COVID-19 Vaccination in Switzerland for Swiss Abroad

At its meeting on 25 August 2021, the Federal Council definitively adopted the amendment to the Epidemics Ordinance and decided that Swiss citizens abroad and their closest family members can be vaccinated in Switzerland. This also applies to cross-border commuters without compulsory health insurance. 

For certain Swiss Abroad, there is limited or no access to vaccinations in their country of residence. Particularly in countries with a weak or critical health situation and where the Swiss Abroad as non-citizens are categorically excluded, there is a need for a solution from Switzerland. Read more about this in the SwissCommunity Newsletter 4/21 in German or French

In addition, not all available vaccines are recognised in Switzerland, which means that some Swiss Abroad do not receive a certificate in Switzerland despite being vaccinated. Another problem is that certificates for vaccines not approved in Switzerland are also not recognised. 

Due to the concerns and worries of many Swiss Abroad, the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad, SwissCommunity, has contacted the President of the Swiss Confederation, Guy Parmelin, twice, most recently on 9 August 2021, and requested the recognition of certificates acquired abroad for vaccines that are recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The Federal Council is responding to the appeal and launched consultation proceedings on an amendment to the Epidemics Ordinance on 18 August 2021. At its meeting on 25 August 2021, the Federal Council definitively adopted the amendment and decided that Swiss citizens abroad and their closest family members can be vaccinated in Switzerland. This also applies to cross-border commuters without compulsory health insurance. The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad, SwissCommunity, welcomes this step and is pleased that the concerns of the Swiss Abroad are being heard.

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