Embassy of Switzerland in Belgium

Important information COVID-19

Important information regarding the measures taken in Switzerland to contain COVID-19

The following entry regulations are in place :

The following people can enter Switzerland without test, quarantine and without providing their contact details:

  • Vaccinated people with a vaccine approved in Switzerland or by the European Medicines Agency EMA are exempt for a period of six months after being fully vaccinated.
  • Recovered people are exempt for a period of six months from the 11th day after confirmation of contamination.
  • Children under the age of 16.

The exemption does not apply to recovered and vaccinated people arriving from countries or areas where a SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern is circulating.

For all other people, the following measures are in place: 

  • Travellers from countries and areas with an increased risk of infection must present a negative PCR test on entry, complete the entry form and undergo a 10-day quarantine. Since 22 March, Belgium is on the list of risk countries.
  • The ten-day quarantine can be shortened if the person concerned gets tested after seven days and the result is negative.

Keep yourself informed about the situation in Switzerland as it can change constantly. It is therefore important to regularly consult the website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the Federal Council.

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Important information regarding the measures taken in Belgium to contain COVID-19

  • Ban on non-necessary travel. The travel ban on non-essential travel within the European Union expires on 19 April. From this date, Belgium aligns itself with the European position: all travel is allowed within the EU + associated European countries (Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Andorra, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Monaco and the Vatican) + countries outside Europe that are on the EU's “white list”. Non-essential travel is still not recommended and still requires testing and quarantine upon return to Belgium.

    Upon return, travellers must follow a strict mandatory testing and quarantine regime. The Passenger Locator Form will allow the authorities to locate people who do not get tested on their return. Anyone who fails to abide by the testing rules is liable to a fine of €250.

    Non-essential travel to and from all other countries remains prohibited until further notice.

    For more information: www.info-coronavirus.be

  • Test
    Residents: PCR test on return to Belgium
    . On returning from a red zone and having stayed there for more than 48 hours, residents must be tested on the first day and on the seventh day of the quarantine.
    Non-residents: double test on entry. All non-residents travelling to Belgium must be tested again on arrival in Belgium, in addition to the compulsory negative test prior to departure. This may be a PCR test or a rapid antigenic test.

  • Quarantine. People who test positive for COVID-19 will now be required to isolate themselves for 10 days. Anyone returning to Belgium after a stay of at least 48 hours in a red zone will also have to place themselves in quarantine for 10 days. The quarantine can only be ended by a negative PCR test on the seventh day of the quarantine.

    www.info-coronavirus.be    

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