Switzerland on Thursday lifted restrictions on travel to Egypt's Red Sea resorts but warned that non-urgent visits to the rest of the country should be avoided.

"/> Switzerland on Thursday lifted restrictions on travel to Egypt's Red Sea resorts but warned that non-urgent visits to the rest of the country should be avoided.

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Swiss ease Egypt travel curbs

Switzerland on Thursday lifted restrictions on travel to Egypt's Red Sea resorts but warned that non-urgent visits to the rest of the country should be avoided.

Switzerland on Thursday lifted restrictions on travel to Egypt’s Red Sea resorts but warned that non-urgent visits to the rest of the country should be avoided.
 

“The seaside resorts at the Red Sea can … be visited,” said the Swiss foreign ministry on its website.
 

However, it advised citizens to “stay at a distance from mass gatherings and demonstrations of all kinds.”
 

It also stressed that “non-urgent travel to other parts of the country is discouraged.”
 

“The country is going through a political crisis. Despite apparent peace, development of the security situation remains uncertain,” said the ministry.
 

Following the travel advisory revision, Swiss travel operator Kuoni said that packages to Red Sea resorts Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada and Marsa Alam were back on its programme.
 

Nationwide protests erupting on January 25 ended Hosni Mubarak’s grip on power in less than three weeks. However, some 365 people were killed and about 5,500 injured during the 18 days of protests that led to Mubarak’s resignation.
 

Mubarak fled to his closely-guarded villa in Sharm.

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What is the fine for not filling out Switzerland’s Covid arrival form?

There is one essential form all travellers to Switzerland must fill out, but many don’t. If caught, border guards will hand out fines.

A 100-franc fine could be imposed on those who don’t fill out the Personal Locator Form
Important paperwork: Switzerland-bound travellers must fill out the PLF form or risk getting fined. Photo by Zurich Airport

With constantly changing travel rules, it is difficult to keep up with all the regulations that need to be followed to enter Switzerland (and all the other countries, for that matter).

Since September 20th, everyone arriving in Switzerland, regardless of their country of origin, mode of transport, or vaccination status, must fill out the electronic Personal Location Form (PLF).

Once filled out and registered online, you will receive a QR code which you will have to show when entering Switzerland.

However, some people may be unaware of the requirement and enter the country without this form.

READ MORE: Here is the form you need to enter Switzerland

Checks are done randomly, so many travellers slip in without having filled this form. But if caught, you will have to pay a 100-franc fine.

So far, 200 people had to pay this fine, according to Tamedia media group.

The only people exempted from this rule are transit passengers, long-haul lorry drivers transporting goods across borders,  children under 16, cross-border workers, and residents of border areas.

The PLF requirement is an addition to other travel regulations the Federal Council implemented in September:

Two tests to enter Switzerland are now required for the unvaccinated and unrecovered.

Unvaccinated arrivals and those who have not contracted and recovered from the virus in the past six months must show two negative tests. 

The first proof should be presented when arriving in Switzerland.  Then, four to seven days later, travellers will have to undergo another test, which they must pay for themselves.

Both PCR and antigen results are accepted.

These rules only apply to arrivals from nations not on the Switzerland’s high-risk list. As the United States and United Kingdom are considered high risk, only vaccinated people from those countries can arrive in Switzerland.

This article contains more information on the rules which apply. 

EXPLAINED: What are Switzerland’s new travel and Covid certificate rules?

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