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 situation is constantly monitored by the Federal Council. It has been decided to extend the use of the COVID certificate.

      The certificate is compulsory in bars, restaurants, discotheques and, in general, in indoor public spaces, including cinemas, theatres and museums, zoos, fitness centres, indoor swimming pools and water parks.

      As of Monday 6 December, the certificate is also required for all indoor sporting and cultural events and activities. For outdoor events it is compulsory from 300 participants.

      The mask is compulsory in all places where the certificate is required. Events and venues requiring the certificate have the option of restricting access to vaccinated or cured persons and thus waiving the mask requirement.

      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?
    • Everyone - even those who are vaccinated and cured - must undergo a PCR test before entering or re-entering Switzerland. In addition to taking a PCR test before travelling, a second test (PCR test or rapid antigen test) must be carried out between the fourth and seventh day after arrival.

      Test costs must be borne by the traveller. The new provisions do not apply to people travelling in border areas.

      Non-vaccinated third-country nationals wishing to enter the Schengen area from countries or regions at risk will be refused entry to Switzerland for short-term stays without gainful employment of up to 90 days within a period of 180 days - apart from certain exceptions (hardship cases).

      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: 25.10.2021

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