Switzerland approves Covaxin for entry of Indian travellers, fully open now for vaccinated tourists – ET TravelWorld

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Switzerland approves Covaxin for entry of Indian travellers, fully open now for vaccinated tourists
Sharing an official update on the approval of Covaxin, Switzerland Tourism has notified that all fully vaccinated travellers from India can travel to Switzerland without any quarantine and need to take Covid-19 test upon arrival.

After the World Health Organisation (WHO) gave its nod to India’s indigenously made vaccine for emergency use, Switzerland has decided to allow Indian travellers vaccinated with Covaxin, apart from the ones inoculated with Covishield, who were already allowed entry to the European tourist hotspot from September 2021.

Fully vaccinated tourist, who have taken both the doses of either Covishield or Covaxin are now only required to fill in an entry form and present Covid vaccination certificate on arrival in Switzerland. Travellers who have recovered from Covid-19 within the last 6 months, are also exempted from tests and quarantine upon entering the country.

The Technical Advisory Group of WHO on October 26 had sought “additional clarifications” from Bharat Biotech for Covaxin to conduct a final “risk-benefit assessment” for Emergency Use Listing of the vaccine.

The Embassy of Switzerland in Delhi and VFS Global have started accepting applications for all types of Schengen Swiss visas, including Type C (entry and a stay of up to 90 days within a period of 180 days). Vaccinated travellers can file for their visa applications across VFS Global centres in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin and Hyderabad.

For those travelling to Switzerland with kids, they can fill entry form of their children along with the adult travelling with them. Children under the age of 16 are not required to provide proof of a negative Coronavirus test. They are exempted from the test requirement on entry and the test requirement within 4-7 days of arrival.

Transit through other countries to Switzerland and visiting other Schengen countries internally from Switzerland might be restricted, depending on the travel regulations outlined by the respective country.



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