Swiss Tighten Covid Border Controls
Switzerland announced Friday that all travellers entering the country who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or recovered from the disease will need proof of a negative test
Geneva, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Sep, 2021 ) :Switzerland announced Friday that all travellers entering the country who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or recovered from the disease will need proof of a negative test.
Bern said the measures, which come into force on Monday, were a bid to prevent a spike in cases once people start returning from their autumn vacation, following a surge in Delta variant infections after the summer holidays.
"Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not recovered must present a negative test result on entry," the government said in a statement, adding that after four to seven days in Switzerland, another test must be carried out, subject to a fee.
All travellers must also complete a locator form.
The test and entry form requirements do not apply to transit travellers, professional goods or transport drivers, cross-border commuters or people entering from areas just across the frontier.
Vaccination rates in the wealthy Alpine nation are lagging behind those of its neighbours, with only 53.
3 percent of the population fully immunised.
Some 31 percent of intensive care unit beds are filled with Covid-19 patients.
Switzerland now requires people to show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test to go into bars and restaurants, cinemas, exhibitions and indoor sporting events.
From Monday, foreign visitors vaccinated abroad with a jab approved by the European Medicines Agency will be able to obtain a Swiss Covid certificate enabling them to enter restaurants and venues.
The restrictions are unpopular with sections of the Swiss population, and demonstrations -- normally rare in Switzerland -- are on the increase.
"Anything that is an act of violence is condemned without restriction," Swiss President Guy Parmelin told a press conference on Friday.