Switzerland Covid Information

In light of the ongoing global uncertainty around travel, the Bramble Group, undertakes a 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 – June 26th

  • Clubs and discos are now open but only with a valid COVID certificate.
  • Mask requirement lifted outdoors, masks are still required indoors.
  • Private gatherings of 30 people indoors and 50 people outdoors are permitted

Latest Update – May 26th

  • From May 31st 2021, restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen for indoor dining. Numbers will be limited and COVID measures will apply.
  • From May 31st 2021, private gatherings of a maximum of 30 people indoor and 50 people outdoors will be permitted
  • From May 31st 2021, public gatherings of a maximum of 50 people in general.

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

Latest Update – April 14

  • From April 19th 2021, restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen their terraces for outdoor dining only. Numbers will be limited and COVID measures will apply.
  • Restaurants, bars and spas/wellness remain closed indoors and nightclubs remain closed.

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

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.

You can also use the TravelCheck link developed by the Swiss Government to check the requirements before traveling to Switzerland.

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. Children are not exempt from quarantine rules.

Explanation of the list

The federal government maintains a list of countries where virus variants of concern are circulating. The Federal Office of Public Health FOPH compiles the list on behalf of the federal government according to certain criteria. Since the epidemiological situation is constantly changing, the list is updated accordingly as needed.

You can find further details on the requirements following this link

Notice for foreign nationals

The list below is critical to Switzerland’s health-related measures at the border. However, the FOPH list does not state anything about whether or not you are allowed to enter. Please follow the following link for further details on this.

The newly added countries are written in bold in the respective list.

 List valid upon arriving in Switzerland from 26.6.21

Countries* with a worrying variant

  • India
  • Nepal
  • United Kingdom

The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

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;

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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