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Entry conditions in Switzerland: PCR-type molecular test for COVID-19

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From 8 February 2021, all persons (except children under 12 years of age) entering the territory of the Swiss Confederation by air, regardless of the country / region from which they arrive, must present, on board, a PCR molecular test with a negative result for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed a maximum of 72 hours prior to arrival in Switzerland.

Also, from the same date, February 8, 2021, all persons entering the territory of the Swiss Confederation by air, rail, sea or road by bus from a state / region that is not considered to be of high epidemiological risk , must register their contact details by completing the registration form, in electronic format, available on the following website: www.swisspfl.admin.ch or in physical format, on paper, using the forms provided by the transport companies. People from border areas are exempted.

PCR type molecular test for COVID-19

Romania is not currently on the list of states / regions with a high degree of epidemiological risk. At the moment, there are no other entry restrictions on the territory of the Swiss Confederation for persons arriving from Romania and who have not been in the territory of a state / region with a high degree of epidemiological risk for more than 10 hours in the last 24 days.

Starting with February 8, 2021, all persons arriving in the Swiss Confederation from a state / region with a high degree of epidemiological risk, regardless of the means of transport used, must present a PCR molecular test with a negative result for SARS-CoV-2 infection, performed with maximum 72 hours before arrival.

In addition, persons arriving from a state / region with a high degree of epidemiological risk have the obligation to enter immediately into quarantine for a period of 10 days and to register with the cantonal authorities of the destination locality within a maximum of 48 hours. on arrival.

The quarantine period may be reduced with the approval of the competent cantonal authorities if the persons concerned carry out, on the 7th day of quarantine, a test for infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (rapid antigen or PCR), on own expense, and the result is negative. Persons benefiting from the reduction of the quarantine period must permanently wear a protective mask and keep their distance from other persons when leaving the quarantine location until the end of the 10-day period.

Exceptions to the measures presented above

Exempted from the measure of presenting a PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection and the quarantine period, respectively the measure of presenting the test, persons arriving on the territory of the Swiss Confederation from a state / region with a high degree of epidemiological risk, regardless of the means of transport used, ie persons arriving by air from a state / region that is not considered to be at high epidemiological risk (including Romania), if they meet one of the following conditions:

- are directly involved in ensuring the proper functioning of the medical and / or public order and security system, the administrative system and / or the embassies / consulates accredited in the Swiss Confederation;

- ensures the international transport of goods and people;

- travel for professional or medical purposes, travel being absolutely necessary and unable to suffer delay;

- return to the territory of the Swiss Confederation after having traveled to a state / region with a high epidemiological risk for professional or medical reasons which are absolutely necessary and which could not be postponed;

- have been in direct transit (for less than 24 hours) in the territory of a state / region with a high degree of epidemiological risk;

- transits the territory of the Swiss Confederation directly to other destinations. In this case, the local authorities may request the presentation of supporting documents proving the need to transit through Swiss territory (eg domicile / residence / right of residence / employment contract / any other proof of the need for entry, such as a certificate of compulsory medical treatment required, studies, etc.);

- return to the territory of the Swiss Confederation after participating in an event that took place in a state / region with a high epidemiological risk, provided that they provide evidence that the participation and stay took place in accordance with a specific protection plan. The exception concerns, in particular, participation in a professional competition, sporting event or congress for professional purposes;

- can prove that they have been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the last three months before entering the Swiss Confederation and are cured.

Citizens of non-EU countries may enter the territory of the Swiss Confederation only if:

  • They are residents of a Schengen area;
  • They are family members of an EU citizen and travel with him or her;
  • They are seconded by a company headquartered in an EU non-Schengen Member State or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, for a maximum period of 90 days per year;
  • I am arriving in this state for family reunification, including third-country nationals who hold any type of residence permit or who have been temporarily admitted to the Swiss Confederation. Applications for short-term residence permits submitted by persons wishing to enter into a marriage or partnership with a Swiss citizen or a foreign national holding a long-term residence permit will be processed.

Individuals who present a medial certificate to prove the SARS-CoV-2 virus vaccine, including the second dose, are NOT exempted from presenting a PCR molecular test with a negative result for the virus infection. SARS-CoV-2, performed a maximum of 2 hours prior to arrival in Switzerland.

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