Thursday, May 27, 2021

Switzerland to Abolish Quarantine Requirement for Vaccinated Arrivals & Those Who Have Recovered From COVID-19

The Swiss Federal Council has suggested to the government to cease applying entry quarantine for people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 for the six upcoming months, as a part of the finalisation of the fourth round of lifting Coronavirus restrictions.

According to a press release issued by the Federal Council, people who have recovered from the virus are, too, exempt from travel quarantine for a six-month period, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Same as numerous EU countries, Switzerland only recognises Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

On the other hand, the restriction-free entry rule does not apply to travellers coming from countries with significant concerns about the new virus variants, even if they have received their anti-COVID jabs.

Since there are more restrictions lifted in May than initially planned, Switzerland now intends to have only one more round of reopening before the summer break. Supported by cantons, the next package of steps in easing restrictions is expected to be unfolded on June 11, on which a decision will be taken on June 23 or 30. The new determined rules will be effective from July 1.

The first step of the lifting of restrictions will be allowing pilot events to be organised starting from June 1. A maximum of 600 people will be permitted to attend indoor events, whereas outdoor events will be allowed to host up to 1,000 people. Each Swiss canton can organise five instead of three pilot events, and the face-covering requirement will be lifted for outdoor stays.

If the first step is successful, Switzerland shall proceed with the second step, allowing large-scale indoor events to be held starting from July 1. People’s capacity cap will be 3,000, whereas outdoor events arranged in a socially distancing acceptable manner will enable 5,000 people to attend them. Other outdoor events like open-air festivals will be allowed to host 3,000 people, who must wear a mask.

And the third step is planned to allow large-scale events from August 20, with up to 10,000 people attending. There will be no capacity, spectator, or other restrictions, and it is expected to occur once all people who want to receive their vaccines get both jabs.

Last week, the Federal Council revealed they were planning to abolish quarantine requirements for vaccinated travellers and those who have recovered from COVID-19.

The most recent data by Worldometers shows that there are 39,252 COVID-19 active cases in Switzerland; 10,789 deaths and 641,078 people have recovered from the virus.



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