Switzerland has announced that from 25 October foreign vaccination certificates will no longer be valid for entry to indoor venues, including restaurants, bars and clubs and waterparks, and big outdoor events with more than 1,000 people.
It will recognise the NHS COVID Pass as proof of vaccination to enter the country, but anyone wanting to attend indoor or large outdoor events will need to apply for a Swiss COVID Certificate, at a cost of about £24 per person.
Applications could take up to two weeks to process so visitors are being advised to apply ASAP. Children under 16 are exempt.
Until 24 October, Brits will still be able to use NHS certificates to enter venues, but from 25 October, only the Swiss or EU Digital COVID Pass will be accepted.
In an update to its travel advice, the Foreign Office said: “Anyone who has been fully vaccinated outside of Switzerland with a vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency can obtain a Swiss COVID certificate.
“This includes the vaccines that are available in the UK: AstraZeneca, Pfizer – BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen.
“You will need to apply online to obtain this certificate. It is recommended that you submit your application two weeks before your arrival in Switzerland. Non-residents will have to pay a CHF 30 fee.”