Border checks over the past two months have found around 700 people entering Switzerland without the necessary negative Covid-19 test, the customs administration has confirmed.This content was published on April 3, 2021 - 17:32
According to figures published in the Schweiz am Wochenende newspaper on Saturday, of these 700 cases, around a fifth were forced to pay the CHF200 ($212) fine.
People who could give a reliable account of where they were travelling to, and why, were generally not issued a fine when stopped at the border, the Swiss Federal Customs Administration (FCA) told the Keystone-SDA news agency.
As for the relatively low number detected overall, the FCA said it does not systematically check people entering by car, bus, or train – rather it carries out “risk-based and sporadic” checks.
The FCA also has no plans to beef up its border presence: thanks to a general downturn in cross-border traffic, it has set priorities elsewhere, it said.
At airports, meanwhile, where every incoming traveller is checked, the numbers are lower again: only around a dozen cases have been detected at Zurich airport of people landing without a negative PCR or rapid test. This is explained by the fact that people are generally not allowed onboard in the first place without showing such a test.
Since February 8 this year, travellers arriving in Switzerland via any mode of transport from a “high-risk” country or region have to show evidence of a negative PCR test carried out within the past 72 hours; travellers entering by plane from any country, including non-risk ones, also must provide a negative test. Exceptions to this are children under the age of 12.
All travellers entering Switzerland from anywhere that’s not a region directly bordering the country must also fill out the online registration form available hereExternal link.
The list of countries currently considered not to be high-risk by the State Secretariat for Migration can be found hereExternal link.