Now what about foreign trips?
Vaccination certificates of many Swiss are about to expire
Many Swiss Corona certificates are about to expire. The Federal Office of Public Health will therefore update the certificate application starting next Monday.
In Switzerland, several Corona apps are currently showing the same yellow bar. The reason for this is the validity of the corona booster.
When preparing for the next foreign trip, one thing comes to mind: the corona certificate must come with you. For example, if you want to sunbathe in the autumn in Thailand, you need a corona vaccination, which has no expiration date. The same thing applies to the United States of America.
Problem: When opening the Certificate app on their cell phone, many Swiss people see a big yellow bar: “This certificate will expire soon.” The reason for this is the validity of the corona booster. According to the decision of the Federal Government and the Federal Commission for Immunization Questions, the corona certificate is valid for nine months after vaccination. Considering the fact that the last major booster vaccination campaign took place last winter and a new one is not yet pending, the corona certificate for a large part of the population will soon expire.
Invalid Swiss certificate valid abroad
The Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) doesn’t see a problem with the certificate’s expiration. “The period of validity refers to Switzerland, which is not currently relevant: the certificate is not in use in Switzerland,” BAG told Blick. It may be true that we do not use certificates for posting or going to the cinema, but it remains relevant in many places abroad. The BAG states: “Even a certificate that has expired in accordance with Swiss regulations may be valid abroad. Therefore the rules for entering the destination country should continue to be clarified in a timely manner. ” In the European Union, for example, in the United States, booster vaccinations currently have no expiration date, so the Swiss certificate remains valid there.
new covid app
The biggest problems arise when the yellow stripe comes abroad and the inspector reads that the certificate is no longer valid in Switzerland. Misunderstandings are inevitable. So BAG will optimize its app next week. “Now changes have been made to how information is presented in the Certificate app to make it easier to understand. The change will be started from September 5,” the spokesperson said. The “Validity in Switzerland” field should no longer be displayed at all. Instead, the app will show how many days ago the vaccination was done.
Most countries in Europe have now removed the certificate requirement for entry and within the country anyway. Subject to fresh use if the corona pandemic worsens. In Denmark, for example, companies and cultural institutions or event organizers can still request certificates. In turn other states may require booster vaccinations to have less validity. If you want to re-promote to live abroad, you pay for it yourself.