Sep 12, 2021 - 6:28 AM
in reply to Richard123
Our COVID certificates finally arrived! 52 (nervous) hours after registration. Today's project is to get the COVID app downloaded (is there a preferred app? It looks like there are several. . .) and our QR codes uploaded to that.
Wengen tourist office staff confirmed to me yesterday that beginning Mon 13 Sept entry to indoor restaurants, bars, and some other venues (from this thread it appears some hotels will be on that list too) will indeed require the Covid certificate QR code; CDC vaccine cards will not suffice.
That said, it remains to be seen how stringently the regulation will be enforced in small villages. Since we arrived in Switzerland 4 Sept no one has asked us for any vaccination proof at all (we arrived via train). We are based in Wengen and traveling only around the Jungfrau region. I will report back in the days to come!
JM5245, I recommend you apply for your Swiss COVID certifcates using the links in the thread. Alternatively, since you are not traveling until October, you may choose to wait and see what the Federal Council announces on 17 Sept regarding entry and mobility requirements for those vaccinated abroad. They may have new approaches that are even easier. It has been announced that whatever they say on 17 Sept will become effective 20 September. So you still have time.
I want to extend special thanks to the moderator team for your hard work to uncover the important information we tourists in country (and those arriving soon) need to have a successful holiday. It is so much work and your patience is much appreciated. Even the agent we are leasing our apartment from (Interhome, the largest agent in the area) has absolutely no idea how to advise their clients on these issues. (Nor did the tourist office.) They were amazed when I had them print out our Swiss certificates yesterday and have asked me to forward all the good myswissalps info to them.
Finally, for those of you that are planning to get re-entry testing done at the Wengen medical center, one of the doctors there told me yesterday that they have become overwhelmed and are now only testing patients that are actively exhibiting Covid symptoms. Trips to Interlaken are in our futures! www.portmann.ch/covid-test-apotheke-portmann-interlaken. Or at the airport, for those waiting until last minute.