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Yenhan10
Yenhan10
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Dec 3, 2021 - 2:48 PM

For this latest update, does the PCR test required for all the travellers or only for thos listed countries?

Shamanz
Shamanz
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Dec 3, 2021 - 5:04 PM

Extract from the press release:

“In order to continue to prevent the new Omicron variant from entering the country as far as possible, a stricter testing regime will now apply for all arrivals into Switzerland. This testing requirement also applies to those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from the disease. In addition to taking a PCR test before travelling, a second test (PCR test or rapid antigen test) must be carried out between the fourth and seventh day after arrival.”

My flight fm Singapore ileaves at 1:30 am Sunday 5/12. if this new requirement is effective 4/12, it will be mad rrush for us to do the PCR test tonorrow morning (it’s past midnite here now). Usually it takes abt 24 hrs to get the results, but that would be after the flight time. I guess we woukd have no choice but to use the express PCR service to get the results between 6 to 12 hrs, but it costs twice as much as the regular PCR.

I’m now anxiously waiting for the relevant webpage and Travelcheck to be updated.

Arno
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Dec 3, 2021 - 5:42 PM in reply to Yenhan10

Hi Yenhan10,

Yes, the test is required for everyone.

Arno
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Dec 3, 2021 - 5:44 PM in reply to Shamanz

Hi Shamanz,

I hope it works out for you! If not, I can imagine that the authorities would understand the difficulty on the first day of these changed restrictions, and make you do a test on arrival at the airport. But that's a guess, not a guarantee.

Fballguy
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Dec 3, 2021 - 9:20 PM

Definitely good news but its getting confusing and more expensive it seems. A few questions, if answers are available.

1) How recent does the test have to be? 48-72 hours? We've already booked our train and won't have time to stand in a line and wait for results upon arrival.

2) Are children under 16 now required to be tested?

3) If you are staying for 10+ days...You'll have to be tested 3 times? Once upon (or slightly before) arrival, once between days 4-7 and once again to be let back into the U.S. Talk about overkill. Somebody's making good money.

Anna
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Dec 3, 2021 - 9:59 PM in reply to Fballguy

Hi Fballguy,

1. The PCR test result is valid for 72 hours and the rapid antigen test 24 hours. So ideally, you should take the PCR test no longer than 2 days before your arrival.

2. Children under 16 don't have to be tested.

3. Yes, 3 tests in total sounds about right. Most countries have or are implementing the same preventive measures so almost everyone is subject to testing regardless you are vaccinated or recovered.

Hopefully this will reduce the infection rates and relieve pressure on the hospitals.

Regards,

Anna

Last modified on Dec 5, 2021 - 11:37 AM by Annika
Shamanz
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Dec 4, 2021 - 3:57 AM in reply to Arno

Hi Arno, FOPH’s webpage relating to the travel entry requirements was finally updated abt 5 hrs ago (6.30 am here). As expected, I am required to do pre-departure PCR done. So just got that done via express service and now to wait another 6 hours before the result is out.

The airliine has not even sent out any email on this latest change in travel advisory for my flight. Called them this morning and they said they were not aware. Hopefully all goes well with my PCR test and everything proceeds smoothly afterwards.

Anna
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Dec 4, 2021 - 8:27 AM in reply to Shamanz

Hi Shamanz,

Good to know you have access to express PCR test. The increased measures come to into effect on Monday 6 December. I think the airlines will soon make some announcement. As these measures were announced at the weekend, there may be slight delays in getting the news out to customers and passengers.

Have a safe trip!

Regards,

Anna

Last modified on Dec 4, 2021 - 8:28 AM by Anna
Emilylee
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Dec 4, 2021 - 9:57 AM in reply to Arno

Hi, We are travelling from Singapore to France first and will be entering Switzerland via the border region (Strasbourg to Basel), do you know if we require a PCR test? We saw that there is an exemption as such mentioned in the FAQ (extract below) but not sure if we would fall under this

2. Does the test requirement also apply to Switzerland’s border regions?

No, exemptions apply for cross-border commuters and people travelling to Switzerland from the border

regions. Travellers from these regions do not have to complete a contact form or have a test.

The border regions are:

• Regions in Germany: Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria

• Regions in France: Grand-Est, Burgundy/Franche Comté and Auvergne/Rhône-Alpes

• Regions in Italy: Piedmont, Aosta Valley, Lombardy and Trentino/South Tyrol

• Regions in Austria: Tyrol and Vorarlberg

• Regions in Liechtenstein: the whole Principality of Liechtenstein

Shamanz
Shamanz
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Dec 4, 2021 - 9:58 AM in reply to Anna

Hi Anna, I diid see it was mentioned that the local heightened measures come into effect on 6 Dec 2021. But I couldn’t find any effective date mentioned under the category “Entering Switzerland a >> Test Requirement”. Anyway, I think it’s still worthwhile to get the PCR test done and be ready, just in case. You never know it may come in handy.

I’ve just received the PCR result and will be on my way to Switzerland in 7.5 hrs! Praying for a safe and smooth journey..😊 Thanks Anna, Arno for your help and great work!

Fballguy
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Dec 4, 2021 - 3:07 PM

A 72 hour window for a PCR test is not very international traveller friendly. I'm trying to figure out the logistics of getting the result prior to taking off, yet staying within 72 hours. PCR test results in my area take 48-72 hours to get...unless we want the rapid PCR for the fun price of $250 per person.

streetromeo
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Dec 4, 2021 - 4:19 PM in reply to Arno

Hi, if we come from Paris to Swiss in TGV Train, do we require negative RT PCR?

Anna
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Dec 4, 2021 - 5:11 PM in reply to Emilylee

Hi EmilyLee,

If you have spent the last 10 days in another country other than France before arriving in Switzerland, I think you would still be asked to present a negative PCR test. Random checks are carried out at the border and you risk being fined if you fail to present a test result.

Please use the Travelcheck platform to find out what requirements are applicable for you. You can find the link in the first post of this thread.

Regards,

Anna

Anna
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Dec 4, 2021 - 5:17 PM in reply to streetromeo

Hi streetromeo,

Welcome to MySwissAlps.

You do need to present a negative PCR test to enter Switzerland if you are visiting as a tourist. Random checks are carried out at the border. Please use the Travelcheck tool to find out what requirements are applicable for you. The link is listed on the first post of this thread. Hope this helps.

Regards,

Anna

AlanPrice
AlanPrice
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Dec 4, 2021 - 7:28 PM in reply to Arno

Hi Guys,

Thanks for the info, it's very much appreciated.

Cheers

Alan

Ithinkusc
Ithinkusc
2 posts
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Dec 5, 2021 - 12:26 AM

Hi everyone,

I have a question about the second test between 4th and 7th day. My plan is to leave Switzerland to Italy on the 4th day after my arrival. Do I still need to perform this second test?

Thanks!

mario777
mario777
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Dec 5, 2021 - 8:02 AM

Hello everyone!

Regarding the second test between the 4th and the 7th day of stay, I came across the following using the Travelcheck tool:

'' A second test is required four to seven days after entry. This may be a PCR test or a rapid nasopharyngeal antigen test. ''

Can anybody confirm that a rapid test will be accepted as well?

Thanks in advance,

Mario

(Sorry for the posts below, mobile connection issues)

Last modified on Dec 5, 2021 - 8:20 AM by mario777
Ithinkusc
Ithinkusc
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Dec 5, 2021 - 9:07 AM

Hi,

I have quick question about required document applying for the Swiss covid document. One of the requirement is identity card:

"Identity card or if you are a person with a valid residence permit* in Switzerland, upload one of the following documents: foreigner's identity card, asylum card, diplomat's identity card, etc.; the surname, first name, date of birth, expiry date and/or date of issue, as well as a photo of the holder must be visible. error_outline"

What's this identity card? Could it be something like passport? Or permanent residence card (like Green card) or driver licence?

Also how soon can we get the certificate after application?

Thanks!

Tamy
Tamy
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Dec 5, 2021 - 10:13 AM

My family and friends are planning to visit Switzerland in April next year and hopefully by that time rules around Covid19 will be eased. However, in the event that things aren't going to change, may I ask if the PCR test is easily accessed in Switzerland for tourists and also if this is covered by GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). We are based in London.

Thank you & your response will be appreciated.

Annika
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Dec 5, 2021 - 11:25 AM in reply to Ithinkusc

Hi Ithinkusc, and welcome to MySwissAlps!

Since the 2nd test should be performed between day 4 and 7 after your arrival, I don't think you have to perform it if you travel along to Italy on day 4.

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