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Travel: How to have your Swiss vaccination recognised abroad

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The Local - [email protected] • 7 Jul, 2021 Updated Wed 7 Jul 2021 12:19 CEST
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Switzerland's Covid app is not yet recognised by the EU, but you can have your Swiss vaccination recognised abroad.

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On Friday, July 9th, Switzerland's app will become a part of the EU travel app framework. 

Until Switzerland's app becomes a part of the EU framework, it is possible to pair it with the apps of countries that you visit. 

At present, the apps of neighbouring countries France, Austria and Germany recognise the QR codes issued in Switzerland when someone has been vaccinated. 

This means that anyone visiting France, Austria and Germany needs to download the French ‎TousAntiCovid app, the Austrian Green Pass or the German Corona Warn app and scan in their Swiss QR code. 

This will allow them to use the app in the destination country to visit bars, restaurants and attend events, depending on the rules in place. 

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

Those visiting Italy will not yet be able to scan their QR code in, but can show paper evidence of their Swiss vaccination. 

This will then be accepted in the app and will allow the holder the same permissions and rights that someone vaccinated in these countries. 

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While this process may be a little cumbersome, it will only be necessary until the EU green pass accepts Switzerland into the framework. 

Switzerland's app is expected to be accepted into the EU framework from mid-July, although an exact date has not yet been given. 

The coordinated EU scheme has been established to make travel easier across the bloc, even for arrivals from countries which are not EU members such as Switzerland. 

Up until then, the Swiss immunity pass needs to be scanned directly into apps from individual countries when you visit.

If you are travelling further afield - i.e. to the United States, United Kingdom etc - please check the following report for an indication of how to comply with local requirements. 

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