European town. Ishgl, anyone?
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Re: Holidays abroad during Covid

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On the subject of Italy again, if someone is staying more than 48 hours, they need, according to the blurb:

Travellers are still required to produce on arrival the certificate for a negative molecular or antigen swab test, taken in the 48 hours prior to arrival in Italy.

As every website seems to use different terminology, does any one knwo the other names used for these two tests and is there a massive difference in price and availability?

I'm thinking that when schools break up for the summer, demand for certificated negative tests is going to easily outstrip supply so it would be prudent to book early.
A PCR apiece test could get quite expensive for a family.
Italy is now dead simple. I assume you're going by car as we did to Venice last weekend. You are not checked and at no point over the weekend were we checked. But we had the official Swiss government-funded antigen tests done within 48 hours of arriving there and got the free certificate with that.

Venice was excellent, full mainly of vacationing Italians and Pfingstferien-loving Germans. Piazza san Marco is pretty empty, night and day; restaurants are all open as are hotels, mask obligation is still in play but not enforced. "This is Italy!"

Go! Enjoy your life.
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Old 10.07.2021, 23:15
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Re: Holidays abroad during Covid

Personal update here

I flew home to i Zürich from Alicante today with Swiss.

For some reason Swiss decided that electronic or print at home boarding passes were not valid so everybody had to queue at the check-in desk. I'm not sure how that squares with unncessary contact. Anyway it was rather a messy affair as there wasn't space for an orderly queue or social distancing as people were standing far too close.

I first thought the reason might be so the airline could check vaccination certificates or corona tests or something. But the guy at the desk asked "do you have a certificate?", "yes?", "OK, here is your boarding card".

On arrival in Zürich nobody checked any paperwork.
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Re: Holidays abroad during Covid

Another personal update.

I just came back from NL by train.

Germany has recently upgraded NL to a higher risk category and on Dutch TV there was a lot of reporting about German tourists having trouble going home. It all sounded very dire and tragic.

So I was a bit apprehensive about my return trip.

On the train too, as we approached the border there were multiple long announcements in different languages explaining all the paperwork you needed (guess it would have been a bit late at this point for those who hadn't checked beforehand) and one announcement even made veiled threats about people being turned back..

The train was virtually empty, but I don't know if that was due to the recent announcement or just a general COVID thing.

It actually turned out nobody checked at all.

Crossing from DE into CH no checks either.
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