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vincenology
vincenology
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Oct 15, 2021 - 7:16 AM

Hi, this thread is so useful and informative on the covid travel.

However I do have a bit confusion though. I'm Malaysian (fully vaccinated Sinovac) travelling into Switzerland on 27 Dec for 14 nights. I noted that it doesn't required Swiss Covid Certificate to travel into Switzerland. However the Swiss Covid Certificate is required for most restaurants and hotel. Does that meant I will not be able to entering into train(Glacier Express), restaurant, ski resort, hotel if I do not have the Swiss Covid Certificate?

I have browse through some official site it says, vaccinated Sinovac outside Switzerland will not be able to get the Swiss Covid Certificate. If that's the case, the entire trip doesn't make sense right?

Cheers,

Vincent

Anna
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Oct 15, 2021 - 10:41 AM in reply to vincenology

Hi vincenology,

Yes, you are right. You are allowed to enter Switzerland if you are fully vaccinated with Sinovac. However you will not be able to apply for the Swiss Covid certificate as this vaccine is currently not recognised for this purpose. For travellers fully vaccinated with Sinovac, you will have to show a negative PCR or antigen test to obtain a Covid certificate, which will be valid between 48 to 72 hours. More details about this on the first post of this thread (refer #7).

You need the Covid certificate to access indoor facilities such as restaurants, cinemas and museums, as well as private events or gatherings. At the moment, the government is still considering whether to extend the use of Covid certificates in ski resorts. We will update this information as soon as this becomes clear.

Hope this helps you make your travel plans.

Regards,

Anna

Last modified on Oct 15, 2021 - 10:42 AM by Anna
vincenology
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Oct 15, 2021 - 2:51 PM in reply to Anna

Yes Anna, you're right. However, I get in touch with the official in Zurich (city where I will be enter), he said even himself is not too sure on the actual procedure to obtain the Swiss Covid Certificate because the rules keeps changing from time to time. haha.

Do you know where can we obtain the certificate once we landed in Zurich?

Anna
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Oct 15, 2021 - 4:19 PM in reply to vincenology

Hi vincenology,

The government is still working on a centralised system to issue Swiss Covid certificates for fully vaccinated travellers. This system will only be available commencing the final week of October.

For travellers unable to obtain the Swiss Covid certificate using their original vaccination certificate, they will need to take a PCR or antigen test, after which they will be issued with a Covid certificate that is valid for up to 72 hours. The tests can be taken at any test centres. Zurich Airport has its own testing facility and there are various local pharmacies that will do it for you too for a fee. Locate a test centre near you using this link: www.myswitzerland.com/en/planning/about-switzerland/covid-pcr-test/

Let us know if you need further clarification.

Regards,
Anna

Manjiri vora
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Oct 16, 2021 - 2:37 AM
Anna
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Oct 16, 2021 - 7:40 AM in reply to Manjiri vora

Hi Manjiri Vora,

Thanks for the link.

For travellers who wish to get the Swiss Covid certificate now, you can apply through the cantonal websites but not all of them are currently working or provide English translation. The government plans to launch a centralised platform soon to enable travellers vaccinated abroad to obtain a Swiss Covid certificate. We will update this information as soon as the platform becomes available.

Regards,

Anna

1960man
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Oct 16, 2021 - 10:34 PM

I have noticed that the cantonal websites listed from the national govt website are only in German. That will not be much use to most tourists.

hmmm...

Peterli
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Oct 17, 2021 - 4:55 AM in reply to 1960man

I took a look at the websites for the cantons where French is spoken. For the Valais, Fribourg, and Berne (let's not forget we have the Jura bernois) one can chose between French (FR) or German (DE). For the cantons of Jura and Neuchâtel, the only language available is French. The only canton where English is an option in addition to French is Geneva. Actually, this comes as no surprise when one considers the importance of English in many organizations based in Geneva. I didn't check the other cantons as you have already looked at them, although I kind of wonder about Basel City.

And since most of what is discussed on this forum is centred on the cantons where the websites are exclusively German, I totally understand your your "hmmm..." comment (about the lack of English).

Last modified on Oct 17, 2021 - 5:01 AM by Peterli
Maomaopug
Maomaopug
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Oct 18, 2021 - 9:22 PM in reply to Anna

We are fully immunized (Moderna) US citizens who will be spending 10 days in Northern Italy 10/21-10-31.

After that we are traveling via train to St. Moritz for 3 days 2 nights. After much time online I have been unable to

use the Swiss Locator Form (which I'll continue to try). My BIG concern is for getting the Swiss COVID pass.

When the new system is up (after 10/24 I believe) will we have time to apply and receive it online while in Italy?

Thank you for any assistance. Traveling is frustrating now. :(

Anna
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Oct 19, 2021 - 6:00 AM in reply to Maomaopug

Hi Maomaopug,

Please apply for the Swiss Covid certificate online. The platform should be working now: covidcertificate-form.admin.ch/foreign

The link to the online digital passenger locator form is listed in the first post of this thread (#1 under Can I visit Switzerland).

Regards,

Anna

Last modified on Oct 19, 2021 - 6:05 AM by Anna
Annika
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Oct 19, 2021 - 8:29 AM in reply to Anna

Hi travelers!

A nation-wide system to request the Swiss COVID-certificate is available now. It's in English and clearly explains how to apply, which documents to upload, and so on.

More good news: the certificate is available for travelers vaccinated with any of the vaccines approved by the Swiss and the European medical authorities, and by the WHO. This means that travelers who are fully vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinovac and Sinopharm can all get a certificate.

We adjusted our 1st post of this thread: www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/does-the-corona-virus-affect-trips-to-switzerland. Information about the COVID-certificate can now be found under #5.

NannyNorman
NannyNorman
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Oct 19, 2021 - 10:17 AM in reply to Annika

Hi Annika, i am a british citizen do i need to apply for this?

Is UK's proof of COVID-19

recovery and vaccination record will be accepted?

UK is not part of the EU anymore, is EU countries exempted to this?

Please see attached one photo which says that Switzerland will accept our vaccination record.

Thank you

Please login to see the attached documents
Anna
Anna
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Oct 19, 2021 - 12:35 PM in reply to NannyNorman

Hi NannyNorman,

Based on the information from the Federal Office of Public Health, foreign vaccination certificates, including NHS certificates, will be valid for access to events or facilities requiring a COVID certificate until 24 October.

After this date, if you don't have the EU Digital Covid certificate and wish to access indoor public spaces during your visit in Switzerland, you should apply for the Swiss Covid certificate from the online platform mentioned above.

Regards,

Anna

luvmystang
luvmystang
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Oct 19, 2021 - 2:57 PM in reply to Annika

Hello and again thanks for all you are doing!

Am I correct that for the Pfizer vaccine, when filling out the form for the Swiss Certificate, I would choose Biontech Comirnaty?

Thanks!

Anna
Anna
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Oct 19, 2021 - 3:14 PM in reply to luvmystang

Hi luvmystang,

Yes, that's correct.

You can find a list of the recognised vaccines in the first post (#2. Who is considered vaccinated)

Regards,

Anna

NannyNorman
NannyNorman
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Oct 19, 2021 - 3:15 PM in reply to Anna

Thank you Anna

Maomaopug
Maomaopug
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Oct 19, 2021 - 3:20 PM in reply to Anna

What a relief to get this link. Thank you so so much. Now we can relax and know we

will enjoy our few days in Switzerland.

luvmystang
luvmystang
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Oct 19, 2021 - 3:47 PM in reply to Anna

Oh sorry, I didn't read all the way down to that part....

Thanks!

Jchaluh
Jchaluh
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Oct 19, 2021 - 4:04 PM in reply to luvmystang

I am not sure what I am doing wrong but when I input my email and ask for the code, (about four hours ago) I do not receive an email from the Swiss authorities with that code.

jesse

Jchaluh
Jchaluh
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Oct 19, 2021 - 4:21 PM in reply to Maomaopug

We’re you able to receive the code after inputting your email address? I have been trying for over 4.5 hours. I am not getting g a reply. Maybe it has to be done on a laptop instead of a phone.

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