Travelers from all countries will soon be able to enter Switzerland without having to adhere to any COVID-19 regulations, as the latter will repeal all of its measures on May 2.
According to the most recent update issued by Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Migration, beginning May 2, all travellers, regardless of their country of origin, will be permitted to enter Switzerland without restriction, according to SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“The entry restrictions currently in place will be lifted from May 2. As of that date, the usual rules for entering Switzerland will apply,” the statement of the State Secretariat for Migration reads.
Currently, all visitors to Switzerland must have a valid vaccination or recovery certificate in order to enter the country without restriction. Moreover, once the new entry rules go into effect, travellers will no longer be required to have a valid vaccination or recovery certificate. According to Swiss authorities, beginning May 2, travellers will only be required to follow other rules, such as having a valid passport or visa, if such a requirement applies to them.
It is believed that the Swiss authorities made this decision after considering infection and vaccination rates. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland has reported over 14,500 new COVID-19 infection cases in the last seven days. In terms of vaccination rates, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health reports that as of April 19, Switzerland had administered a total of 15,664,046 vaccine doses.
Furthermore, the same data shows that 69.13 percent of the total population has completed primary vaccination, with another 42,84 percent receiving an additional vaccine dose. Switzerland has already lifted all COVID-19 domestic restrictions. On April 1, the government decided to lift the remaining restrictions. Since then, visitors and Swiss citizens have not been required to wear a face mask when visiting various public places, events, and taking public transportation.
Additionally, the country has removed the requirement for inbound visitors to present a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate. Greece, like Switzerland, will remove all restrictions on May 2. According to the Minister, all travellers, regardless of their country of origin, will be exempt from the requirement to present a valid COVID Pass, a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate upon arrival in Greece.
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