Thanks to this wonderful forum, I woke up last Sunday morning (the 15th) and my wife decided it was time for me to take a week’s holiday in Switzerland. I am a U.S. citizen with no visa for Switzerland.
I traveled on Icelandair from Boston to Geneva via Reykjavic (I purchased the ticket that morning and flew out in the evening). To transit through Iceland, I needed a rapid antigen test, so I found one that Sunday morning at a local New Hampshire clinic (as a vaccinated person, Switzerland did not require any test of me).
In Boston, I just needed to show my rapid antigen test and passport. I had my paper CDC vaccine card, but no one looked at it. Airport security was a breeze.
In Iceland, I cleared Schengen immigration by showing my passport and the same test (no vaccine card). An hour later, I was on my way to Geneva.
In Geneva, I landed at 1 pm, and I managed to catch the 1:19 train to Lausanne (after getting a SIM card with internet for the week, an ATM visit, and a bagel for the train ride). Love Swiss efficiency!
I used the free ticket to get into Geneva on the train (available from a machine in arrivals) and then swiped the Fairtiq app which I had installed and signed in using my U.S. mobile number and credit card before I departed Boston. Even though I had a new SIM, it still worked like a charm. At the end of my train, tram, and bus ride to the village outside Lausanne where I was staying with a friend, I was charged CHF 26.50 (no demi-tariff, either!). Love Swiss public transport!
I spent the week cycling over 400 km- into the Jura, through the Lavaux, and the highlight: the Grosse Scheidegg pass from Interlaken. For that ride, I traveled via train to Bern and then Interlaken and back via Fribourg after the day’s riding. All I needed was a mask on the fairly empty train.
For the trip back to the U.S., I took the advice of this forum and scheduled my rapid antigen test at Geneva Airport via the m3 Sanitrade website. I thought I might have cut it too tight getting in one last cycle this morning, booking my Supersaver ticket to the airport arriving at 11:57 for my 12:15 test and 2:00 flight, but I made it to my gate before 1 pm with plenty of time to spare. The rapid antigen test was extremely well organized- I just walked from the train station to Terminal 2 (takes about 15 minutes), showed my passport, got my test, and walked out 15 minutes later with the paper I needed for my flight. Check-in was quick and security was a breeze. There was no charge for the test, even as a tourist. Love Swiss surprises!
As you might tell from this post, I am over the moon happy that my wife sent me off for the week, and I can report that the trip went amazingly smoothly.