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A Week in Switzerland, Germany & Austria

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    EF Go Ahead Tours currently requires that all tour participants be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must have proof of negative results for a COVID-19 test
    taken within 72-hours before departure. These requirements are in addition to any destination requirements listed below due to US Department of State and CDC guidance, the wellbeing of the group, and/or operational feasibility.

    The United States to Switzerland

    Please note: Local requirements may be listed for destinations not visited on your tour itinerary. Cross-reference your itinerary to confirm which guidelines apply to you.

    General information

    No proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results required for vaccinated travelersNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers who have a vaccination certificate recognized by Switzerland are not required to have a negative COVID-19 test result before travel. Please check the proof of vaccination recommendation for more details.

    Swiss Federal Office of Public Health
    Masks are mandatory in public

    Travelers aged 12 years and older must wear masks on public transportation, indoors, events, and in public places where the physical distance of 1.5 meters can not be maintained.

    Mandatory COVID-19 testing on days 4-7 NEEDED ON ARRIVAL

    Travelers regardless of their vaccination status must take a COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test 4-7 days after arrival in Switzerland. The result of the second test must be reported to the canton for a maximum of 2 days.

    This requirement does not apply to: -Travelers under the age of 16; -Travelers with valid proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 6 months before travel; -Travelers with valid proof of being fully vaccinated in the last 12 months before travel.

    Documents needed

    Mandatory health pass for public activityNEEDED ON ARRIVAL

    Travelers aged 16 years and older must have proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test for COVID-19 in order to enter events, festivals, bars, restaurants, museums, and other venues and activities in Switzerland. If you have been vaccinated, you can either show a Swiss COVID Certificate, EU Digital COVID Certificate, or a certificate that is compatible with the EU Digital Covid Certificate. Please see the source for more details on approved vaccine certificates. Travelers who have been vaccinated abroad with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and who are resident in or traveling to Switzerland are able to obtain a Swiss COVID certificate. This means that travelers who have been vaccinated abroad or have recovered abroad, such as tourists, can also participate in social activities in Switzerland. The documents can be submitted electronically. You will be issued with the COVID certificate on the application on paper or as a PDF document with a QR code. With the COVID Certificate app, you can host your COVID certificate on your mobile device. If you are unvaccinated, you must have a test, and if the result is negative you can then be issued with a COVID certificate. Your personal details on the COVID certificate should correspond with those in your passport or on your ID card.

    Please check the source for more details.

    No visa requiredNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    To visit Switzerland for Business or Tourism, you do not require a visa. To check permitted length of stay and other entry requirements, visit the government site.

    Mandatory entry formNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers, including those in transit, must fill up an entry form before entering Switzerland. The form can be completed 48 hours before entry at the earliest.

    Children can be included in the form of an adult traveling with them.

    Mandatory proof of vaccinationNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Vaccinated travelers must have become fully vaccinated in the last 12 months before travel with a vaccine authorized for travel to Switzerland such as Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, and others. Travelers from a country outside of the EU and that have made an agreement with the Swiss government to accept foreign vaccination certificates may provide a vaccination certificate issued in those countries. Currently, vaccination certificates are also accepted from these countries Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Vatican City, Israel, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, North Macedonia, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. Travelers unable to present a valid certificate may be required to comply with rules for unvaccinated travelers. Travelers with access to the EU Digital Certificate may use it to present proof and can apply for the Swiss COVID certificate.

    Travelers that have received a combination of 2 different vaccines may still be considered fully vaccinated. Please check the link for more information on accepted vaccine combinations.

    Switzerland to Germany

    Please note: Local requirements may be listed for destinations not visited on your tour itinerary. Cross-reference your itinerary to confirm which guidelines apply to you.

    General information

    Masks are mandatory in public

    Travelers must wear masks on public transport, airports and in shops. Distancing rules must be respected and travelers must cover their faces using a surgical mask or FFP2 (or similar) mask.

    No proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results for transitNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers are not required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to make a transit connection in Germany. Travelers may need to present proof indicating they are allowed to enter their destination country.

    No proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results for vaccinated travelersNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to have negative COVID-19 test results before traveling to Germany.

    Children under the age of 12 do not need to be vaccinated if they are traveling with a parent who is fully vaccinated. For more details, please see the source.

    Documents needed

    Mandatory proof of vaccinationNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Fully vaccinated travelers must have a vaccination certificate in paper or digital form. Proof of vaccination must be in German, English, French, Italian, or Spanish. Travelers must have received their last vaccine dose required no less than 14 days before the travel date. Vaccines accepted are Pfizer/Comirnaty, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, Moderna, and AstraZeneca. Travelers who recovered from COVID-19 will be considered fully vaccinated after receiving a single dose of the above-accepted vaccines. Travelers must show proof that they were infected with COVID-19 prior to being vaccinated. Travelers that have received a combination of two different vaccines may still be considered fully vaccinated. Please check the link for more information on accepted vaccine combinations. Travelers with access to the EU Digital Certificate may use it to present proof. Travelers unable to present a valid certificate may be required to comply with rules for unvaccinated travelers. This requirement does not apply to: -Travelers under the age of 12.

    Travelers coming from risk areas must upload their negative test results, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery a maximum of 48 hours before arrival via the Digital Registration on Entry travel portal.

    Health pass may be required for indoor activitiesNEEDED ON ARRIVAL

    Travelers may be required to provide proof of vaccination, immunization, or negative COVID-19 test when visiting hospitals, nursing and care homes, and assisted living facilities for the disabled, as well as for access to indoor cafés and restaurants and at indoor events and celebrations, for personal care services, indoor sports and overnight accommodation. These documents are required in districts with COVID-19 incidence rates of 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants during the past 7 days.

    No visa requiredNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    To visit Germany for Business or Tourism, you do not require a visa. To check permitted length of stay and other entry requirements, visit the government site.

    Germany to Austria

    Please note: Local requirements may be listed for destinations not visited on your tour itinerary. Cross-reference your itinerary to confirm which guidelines apply to you.

    General information

    No proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results for vaccinated travelersNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Fully vaccinated travelers with proof of vaccination do not need to present negative COVID-19 test results.

    Masks are mandatory in public

    Travelers must wear masks in most indoor settings. The FFP2 mask is required in public transportation, cable cars, museums, and all shops.

    Documents needed

    No visa requiredNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    To visit Austria for Business or Tourism, you do not require a visa. To check permitted length of stay and other entry requirements, visit the government site.

    Health pass may be required

    Travelers may be required to present a health pass to enter hotels or other venues, as non-essential businesses are closed until further notice. Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines are not valid for entering hotels and restaurants within Austria. Negative COVID-19 tests (both PCR and antigen) are no longer valid for entry to public venues. Until December 6, 2021, travelers who are partially vaccinated with 1 dose may also use a negative COVID-19 PCR test to enter hospitality businesses and events. Please see the source for more details.

    This requirement does not apply to: -Travelers under the age of 12; -In Vienna, travelers under the age of 6; -In Vienna, travelers aged 6-11 are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 72 hours, or an antigen test from an official body taken a maximum of 48 hours. Travelers aged between 12-15 years are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 48 hours.

    Mandatory proof of vaccinationNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Fully vaccinated travelers must show proof of having received all doses of the vaccine before travel. Travelers can also show proof of past infection, and 1 vaccination dose, received at least 22 days before travel. Travelers who do not have proof of vaccination in German or English must use the Austrian government official health certificate in either language to certify vaccination. Vaccines recognized to enter Austria are BioNTech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca (Covishield), Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Sinovac, and Sinopharm. - Travelers are allowed to enter if they have received mix-and-match vaccines. - Sinovac and Sinopharm are not valid for entering hotels, restaurants within Austria. Please see the source for more details on vaccine validity, and accepted vaccine combinations. Travelers have the option to present proof via EU Digital Certificate.

    The vaccine certificate is valid for 270 days after the 2nd dose for 2-dose vaccines. For travelers with past infection and 1 dose of vaccine, the certificate is valid for 270 days after that 1 dose. If the traveler has had a third (additional, booster) vaccine, the certificate is valid for 270 days from the third vaccine. For vaccines that require only 1 dose, the certificate is valid from the 22nd day for 270 days from vaccination. The 1-dose vaccine by Johnson & Johnson is only valid until January 3rd, 2022, after that date a booster jab is required as well.

    Austria to The United States

    Please note: Local requirements may be listed for destinations not visited on your tour itinerary. Cross-reference your itinerary to confirm which guidelines apply to you.

    General information

    Masks are mandatory on public transportation

    Travelers must wear masks on public transportation in the United States. Some states still require the use of masks in public places, please verify the regional requirements before traveling.

    Documents needed

    Mandatory travel attestation formNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers must complete a travel attestation form before arrival. This form will be provided by the airline. Airlines may let you complete your attestation electronically, such as through the VeriFLY app. However, you may still want to keep a printed copy as a precaution. Section 1 of the form below must be completed by all travelers while section 2 must only be completed by travelers that are not citizens or residents of the USA.

    Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test resultsNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    All travelers regardless of their vaccination status must have an original printed or electronic negative COVID-19 viral test result (NAAT: RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR, HDA, or Antigen: Rapid). The test must be taken 1 day before the first scheduled departure time in the flight itinerary. Test results must include the traveler's full name and at least one other identifier such as date of birth or passport number. The test must also clearly state that the results are "negative," SARS-CoV-2 RNA not detected," SARS-CoV-2 antigen not detected," or "COVID-19 not detected." A test marked "invalid" is not acceptable. This requirement applies to all travelers, including US citizens, residents, and transit travelers. Travelers may use a self-test (sometimes referred to as a home test) that meets the given criteria. Please check the source for more information. Some US states might have more strict rules regarding COVID-19 test types and where they must be administered. Please carefully review the rules before traveling to each state.

    This requirement does not apply to: -Travelers under the age of 2; -Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19. These travelers must show proof of a positive viral test from the preceding 90 days and a letter from their healthcare provider or public health official stating they are cleared to end isolation. Please see the source for more details.

    Mandatory proof of vaccinationNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if 2 weeks have passed since their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The US government currently accepts vaccines approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. FDA and the WHO. Vaccines accepted are Pfizer-BioNTech (e.g., COMIRNATY, Tozinameran), AstraZeneca-Oxford (e.g., Covishield, Vaxzevria), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna, Sinopharm BIBP, Covaxin and Sinovac-CoronaVac. Travelers unable to present a valid certificate may be required to comply with rules for unvaccinated travelers.

    Any combination of 2 doses of an FDA approved/authorized or WHO emergency use listed COVID-19 2-dose series are accepted. The second dose in a 2-dose heterologous series must have been received no earlier than 17 days (21 days with a 4 day grace period) after the first dose. For more information about accepted proof of vaccination, please check the source.