Switzerland Reopens its Borders to Travellers from 21 Countries

The Swiss Tourism Board has initiated the Clean & Safe labelling scheme to reassure tourists that the country is a safe travel destination for their post-pandemic trip.  
Switzerland Reopens its Borders to Travellers from 21 Countries
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After lifting travel restrictions for travellers from the Schengen Zone states and the U.K. on June 15, Switzerland has loosened border controls for 21 other countries on July 20, in line with European Union guidelines.

The nations are Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and Vatican City. However, visitors from some of these nations may have to undergo 10 days of quarantine after arriving in Switzerland. Although India has not made it to the list, the interim period gives ample time for people to plan bucket list holidays to the European country in the future.

To minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission for foreign tourists, the Swiss Tourism Board has launched the Clean & Safe campaign in collaboration with the tourism industry. Through this scheme, hotels, restaurants, transportation companies and cable car operators will be awarded a Clean & Safe label if they are in compliance with the safety guidelines and precautions issued by the federal government. The easily identifiable label will help communicate to visitors which establishment is a safe choice for their itinerary.

According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre, Switzerland has recorded 33,883 COVID-19 infections and 1,972 deaths so far. After peaking in April, the daily spike in cases has considerably dipped, and the infection rate seems to be brought under control.

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  • Tanay Gokhale enjoys writing and follows what he thinks is an eclectic mix of interests. Especially passionate about travelling with good music and a book to boot.

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