Switzerland Covid Information

In light of the ongoing global uncertainty around travel, the Bramble Group, undertakes a weekly survey and update of Government imposed travel restrictions in the localities in which we operate.

Please note that the information provided is only a guide and the Bramble Group cannot be held liable for its accuracy. Before making any decisions, guests are encouraged to check the restrictions in place with the relevant Government bodies.

Latest Update – March 22

  • Private gatherings of a maximum of 10 people, the Federal council recommends gatherings to be restricted to as few households as possible.
  • Public gatherings of a maximum of 15 people, the Federal council recommends gatherings to be restricted to as few households as possible.

Please see the following link for all details on the latest measures.

Latest Update – January 27

  • All persons arriving by air and even from a country that is not considered high risk must be able to show a negative PCR test result that is no more than 72 hours old before boarding the plane.
  • From February 8th 2021, a person may leave quarantine after seven days if after this time they have a negative result from an antigen rapid test or a PCR test (molecular biological analysis), and are authorised to do so by the local cantonal authorities.
  • All persons arriving from abroad by air, boat, bus or train must complete an online form providing contact details on arrival.

Please see the following link for all details on the latest measures.

Latest Update – January 18

  • Ski resorts remain open (if authorised by the canton). Verbier and Zermatt are open;
  • All non-essential shops are closed until Feb 28th;
  • Restaurants, tea rooms, bars and clubs are closed. Deliveries and take-aways are possible;
  • Private and public gatherings of a maximum of 5 people (including children), the Federal council recommends gatherings to be restricted to five people from a maximum of two households.

Please see the following link for all details on the latest measures.

Travelling to Switzerland

Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health draws on data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control to determine its quarantine rules from countries deemed high risk.

All information taken from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health website and information about Ordnance 3 on Measures to combat the Coronavirus. Please refer to these URLs for detailed information on travel restrictions, quarantine requirements, exemptions and FAQs.

Restrictions on Border crossings and Admission to Switzerland for Foreign Nationals

Foreign nationals who wish to enter Switzerland from a high-risk country or from a high risk region who do not fall within the scope of agreements between the European Community and its Member States or the Swiss Confederation shall be refused entry for leisure purposes without a permit.

The following countries outside the Schengen area are exempt from high risk status:

Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Holy See, Ireland, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand.

Please see the following link for further details on this.

Quarantine for persons arriving in Switzerland

Further to the above entry restrictions, Switzerland requires people who are allowed to enter the country, but coming from pre-determined risk areas to go into quarantine.

The quarantine period is for 10 days. Within two days of arrival, people on the quarantine list must report their arrival to the Cantonal authority responsible and then follow the instructions on quarantine.

A negative test does not exempt people coming from the countries listed below from the mandatory quarantine requirement.

From February 8th 2021, a person may leave quarantine after seven days if after this time they have a negative result from an antigen rapid test or a PCR test (molecular biological analysis), and are authorised to do so by the local cantonal authorities.

All persons arriving by air even from a country that is not considered high risk must be able to show a negative PCR test result that is no more than 72 hours old before boarding the plane.

FOPH list of risk countries

As of 8 February 2021, the Swiss Government will refer to this list as the “FOPH list of risk countries” and no longer the “Quarantine list”. This is because, in addition to the requirement to go into quarantine, the list will now define further rules in connection with entering Switzerland.

You can find further details on the requirements following this link

Regions or countries in bold have been added at the last Government announcement and will come into affect from April 19th

List of regions from neighbouring countries requiring quarantine

France Germany Italy Austria
Région Bretagne

Région Centre-Val de Loire

Région Hauts-de-France

Région Île de France

Région Normandie

Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Région Occitanie

Région Pays de la Loire

Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Land Sachsen

Land Thüringen

 

 

Regione Campania

Regione Emilia Romagna

Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia

Regione Lazio

Regione Liguria

Regione Marche

Regione Puglia

Regione Toscana

Regione Veneto

Land Burgenland

Land Kärnten

Land Niederösterreich

Land Oberösterreich

Land Salzburg

Land Steiermark

Land Wien

List of countries requiring quarantine on arrival in Switzerland

No longer on the list since 08.04.2021: Albania, France: Région Corse, Italy: Regione Abruzzo, Italy: Regione Basilicata, Italy: Regione Molise, Italy: Regione Umbria, Israel, Jamaica, United Arab Emirates.

  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo (Republic of)
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • North Macedonia
  • Palestinian territory (Occupied)
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay

Public Transport

It is currently obligatory to wear masks on all Swiss public transport.

Lift Systems in Switzerland

The ski lift systems in Switzerland are allowed to stay open with Cantonal authority. Verbier and Zermatt are currently open.

Lift systems are considered public transport and masks are obligatory.

Lift System Verbier

Verbier is committed to doing everything it can to stay open safely and welcome guests for the 2020/21 winter season.

Please see the most up-to-date information about Verbier here.

These actions are summarised in the key points below:

Lift System Zermatt

Zermatt’s entire mountain railway and cable car infrastructure is currently open with normal operating hours although the Cervinia-Valtournenche ski area is currently closed. This is due to a decision of the Italian government.

The lift infrastructure is following regulations and guidelines stipulated by the Canton of Valais and this includes all persons aged 12 years and older required to wear masks:

  • On public transport
  • On cable cars
  • In waiting areas
  • In publicly accessible indoor spaces
  • At indoor work places.

Zermatt’s full list of measures and restrictions can be found here.

Restaurant, bars and shops in Valais (Includes Verbier and Zermatt)

Night bars, nightclubs, piano bars and discotheques are currently closed;

All cultural places including libraries, toy libraries, museums and cinemas are currently closed.

Laws around wearing masks

The Federal Council on October 28 announced that mask wearing is now obligatory in all public and private business closed spaces as well as in outdoor spaces such as markets or busy pedestrian areas where the respective cautionary distance cannot be respected.

A mask is also obligatory on all public transport and in stations throughout Switzerland.

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