Traveling in Switzerland Soon? Get Ready to Take a COVID Test Every 3 Days

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Tourism in Switzerland is about to get a lot more complicated. Starting Monday, September 13, the country will require a covid vaccination certificate to access almost all indoor activities. Restaurants, gyms, museums, libraries, bars, theatres, and concert halls are all on the list. To access any of these areas, everyone, including tourists, will need a Swiss covid certificate.

A document shows the new covid rules and regulations in switzerland outlining which indoor activities require proof of covid vaccination
Document from the Switzerland Federal Office of Public Health

This requirement extends to tourists who were not vaccinated in the European Union, and Switzerland has said foreign covid certificates will not be accepted. Instead, tourists will need to test for covid every three days. Rapid tests are available for free to anyone in Switzerland. However, that initiative expires on September 30.

Switzerland Tourism, the country’s official tourism organization, recognizes the issue and says they’re working on a solution. Until then, tourists will even need a negative covid test taken within the last three days to access any of the above indoor activities. 

Switzerland has put these measures in place with an expiration of January 24, 2022. Violations are subject to a fine of CHF 100 ($109 USD).


Lauren Allain
Lauren is a freelance journalist from Seattle. She travels the globe in search of the best grocery stores, bouldering gyms, and snorkeling locations. Her mission at Freedom Is Everything is to help others make the transition into location-independent lifestyles.