Sep 22, 2021 - 5:56 PM
We have just returned from a most memorable vacation in Switzerland. I'll write a trip report to post later today. BUT - we monitored this thread several times a day while we were there with great interest. We had NO difficulties at all with restrictions or with re-entry into the US.
Swiss COVID restrictions: We applied to Bern, received nothing. However, we used our passport and our vaccination cards several times and they were accepted. (The Swiss staff are alerted each day re the status of the Swiss restrictions. They recognize that there is now a transition process until early October and that their own procedures are not fully set up yet. We used our vaccination card in restaurants, in museums, and in the Olympic Center.)
Re-entry to US: We had taken with us 2 self tests that we'd gotten from United Airlines; one for each of us. We downloaded the app. We took the tests in our room, 72 houris prior to our departure. It's a very easy process. Simply follow directions. Tip: to go through the process, you'll be prompted to use the Navica app. Sign on to Navica first, but then sign in to Emed.com to go through the testing process. They're very quick and responsive. We showed the test results when we checked in for our flight from Zurich to the US. ALSO, we'd read in this forum and heard from others that different countries have differing restriction requirements. We were scheduled to return home, flying through and stopping at the Frankfurt airport. We changed our return airlines in order to go straight from Switzerland to the US in order not to deal with German restriction issues.
So go and have a wonderful time! The upside to dealing with the restrictions is that there are very few foreigners traveling so it's just not crowded. Have fun!