Switzerland to remove United States and United Kingdom from quarantine list

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The Local - [email protected] • 24 Mar, 2021 Updated Wed 24 Mar 2021 17:35 CEST
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A US flag flies about the American mission in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

Switzerland on Wednesday decided to remove the US and Great Britain from its mandatory quarantine list, effective immediately.

The decision is a consequence of falling infection rates as a result of both countries’ strong vaccine rollout. 

Countries are placed on the list as a result of high coronavirus infection rates. 

EXPLAINED: Can people from America and the UK come to Switzerland?

Swiss media reports that along with the US and the UK, the countries of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Ireland, Qatar, Lithuania and St. Lucia have been removed. 

In France, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region has been removed, while in Italy, the Apulia region has been taken off the list. 

These removals come into effect from March 25th. 

Several countries have however been placed on the list, including a number of prominent holiday destinations. 

These are Greece, Jamaica, Paraguay, Tanzania and the Ukraine.

These additions will not come into effect until April 5th. 

For a full list and an explanation, please click the following link. 

UPDATE: Which countries are currently on Switzerland’s quarantine list?

The official list is available here. 

US and UK making progress in the coronavirus battle

In the latest update of its "red list" of countries and regions from which incoming travellers need to quarantine, the Swiss health ministry said travellers from the United States, the world's worst-affected country in the pandemic, and from Britain, which is the fifth hardest-hit, will no longer need to quarantine from April 5.

Both countries have made great strides with vaccinations, and have seen new infection levels drop low enough to no longer trigger the requirement.

Switzerland puts countries and regions on its "red list" for quarantining once Covid-19 infection rates remain significantly higher than Switzerland's own infection rate per for a period of 14 days.

On Wednesday, the Swiss rate stood at 523 new infections per 100,000 people. The country of 8.6 million people has to date counted nearly 585,500 cases of Covid-19, and close to 9,500 deaths.

Swiss authorities also said Wednesday they were planning to roll out by summer a certificate for residents who have been vaccinated against the new coronavirus.

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Note: This story previously stated that the countries would be removed from April 5th. However, the removal of the countries came with immediate effect, i.e. from March 25th. The additions to the list will apply from April 5th. 

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