I know I promised a report and it's now almost a week since I returned from CH, so here goes.
Overall we had a wonderful experience. We had a couple days of rainy weather but fortunately left before the really bad rains arrived. As I previously posted, leaving US and arriving in CH was a pretty seamless process. We spent 2 days in Zurich and explored the city and ventured out to St. Gallen and Stein am Rhein. Then we headed to where my heart had been longing to be for 2 years.....Berner Oberland. We spent 4 nights in Wengen (the most magical place on earth in my opinion) and then 3 nights in Iseltwald on Lake Brienz with stunning lake views before heading back to Zurich for our return flight. Crowds were almost non existent, which although it was nice for us, I know is a big struggle for the folks depending on tourism. We had the Swiss Travel Pass for the first part of our trip and the Berner Oberland Pass for the rest of the time and this was a perfect combination for us. Everything we did was covered by the passes.
Before returning home, we did the Ellume Covid-19 video observed self test which was pretty straightforward. The results were emailed to us within 15 minutes and I was able to get copies printed at the hotel. On the day of our return trip, we decided to get to the airport very early (flight was at 12 and we got there at 7:30) because I had not been able to do the online check-in and just because we didn't know what to expect. First surprise, even though our tickets were booked directly via Delta, there was no Delta check-in counter in the airport. Turns out, since our first flight out was on KLM that's where we needed to check in....BUT, they did not even open the KLM counter until 9:30. So there we sat in the airport for 2 hours waiting. When the counter finally opened, we checked in, provided a copy of the Covid test along with passports and then were able to proceed thru security to the gates and waited there for our flight to Amsterdam. In Amsterdam we had to go thru passport control and then proceeded to our gate for the flight. The night before while trying to check in I saw something about a "Passenger Disclosure & Attestation to the USA" form that needed to be downloaded and filled out and presented before boarding the flight to the US. After some searching I found the actual form and was able to print it at the hotel, so we had a copy. However, at the gate in Amsterdam there were MANY who did not have this form and they could not board until they filled it out (someone was handing out the form at the gate). So we had to show that form, our passport and boarding pass to one agent at the gate. Then we proceeded to a secondary gate agent who then also checked our passport, boarding pass and then collected that document. As you can imagine, this process greatly increases boarding time and they actually started the boarding process 45 minutes in advance of departure.
Rest of the trip was pretty straight forward. Landed in Atlanta, went thru passport & customs and then proceeded to the gate for our last leg of the trip. At this time, Delta is not offering convenient connections to Switzerland, which is pretty disappointing, but hopefully that will change quickly. I have another trip planned (taking a group of 10 to Switzerland) in September, so fingers crossed!
Yes, wearing a mask for that long plane ride is frustrating, and wearing it on the trains, in the restaurants, etc while in Switzerland was also annoying at times. But I was pretty much willing to do anything at this point in order to be able to visit.
I've attached the Attestation form and a couple pics. Hope others find this information helpful. Go see Switzerland if you are able!!!