With the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) emergency use listing of India’s indigenously made Covaxin vaccine, Switzerland has opened its doors for all Indian travellers who have been fully vaccinated with either the Covishield or Covaxin doses.
Switzerland opened its borders for tourists vaccinated with two doses of Covishield starting June 23, 2021. However, post the WHO nod for Covaxin, all fully vaccinated adults need to only fill in an entry form and present their COVID certificate to authorities on arrival in Switzerland and are exempted from taking the test. Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last six months are also exempted from tests and quarantine upon entering the country.
For entering Switzerland with children or adolescents, travellers need to note the following:
- Children and adolescents need to fill in the entry form, which can be included in the entry form of the adult travelling with them.
- Children under the age of 16 are not required to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test on entering Switzerland. They are exempted from the test requirement on entry and the test requirement within 4-7 days of arrival.
The above regulations are only applicable in Switzerland. Transit through other countries to Switzerland and visiting other Schengen countries internally from Switzerland might be restricted, depending on the travel regulations outlined by the respective country. Travellers are advised to check with the authorities of concerned countries while planning their travel.
The Embassy of Switzerland Visa Section in Delhi and VFS Global have started accepting applications for all types of Schengen Swiss visas, including Type C (entry and a stay of up to 90 days within a period of 180 days). Vaccinated people can file for their visa applications in VFS Global centres in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin and Hyderabad.