Switzerland removes more countries and regions from high-risk Covid list

Switzerland removes more countries and regions from high-risk Covid list
It's a lot easier to come to Switzerland from some countries. Photo by JOSE JORDAN / STR / AFP
The Swiss Health Ministry has removed some 11 regions from list of areas with elevated risk of coronavirus infections.

From Thursday June 3rd, the French regions of Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, plus Germany’s Land Sachsen and Thüringen (Thurungia), as well as Italy’s Regione Campania and Puglia are off the list.

No other areas of Italy, Germany or Austria remain on the high risk list.

However, the French regions of Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France, Île de France, Normandie, and Pays de la Loire, are still included.

Also, Croatia, Cyprus, Iran, Luxembourg, and Turkey are no longer considered as high risk areas by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

This means that arrivals from these places are no longer required to quarantine in Switzerland, although they still need to  provide a negative Covid test, unless they are fully vaccinated or recently recovered from coronavirus.

Since May 31st, people who are fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid are exempt from travel quarantine for a period of six months.

They are also exempt from the requirement to be tested and provide contact details on arrival in Switzerland.

However, one condition for the waiving of the quarantine and testing requirement is that travellers “have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved in Switzerland or by the European Medicines Agency (EMA)”, the Federal Council said.

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