Switzerland to remove quarantine for vaccinated people

Switzerland will wind back its quarantine requirement for vaccinated people and those who can prove they have recovered from the virus at the end of May.

Switzerland to remove quarantine for vaccinated people
A sign says 'entry' in German at an airport. Switzerland is set to wind back its quarantine rules in late May. Photo: THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP

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.

READ MORE: Switzerland to open indoor restaurants and allow larger events by end May

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. 

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

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  1. We have duel citizenship with Switzerland and would like to know how we can prove our U. S. vaccination to qualify for a vaccination “passport”.

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Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

The mandatory EU-wide mask requirement for air travel is set to be dropped from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still require passengers to wear masks on some or all flights

Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

Europe-wide facemask rules on flights are set to be ditched as early as next week in light of new recommendations from health and air safety experts.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) dropped recommendations for mandatory mask-wearing in airports and during flights in updated Covid-19 safety measures for travel issued on Wednesday, May 11th.

The new rules are expected to be rolled out from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still continue to require the wearing of masks on some or all of flights. And the updated health safety measures still say that wearing a face mask remains one of the best ways to protect against the transmission of the virus.

The joint EASA/ECDC statement reminded travellers that masks may still be required on flights to destinations in certain countries that still require the wearing of masks on public transport and in transport hubs.

It also recommends that vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a face mask regardless of the rules, ideally an FFP2/N95/KN95 type mask which offers a higher level of protection than a standard surgical mask.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said in the statement. 

“For passengers and air crews, this is a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel. Passengers should however behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them. And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those seated nearby.”  

ECDC director Andrea Ammon added: “The development and continuous updates to the Aviation Health Safety Protocol in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have given travellers and aviation personnel better knowledge of the risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. 

“While risks do remain, we have seen that non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal. 

“While mandatory mask-wearing in all situations is no longer recommended, it is important to be mindful that together with physical distancing and good hand hygiene it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission. 

“The rules and requirements of departure and destination states should be respected and applied consistently, and travel operators should take care to inform passengers of any required measures in a timely manner.”