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What new relaxations could Switzerland announce on Friday?

The Swiss Federal Council will hold a press conference on Friday afternoon to discuss the epidemiological situation in the country. These are some of the restrictions that could be lifted soon.

What new relaxations could Switzerland announce on Friday?
This could happen in less than a month. Photo by Helena Lopes on Pexels

The authorities have said that the situation in Switzerland is much improved, with the number of cases dropping by 30 percent in just one week, according to the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

The number of hospitalisations and deaths has also declined drastically.

“Switzerland is well on its way to overcoming the crisis”, said Task Force member Tanja Stadler.

Health officials attribute this favourable evolution to the vaccines.

READ MORE: ANALYSIS: What has Switzerland done right and wrong in managing the Covid pandemic?

These are the restrictions that could be lifted from July 1st, Swiss media reports.


The end of the limitation to four diners per table inside restaurants could be announced. On the terrace, there could even be no obligatory limit at all  (it is now capped at six).  

Also, restaurants may no longer be required to record customer data.

Public events

Crowds of up to 5,000 people for outdoor events and 1,000 for indoors could be permitted. However, such large gatherings could only be allowed for people who can show their Covid passport, which the government said would be available from July 1st.

READ MORE: What will Switzerland’s Covid-19 pass allow you to do?

Private gatherings could also once again become unlimited. Currently, the limit is set at 30 indoors and 50 outdoors.


This possible relaxation would mainly concern the wearing of masks outdoors, for instance on restaurant terraces or in train stations.

The Federal Council chould also decide on whether those who can prove they have been cured, vaccinated and recently tested, should continue to wear the mask at all.

The mask obligation at schools may also be abolished, at least outdoors.

This timetable corresponds to the one set by the government on April 22nd when it outlined its three-phase strategy for lifting all the remaining coronavirus restrictions.


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Switzerland to drop vaccine requirement for entry from Monday

More than two years after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, travel to Switzerland is set to return to normal from May 2nd.

Switzerland to drop vaccine requirement for entry from Monday

Despite winding back all Covid measures domestically on April 1st, Switzerland still required visitors from non-European countries to be vaccinated against Covid. 

Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Migration said on Twitter late in late April that all remaining entry rules would be scrapped from Monday, May 2nd. 

What were the rules? 

Up until May 2nd, visitors from the EU/EFTA zone can enter Switzerland without needing to show a vaccination or a test. Those from outside the bloc however need to show either proof of vaccination or recovery, or fit into other exception categories, including being under 18. 

This created a somewhat contradictory situation where Switzerland has some of the most relaxed rules in Europe domestically, but a stricter entry framework than many of its neighbours. 

‘Travelcheck’: This tool shows you what you need to enter Switzerland

As a consequence, Swiss tourism authorities warned that travellers from outside Europe, particularly those from the United States, China, India and the United Kingdom, are taking their tourist dollars elsewhere. 

The Swiss Tourism Association STV submitted a formal request in March that the laws be changed, saying they had put Switzerland at a disadvantage. 

How do I know which rules apply?

One of the most important elements to consider with regard to Covid entry rules is that the country where you reside rather than your nationality is the most important aspect. 

Therefore, if you are an American living in France under the current rules, you can enter without showing proof of vaccination, as you are considered to be entering from France. 

With rules constantly changing and official sources sometimes slow to keep up, the best way to determine the rules which apply in your specific case is the Swiss government’s ‘Travelcheck’ website. 

This is available here. 

The site will ask you certain questions about your situation, although no personal details are required. 

You will then receive a tailored response with advice on your entry situation. 

An extensive set of FAQs is available on the Swiss government website here