Switzerland opens to all vaccinated guests

Kempinski Palace Engelberg, Switzerland

The Swiss government has outlined the return to normality after the global pandemic and June 28 has been confirmed as the date of opening for fully vaccinated guests from the GCC countries, without having to undergo quarantine or testing.

All EMA (European Medical Agency) and WHO Emergency Use approved vaccinations including Sinopharm will be accepted by Switzerland. Schengen Visas can be requested again through the VFS outlets in due course with the exact date yet to be confirmed. (Emiratis don’t need a visa to head to Switzerland.)

Comprehensive protection concepts are in place to ensure traveller safety. Matthias Albrecht, Director GCC, Switzerland Tourism says: “We are extremely happy and feel quite emotional that we finally can go back to what we do best; to host guests in our magnificent country. And we believe with our beautiful nature and uncrowded boutique towns as well as wide-open landscapes, Switzerland is the natural choice for a post-Covid holiday. Now that borders will open, we can’t wait to welcome each one of you!”

The Swiss government stated that it is adhering to the opening strategy of the EU, more specifically the Schengen area, and has opened the country’s borders to vaccinated people from June 28, just in time for the summer holidays. The fact that Switzerland – considered a highly desirable travel destination worldwide –is ready to welcome international guests from the summer months onwards is very positive news for the travel fraternity.

Over the last 12 months, rigorous protection concepts have proven efficient and ensured that there was no outbreak hotspot at any tourist destination in Switzerland, despite the fact that hotels, restaurants in hotels and ski resorts were open. Over 4,000 tourism businesses use the Swiss "Clean&Safe" label to document the application of comprehensive protection concepts. Guests can get information on the current various protection concepts on the corresponding website and, thus, know with maximum transparency which measures have been implemented to guarantee their protection and mutual safety.