We flew from LAX direct to Zurich. We were asked by an agent even before we were able to check in if we had the PLOF forms with the QR code. Then at check in we were asked again and they wanted to see the forms with the QR code. Then while on the flight we were asked by the flight attendants. Then when we landed and got to immigration I offered them with our passport but she said they were “already in the system” at that point. So waved through. Just passing on our experience.
Cchapin, you’re in Switzerland!!! Very exciting!!! Interesting you were asked so many times to see the entry forms. Each airline probably handles things differently. I have the entry forms printed out and they are on our phones, so we should be covered when we leave later this week. Thanks for taking the time to report and have a great trip!!!!!!!
Thanks for the info! What airline were you flying? We're flying out this upcoming weekend from Newark on United and are very excited! Like Carrie, we've got our printed forms and emails ready to go!
Thanks- so happy that you're in Switzerland. How's the weather? Have a great trip!
Ok so yes we are here. Spent one night in Zurich near the train station. Gosh we were rummy after the 11 hour flight! Zurich was fine temperature wise but a few showers here and there. We did eat outside.
Mask wearing is fairly good inside here and 100% on all public transport. That being said, you all need to understand that things are definitely different. I would say if you are super paranoid either don’t come or rent a car. For example if you’re not comfortable being on a train for 15 minutes with a guy across the aisle from you coughing, even though he is wearing a mask and you have your own KN95 on, then you need to rent a car or wait on travel. This happened to us today. But we’re ok with that. We knew that was part of the deal this year. We love our KN95s!
Otherwise things are great, it is MUCH quieter everywhere. Many Swiss and other Europeans traveling though on the train today from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen it was all Americans but there were only 5 sets of us in the entire compartment. We have seen some Indians and Asians but gosh not like every other time we have been here, though we usually come here in June.
Weather is cloudy in Wengen, and quite cool but Wednesday and Thursday supposed to be sunny. I threw out from my packing shorts and sandals and do no regret it.
I would say if you acknowledge the new reality, just come. Amazing how some mountains will take away a whole lot of the stress of the last year, lol. But if you are Uber paranoid about Covid either rent a car or wait for awhile. People have been so kind and welcoming everywhere we have been, so helpful. I think they miss us!
Also Carrie was it you asking about the cows? I can hear them clanging all over from our deck!
are the N95 masks required, or was that your choice? Did I miss that detail?
Thanks so much for the report!
Yes, I’m the one obsessed with the cows!!! 😊 It makes me so happy that you can hear them. We head to Basel first and don’t get to Lauterbrunnen until Sept. 7th. I sure hope the cows are still around. It looks like the weather there is starting to cool a bit.
cchapin, Thank you so much for your "on the ground" reporting. We are "right behind you," leaving tomorrow, with our QR codes printed and on our phones, so we appreciate knowing what to expect.
Thanks also for your report from Zurich. We'll be there the end of the week. We just looked up the weather for the different areas of Switzerland today; as well as latitude. We're still debating on outer-wear, besides our raincoats!
I am so looking forward to being in the Lauterbrunnen area, and hearing the cow bells all day. Maybe we'll be lucky and see a cow parade.
Thanks for taking time to post. What hikes are you planning on doing in the area?
Pat, the N95-type masks are not required in Switzerland. You can find all the mask details here:
Wanted to tell you all woke up to beautiful clear skies in Wengen, and it was nice most of the day. Still because weather has been variable we decided to just hike the Lauterbrunnen valley. We walked to Stechelberg, had a picnic, then walked to the bus pickup at Trammelbach. Then decided to take the train all the way up to KS and have a beer. It was sunny all morning in the valley but up in KS at 2 started pouring rain so we came back to Wengen. Not raining here but def clouded up. Moral is get up early!
Another thing wanted to mention is there are Covid testing places everywhere. Saw tents up at the Zurich rail station and other places so if you need a test probably can find one. We need to sort if we need one to take a train into France at the end of our trip.
Have great trips!
thank you for such a delightful trip report! Really enjoying hearing about your trip. Enjoy those cows!
Hi cchapin, I have a couple of day trips planned from Switzerland to France, so I am current on the entry restrictions. If you are vaccinated, you will just need your CDC card and the sworn declaration stating you have no covid symptoms. Here’s the link to the France entry requirements so you can keep track:
You can download the form here—scroll down to the bottom. It’s a simple one page document asking for name, birthdate, nationality, place of origin and final destination.
Thanks much everyone. Sounds like at least as of now the CDC card will work.
Carrie your cows are everywhere!
Another experience with the Swiss Entry Form and QR code:
We are in Switzerland right now. We hopped across the country, from Oregon to Denver, to Toronto and then Zurich. NO ONE asked for our Swiss entry form and the giant QR code we printed.
I think the reason is we filled it out online, and the results put into the system immediately.
I was disappointed. I wanted to whip it out to show we had done our homework.
Carol, you made it!!!! Very exciting!!!! I hear you on the forms. I have multiple copies of everything printed out. And I’m giving copies to my sister, in case someone steals mine. 😊 And if you didn’t have them printed, you know multiple people would have asked for them so it’s good to be over prepared, just in case.
I leave in 2 days!!! Maybe I’ll see you there. 😊 And Pat is on her way today too.
Cchapin and laurel, tell those cows we’re coming for them!
Carol! You are THERE! So glad we have someone there to tell us all that is going on……
Carrie, multiple copies are good! Especially if each person has copies of the rest of the group.
I just posted that my suitcase didn’t make it…and our train tickets for Friday (Sep. 3), from Appenzell to Zurich are in my suitcase (I’m the official paper-holder/scheduler). But….my husband has copies of our ticket.
And interestingly, for our 3 flights to Switzerland, although my husband likes to use the e-ticket, he was asked for the paper ticket.
I'm a little late to the party here, but about the cows - you will hear and see cow bells and goat bellows all day, every day! I love it! If you are anywhere in the country you'll hear them.
If you have the chance, sit near a field and just take in the sounds and beauty. It's one of my favorite parts of Switzerland :-)