Sweden and Switzerland scrap test requirements for entry

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The two European travel destinations of Sweden and Switzerland have both scrapped their pre-departure Covid-19 testing requirements for international travellers. In doing so, the two travel hotspots join a rapidly growing list of other EU and Schengen destinations that have recently eased their entry restrictions and requirements in a bid to once again facilitate travel to, from and around the continent, despite Covid-19 cases remain high across the continent.

However, the two countries have taken a different approach to removing the testing requirement. While Sweden has removed its pre-departure testing requirement for all travellers, Switzerland’s will only apply to travelers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Here is a more detailed overview of all the details of the easing of restrictions for Sweden and Switzerland, as well as an overview of the Covid-19 situation in these countries.

Sweden removes testing requirement – Information for travelers

Until very recently, the list of official requirements needed to enter Sweden stated that travelers had to take a Covid-19 test within 48 hours of arriving in the country. This week, however, Sweden made the decision to allow all travelers to be able to enter the country without having to undergo a pre-departure test – regardless of the traveler’s vaccination status or country of origin – making the trip to the country easier, cheaper and much more attractive for travelers.

In a press release, the Swedish Ministry of Justice said:

“Travelers are no longer considered to pose a particular risk that would affect the spread of the Omicron variant in Sweden. For this reason, the specific requirement for a negative Covid-19 result from a test taken within 48 hours of arrival in Sweden is no longer considered a proportional measure, according to a request from the Health Agency. Swedish public.

In the case of arrivals in Sweden from the EU or the European Economic Area, travelers must always present the EU digital COVID certificate upon entry. Those coming from other parts of the world can still enter with their vaccination card, provided they are recognized by Sweden. Sweden is currently reporting a daily average of around 32,000 Covid-19 cases and is carrying a Level 4: Do not travel US opinion.

The beautiful houses of Sweden

Switzerland removes testing requirement – What travelers need to know

Switzerland was also active this week, scrapping its pre-travel testing requirement – ​​but only for travelers who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or who have recovered from the virus within the past 270 days. The easing of restrictions came into effect on January 22 and is expected to send travelers back to the slopes, chalets and scenic vistas of the Alps in greater numbers.

Cityscape of Zurich, Switzerland

However, it’s not all bad news for unvaccinated travelers planning to visit Switzerland. While they will still need to take a Covid-19 test no more than 72 hours before entry, Switzerland has removed the need to take a follow-up test between the fourth and seventh day after arrival, which will help making visiting Switzerland a more attractive proposition than it was at the start of the new year.

Switzerland has recently seen a dramatic increase in the number of positive Covid-19 cases, reporting a daily average of just over 30,000. The spike has led the country to extend its policy of public transport and indoor mask-wearing until March, those who refuse to comply risk being fined. The country is expected to review its Covid-19 measures once again next month.

Swiss Alps at night in winter

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