Switzerland and Greece remove all COVID travel restrictions

Switzerland and Greece remove all COVID travel restrictions (1)

Abstract: Greece and Switzerland have completely removed all the pandemic restrictions for travelers to those countries.

Highlights

  • Greece and Switzerland have removed travel restrictions placed during the pandemic.
  • The new rules will be effective from the beginning of May.
  • Travelers need to follow basic restrictions for crossing borders.

Starting from May 2022, travelers from all across the globe can enter Greece and Switzerland without any restrictions.

The government of Greece and Switzerland has stated that from the start of May, all travelers, irrespective of their country of origin, are allowed to enter the countries without any restrictions. These countries no longer require travelers to submit a vaccination or negative test certificate when they arrive in either country.

The rule will be effective from May 1, 2022, in Greece and May 2, 2022, in Switzerland.

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New Travel Rules

The travelers, irrespective of which country they are traveling from, need not follow the rules for travel placed during the pandemic. They need not submit:

  • Vaccination certificate
  • Recovery certificate
  • Negative test report

They can access bars, cafes, restaurants, and other tourist or public places.

It is believed that this new rule was brought into effect to attract more tourists in the summer season. The decision was taken after taking into account the rate of vaccination and infection.

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Vaccination Rates in Greece & Switzerland

  • Greece

The ECDC and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control have declared that the authorities in Greece have administered 20,742,496 vaccine doses for the pandemic as of April 29, 2022. It also stated that 82.2% of the total adult population have taken their primary vaccination, and 64.9% have completed their additional vaccine dose.

  • Switzerland

The vaccination rates remain high in Switzerland. The Federal Office of Public Health of Switzerland has published that by April 19, 2022, the country had administered 15,664,046 vaccine doses for the pandemic. 69.1% of the adult population has been administered the primary vaccination dose, and 42.8% of the population has completed their booster dose.

The other countries to have lifted travel restrictions are:

  • Denmark
  • Czechia
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Sweden
  • Latvia
  • Poland
  • Slovenia

These rules are expected to be valid till September, 2022.

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