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UPDATED: How do you prove you’ve recovered from Covid in Switzerland?

Along with being vaccinated and testing negative, recently contracting the virus will also entitle you to certain benefits under Switzerland's immunity card program. This is how you can prove your immunity in Switzerland.

UPDATED: How do you prove you've recovered from Covid in Switzerland?
A blood test can prove whether you have immunity to Covid. Photo by Pranidchakan Boonrom from Pexels

People can build up resistance to coronavirus through vaccination or contracting the virus and recovering from it.

For people who have recovered from the virus, the immunity is believed to last at least six months, with a 12-month duration for the vaccinated. 

Proving one’s resistance to coronavirus will become increasingly important with the launch of the so-called Covid-19 Immunity Card.

This card grants special privileges to those who are proven to be immune either through inoculation or recovery, from visiting restaurants to attending events and travelling. 

READ MORE: Switzerland promises Covid-19 passport ‘by the summer’

Once you receive your vaccine doses, you will automatically be given a signed vaccination certificate. 

This document specifies, among other things, your name, date of birth, when both vaccines were administered and where, along with the trade name, manufacturer, and batch number on the vaccine.

READ MORE:  How do you prove you have been vaccinated in Switzerland?

What if you developed your immunity through illness and not vaccination?

Whether you were hospitalised or recovered from Covid at home, the hospital or your canton’s public health officials (and sometimes your doctor) have a record of your illness.

You can request that they issue an official letter certifying that you had been infected with the virus.

The letter should include the date when you were diagnosed and when your recovery was complete.

Usually, that’s the date when health officials release you from your quarantine / isolation — between 10 and 14 days, depending on the canton.

In order to make your status official, you need to visit the following federal website to get a copy of your Covid certificate, which will be sent to you via post. 

Once you have received this, you can enter it into Switzerland’s Covid app as part of the immunity certificate program. 

READ MORE: How to get Switzerland’s Covid-19 health pass

What if you haven’t had any outward signs of a Covid infection, but suspect you had the ‘asymptomatic’ type of coronavirus?

Unfortunately, in Switzerland you need to have either a medical certificate proving you had Covid or a positive PCR test. 

This means that you will not be officially deemed to have ‘recovered’ from the virus. 

Antibody tests are not sufficient to prove recovery in Switzerland, unlike in neighbouring countries such as Austria. 

Furthermore, evidence of a positive antigen test will also not be sufficient. 

More information is available here. 

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Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival cancels concerts of unvaccinated British artists

Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival announced on Friday that it was forced to drop the acts of four UK-based artists from its summer program because they haven’t been fully vaccinated yet.

Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival cancels concerts of unvaccinated British artists
British singer-songwriter Rag'n'Bone Man was dropped from Montreux Jazx Festival. Photo: GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP

The move was done in order to comply with current Covid-19 entry rules into Switzerland, which state that from June 26th, travellers from outside the Schengen zone, including Brits, will only be allowed to enter Switzerland if they have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from the virus. 

READ ALSO: Switzerland relaxes travel rules for vaccinated Americans and Brits: What you need to know

British soul singer Rag’n’Bone Man who was one of the headliners for the 2021 edition of the festival, which starts on July 2nd, will now no longer be able to attend due to not being fully vaccinated.

Other unvaccinated acts based in the UK who were also dropped because of the new entry rules include Inhaler, Alfa Mist and the Yussef Dayes Trio.

The artists have already been replaced with other performers from around Europe including Italian singer Zucchero, Woodkid, Dutch songwriter Benny Sings and Danish jazz trio Athletic Progression.

In a statement on June 25th, festival organisers said they were trying to make sure that the concerts of the other UK artists would continue to go ahead, however it is tricky because of fears over the Delta strain of the Covid virus, which has now become dominant in Britain.

“Whether or not these artists can come depends on their vaccination status and that of their touring entourage, as well as their ability to quarantine at the start of their European tour or before their concert at Montreux,” they said.

The Montreux Jazz Festival is one of just a small handful of big music festivals in Switzerland that will still go ahead this summer. Other music events such as St Gallen Open-Air, Paléo and Bern’s Gurten festival have been cancelled for the second year in a row, due to ongoing fears over the Covid-19 virus.

READ ALSO: UPDATE: What rules do European countries have for travellers from the UK?

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