On Thursday, the European Commission confirmed that the Swiss vaccination certificate will be recognized as equivalent to the pan-European certificate, which is valid from July 1.
This is reported by Swissinfo.
Switzerland has become the first country outside the EU and the European Economic Area to become part of the European Travel Area, the European Commission said.
In theory, Swiss travelers will now be able to move around Europe without having to undergo tests or quarantine in the place they are visiting. The same will apply to European travelers to Switzerland.
“This will allow EU and Swiss citizens to travel more freely and in complete safety this summer,” said European Commissioner Didier Reynders.
However, in practice, different rules and conditions still exist in different countries.
Some EU states have also not yet created the necessary infrastructure for entering the certificate and are still in the “transition phase”.
EU countries also reserve the right to restrict travelers from regions that they consider “risk zones” due to a higher level of coronavirus infection or a greater prevalence of more infectious strains.
In Switzerland, more than 3.5 million vaccinated people have already received a vaccination certificate. About 88,000 received it after recovering from the disease.