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Welcome to Bitsch: Swiss village parodied by Instagram star

Bitsch is back in the news, albeit for its name.

Welcome to Bitsch: Swiss village parodied by Instagram star
Photo: Screengrab Instagram.

When online porn site Pornhub offered the 900 residents of Bitsch a free lifetime subscription to its service last year, local residents seemed to laugh off the promotion stunt.

The village's name doesn't mean anything in French or German, although it obviously assumes new connotations when seen from an Anglophone perspective.

Now a Swiss Instagram influencer has created a viral video of the village in the canton of Valais, playing off the village's unusual name. 

“Now I show you Bitsch,” says online Swiss star Zeki in his mockumentary travelogue. 

“The villagers here have 99 problems, but Bitsch ain't one,” quips Zeki in his video, which has been viewed more than 1.2 million times on video streaming site TikTok, according to Swiss daily 20 Minutes. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

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A post shared by DE HERTIST (@zekisworld) on Apr 10, 2019 at 3:05am PDT

A town called Bitche also exists in France

READ MORE: Don't let their names put you off, these Swiss places are well worth a visit

 

 

 

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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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