The Swiss people's desire to travel is unbroken, says Globetrotter CEO André Lüthi. However, the travel industry is suffering from the obligation to test when entering the country.

Last May, André Lüthi answered the questions of the 20-minute community.

That's the point

  • André Lüthi is calling on the federal government to lift the obligation to test before returning to Switzerland.

  • He has already contacted politicians.

  • Lüthi sees the obligation to test as one of the reasons why the travel industry is not registering more bookings.

Since December 4th, anyone entering Switzerland has had to undergo a test. The following currently applies: A test before or immediately after entry. Those who have not been vaccinated or have recovered must be tested a second time four to seven days later. According to André Lüthi, head of the Bernese travel company Globetrotter, this should soon be over. “It would be an important and correct step if the federal government were to lift the obligation to test before returning to Switzerland,” said Lüthi to the Tamedia newspapers.

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Because since December 4th, anyone entering Switzerland has had to be tested. The following currently applies: A test before or immediately after entry. Those who have not been vaccinated or have recovered must be tested a second time four to seven days later.

Travel company calls for the end of mandatory testing on return trips

“It would be an important and correct step if the federal government were to lift the mandatory testing before returning to Switzerland,” said the Globetrotter boss to Tamedia -Newspapers.

His customers' desire to travel is very high, but bookings are still at a low level. Lüthi sees the obligation to test on the return journey as one of the reasons why many Swiss people are currently avoiding trips abroad. “However, they wait to book their trip. This is also because of the obligation to test before returning to Switzerland,” Lüthi said. The Globetrotter boss has therefore become active and has contacted politicians.

Globetrotter recorded sales of 68 million francs for 2021. Two years ago, sales were still CHF 243 million. According to the Globetrotter Group, since the outbreak of the pandemic, the workforce has fallen from 450 to 290 employees. In August 2020, the tour operator caused a stir because the employees were allowed to decide for themselves who would be fired.

This applies when entering Switzerland

  • Upon boarding: All persons over the age of 16 who want to enter the country by plane or bus must be able to show a negative PCR test (no older than 72 hours) or a rapid antigen test (no older than 24 hours) upon boarding. Those who cannot present such a test will not be permitted access to the aircraft or vehicle. When entering the country from a country with a worrying virus variant, the obligation to test applies to people aged six and over when boarding.

  • Upon entry: All persons over the age of 16 must be able to present a negative PCR test (no older than 72 hours) or an antigen rapid test (no older than 24 hours) when entering Switzerland. Persons who cannot present a valid negative test upon entry must be tested immediately after entry (PCR test or rapid antigen test).

  • After the Entry:Those who have not been vaccinated or have recovered must take another PCR test or rapid antigen test between the fourth and seventh day after entry. This applies to people aged 16 and over. For those arriving who leave the country before the seventh day (and stay six nights), another rapid PCR or antigen test is not mandatory, but recommended. The test result and the entry form number or a copy of the contact card must be reported to the canton.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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