Fully vaccinated Indians can travel to Switzerland.
Travel to Switzerland from India:
Switzerland is the first country to welcome fully vaccinated visitors from the post-second Covid wave in our country.
What’s more, travellers who have got both jabs of Covishield have to quarantine on arrival. While the country does not ask for adverse RT-PCR reports from such travellers, the airline you fly to the land of the Alps may require to carry one from a test conducted within a specific time frame to allow you boarding.
Travel options for India:
India and Switzerland have not formed an air bubble, due to which direct
Germany currently has restrictions on allowing transit to Schengen states for travellers from countries with Covid variants of concern, including India.
While fully vaccinated from high-risk countries are now allowed, there are protocols and ever-changing rules during the pandemic that visitors will do well to check before taking off for the Swiss Alps.
Also, there may be restrictions on travelling to other European Union countries from Switzerland.
The WHO has acknowledged that the Serum Institute of India-made Covishield has not been approved and added to the European Union’s official list of terms “Green Pass.” It is necessary to travel in and out of the European Union starting next month.
Covaxin is yet to be approved by WHO. On June 23, 2021, Switzerland’s federal council decided to lift the entry restrictions for persons from third countries.
Travel to Switzerland:
“The Swiss embassy in New Delhi currently accepts all categories of visas for people from third countries such as India, who can prove their full immunizations. Booking of a prior appointment is mandatory for all application types. Visa Facilitation Services Global Services is operational and accepting visa applications at the centres in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin and Hyderabad,” the website of the Swiss embassy in India says.
“For fully vaccinated third-country nationals with Switzerland, European Union and WHO recognized vaccines, the standard entry requirements from June 26, 2021, will be applicable. So inoculating recognized vaccines also means that these travellers no longer have to be quarantined after arriving in Switzerland,” it adds.
The Public Health Department:
Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health‘s website says, “Citizens who have caught and recovered from covid or who are vaccinated, no need to provide a negative Covid-19 test. Citizens travelling from Delta variant countries (such as the United Kingdom or India) is widespread, and quarantine on entry is not mandatory. Since the vaccines used in Switzerland are only slightly less effective against the Delta variant, a very high level of protection is still offered.”
The Swiss Airlines on travel to Switzerland from India:
A Swiss Airlines spokesperson said: “For the moment, there is no direct flight between India and Switzerland. Transit through other countries might be restricted. Restriction on Visiting other Schengen countries internally from Switzerland might still be active.” The embassy website asks travellers to “check with the authorities of concerned countries.”
Swizz Visa Fee Hike:
Switzerland has temporarily increased the service fee for visa applications due “to additional expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic”, the embassy website says.
Switzerland Visa Process:
Visa applications submitted throughout India will be processed by the Swiss embassy in Delhi, during which the processing time “under normal circumstances (is between seven and ten working days after being sent to any Visa Facilitation Services – VAC in India).To avoid any disruption to your travel dates, we recommend you to begin the application process ASAP, but not later than six months before your entry date in Schengen.”
Study in Switzerland:
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