Switzerland will not follow Germany in the tests at airports – at least not for the time being


Germany wants to have returnees from high-risk countries tested for the corona virus at the airport. Now a duty is even being discussed. This is currently not an issue in Switzerland. Rapid tests are unreliable.

At the Euroairport in Basel, the necessary infrastructure for quick tests could be made available quickly.


(gb.) On Saturday, the German Federal Ministry of Health announced that a test obligation for returnees from high-risk countries was being examined, as reported by the German Press Agency (DPA). The government and the federal states decided on Friday to offer tests at airports free of charge. Whether through duty or financial incentive: For the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG), nationwide tests for returnees are currently not up for discussion, as announced by CH Media on request.

However, it is not excluded that rapid tests at airports may play a role depending on the situation, a spokesman for the BAG said. The reason why the BAG has so far refrained from this lies in the reliability of the tests: «So far there have been no rapid tests of sufficient quality in Switzerland. The sensitivity is still too low, »said the spokesman.

According to the information provided by the DPA, it is still unclear what type of tests the German government wants to use. What is certain is that test centers are now being set up at airports and seaports. A survey of the three largest airports in Switzerland – Zurich, Basel and Geneva – shows that one would be offered to set up such test stations in this country too, should the BAG adapt its test strategy accordingly. The Euroairport in Basel, for example, said that the necessary infrastructure could be made available quickly.


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