The decision was announced at a press conference on Wednesday evening in Bern, where the government laid out the next steps in the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition to relaxing the quarantine, the government has also announced a range of other relaxations of coronavirus measures.
This includes allowing restaurants to serve food indoors, letting larger events take place and exempting vaccinated people from quarantine – from May 31st.
The openings will only go ahead under the proviso that Switzerland’s coronavirus numbers remain under control until May 26th, when the decision will become formalised.
More information is available at the following link.
What will the quarantine rules now be?
The quarantine for those already vaccinated will be dropped from May 31st – provided the epidemiological situation remains under control.
People who have recovered from COVID and those who have been vaccinated will be exempt from contact and travel quarantine.
Switzerland already announced that it would be relaxing the quarantine for already vaccinated people who have come into contact with someone with the virus in late April, however now the quarantine when returning or arriving from abroad will also be relaxed.
Over the coming days, Switzerland is expected to announce more about how the new quarantine rules will apply.
For instance, some entry rules are expected to remain in place for arrivals from countries or regions with high coronavirus numbers, or with prevalent instances of coronavirus mutations.
The current rules for entering Switzerland are available here.
For help on how to prove you have had the virus and have recovered, please check out the following link.