Coronavirus in Ticino

Since the Coronavirus is a very present topic and has created some insecurities, we would like to keep our guest updated about the current situation. Please find answers to several frequently asked questions below.

  • What's the current situation?
    • The Federal Council is constantly monitoring the situation and has decided to take new measures. 

      As of Monday 20 December 2021, access to public buildings (restaurants, cinemas, theatres, museums, gyms) will only be permitted for persons in possession of a "2G" certificate (access only for vaccinated and recovered persons). 

      In bars and discotheques as well as indoor swimming pools, 2G+ applies (access only for vaccinated or recovered persons who present a negative test or who have been vaccinated or recovered within the last four months). 

      For all events with more than 300 participants, the 3G rule still applies, i.e. persons who have been vaccinated, recovered or tested negative.

      The mask is compulsory in all places where the certificate is required. 

      The COVID certificate is available to all persons who have been vaccinated, cured or tested negative. It can be submitted in electronic form (app) or on paper. The validity of antigenic tests has been reduced from 48 to 24 hours. The validity of PCR tests has remained unchanged at 72 hours.

      For more information, we recommend visiting the website of the Federal Office of Public Health or the website of the canton Ticino (in Italian):

  • What are the rules for entering Switzerland?
    • Vaccinated and recovered persons must undergo a test before entering Swiss territory, either an antigen test (not older than 24 hours) or a PCR test (within the last 72 hours).

      Persons who have not been vaccinated and have not recovered must present a negative test on entry and repeat it 4-7 days after entry. The result of the test must be communicated to the canton.

      The second test notification form is available here.

      All persons entering Svizzerland - vaccinated, recovered and people who tested negative - must also fill out the entry form (Passenger Locator Form, SwissPLF).

      Information and entry requirements for nationals of the various countries can be found here.

      Recommendations for travelers can be found here

      To find out if and under which conditions you can enter Switzerland, click here.

  • Are all certificates recognized?
    • Tourists from the European Union (EU), the Schengen area and the EFTA area: Certificates of the countries affiliated to the EU Digital Covid Certificate are recognized as valid in Switzerland.

      Tourists from third countries (outside the EU / Schengen / EFTA): Certificates for a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen / Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and all licenses such as Covishield, etc.) are recognized as valid in Switzerland. The latter must be converted into a Swiss Covid certificate.

  • How is the certificate converted?
    • The national electronic solution for converting foreign vaccination cards (vaccines recognized by the EMA) into a Swiss Covid certificate is ready for operation.

      Guests from third countries (non-EU / EFTA / Schengen) who have been vaccinated with a vaccine recognized by the EMA can now apply for a Swiss Covid certificate via the following platform:

      • The conversion of a certificate costs CHF 30.- at the expense of the applicant.

      • The time between data entry and receipt of the Swiss Covid certificate is a maximum of 5 days.

      • The Covid-Swiss certificate can be downloaded or uploaded directly into the Covid-19 certificate application.

  • Is there a certification for tourist facilities?
    • Yes. At Swiss level has been created the label "Clean & Safe", which attests the compliance with protective measures by tourist facilities and thus strengthens guests' confidence in Switzerland as a safe travel destination. The label was developed in collaboration with professional associations.

Last update: 21.12.2021

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