Shortly before the holidays, the Swiss Covid certificate was not recognized by the European Union. You often have to show tests.

In many cantons, summer vacation begins next weekend. Many people have received two more vaccines so that they can finally relax by the sea again. But even with Covid certification, worry-free travel is still not possible in many places.

There is no free pass yet

According to Nassima Mahira, responsible for Covid certification at the Federal Office of Public Health, 2.7 million Covid certificates have been issued to date in Switzerland. But that alone is not a free pass to travel through the European Union.

“The Covid certificate makes travel easier because information about vaccination, testing or status retrieved can be read from this QR code across the EU or across Europe,” says Mahira.
However, in many places a PCR test is also required to be allowed in the country.

Delayed by a framework agreement?

Swiss Covid certification is legally and technically consistent with that of the European Union, which member states presented on Thursday. But for now at least, Switzerland is not here because the European Union has not officially recognized the Swiss Covid certificate.

A decision of the committee is still necessary for this. “Unfortunately, I cannot say exactly when the committee will decide,” Mahira said. Neither BAG nor the FDFA want to know whether the failure of the framework agreement could be responsible for the delay. “We expect it in the next few days,” Mahira says.

The situation can change quickly

On the other hand, BAG advises travelers to clarify in detail the situation in the desired travel destination. Indeed, each country can also issue its own regulations and local conditions can change very quickly, especially due to the new delta variant of the coronavirus. In the case of Portugal, for example, the BAG checks whether the country is on the quarantine list.

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