Welcome to Switzerland?
In March 2020, as part of the fight against the spread of the new coronavirus, Bern suspended the issuance of visas for third-country nationals. Some of the restrictions were gradually removed. Thus, foreigners could enter Switzerland for work and study, as part of the procedure for preparing for marriage or family reunification, as well as for medical reasons. Travel without a “good reason” remained unavailable all this time. In connection with the improvement of the epidemiological situation, the Federal Council decided to cancel the de facto ban on entry into the country for vaccinated third-country nationals. Our Newspaper contacted the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) to clarify who the new provisions concern.
What kind of “third countries” are we talking about? And do they include, for example, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the CIS as a whole?
Third countries are countries outside the Schengen area. Russia, Belarus and Ukraine are still classified as “countries at risk”. From 26 June 2021, only vaccinated persons will be allowed to enter Switzerland from these countries.
Does this mean that third-country nationals can obtain a visa to enter Switzerland for tourism or visiting relatives?
Until now, third-country nationals have not been able to enter Switzerland for the purpose of visiting relatives or tourism, but from 26 June this will again be possible for persons who can confirm that they have received a full vaccination.
Which vaccines are recognized in Switzerland?
Currently vaccinated persons are considered vaccinated with a drug that:
a) approved in Switzerland and fully introduced in accordance with the recommendations of the Federal Office of Health (OFSP / BAG);
b) approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the European Union and fully introduced in accordance with the requirements or recommendations of the country in which the vaccination was carried out;
c) approved in accordance with the list of the World Health Organization “WHO Emergency use listing” and is fully implemented in accordance with the specifications or recommendations of the country in which the vaccination was carried out.
Editorial: in practice, this means that the Sinovac vaccine, for example, is recognized, and Sputnik V not yet.
What is the proof of vaccination?
A complete vaccination must be completed no more than 12 months ago. The proof for vaccinated persons can be a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19. If the certificate has not yet been issued, then the corresponding document can serve as confirmation. It should contain the following information: name and surname of the vaccinated person; Date of Birth; date of vaccination; vaccine used.
Should children be vaccinated too?
Children under 18 who cannot be vaccinated due to their age and are traveling with fully vaccinated adults may also be allowed to enter Switzerland.
Where can I find answers any other questions?
Details of the travel regulations for Switzerland will be published on the SEM website on the effective date of the revised regulations, which is midnight June 25-26. A dedicated OFSP / BAG page listing sanitary regulations regarding tests, quarantine and filling out the online contact form will also be updated on June 26th. You can find information on issuing visas on the website of the Consular Section of the Swiss Embassy in your country. Answers to frequently asked questions regarding entry into a country of residents of the Confederation or EU countries are listed in the document published on the government website.