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VIDEO: Whirlwind bromance! How to spend 48 hours in Budapest

You can’t cover every inch of Budapest in two days, but you can certainly fit in some of the city’s most spectacular sights. Watch the video to find out how to make the most of 48 hours in this city of two halves.

VIDEO: Whirlwind bromance! How to spend 48 hours in Budapest
Photo: Pau (left) and Alex (right) in Budapest

The Local and Lufthansa recently ran a competition to reunite three pairs of long-distance friends in three of Europe’s most exciting cities. Buddies Alex Newcome and Pau Revilla Besora, who live in Denmark and Spain respectively, are the second set of friends to meet halfway — this time in beautiful Budapest.

Discover this lively city of baths, bars and bountiful history along with them.

 

Discover what else there is to do in Budapest

Find out more about some of the destinations in the video:

Matthias Church

Fisherman’s Bastion

Statue of the Independence War

Saint Stephen’s Basilica

Széchenyi Chain Bridge

Hungarian Parliament

Karaván Street Market

Szimpla Kert

This article was produced by The Local Creative Studio and sponsored by Lufthansa.

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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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