(MENAFN – Swissinfo) Border checks over the past two months have found about 700 people entering Switzerland without the necessary negative Covid-19 tests, the customs administration has confirmed.
This content is published April 3, 2021 – 17:32 April 3, 2021 – 17:32 Keystone-SDA / dos
According to figures published in the Schweiz am Wochenende newspaper on Saturday, of these 700 cases, about a fifth were forced to pay a fine of CHF200 ($ 212).
People who can provide reliable information about where they are traveling, and why, are generally not subject to fines when stopping at the border, the Swiss Federal Customs Administration (FCA) told the Keystone-SDA news agency.
Regarding the relatively low number detected overall, the FCA said it did not systematically check people entering by car, bus or train – it carried out ‘risk-based and sporadic’ checks.
The FCA also has no plans to increase its presence at the border: thanks to the general decline in border traffic, they have set priorities elsewhere, he said.
At the airport, meanwhile, where every incoming traveler is screened, the numbers are even lower: only about a dozen cases have been detected at Zurich airport of people landing without negative PCRs or rapid tests. This is explained by the fact that people are generally not allowed to board an airplane without showing such a test.
List of risks
Since 8 February this year, travelers arriving in Switzerland via any mode of transport from a ‘high risk’ country or region must show evidence of a negative PCR test conducted within the last 72 hours; Travelers entering by plane from any country, including those without risk, must also test negative. The exceptions to this are children under 12 years of age.
All travelers entering Switzerland from anywhere that is not a region directly bordering the country must also complete the online registration form available here External link.
A list of countries currently deemed not at high risk by the State Secretariat for Migration can be found here External link.
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