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COVID-19 – Entry Conditions

 

NEW TRAVELLING CONDITIONS FROM SERBIA TO SWITZERLAND FROM 27.09.2021.


As of 27.09.2021, Serbia finds itself again on the Swiss list of high-risk countries published by the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM). Travelers from the countries on this list, who come using the visa-free regime for a stay of up to 90 days (so-called tourist entry), can enter Switzerland only if they have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines recognized by Switzerland: Spikevax (Moderna), Comirnaty ( Pfizer / BioNTech), COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca), Sinovac and Sinopharm. This restriction does not apply to persons holding a Swiss passport or a valid Swiss residence permit - they can enter Switzerland from any country under previously published conditions valid since 20.09.2021 (see bellow).

As stated on the website of the State Secretariat for Migration (https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/sem/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html), foreign nationals without proof of a recognised vaccination seeking to travel to Switzerland from a SEM high-risk country for a stay of up to three months without a visa are not permitted to enter Switzerland. These persons include: persons who wish to obtain services in Switzerland; tourists, visitors and participants in events; persons who wish to come to Switzerland for medical treatment that has not yet begun or that is not regarded as urgently required; persons seeking employment or who have been invited for a job interview in Switzerland; Persons who wish to submit an application for a residence permit.

Even if you are arriving from a high-risk country, you can still enter Switzerland if you meet at least one of the following requirements: (1) You have Swiss citizenship; (2) You hold a travel document (e.g. a passport or identity card) and: a Swiss residence permit (L / B / C / Ci permit); a cross-border permit (G permit); аn FDFA legitimation card; a D visa issued by Switzerland; a C visa issued by Switzerland after 16.03.2020 in a valid exceptional case or in order to work on a short-term contract; an assurance of a residence permit; confirmation of notification for the cross-border provision of services up to 90 days in any calendar year (e.g. UK nationals); (3) You hold a refugee’s or stateless person’s travel document issued by Switzerland, a passport for foreign nationals issued by Switzerland, a valid residence or permanent residence permit or an F-Permit; (4) EU/EFTA citizens and their family members, irrespective of their nationality. If they require a visa, a valid Schengen C-visa, a valid D-visa or a valid Schengen residence permit are sufficient; (5) You are in a situation of special necessity. The border control authority will assess the necessity of the situation; (6) You can prove that you have been vaccinated with a recognised vaccine. In this case, you can also enter with a valid Schengen visa issued by any Schengen-state before 16.03.2020; (7) You are under 18 and are travelling with an adult who has been fully vaccinated (parents, siblings, grandparents or other caregivers); (8) You are simply travelling directly through Switzerland with the intention and possibility of entering another country.

TRAVELLING THROUGH SWITZERLAND: Serbian citizens holding a residence document or a visa type D for their destination country in the Schengen area are permitted to travel through Switzerland to that country. The normal requirements for entering Switzerland apply. It is only possible to enter Switzerland from a high-risk country in order to travel on to another Schengen state for a short stay of up to 90 days if you can prove that you have been vaccinated. Persons under 18 may enter Switzerland if they are travelling with an adult who has been vaccinated. Otherwise the normal requirements for entering Switzerland apply. If you have not been vaccinated, but your destination country in the Schengen area has authorised your entry for a short stay of up to 90 days, you may only enter the Schengen area by travelling directly to your destination country (i.e. you may not travel though Switzerland).

Travel from Serbia via Switzerland to another country outside the Schengen zone is, since 27.09.2021, no longer permitted, unless using Zurich and Geneva international airports. Before travelling, passengers must check whether they need a visa to enter a third country (so as not to stay at the airport without the possibility to continue the flight). These passengers are allowed to transit, because they do not even enter Switzerland (it wouldn’t be allowed anyhow), but remain in the transit area of the airport.

COVID-19 ENTRY REGIME IN SWITZERLAND

As of Monday, 20th September 2021, all persons older than 16 years of age, regardless of the means of transport they use to come to Switzerland, must fill out an Entry form which can be found at Einreiseformular (admin.ch)

Not vaccinated, and persons who have not recovered from COVID-19, must present a negative PCR (not older than 72 hours) or antigen test (not older than 48 hours) upon entry into Switzerland. In addition, they have the obligation to be re-tested at their own expense from the fourth to the seventh day after entering Switzerland and to submit the result to the competent cantonal authority.
The penalty for not possessing a negative test when entering Switzerland is 200 CHF and 100 CHF for omitting to fill in the Entry form.

The following persons are exempted from the obligation to have a negative PCR or antigen test upon entry into Switzerland:

1. Persons who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the Swissmedic or the
European Medicines Agency (EMA): Spikevax (Moderna), Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNTech), COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) and Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) or any of the vaccines that are on the WHO emergency list (Sinovak and Sinofarm) and have a valid certificate;

2. persons who have recovered from COVID-19 and have a valid certificate;

3. minors under the age of 16;

4. persons transiting through Switzerland without stopping (those persons are also exempted from the obligation of filling the Entry form);

5. crew of a transport vehicles (trucks, buses) when performing international road traffic (those persons are also exempted from the obligation of filling the Entry form);

6. residents of border areas and persons who cross the border on a daily bases due to work (those persons are also exempted from the obligation of filling the Entry form).

The Federal Council has also decided that persons vaccinated abroad can obtain a Swiss COVID certificate under condition that they have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the Swissmedic or the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

 

 

ENTRY REGIME FOR CITIZENS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA AND FOREIGN CITIZENS WITH RESIDENCE IN SERBIA (21.09.2021)

Citizens of the Republic of Serbia and foreign citizens who have been granted temporary residence or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia, upon entering the Republic of Serbia, are required to submit one of the following documents:

1. Negative RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus, not older than 48 hours from the date of issue of the results (if there is a delay in entering the Republic of Serbia, which cannot be attributed to the passenger's fault, but is a consequence of an external event that could not have been foreseen, avoided or eliminated – delay of the flight, the departure of buses, trains, etc, then the test cannot be older than 72 hours when entering the Republic of Serbia);

2. Certificate of complete vaccination issued by the competent health institution of the Republic of Serbia, i.e. the competent authority of the foreign state in which the person was vaccinated;

3. Certificate of overcome COVID-19 disease - a certificate or other public document stating that the holder of the document has overcome the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, i.e. that this person has been diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, provided that no less than 14 days or more than six months may elapse from the first test, issued by the Institute of Public Health established for the territory of the Republic of Serbia, i.e. the competent authority of the state with which the Republic of Serbia has concluded an agreement or de facto reciprocity on the recognition of such documents.

Decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, adopted on 23. July 2021, determines the de facto reciprocity on the recognition of certificates of overcome COVID-19 disease (positive Real Time PCR or antigen test more than 14 days and not more than 6 months old) issued by the competent authorities of the following countries: Luxembourg , Andorra, Spain, Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, San Marino, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey, Croatia, Romania, Germany, USA, Switzerland and Denmark. Persons who have this certificate do not need a negative PCR test or a vaccination certificate to enter Serbia.

Persons who do not have any of the above documents, during passport control, are given a written notice – a health warning about the obligation to comply with the measure of quarantine at home for 10 days, from the date of crossing the state border, and are reminded of the obligation to report to the competent COVID clinic or territorially competent public health institution within 24 hours from the hour of crossing the state border (via an electronic application on the website: www.e-zdravlje.gov.rs).

Children under the age of 12 and persons transiting through Serbia (transit must take less than 12 hours) do not need a negative PCR test to enter Serbia.

IMPORTANT

Minors (domestic or foreign citizens) aged 12 to 18, may enter the Republic of Serbia without a negative RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus or a negative FIA Rapid Antigen test, i.e. without a vaccination certificate or a certificate of overcome disease, if they, within 48 hours from the time of crossing the state border, submit to the competent public health institute in the Republic of Serbia, either a RT-PCR test or an antigen test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus, issued by the reference laboratory of the Republic of Serbia.
Please note that it is necessary to check special travel conditions with airlines (mandatory PCR test or other document).

 

ENTRY REGIME FOR FOREIGN CITIZENS (21.09.2021.)

Foreign citizens are allowed to enter the Republic of Serbia provided that they have one of the following documents:

1. Negative RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus not older than 48 hours from the date of issue of the results (if there is a delay in entering the Republic of Serbia, which cannot be attributed to the passenger's fault, but is a consequence of an external event that could not have been foreseen, avoided or eliminated – delay of the flight, the departure of buses, trains, etc, then the test cannot be older than 72 hours when entering the Republic of Serbia);

2. Certificate of complete vaccination issued by the Republic of Serbia, i.e. a foreign state with which the Republic of Serbia has concluded an agreement on the recognition of vaccination (GREECE, HUNGARY, ROMANIA, SLOVENIA, TURKEY, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, CZECH REPUBLIC, INDIA) or with which there is de facto reciprocity in the recognition of the vaccination certificate (GEORGIA, MOROCCO, CYPRUS, LEBANON, MOLDOVA, SAN MARINO, TUNISIA, CROATIA, SLOVAKIA, ARMENIA, EGYPT, GERMANY).

3. Certificate of overcome COVID-19 disease – a certificate or other public document stating that the holder of the document has overcome the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, i.e. that this person has been diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, provided that no less than 14 days or more than six months may elapse from the first test, issued by the Institute of Public Health established for the territory of the Republic of Serbia, i.e. the competent authority of the state with which the Republic of Serbia has concluded an agreement or de facto reciprocity on the recognition of such documents.

Decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, adopted on 23. July 2021, determines the de facto reciprocity on the recognition of certificates of overcome COVID-19 disease (positive Real Time PCR or antigen test more than 14 days and not more than 6 months old) issued by the competent authorities of the following countries: Luxembourg , Andorra, Spain, Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, San Marino, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey, Croatia, Romania, Germany, USA, Switzerland and Denmark. Persons who have this certificate do not need a negative PCR test or a vaccination certificate to enter Serbia.

Children under the age of 12 and persons transiting through Serbia (transit must take less than 12 hours) do not need a negative PCR test to enter Serbia.

IMPORTANT
Minors (domestic or foreign citizens) aged 12 to 18, may enter the Republic of Serbia without a negative RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus or a negative FIA Rapid Antigen test, i.e. without a vaccination certificate or a certificate of overcome disease, if they, within 48 hours from the time of crossing the state border, submit to the competent public health institute in the Republic of Serbia, either a RT-PCR test or an antigen test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus, issued by the reference laboratory of the Republic of Serbia.

Please note that it is necessary to check special travel conditions with airlines (mandatory PCR test or other document).

Detailed information about the Entry conditions in the Republic of Serbia and existing exceptions can be found at: COVID-19 – Entry Conditions | Ministry of Foreign Affairs (mfa.gov.rs)

 


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