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No flight without a PCR test – boarding denied – stricter entry rules cause chaos

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The Federal Council has tightened the entry requirements with a test requirement. Dozens of travelers can therefore not take their return flight today.

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New entry rules for Switzerland have been in effect since Saturday.

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If you cannot show a PCR test at the place of departure, you are not allowed to board the plane in the direction of Switzerland.

If you cannot show a PCR test at the place of departure, you are not allowed to board the plane in the direction of Switzerland.

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The Federal Council only announced the new travel restrictions yesterday - so the PCR test requirement was a nasty surprise for many travelers.

The Federal Council only announced the new travel restrictions yesterday – so the PCR test requirement was a nasty surprise for many travelers.

20 minutes / news scout

  • Stricter entry regulations have been in place for Switzerland since Saturday.

  • You cannot take a flight to Switzerland without a PCR test.

  • The tightening announced by the Federal Council on Friday came as a nasty surprise for many travelers.

  • When entering Switzerland, the PCR test is rarely checked.

Eric Scherer had a rude awakening on Saturday morning: The 55-year-old Managing director of a management consultancy wants to fly back to Switzerland from Düsseldorf. Unsuspecting, Scherer went to the Swiss counter shortly before seven o’clock to check in for his flight to Zurich. But the ground staff rejects him: “Swiss does not have anyone for boarding e.g.leftwho could not show a PCR test

Only on Friday afternoon did the Federal Council announce the mandatory PCR test for entry into Switzerland, which has been in force since Saturday. For Scherer and numerous other passengers, the new entry regulations came out of the blue: “On the Check-in were dozens of travelers, dWhen boarding was denied, ”reports the businessman. Scherer is annoyed: “It’s awesome that everything changes almost overnight for people who have been vaccinated twice.”

Costs of over 500 euros to get home after all

Scherer feels abandoned by Swiss: “I didn’t even get a text message from the airline. ” But damit nIt genug: «Am Sswitch of the Swiss it was said, she kcould say Flug not to rebook, since this will be carried out by Eurowings. ”

Instead, the manager had to dig deep into his pocket to get home: “I had to shell out 239 euros for the PCR test at the airport alone and around 280 euros for a new ticket with Swiss to Zurich.”

Spokeswoman Karin Müller says Swiss cannot provide general information on the Scherer case. According to Müller, if customers are not allowed to enter a country due to the entry regulations of a country, but the flight takes place regularly, Swiss passengers are not entitled to a refund. The situation is different if rebooking is made in advance: “Our customers continue to benefit from accommodating rebooking conditions,” says Müller.

Short-term changes pose problems for airlines

Swiss spokeswoman Müller confirms that anyone who shows up at the gate without a PCR test is not allowed to board the plane: “In general, regardless of Corona, Swiss may not transport people who do not meet the entry requirements in the respective country.” However, she makes no secret of the fact that the travel restrictions introduced by the Federal Council at such short notice pose problems for the airline: “It is clear that the sooner the decisions are made, the more difficult it is for everyone involved, airlines, passengers, airports or authorities to implement this promptly. “

A complete control of the PCR tests should therefore currently hardly be possible despite all efforts: “We always inform the outstations about new entry regulations of the respective destination country in order to check them before departure,” says Müller. But: “It is obvious that adapting the existing processes is complex when changes are made at short notice.”

Hardly any controls upon entry into Switzerland

If you have made it onto the plane without a PCR test, you will hardly be found out when you arrive in Switzerland: “PCR tests are a travel condition, which is why airlines are obliged to check them before departure“, says Marc Besson by the Zurich canton police, which also includes the Zurich airport police. Manuela Staub, spokeswoman for Zurich Airport, also emphasizes: “The responsibility rests with the airlines.”

In the Eitravel in Zürich wird dThe availability of a PCR test result according to the police spokesman Besson only «randombenartig» an the passport control checked so almost exclusively with non-Schengen-Flügen. «In some cases, the canton police also carry out spot checks at the gate on risky flightsSpokesman Marc Besson could not say on Saturday morning whether such controls were carried out on Saturday.

No immediate consequences for fallible passengers

Should the police still catch passengers without a PCR test, they will initially have no consequences: “If a person does not have a negative PCR test result upon entry, a report is made to the Directorate of Health»Says Besson. It is up to the Directorate of Health, aany further steps to be taken to cause: “After the inspection, the guilty person may ein and walk.»

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