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Arno
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Jun 8, 2021 - 2:16 PM in reply to Xpresso

Hi Mrodas703,

Vaccinated American citizens do not need to quarantine.

SteelyD
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Jun 8, 2021 - 2:18 PM

Arno, would you please specify which attachment you are referring to? There are so many in that first thread.

Xpresso
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Jun 8, 2021 - 2:50 PM in reply to Arno

Ok phew. How does Switzerland currently ask us to show proof of vaccination?

Mark
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Jun 8, 2021 - 3:33 PM in reply to Xpresso

Hi Arno

Another issue is when you were vaccinated. Does entry into Switzerland have to be within 6 months or less since the 2nd shot? No boosters are currently available. Does that mean if you have been vaccinated more than 6 months prior you would need to be re-vaccinated (not even sure that is possible)? Is this requirement likely to be amended? There is no scientific evidence to support this restriction to my knowledge.

Mark

Anna
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Jun 8, 2021 - 6:29 PM in reply to Mark

Hi Mark,

From my understanding, your last vaccination must be less than 6 months at the time of entry. I'm not sure how the rule works really or if you need to get revaccinated once that 6 months have lapsed. The government is implementing a digital health certificate to make travel easier for vaccinated people so maybe there won't be a need for re-vaccination. I'm really curious how this will pan out.

Regards,

Anna

Mark
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Jun 8, 2021 - 10:42 PM in reply to Anna

The 6 months or less requirement is based on the question of how long do vaccinated people make antibodies and are immune to the virus. There is no data to answer this question and 6 months is an entirely arbitrary number. Most current data show antibody production likely for well over 1 year for Moderna and Pfizer vaccines but I doubt if there will be any definite answers for the near future. So unless this 6 months or less requirement is amended this will as effectively bar travel to many tourists as not being vaccinated at all.

mark

Arno
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Jun 9, 2021 - 5:49 AM in reply to SteelyD

Hi SteelyD,

There's only one attachment in my first post: the PDF document at the bottom. All the rest is links to other websites. Did you find it now?

Kjilacas
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Jun 11, 2021 - 4:58 AM in reply to Arno

Is the paper vaccination record card from CDC (USA) acceptable proof of vaccination for Americans?

Anna
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Jun 11, 2021 - 8:55 AM in reply to Kjilacas

Hi Kjilacas,

Thank you for joining MySwissAlps.

The European Union is preparing the digital EU COVID-19 certificate, with a QR code providing proof of a recent negative test, being cured from COVID or vaccination. It should allow EU citizens to travel within the EU with minimal restrictions. Switzerland will accept this certificate too and is currently implementing it. The goal is that the certificate can be used from 1 July 2021, but that date may differ per country.

I expect the USA CDC vaccination record card will get equal recognition but I' m not entirely sure about this. I would highly recommend you to contact the CDC or the Swiss embassy in the US or the airlines to get more details.

Regards,

Anna

luvmystang
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Jun 11, 2021 - 2:57 PM

Hopeful news posted here - > www.admin.ch/gov/fr/accueil/documentation/communiques.msg-id-83938.html

Switzerland plans to ease from June 28 the restrictions still in force for third-country nationals who can certify that they have been vaccinated. Currently, there are no entry restrictions between the Schengen states. In addition, the free movement of persons applies to all those who are entitled to it, regardless of their State of origin when they enter Switzerland.

The Federal Council proposes that the abovementioned reductions enter into force on June 28, 2021. Its draft is put for consultation until June 16 with the cantons, the social partners and the competent parliamentary committees. The Federal Council will take its decision on June 23.

www.swissinfo.ch/eng/switzerland-plans-to-further-phase-out-covid-restrictions-before-summer/46698244

Ending the week with a glimmer of hope for my July trip.

Have a great weekend!

Last modified on Jun 11, 2021 - 3:03 PM by luvmystang
Richard123
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Jun 11, 2021 - 3:03 PM in reply to luvmystang

You can thank me for any improvement...I figured as soon as I rescheduled our July trip departing the last week of June, things would get better. we are now rescheduled for the second week of September for three weeks....

Reading your post, Swiss government are aiming to have relief starting June 28th....Our arrival in June was scheduled for the morning of June 28th....I think our fall trip will be better.....

Last modified on Jun 11, 2021 - 3:09 PM by Richard123
luvmystang
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Jun 11, 2021 - 3:05 PM in reply to Richard123

I just rescheduled my trip (which has been rescheduled I don't know how many times already) to July 2nd...arriving July 3rd...so I'm right on the razor's edge (as usual)....But I also have a group scheduled for September....so any of this hopeful news is good news at this point!

Take Care!

Richard123
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Jun 11, 2021 - 4:27 PM in reply to luvmystang

Well after planning this trip for over three years...looking back at the our first departure date for this year, changing to July caused the airfare to increase....the rental car price increased. Now with our fall departure, the airfare has decreased with a refund coming. The car rental cost has increased again.....Lodging costs have seemed to stay steady. We were able to rebook the rooms with out issue....

Annika
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Jun 11, 2021 - 4:42 PM

Hi everyone,

As already mentioned above, many travel bans are expected to be lifted by June 28 or July 1. The first post in this thread has been updated with the latest information.

Last modified on Jun 11, 2021 - 4:43 PM by Annika
Merocasper
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Jun 11, 2021 - 5:04 PM

I am from Egypt

and vaccinated with AstraZeneca

Can i visit Swiss after 28 June ????

Anna
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Jun 11, 2021 - 8:00 PM in reply to Merocasper

Hi Merocasper,

As Annika mentioned in her post, most of the travel bans may be lifted after June 28. So please come back and check for the latest updates here.

Regards,

Anna

Tourgypsy
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Jun 14, 2021 - 2:18 PM in reply to Anna

I decided not to wait and see what happened. I was able to adjust my trip by two weeks so that I get to Switzerland BEFORE my 6 months and 11 days runs out. So looking forward to getting there again.

Thanks for keeping us all so well informed throughout this pandemic.

Judy

Anna
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Jun 14, 2021 - 5:48 PM in reply to Tourgypsy

Hi Judy,

Thanks for being so positive! I hope your trip goes well.

Regards,

Anna

Last modified on Jun 14, 2021 - 5:49 PM by Anna
Tourgypsy
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Jun 14, 2021 - 6:12 PM in reply to Anna

Anna, I may have acted too fast. Looks like we might have lost the "11 days" part of the 6 mo and 11 days. May have to leave even earlier.......

Judy

Last modified on Jun 14, 2021 - 6:58 PM by Tourgypsy
Tourgypsy
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Jun 14, 2021 - 7:48 PM in reply to Tourgypsy

Arno, can you please point me to the document that gave you the "6 months and 11 days" vaccine length? I've based my plane tickets on that information. Thanks so much.

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