National movement restrictions: Free
Restrictive measures mandatory between 06 June 2020 to TBD
On 17 March (Swiss Government): recommendation to all citizens to stay at home, especially the elderly and people at risk. Mandatory only in Ticino from 22 March to 13 April for people at risk and over the age of 65. The Federal Council gradually began to ease these measures, starting from 27 Apr, as long as certain precautionary measures are respected to protect the health of the population, particularly of those at especially high risk. As of 1 June, the Swiss government still recommended to stay at home, whenever possible, for the people over the age of 65 or with an underlying medical condition, and, if possible, work from home. As of 22 June, the Swiss government recommends that the people over the age of 65 and those with an underlying medical condition should avoid places where there are likely to be large numbers of people and peak times. From 6 July, masks compulsory in all public transports (trains, trams and buses, mountain rail and cableways, lake and river boats) nationwide for all people over the age of 12. From 15 August, masks compulsory also on planes. In addition, it is recommended to wear a face mask if you are unable to maintain a distance of 1.5 m from other people, and where no physical barrier is in place. However, as of 9 Oct, in several Swiss Cantons (e.g. TI, GE, ...) it is mandatory to wear a face mask in the shops and for the people working in bars, restaurants, etc. From 19 Oct, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all the mandatory in all publicly accessible indoor spaces and at all public transport access points (e.g. restaurants, shops, theaters, railway stations, airports, bus and tram stops). In addition, there is a mask-wearing requirement at all private events with more than 15 people, while spontaneous gatherings of more than 15 people in public spaces are not permitted since 19 Oct. In addition, from 19 Oct, the Swiss government is recommending people to work from home. From 29 Oct new measures: extended obligation to wear a face mask (measure of 6 July and 19 Oct still valid, new: at school from upper secondary level, working indoor if no distance, outside entrance areas if restaurants, shops, busy pedestrian zones, public space when it is not possible to keep the distance). Exceptions: children under the age of 12 and persons with a medical certificate. In addition, the government recommend to work from home if possible, reduce contact with other people, wash hands regularly and keep the distance.
International movement restrictions: Partially banned
Restrictive measures mandatory between 13 March 2020 to TBD
- From 16 March to 14 June 2020: Border checks with Italy, Germany, Austria and France (starting from 16 March 2020), extended to all Schengen and non-Schengen states (starting from 25 March; except in Ticino: starting from 13 March). Entry to Switzerland only possible for Swiss citizens, persons holding a residence permit and for work-related reasons. - From 15 June: Borders to all EU/EFTA states and UK reopened. - From 6 July: Quarantine for 10 days for travelers arriving in Switzerland from countries or regions with high risk of infections (see the list regularly updated on FOPH website). - From 14 Sep: The Swiss Federal Council has adopted a regional approach for the list of countries and areas with a high risk of infection (decision of 11 Sep): only individual regions from neighbouring countries that exceed the threshold can be added to this list and the border regions are currently exempt. In addition also the following groups of people are now exempt from mandatory quarantine: cultural figures following a cultural event, athletes following a competition, participants in specialist congresses (note: precautionary measures in place for the event outside Switzerland); as well as the individuals who for professional or medical reasons have to travel to a risk country for a reason that cannot be postponed (note: no more than five days and precautionary measures in place). - From 29 Oct: new updated list of countries (using different thresholds: "The new infections per 100 000 inhabitants over the past 14 days are examined to determine whether a country or an area has an increased risk of infection, If the incidence in a country is at least 60 higher than the incidence in Switzerland, the country will be added to the list") FOPH, List of the areas: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html