EU, Switzerland to accept each other’s COVID-19 travel certificates

A security staff member of the MAD (Moulin a Danse) night club scans the QR code of a COVID-19 certificate allowing entry in newly reopened nightclubs in Lausanne, Switzerland, early 26 June 2021. [EPA-EFE/VALENTIN FLAURAUD]

The EU and Switzerland have agreed to recognise each other’s COVID-19 digital certificates from Friday to allow travel for Swiss citizens within the EU, and between the EU and Switzerland, the European Commission said on Thursday.

Switzerland is the first country outside the EU and the EEA to take part in the EU certificate system. 

The EU executive said certificates issued by Switzerland will be considered equivalent to the EU COVID certificate, which was launched on 1 July to help citizens travel more freely across the bloc and open up for the summer tourist season.

At the same time, Switzerland will accept the EU Digital COVID Certificate for travel to Switzerland, the Commission said in a statement.

The EU certificate, which can be on a smartphone or printed out, takes the form of a QR-code that indicates if a traveller has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, has received a recent negative test result or has immunity due to recent recovery from a COVID-19 infection.

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