Switzerland Removes All Entry Requirements effective May 2, 2022

It is not just Singapore which is changing tack on the pandemic; but many other countries are joining in. Switzerland is one of the latest countries to announce that the nation will remove its covid-19 related entry requirements for travellers, with the updated guidance coming into effect on May 2, 2022.

Switzerland will no longer place any restrictions applied due to Covid-19 effective May 2, 2022

The announcement was made by Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) on Thursday via a post on Twitter, informing that “the entry restrictions currently in place will be lifted from May 2. As of that date, the usual rules for entering Switzerland will apply.”

This announcement means that effective May 2, 2022,  all Covid-related entry requirements will be lifted for travellers, including those coming from countries still on Switzerland’s “high-risk” list. Hence, regardless of the country they are arriving from or their vaccination status, travellers will be able to enter Switzerland without any travel restrictions.

At this time, only fully-vaccinated travellers from third countries can travel to Switzerland for non-essential purposes. To be admitted, the last vaccine dosage must have been given no later than nine months (270 days) before departure. Travellers may also provide official proof of recovery from the virus as an alternative and have a negative Covid test result for travel. But as of  May 2, 2022, these requirements will be dropped.

The requirements which will be removed include:

  • No pre-departure or on arrival testing for travellers, regardless of vaccination status
  • No proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid required
  • No quarantine requirements
  • No countries banned due to varients or cases

Switzerland’s guidance, however, states that masks and social distancing continue to be recommended, but they are no longer required. As of April 1, 2022, the country has already scrapped its internal restrictions, including the mask mandate for public transportation.

Here is the excerpt of the announcement from the Switzerland Tourism team. The details can be read here.

Bottomline

Those who are travelling to Switzerland effective May 2, 2022, will no longer need to have or observe any Covid-19 related precautions to travel to the country. Only the statutory requirements such as visas will now be implemented.

What do you think of Switzerland opening up for international travellers, fully? 


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Comments

  1. Switzerland already removed all entry requirements a few weeks ago, but they changed their mind just after. Obviously it was because Switzerland’s government still fears not to align with the European Union, even if it is not a member. I hope they will not change again…

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