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According to the planned entry regime, non-vaccinated and non-recovered people must show a negative test when entering Switzerland and may even be in quarantine – regardless of where they come from.

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The Federal Council has announced new measures – including a new entry regime. Non-vaccinated and non-recovered travelers are expected to show at least one, maybe even two negative tests by September 20th.

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With this, the Federal Council wants to identify and isolate infected people as quickly as possible.  Two variants are currently being consulted for this.

With this, the Federal Council wants to identify and isolate infected people as quickly as possible. Two variants are currently being consulted for this.

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The first variant provides for a second test, four to seven days after arrival in Switzerland.  The result of this test must be communicated to the canton.

The first variant provides for a second test, four to seven days after arrival in Switzerland. The result of this test must be communicated to the canton.

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  • The Federal Council has announced new entry requirements.

  • Non-vaccinated and non-recovered people will have to show a negative test upon entry.

  • Two options are under consultation – a decision is expected to be made on September 17th.

  • The first variant provides for a further test four to seven days after entering Switzerland, the result of which must be communicated to the canton.

  • The second variant waives the second test after entry, but prescribes a ten-day quarantine.

  • The new entry requirements are expected to come into force on September 20th.

According to the new measures announced today by the Federal Council, the entry requirements are also to be adjusted. The aim: to quickly identify and isolate people who have contracted the virus, according to the Federal Council.

The new measures were taken with regard to the upcoming autumn vacation. The Federal Council proposes two options.

Variant 1: Two negative tests

According to the Federal Council, the first variant relies on repeated testing of non-recovered and non-vaccinated travelers. In the You must now show a negative test to enter the country – no matter where you come from. Another test carried out in Switzerland is required four to seven days after entry. The result of this second test must be sent to the canton. Both tests are chargeable.

Variant 2: negative test and quarantine

The second variant also stipulates that non-vaccinated and non-recovered people must present a negative test result when entering the country. But with this variant, no second test is required, but a ten-day quarantine after entry. The quarantine can be lifted after seven days with a negative test result.

The following applies to both variants: those arriving by bike, plane, train, ship, bus, car or on foot must fill out an electronic entry form – similar to Italy. The existing controls are tightened, and if necessary, fines can also be issued.

Both variants are still in consultation

There are also exceptions: Cross-border commuters, children under the age of 16, passengers in transit or goods transport through Switzerland circumvent the new regulations. The existing controls are to be tightened will and if necessary will Pronounced busses.

The Federal Council is expected to make a decision on both options on September 17, and entry into force is planned for September 20, 2021.

“Drawing lessons from summer vacation”

Center National Councilor Lorenz Hess is in favor of stricter entry rules: “You have to learn the lessons from the summer vacation.” It is important that the measures are actually implemented. The health politician expects that the vaccination rate will increase after the expansion of the certificate requirement in Germany: “It will take a few weeks to achieve full vaccination protection.” That is why you have to be strict when entering the country so that the virus is not reintroduced: “Otherwise we will trip ourselves up.”

It goes without saying that people entering the country should be better tested, says SVP National Councilor Sandra Sollberger. Above all, the abolition of the “useless” risk list is to be welcomed. However, she expresses harsh criticism of the schedule: “It is incomprehensible that the Federal Council only wants to introduce the measures at the border from September 20 and that the useless certificate requirement in our restaurants already applies from Monday, although it has been clearly proven that primarily those who return to travel are responsible for the increasing numbers in Switzerland. ” Simply waiting at the border is “devastating,” says Sollberger.

The list previously used by the Federal Office of Public Health with states in which worrying virus variants are circulating today is unsuitable. The highly contagious Delta variant has meant that in many countries the number of cases within a few days have increased massively. This dynamic can with cannot be included in such a list. In addition, the absence of constant adjustments to the list offers the travel industry a certain amount Predictability. However, the State Secretariat’s list of risk countries continues to exist for Migration (SEM), which regulates the country from which one enters Switzerland allowed.

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