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Airlines Updates

Published on 12.11.2020
Swis to ground 28 A-320 aircraft for the IATA winter season.

Published on 15.10.2020
FlyBair opens summer 2021 ticket sales

Published on 14.10.2020
Swiss schedules one-time Boeing 777 Lisbon service in Dec 2020

09.10.2020 Swiss International Air Lines last week gradually filed revised operation for Northern winter 2020/21 season. As of 07OCT20, planned Swiss Intercontinental operation (not including Edelweiss Air) as follows.

Due to current conditions, selected routes may see limitation on passenger traffic rights. Additional changes remain highly possible.

Zurich – Bangkok 3 weekly 777-300ER (5 weekly from 01DEC20)
Zurich – Boston 2 weekly A340-300 (3 weekly from 03MAR21)
Zurich – Chicago O’Hare 3 weekly A340-300 (4 weekly from 06DEC20)
Zurich – Dubai 3 weekly A340-300 (5 weekly from 06DEC20; Service no longer extends to Muscat)
Zurich – Hong Kong 3 weekly 777-300ER (5 weekly from 01DEC20)
Zurich – Johannesburg 3 weekly 777-300ER
Zurich – Montreal 3 weekly A330-300
Zurich – Mumbai 3 weekly A340-300
Zurich – New York JFK 5 weekly 777-300ER
Zurich – Newark 5 weekly A340-300
Zurich – San Francisco 2 weekly 777-300ER
Zurich – Sao Paulo Guarulhos 3 weekly 777-300ER (5 weekly from 03DEC20)
Zurich – Shanghai Pu Dong 2 weekly 777-300ER
Zurich – Singapore 3 weekly 777-300ER
Zurich – Tel Aviv 3 weekly A330-300
Zurich – Tokyo Narita 3 weekly 777-300ER

Published on 07.10.2020
Helvetic Airways schedules one-time Florence service in late-Oct 2020

Published on 06.10.2020
Swiss NW20 Johannesburg aircraft changes
Swiss A321neo W20 network as of 02OCT20

Published on 30.09.2020
Swiss to resume flights from Dubai on Oct 29

Published on 29.09.2020
Edelweiss Air files preliminary Muscat service from Nov 2020
Edelweiss Air resumes flights to Maldives

29.09.2020 Swiss starting October 2020 is launching Airbus A321neo service, based on last week’s schedule update. As of 25SEP20, A321neo to operate following routes during the month of October. Note certain routes will only see one-time A321neo service, based on current listing.

Zurich – Athens
Zurich – Belgrade
Zurich – Berlin Tegel
Zurich – Hamburg
Zurich – Lisbon
Zurich – Malaga
Zurich – Moscow Domodedovo
Zurich – Naples
Zurich – Palermo
Zurich – Porto
Zurich – St. Petersburg

Published on 28.09.2020
Swiss A321neo October 2020 operations as of 25SEP20

02.09.2020 Swiss International Air Lines for the remainder of Northern summer 2020 season plans to operate following Intercontinental routes, including frequency and routes restoration by October 2020. Due to travel restrictions, certain routes may see limitation on passenger traffic rights on certain direction.

Information listed below is based on GDS inventory listing as of 01SEP20. Last minute changes remain possible.

Zurich – Bangkok 3 weekly 777-300ER (5 weekly from 30SEP20)
Zurich – Boston eff 02OCT20 3 weekly A330/340
Zurich – Chicago O’Hare 5 weekly A330-300
Zurich – Hong Kong 3 weekly 777-300ER (A340 from 01OCT20)
Zurich – Johannesburg eff 30SEP20 5 weekly A340-300
Zurich – Los Angeles eff 01OCT20 3 weekly 777-300ER
Zurich – Miami 2 weekly A340-300 (3 weekly from 03OCT20)
Zurich – Montreal 3 weekly A330/340
Zurich – Mumbai eff 03OCT20 3 weekly 777-300ER
Zurich – Nairobi – Dar es Salaam 1 weekly A340-300 (2 weekly from 03OCT20)
Zurich – Newark 5 weekly A340
Zurich – New York JFK 5 weekly 777-300ER
Zurich – San Francisco 3 weekly 777-300ER
Zurich – Sao Paulo Guarulhos 3 weekly 777-300ER (5 weekly from 30SEP20)
Zurich – Shanghai Pu Dong 1 weekly 777-300ER (2 weekly form 15SEP20, 3 weekly from 01OCT20)
Zurich – Singapore 3 weekly 777-300ER
Zurich – Tel Aviv 3 weekly A330/340
Zurich – Tokyo Narita 2 weekly 777-300ER (3 weekly from 03OCT20)

28.08.2020 Edelweiss Air in the 4th quarter of 2020 plans to add 3 African routes, including service to Cabo Verde and service resumption for Sharm el Sheikh. Planned operation as follows. Note planned launch date remains subject to change, pending on latest COVID19 related travel restrictions.

Zurich – Agadir eff 01OCT20 1 weekly A320 (Last served until May 2014)
WK106/LX8106 ZRH1300 – 1650AGA 320 4
WK107/LX8107 AGA1740 – 2110ZRH 320 4

Service does not operate from 26MAR21 to 01SEP21

Zurich – Ilha do Sal eff 26OCT20 1 weekly A320
WK240/LX8240 ZRH1345 – 1815SID 320 1
WK241/LX8241 SID0810 – 1600ZRH 320 2

Zurich – Sharm el Sheikh eff 27OCT20 2 weekly A320 (Last served until October 2016)
WK140/LX8140 ZRH0605 – 1135SSH 320 5
WK140/LX8140 ZRH0920 – 1450SSH 320 2

WK141/LX8141 SSH1230 – 1625ZRH 320 5
WK141/LX8141 SSH1545 – 1940ZRH 320 2

Published on 27.08.2020
Edelweiss Air adds 3 African routes (ZRH’ to Agadir, Ilha do Sal and Sharm el Sheikh) in 4Q20

20.08.2020 Chair Airlines recently revised planned operation for the remainder of summer 2020. Based on the airline’s available flights for reservation (Zurich departure), scheduled regular operation between 20AUG20 and 24OCT20 as follows.

Additional changes remain possible.

Zurich – Hurghada eff 23SEP20 2 weekly (No operation week of 28SEP20, 1 weekly from 14OCT20)
Zurich – Irakleion 1 weekly (except 07SEP20 – 24SEP20 and 10OCT20 – 18OCT20, 2 weekly 19OCT20 – 30OCT20)
Zurich – Kos 1 weekly until 12SEP20 (No operation week of 31AUG20)
Zurich – Larnaca eff 29AUG20 1 weekly (No operation 21SEP20 – 24OCT20 except 17OCT20)
Zurich – Marsa Alam 01OCT20 / 22OCT20
Zurich – Rhodes 1 weekly until 18SEP20 (as well as 23OCT20)
Zurich – Sharm el Sheikh eff 05OCT20 1 weekly

Published on 05.08.2020
Helvetic Airways adds pop-up flight to Paris Le Bourget in mid-August 2020
Edelweiss Air Aug – Oct 2020 Intercontinental network as of 02AUG20

05.08.2020 Swiss International Air Lines in recent schedule update filed adjustment to its Intercontinental network, between 01AUG20 and 24OCT20. As of 02AUG20, planned operation as follows.

Various travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s operation, and passenger traffic rights on certain sectors.

Zurich – Bangkok 3 weekly 777-300ER (5 weekly from 02SEP20)
Zurich – Boston eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A330/340
Zurich – Chicago O’Hare 5 weekly A330-300
Zurich – Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich 1 weekly A340-300 (August only)
Zurich – Hong Kong 3 weekly A340-300 (5 weekly from 01SEP20)
Zurich – Johannesburg eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A340-300 (5 weekly from 03OCT20)
Zurich – Los Angeles eff 03SEP20 3 weekly 777-300ER
Zurich – Miami 2 weekly A340 (A330/340 from 03SEP20, 3 weekly from 06OCT20)
Zurich – Montreal 3 weekly A340 (5 weekly A330/340 from 01SEP20)
Zurich – Mumbai eff 16AUG20 3 weekly 777-300ER (A330/340 from 02SEP20)
Zurich – Newark 3 weekly A340 (5 weekly A330/340 from 03SEP20)
Zurich – New York JFK 5 weekly 777-300ER (A330/340 from 02SEP20)
Zurich – San Francisco 
eff 02SEP20 3 weekly 777-300ER
Zurich – Sao Paulo Guarulhos 3 weekly 777-300ER (5 weekly from 02SEP20)
Zurich – Shanghai Pu Dong 1 weekly 777-300ER (2 weekly A340 from 01SEP20)
Zurich – Singapore 3 weekly 777-300ER (5 weekly from 02SEP20)
Zurich – Tel Aviv 4 weekly A330/340 (5 weekly from 02SEP20)
Zurich – Tokyo Narita 2 weekly 777-300ER (5 weekly from 01SEP20)

04.08.2020 Swiss International Air Lines during the month of August 2020 plans to operate following European routes, based on OAG schedules listing as of 02AUG20.

Selected week may see frequency variations, while ongoing travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s planned operation.

Geneva – Alicante 1 weekly
Geneva – Athens 10 weekly (12 weekly from 15AUG20)
Geneva – Biarritz 2 weekly
Geneva – Brindisi 2 weekly
Geneva – Catania 1 weekly
Geneva – Corfu 1 weekly
Geneva – Dublin 2 weekly
Geneva – Faro 2 weekly
Geneva – Frankfurt 11 weekly (14 weekly from 16AUG20)
Geneva – Ibiza 2 weekly
Geneva – Irakleion 4 weekly
Geneva – Kalamata 1 weekly
Geneva – Kos 1 weekly
Geneva – Lisbon 6 weekly (9 weekly from 16AUG20)
Geneva – London Heathrow 14 weekly
Geneva – Mahon 1 weekly
Geneva – Malaga 
2 weekly
Geneva – Moscow Domodedovo 1 weekly (3 weekly from 14AUG20)
Geneva – Mykonos 3 weekly
Geneva – Nice 3 weekly (4 weekly from 09AUG20)
Geneva – Olbia 1 weekly
Geneva – Palma Mallorca 2 weekly
Geneva – Porto 9 weekly (10 weekly from 16AUG20)
Geneva – Prishtina 2 weekly (3 weekly from 16AUG20)
Geneva – Rhodes 1 weekly
Geneva – Thessaloniki 1 weekly
Geneva – Valencia 2 weekly
Geneva – Zakynthos 1 weekly
Zurich – Alicante 3 weekly (2 weekly from 16AUG20)
Zurich – Amsterdam 16-18 weekly
Zurich – Athens 15 weekly
Zurich – Barcelona 12-14 weekly
Zurich – Belgrade 3 weekly (5 weekly from 16AUG20)
Zurich – Berlin Tegel 25 weekly
Zurich – Bilbao 1 weekly
Zurich – Brindisi 10 weekly
Zurich – Brussels 7 weekly (8 weekly from 16AUG20)
Zurich – Bucharest 5 weekly
Zurich – Budapest 9 weekly
Zurich – Copenhagen 12 weekly
Zurich – Dublin 6 weekly
Zurich – Dusseldorf 8 weekly
Zurich – Florence 7-9 weekly
Zurich – Frankfurt 15 weekly
Zurich – Geneva 16 weekly
Zurich – Gothenburg 4 weekly
Zurich – Hamburg 19 weekly
Zurich – Krakow 2 weekly
Zurich – Kyiv Borispil 4 weekly
Zurich – Lisbon 10-11 weekly
Zurich – London Heathrow 20 weekly (21 weekly from 16AUG20)
Zurich – Madrid 5 weekly (7 weekly from 16AUG20)
Zurich – Malaga 13 weekly (14 weekly from 16AUG20)
Zurich – Malta 2 weekly
Zurich – Manchester 5 weekly
Zurich – Milan Malpensa 3-6 weekly
Zurich – Moscow Domodedovo 1-3 weekly
Zurich – Naples 6 weekly (7 weekly from 16AUG20)
Zurich – Nice 13 weekly
Zurich – Oslo 3 weekly
Zurich – Palermo 6 weekly
Zurich – Palma Mallorca 15 weekly
Zurich – Paris CDG 7-9 weekly
Zurich – Porto 16 weekly (14 weekly from 23AUG20)
Zurich – Prague 10 weekly
Zurich – Rome 6-9 weekly
Zurich – St. Petersburg eff 24AUG20 1 weekly
Zurich – Stockholm Arlanda 9-10 weekly
Zurich – Sylt 3 weekly
Zurich – Thessaloniki 6 weekly
Zurich – Valencia 11 weekly
Zurich – Venice 5-6 weekly
Zurich – Vienna 14-18 weekly
Zurich – Warsaw 5 weekly

Published on 24.07.2020
Edelweiss Air July 2021 Svalbard scheduled charter operations

Published on 22.07.2020
Helvetic Airways schedules one-time Vilnius service in late-August 2020

Published on 17.07.2020
Helvetic Airways adds one-time Brac / Tivat service in late-July 2020

Published on 16.07.2020
SWISS resumes flights to Canada as pandemic restrictions are relaxed

Published on 07.07.2020
Edelweiss expands A330/340 short-haul network in S20

Published on 03.07.2020
Swiss July – October 2020 Inter-continental operations as of 02JUL20
Edelweiss Air 3Q20 Long-Haul operations as of 02JUL20

03.07.2020 Edelweiss Air starting this month plans gradual long-haul service resumption. As of 02JUL20, planned long-haul service in the 3rd quarter of 2020 as follows.

Zurich – Calgary eff 05AUG20 1 weekly A340-300
Zurich – Cancun eff 03AUG20 1 weekly A330-300
Zurich – Havana eff 03AUG20 1 weekly A330-300 (A340-300 from 03SEP20)
Zurich – Las Vegas eff 17JUL20 1 weekly A340-300 (2 weekly from 03AUG20)
Zurich – Mauritius eff 31JUL20 1 weekly A330-300 (2 weekly A330/340 from 07SEP20)
Zurich – Punta Cana eff 04JUL20 1 weekly A330-300 (2 weekly A330/340 from 05AUG20)
Zurich – San Jose (Costa Rica) eff 06AUG20 1 weekly A340-300
Zurich – Tampa eff 19JUL20 1 weekly A330-300 (2 weekly A340-300 from 02AUG20)
Zurich – Vancouver eff 18JUL20 1 weekly A340-300 (2 weekly A330/340 from 02AUG20)
03.07.2020 Swiss this week filed revised Inter-continental operation for the remainder of summer 2020 season, until 24OCT20. Between 01JUL20 and 24OCT20, the Star Alliance carrier plans to operate following routes.

Various travel restriction will impact the airline’s passenger traffic rights, as well as planned operation.

Zurich – Bangkok 3 weekly 777-300ER (5 weekly from 02SEP20)
Zurich – Boston eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A330/340
Zurich – Chicago O’Hare eff 02JUL20 3 weekly A330-300 (5 weekly from 02AUG20)
Zurich – Hong Kong 3 weekly A340-300 (5 weekly from 01SEP20)
Zurich – Johannesburg eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A340-300 (5 weekly from 02OCT20)
Zurich – Los Angeles eff 03SEP20 3 weekly 777-300ER
Zurich – Miami eff 01AUG20 3 weekly A330/340
Zurich – Montreal eff 14JUL20 3 weekly A340-300 (5 weekly from 01SEP20)
Zurich – Mumbai eff 18JUL20 3 weekly 777-300ER (5 weekly from 02SEP20. Service also scheduled 04JUL20 – 14JUL20 with A330-300)
Zurich – Newark 3 weekly 777-300ER (A330-300 from 01AUG20, 5 weekly A330/340 from 03SEP20)
Zurich – New York JFK 4 weekly 777-300ER (5 weekly A340-300 from 01AUG20, A330 from 02SEP20)
Zurich – San Francisco eff 02AUG20 3 weekly 777-300ER
Zurich – Sao Paulo Guarulhos 3 weekly 777-300ER (5 weekly from 02SEP20)
Zurich – Shanghai Pu Dong eff 10JUL20 1 weekly 777-300ER (2 weekly from 02AUG20, 3 weekly from 01SEP20, 5 weekly from 02OCT20)
Zurich – Singapore 3 weekly 777-300ER (5 weekly from 02SEP20)
Zurich – Tel Aviv 5 weekly A340-300 (6 weekly A330/340 from 01AUG20, 5 weekly from 01SEP20)
Zurich – Tokyo Narita 2 weekly 777-300ER (3 weekly from 01AUG20, 5 weekly from 01SEP20)

Published on 02.07.2020
easyJet resumes Tel Aviv flights

Published on 25.06.2020
EasyJet to resume Paris, Barcelona and Milan flights from 1 July

Published on 20.06.2020
Flights from Switzerland to Croatian airports in July announced

Published on 15.06.2020
Chair Airlines S20 operations as of 12JUN20
flyBAIR revised operation for July 2020 launch
Helvetic S20 planned scheduled operation as of 12JUN20

Published on 13.06.2020
flyBAIR to launch operations on July 18

04.06.2020 Swiss International Air Lines last week filed additional update to its planned European operation in June 2020. The following is a list of operation as of 31MAY20, excluding flights operated by Edelweiss Air.

Additional changes remain possible, pending on various travel restrictions.

Geneva – Athens eff 18JUN20 3 weekly
Geneva – Dublin eff 19JUN20 2 weekly
Geneva – Faro eff 18JUN20 2 weekly
Geneva – Frankfurt eff 15JUN20 12 weekly
Geneva – Irakleion eff 20JUN20 2 weekly
Geneva – London Heathrow 4 weekly (7 weekly from week of 14JUN20)
Geneva – Malaga eff 19JUN20 2 weekly
Geneva – Moscow Domodedovo eff 15JUN20 2 weekly
Geneva – Nice eff 19JUN20 2 weekly
Geneva – Palma Mallorca eff 20JUN20 1 weekly
Geneva – Porto 1 weekly (3 weekly from week of 14JUN20, 4 from week of 21JUN20)
Geneva – Prague eff 21JUN20 1 weekly
Geneva – Prishtina eff 17JUN20 2 weekly
Zurich – Amsterdam 4 weekly (6 weekly from week of 14JUN20)
Zurich – Athens 5 weekly
Zurich – Barcelona 3 weekly (6 weekly from week of 14JUN20)
Zurich – Belgrade 4 weekly
Zurich – Berlin Tegel 7 weekly (11 weekly from week of 14JUN20)
Zurich – Brindisi 1 weekly (2 weekly from week of 21JUN20)
Zurich – Brussels 2 weekly (3 weekly from week of 14JUN20, 4 from week of 21JUN20)
Zurich – Bucharest 4 weekly
Zurich – Budapest 2 weekly (3 weekly from week of 14JUN20, 4 from week of 21JUN20)
Zurich – Copenhagen 4 weekly (5 weekly week of 14JUN20)
Zurich – Dublin 2 weekly (3 weekly from week of 14JUN20, 4 from week of 21JUN20)
Zurich – Dusseldorf 3 weekly (4 weekly from week of 14JUN20)
Zurich – Florence eff 18JUN20 2 weekly
Zurich – Gothenburg 2 weekly
Zurich – Hamburg 4 weekly (6 weekly from 14JUN20)
Zurich – Kyiv Borispil eff 21JUN20 1 weekly
Zurich – Lisbon 4 weekly
Zurich – London Heathrow 7 weekly (10 weekly from week of 14JUN20, 11 from week of 21JUN20)
Zurich – Madrid 3 weekly
Zurich – Malaga 4 weekly
Zurich – Manchester eff 15JUN20 2 weekly
Zurich – Moscow Domodedovo eff 26JUN20 2 weekly
Zurich – Munich eff 15JUN20 3 weekly (6 weekly from week of 21JUN20)
Zurich – Naples eff 15JUN20 3 weekly
Zurich – Nice 2 weekly (4 weekly from week of 14JUN20)
Zurich – Palermo eff 19JUN20 2 weekly
Zurich – Palma Mallorca 2 weekly (4 weekly week of 14JUN20, 3 week of 21JUN20)
Zurich – Paris CDG 2 weekly
Zurich – Porto 5 weekly
Zurich – Prague 3 weekly (4 weekly from week of 14JUN20)
Zurich – Rome 2 weekly (3 weekly week of 14JUN20, 4 week of 21JUN20)
Zurich – St. Petersburg eff 26JUN20 2 weekly
Zurich – Stockholm Arlanda 4 weekly (5 weekly from week of 14JUN20)
Zurich – Sylt 1 weekly
Zurich – Thessaloniki eff 20JUN20 1 weekly
Zurich – Valencia 4 weekly
Zurich – Vienna 5 weekly (6 weekly from week of 14JUN20)

Swiss
SWISS will operate 140 flights per week from Zurich and 40 per week from Geneva next month.

Swiss
Swiss airline to resume some flights in June

Swiss
Swiss Inter-continental operations as of 14MAY20

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Switzerland
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Switzerland.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Nationals or residents of Switzerland or Liechtenstein,
    • Nationals of the European Union, the Schengen Area member states or United Kingdom and their family members, provided holding proof of the relationship,
    • Passengers in a documented relationship with a Swiss national provided they hold proof of their relationship,
    • Passengers with a type “D” visa issued by Switzerland or a type “C” Schengen visa issued by Switzerland after 16th March 2020,
    • Passengers arriving from a Schengen Area member state,
    • Passengers arriving directly (or indirectly through a transit airport provided they do not leave the international transit zone) from Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Japan, Korea (South), Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay or the Vatican,
    • Residents of a Schengen Area member state, provided they are returning directly to their country of residence through Switzerland,
    • Passengers in transit,
    • Passengers travelling for justified reasons, provided their reason for travel has been certified by Swiss representations abroad,
    • Crew members and staff of cargo flights.
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Movement restrictions

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

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Flight Restrictions

published 27.11.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to passengers arriving from Schengen Member States.
– This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland (Rep.), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See). If they transit through other countries, they must stay in the international transit area of the airport.
– This does not apply to spouses, registered partners, children under 21 years, grandchildren under 21 years, dependent children, dependent grandchildren, dependent parents or dependent grandparents of nationals of EEA Member States. They must present proof of their relationship.
– This does not apply to spouses, registered partners, children under 21 years, grandchildren under 21 years, dependent children, dependent grandchildren, dependent parents or dependent grandparents of British nationals. They must present proof of their relationship.
– This does not apply to passengers with a D visa issued by Switzerland.
– This does not apply to passengers with a Schengen C visa issued by Switzerland after 16 March 2020.
– This does not apply to unmarried partners of residents of Switzerland. They must have a written invitation from the residents in Switzerland and present proof of their relationship.

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Quarantine

Self-isolation at own accommodation- subject to categorisation.

Persons who enter Switzerland and who have stayed in a country or territory with increased covid-infection risks in the past 14 days prior to entry into Switzerland, are obliged to immediately travel directly to their home or another suitable accommodation.

They must stay there permanently for 10 days. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated in a Federal Act (available in German, French and Italian). For the latest updates on the list, please visit: www.bag.admin.ch

If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period.

Travellers subject to quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow its instructions. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers.
For more information on entry and stay in Switzerland, please visit the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known.

A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period.

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2018)
Country requirement at entry: no
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Shop and Events

Non-essential shops closure: Partially closed

Restrictive measures mandatory between 29 October 2020 to TBD

– 27 April: DIY stores, garden centres, florists, hairdressers, tattoo studios and beauty salons, self-service facilities (e.g. car washes), as well as medical and dental practices, physiotherapy and massage practices. Precautionary measures in place.

– 11 May: all non-essential shops and markets, museums, libraries, sports facilities and restaurants can reopen as long as precautionary measures are applied. Limitations in place: archives (excl. reading rooms), sports facilities ONLY those with precautionary measures, restaurants bars and pubs for groups of up to 4 people and families with children.

– 6 June: zoos, botanic gardens, cinemas and theaters, summer tourism businesses and services, swimming pools (open to the public), mountain transport. Precautionary measures required.

– 22 June: no more restrictions on opening hours for restaurants, bars, etc.

– As of 1 Sep: all shops are open with precautionary measures in place, but a number of Swiss Cantons have closed night discos/dance halls since Aug-Sept (e.g. GE: 31 Jul, TI: 9 Oct).

– 29 Oct new measures: closure of night discos/dance, new measures for bars and restaurants (no more than 4 people per table, curfew from 23:00 to 6:00, consumption only when seated and recording of contact details), extended obligation to wear a face mask.

NOTE: additional measures valid in certain cantons

Events stop: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 19 October 2020 to TBD

The Federal Council has banned all public and private events, including also sporting events and club activities, from 13 March to 11 May (max. of 100 people from 13 March, max. of 5 people from 20 March). Then these measures have been gradually lifted, except for the large events (>1000 people) that are still prohibited at least until 1 October (extended from 21 Aug to 1 Oct, as of 12 Aug).
However, starting from 19 June, after the end of the “Extraordinary” Situation (under the terms of the Epidemics Act), several Swiss Cantons have started implemented again regional measurements.

Open/permitted/started since:
– 11 May: certain events/establishment started/opened on condition that strict requirements are met: museums, libraries, archives (excl. reading rooms), sport as an individual or in groups of up to 5 people not involving physical contact, training sessions for competitive athletes, visits to restaurants, bars and pubs for groups of up to 4 people and families with children.
– 28 May: all forms of religious services/celebrations are permitted.
– 30 May: Gatherings of groups of up to 30 people (public spaces, parks)
– 6 June: Events and demonstrations with up to 300 people, sports training and competitions with up to 300 people (still prohibited: gatherings in public of groups of more than 30 people, events with more than 300 people and sport competitions involving physical contact).
– 22 June: Gatherings of groups of more than 30 people are permitted, as well as the events with more than 300 people (division in sectors each with 300 people). The Large-scale events (>1000 people) continue to be prohibited until 31 August. Sports competitions involving close physical contact are now permitted.
– 1 Oct: large-scale events (> 1,000 people) possible under strict conditions and must have a cantonal authorisation/permit. Conditions: Precautionary measures in place, epidemiological situation in the canton/region must allow for the event to be held, contact tracing system, allocated seating mandatory. In addition, for national ice hockey and football leagues: wear masks, allocated seating mandatory, capacity limits (max. 2/3 of seats may be occupied, no seats are available for away fans) and seating is compulsory in catering areas. However, a number of Swiss cantons have introduced additional measures for large events/gatherings.

New measures fro events/gatherings since:
– 19 Oct: max 15 people for spontaneous gatherings in public spaces; gatherings of family and friends 16-100 people: mandatory mask, contact details recorded, food and drink consumed seated only; 100 person or more: set of precautionary measures
– 29 Oct: no more than 10 people among friends and family, no events with more than 50 people, no gatherings of more than 15 people in public spaces (since 19 Oct), sporting and cultural activities with more than 15 people prohibited (exceptions: practice and training sessions for children up to age of 16 and professionals).

NOTE: additional measures valid in certain cantons

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Schools/Univercity closure

Schools/Univ. closure: Partially closed

Restrictive measures mandatory between 29 September 2020 to TBD

– 11 May: primary and secondary schools, classroom teaching of up to 5 students (upper secondary schools, higher education and other educational institutions), as well as driving school and language schools reopened with precautionary measures in place.

– 6 June: All the upper secondary schools, higher education and other educational institutions (without the limit of number of students, before the limit was 5 students) reopened with precautionary measures in place.

– Summer holidays: from 20 Jun-18 Jul to 10 – 31 Aug –> As of 1 Sep 2020: all primary and secondary schools and other educational institutions are open with precautionary measures in place.

– From 29 Oct: Distance learning at higher education institutions

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Other

Other: partially closed/partially cancelled

Restrictive measures mandatory between 19 June 2020 to TBD

– 19 June: The Federal Council has decided to downgrade the situation in Switzerland from “extraordinary ” (under the terms of the Epidemics Act) to “special” starting from 19 June. After this date, several Swiss Cantons have started implemented again regional measurements.
– 25 June: SwissCovid app available
– Social distancing: 1.5m
– Mask: From 6 July mandatory on public transport (including planes) and recommended if you are unable to maintain a distance of 1.5 m from other people, and where no physical barrier is in place. However, in several Swiss Cantons was mandatory for example 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. 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. In addition, the government recommend to work from home if possible, reduce contact with other people, wash hands regularly and keep the distance.
– 19 Oct: working from home recommended

NOTE: additional measures valid in certain cantons

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Full Restrictions

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    International Restrictions:


    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly.

    All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. 

    If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

    A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period.

    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions.

    Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection.

    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    www.bag.admin.ch

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    *From Third Countries:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly.

    All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days.

    If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

    A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period.

    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions.

    Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    www.bag.admin.ch

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Switzerland: You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include: • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services: Wearing a face mask is compulsory in indoor public places such as shops, banks, post offices, museums, libraries and cinemas. Wearing a face mask is also required in outdoor zones where social distancing cannot be observed, including establishments such as markets, shops, venues, restaurants, bars. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Further information from the Federal Office of Public Health. Gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited in public places; private gatherings are restricted to 10 people. Events of more than 50 people are prohibited. Recreational indoor sports and cultural events can have no more than 15 attendees. Businesses and public services are open with social distancing measures in place. Eating and drinking in restaurants and bars must be at a table; no more than four people must sit at a table, with the exception of families with children; bars and restaurants must close by 11pm. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.

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    27.11.2020
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    International Restrictions:


    *From within the EU: <

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly.

    All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. 

    If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

    A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period.

    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions.

    Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection.

    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    www.bag.admin.ch

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    *From Third Countries:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly.

    All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days.

    If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

    A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period.

    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions.

    Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    www.bag.admin.ch

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Switzerland: You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include: • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services: Wearing a face mask is compulsory in indoor public places such as shops, banks, post offices, museums, libraries and cinemas. Wearing a face mask is also required in outdoor zones where social distancing cannot be observed, including establishments such as markets, shops, venues, restaurants, bars. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Further information from the Federal Office of Public Health. Gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited in public places; private gatherings are restricted to 10 people. Events of more than 50 people are prohibited. Recreational indoor sports and cultural events can have no more than 15 attendees. Businesses and public services are open with social distancing measures in place. Eating and drinking in restaurants and bars must be at a table; no more than four people must sit at a table, with the exception of families with children; bars and restaurants must close by 11pm. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.

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    25.11.2020
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    International Restrictions:


    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly.

    All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. 

    If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

    A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period.

    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions.

    Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection.

    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    www.bag.admin.ch

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    *From Third Countries:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly.

    All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days.

    If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

    A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period.

    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions.

    Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    www.bag.admin.ch

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Switzerland: You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include: • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services: Wearing a face mask is compulsory in indoor public places such as shops, banks, post offices, museums, libraries and cinemas. Wearing a face mask is also required in outdoor zones where social distancing cannot be observed, including establishments such as markets, shops, venues, restaurants, bars. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Further information from the Federal Office of Public Health. Gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited in public places; private gatherings are restricted to 10 people. Events of more than 50 people are prohibited. Recreational indoor sports and cultural events can have no more than 15 attendees. Businesses and public services are open with social distancing measures in place. Eating and drinking in restaurants and bars must be at a table; no more than four people must sit at a table, with the exception of families with children; bars and restaurants must close by 11pm. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.

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    23.11.2020
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    International Restrictions:


    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly.

    All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. 

    If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

    A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period.

    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions.

    Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection.

    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    www.bag.admin.ch

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    *From Third Countries: Entry Restrictions:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly.

    All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days.

    If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

    A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period.

    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions.

    Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    www.bag.admin.ch

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Switzerland: You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include: • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services: Wearing a face mask is compulsory in indoor public places such as shops, banks, post offices, museums, libraries and cinemas. Wearing a face mask is also required in outdoor zones where social distancing cannot be observed, including establishments such as markets, shops, venues, restaurants, bars. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Further information from the Federal Office of Public Health. Gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited in public places; private gatherings are restricted to 10 people. Events of more than 50 people are prohibited. Recreational indoor sports and cultural events can have no more than 15 attendees. Businesses and public services are open with social distancing measures in place. Eating and drinking in restaurants and bars must be at a table; no more than four people must sit at a table, with the exception of families with children; bars and restaurants must close by 11pm. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.

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    19.11.2020
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    International Restrictions:


    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly.

    All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. 

    If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

    A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period.

    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions.

    Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection.

    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    www.bag.admin.ch

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    *From Third Countries: Entry Restrictions:

    Entry Restrictions

    Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly.

    All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days.

    If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

    A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period.

    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions.

    Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    www.bag.admin.ch

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Switzerland: You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include: • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services: Wearing a face mask is compulsory in indoor public places such as shops, banks, post offices, museums, libraries and cinemas. Wearing a face mask is also required in outdoor zones where social distancing cannot be observed, including establishments such as markets, shops, venues, restaurants, bars. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Further information from the Federal Office of Public Health. Gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited in public places; private gatherings are restricted to 10 people. Events of more than 50 people are prohibited. Recreational indoor sports and cultural events can have no more than 15 attendees. Businesses and public services are open with social distancing measures in place. Eating and drinking in restaurants and bars must be at a table; no more than four people must sit at a table, with the exception of families with children; bars and restaurants must close by 11pm. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.

    Read more
    17.11.2020
  • Switzerland Latest News: Flights between London City Airport, Zurich resume (Business Traveller, 06.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:


    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions: Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighboring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period.
    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs. * Find out more: here.

    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas. *For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    *From Third Countries: Entry Restrictions: Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period. Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs. *Find out more: here.
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    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Switzerland: You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include: • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services: Wearing a face mask is compulsory in indoor public places such as shops, banks, post offices, museums, libraries and cinemas. Wearing a face mask is also required in outdoor zones where social distancing cannot be observed, including establishments such as markets, shops, venues, restaurants, bars. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Further information from the Federal Office of Public Health. Gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited in public places; private gatherings are restricted to 10 people. Events of more than 50 people are prohibited. Recreational indoor sports and cultural events can have no more than 15 attendees. Businesses and public services are open with social distancing measures in place. Eating and drinking in restaurants and bars must be at a table; no more than four people must sit at a table, with the exception of families with children; bars and restaurants must close by 11pm. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.

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    16.11.2020
  • Switzerland Latest News: Flights between London City Airport, Zurich resume (Business Traveller, 06.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:


    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions: Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighboring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period.
    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs. * Find out more: here.

    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas. *For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    *From Third Countries: Entry Restrictions: Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period. Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs. *Find out more: here.
    “>here

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Switzerland: You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include: • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services: Wearing a facemask is compulsory in indoor public places such as shops, banks, post offices, museums, libraries and cinemas. Wearing a facemask is also required in outdoor zones where social distancing cannot be observed, including establishments such as markets, shops, venues, restaurants, bars. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Further information from the Federal Office of Public Health. Gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited in public places; private gatherings are restricted to 10 people. Events of more than 50 people are prohibited. Recreational indoor sports and cultural events can have no more than 15 attendees. Businesses and public services are open with social distancing measures in place. Eating and drinking in restaurants and bars must be at a table; bars and restaurants must close by 11pm. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.

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    11.11.2020
  • Switzerland Latest News: Flights between London City Airport, Zurich resume (Business Traveller, 06.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:


    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions: Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighboring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period. Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs. * Find out more: here

    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas. *For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    *From Third Countries: Entry Restrictions: Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period. Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs. *Find out more: here

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Switzerland: You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include: • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services: Wearing a facemask is compulsory in indoor public places such as shops, banks, post offices, museums, libraries and cinemas. Wearing a facemask is also required in outdoor zones where social distancing cannot be observed, including establishments such as markets, shops, venues, restaurants, bars. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Further information from the Federal Office of Public Health. Gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited in public places; private gatherings are restricted to 10 people. Events of more than 50 people are prohibited. Recreational indoor sports and cultural events can have no more than 15 attendees. Businesses and public services are open with social distancing measures in place. Eating and drinking in restaurants and bars must be at a table; bars and restaurants must close by 11pm. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.

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    06.11.2020
  • Switzerland Latest News: Flights between London City Airport, Zurich resume (Business Traveller, 06.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:


    *Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period. Travellers that are required to go into quarantine will be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs. Find out more: here

    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    *From Third Countries: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period. Travellers that are required to go into quarantine will be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs. Find out more: here

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Switzerland: You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include: • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services: Wearing a facemask is compulsory in indoor public places such as shops, banks, post offices, museums, libraries and cinemas. Wearing a facemask is also required in outdoor zones where social distancing cannot be observed, including establishments such as markets, shops, venues, restaurants, bars. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Further information from the Federal Office of Public Health. Gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited in public places; private gatherings are restricted to 10 people. Events of more than 50 people are prohibited. Recreational indoor sports and cultural events can have no more than 15 attendees. Businesses and public services are open with social distancing measures in place. Eating and drinking in restaurants and bars must be at a table; bars and restaurants must close by 11pm. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.

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    03.11.2020
  • Switzerland Latest News: Flights between London City Airport, Zurich resume (Business Traveller, 06.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:


    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period. Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs. *Find out more: www.bag.admin.ch.

    *Transit: t is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    *From Third Countries: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page here Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period. Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs. Find out more: www.bag.admin.ch.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Switzerland: You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include: • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services: Wearing a facemask is compulsory in indoor public places such as shops, banks, post offices, museums, libraries and cinemas. Wearing a facemask is also required in outdoor zones where social distancing cannot be observed, including establishments such as markets, shops, venues, restaurants, bars. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Further information from the Federal Office of Public Health. Gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited in public places; private gatherings are restricted to 10 people. Events of more than 50 people are prohibited. Recreational indoor sports and cultural events can have no more than 15 attendees. Businesses and public services are open with social distancing measures in place. Eating and drinking in restaurants and bars must be at a table; bars and restaurants must close by 11pm. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.

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    30.10.2020
  • Switzerland Latest News: Flights between London City Airport, Zurich resume (Business Traveller, 06.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:


    From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period. Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs. *Find out more: here.

    Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    From Third Countries: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period. Travellers that are required to go into quarantine will be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs. *Find out more: here

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Switzerland: You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include: • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services: Wearing a facemask is compulsory in indoor public places such as shops, banks, post offices, museums, libraries and cinemas. Wearing a facemask is also required in outdoor zones where social distancing cannot be observed, including establishments such as markets, shops, venues, restaurants, bars. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Further information from the Federal Office of Public Health. Gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited in public places; private gatherings are restricted to 10 people. Events of more than 50 people are prohibited. Recreational indoor sports and cultural events can have no more than 15 attendees. Businesses and public services are open with social distancing measures in place. Eating and drinking in restaurants and bars must be at a table; bars and restaurants must close by 11pm. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.

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    28.10.2020
  • Switzerland Latest News: Flights between London City Airport, Zurich resume (Business Traveller, 06.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:


    From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period. Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs. *Find out more: here.

    Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    From Third Countries: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period. Travellers that are required to go into quarantine will be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs. *Find out more: here

    Internal Restrictions:
    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include:
    • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly
    • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people
    • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.
    Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services:
    Gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited in public places. Wearing a face mask is compulsory in public places such as shops, banks, post offices, museums, libraries and cinemas. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Businesses and public services are open with social distancing measures in place. Eating and drinking in restaurants and bars must be at a table. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing.
    Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details. Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland.

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    27.10.2020
  • Switzerland Latest News: Flights between London City Airport, Zurich resume (Business Traveller, 06.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:


    *From the EU: Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly.
    All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days.
    If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
    A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period.
    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions.
    Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.
    *Find out more: here.


    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.


    *From Third Countries: Entry from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly.
    All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days.
    If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighbouring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
    A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period.
    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions.
    Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.
    *Find out more: here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include:
    • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly
    • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people
    • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.
    Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services:
    Gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited in public places. Wearing a face mask is compulsory in public places such as shops, banks, post offices, museums, libraries and cinemas. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Businesses and public services are open with social distancing measures in place. Eating and drinking in restaurants and bars must be at a table. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing.
    Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details. Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland.

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    23.10.2020
  • Switzerland Latest News: Flights between London City Airport, Zurich resume (Business Traveller, 06.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:


    *From the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and UK. Travelling from Switzerland or returning to Switzerland- EU+ countries are exempt from the general advice against non-urgent travel abroad, unless they are defined as Covid risk areas (list of countries concerned). If you re-enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a country or area defined as a Covid risk area, you must immediately go to your home or other suitable accommodation, where you must stay for 10 days from the day of your arrival. Also, you have to report your arrival to the responsible cantonal authority within two days and follow its instructions. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated at www.bag.admin.ch
    *Rules and Exceptions- Entry restrictions have been lifted for residents of EU+ countries (including UK), as well as for their family members (irrespective of their nationality). Travellers that are required to go into quarantine will be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs. *Find out more: here.


    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.


    *From Third Countries: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Urugay, and some EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland and Cyprus) as well as Liechtenstein, Vatican City State and United Kingdom. Also air travel with Russia has been resumed and China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available at here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include:
    • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly
    • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people
    • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.
    Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services:
    Gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited in public places. Wearing a face mask is compulsory in public places such as shops, banks, post offices, museums, libraries and cinemas. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Businesses and public services are open with social distancing measures in place. Eating and drinking in restaurants and bars must be at a table. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing.
    Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details. Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland.

    Read more
    20.10.2020
  • Switzerland Latest News: Flights between London City Airport, Zurich resume (Business Traveller, 06.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:


    *Travel from the EU: Entry Restrictions: Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. *Travelling from Switzerland or returning to Switzerland: EU+ countries are exempt from the general advice against non-urgent travel abroad, unless they are defined as Covid risk areas (list of countries concerned). If you re-enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a country or area defined as a Covid risk area, you must immediately go to your home or other suitable accommodation, where you must stay for 10 days from the day of your arrival. Also, you have to report your arrival to the responsible cantonal authority within two days, and follow its instructions. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated at here. *Rules and Exceptions: Entry restrictions have been lifted for residents of EU+ countries (including UK), as well as for their family members (irrespective of their nationality).
    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    *Third Countries: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay, and some EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland and Cyprus) as well as Liechtenstein, Vatican City State and United Kingdom. Also, air travel with Russia has been resumed and China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available at here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include:
    • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly
    • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people
    • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.
    Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services:
    Gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited in public places. Wearing a face mask is compulsory in public places such as shops, banks, post offices, museums, libraries and cinemas. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Businesses and public services are open with social distancing measures in place. Eating and drinking in restaurants and bars must be at a table. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing.
    Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details. Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland.

    Read more
    19.10.2020
  • Switzerland Latest News: Flights between London City Airport, Zurich resume (Business Traveller, 06.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:


    *Travel from the EU: Entry Restrictions: Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. *Travelling from Switzerland or returning to Switzerland: EU+ countries are exempt from the general advice against non-urgent travel abroad, unless they are defined as Covid risk areas (list of countries concerned). If you re-enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a country or area defined as a Covid risk area, you must immediately go to your home or other suitable accommodation, where you must stay for 10 days from the day of your arrival. Also, you have to report your arrival to the responsible cantonal authority within two days, and follow its instructions. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated at here. *Rules and Exceptions: Entry restrictions have been lifted for residents of EU+ countries (including UK), as well as for their family members (irrespective of their nationality).
    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    *Third Countries: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay, and some EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland and Cyprus) as well as Liechtenstein, Vatican City State and United Kingdom. Also, air travel with Russia has been resumed and China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available at here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include:
    • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly
    • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people
    • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.
    Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services:
    All businesses and public services have reopened with social distancing measures in place. Events of up to 1,000 people are permitted. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing.
    Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details. Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland.

    Read more
    16.10.2020
  • Switzerland Latest News: Flights between London City Airport, Zurich resume (Business Traveller, 06.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:


    From the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. *Travelling from Switzerland or returning to Switzerland- EU+ countries are exempt from the general advice against non-urgent travel abroad, unless they are defined as Covid risk areas (list of countries concerned). If you re-enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a country or area defined as a Covid risk area, you must immediately go to your home or other suitable accommodation, where you must stay for 10 days from the day of your arrival. Also, you have to report your arrival to the responsible cantonal authority within two days, and follow its instructions. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated at here *Rules and Exceptions: Entry restrictions have been lifted for residents of EU+ countries (including UK), as well as for their family members (irrespective of their nationality). Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    Third Country: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay, and some EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland and Cyprus) as well as Liechtenstein, Vatican City State and United Kingdom. Also air travel with Russia has been resumed and China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available at here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include:
    • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly
    • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people
    • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.
    Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services:
    All businesses and public services have reopened with social distancing measures in place. Events of up to 1,000 people are permitted. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing.
    Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details. Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland.

    Read more
    09.10.2020
  • Switzerland Latest News: Flights between London City Airport, Zurich resume (Business Traveller, 06.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:


    From the EU: Entry Restrictions: Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino.
    *Travelling from Switzerland or returning to Switzerland: EU+ countries are exempt from the general advice against non-urgent travel abroad, unless they are defined as Covid risk areas list of countries concerned.
    If you re-enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a country or area defined as a Covid risk area, you must immediately go to your home or other suitable accommodation, where you must stay for 10 days from the day of your arrival. Also, you have to report your arrival to the responsible cantonal authority within two days, and follow its instructions. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated here.
    *Rules and Exceptions: Entry restrictions have been lifted for residents of EU+ countries (including UK), as well as for their family members (irrespective of their nationality).
    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    *From Third Countries: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Urugay, and some EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland and Cyprus) as well as Liechtenstein, Vatican City State and United Kingdom. Also air travel with Russia has been resumed and China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include:
    • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly
    • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people
    • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.
    Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services:
    All businesses and public services have reopened with social distancing measures in place. Events of up to 1,000 people are permitted. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing.
    Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details. Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland.

    Read more
    07.10.2020
  • Switzerland Latest News: Flights between London City Airport, Zurich resume (Business Traveller, 06.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:


    From the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. *Travelling from Switzerland or returning to Switzerland
    EU+ countries are exempt from the general advice against non-urgent travel abroad, unless they are defined as Covid risk areas (list of countries concerned). If you re-enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a country or area defined as a Covid risk area, you must immediately go to your home or other suitable accommodation, where you must stay for 10 days from the day of your arrival. Also, you have to report your arrival to the responsible cantonal authority within two days, and follow its instructions. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated here. *Rules and Exceptions: Entry restrictions have been lifted for residents of EU+ countries (including UK), as well as for their family members (irrespective of their nationality).
    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    *From Third Countries: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Urugay, and some EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland and Cyprus) as well as Liechtenstein, Vatican City State and United Kingdom. Also air travel with Russia has been resumed and China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include:
    • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly
    • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people
    • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.
    Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services:
    All businesses and public services have reopened with social distancing measures in place. Events of up to 1,000 people are permitted. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing.
    Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details. Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland.

    Read more
    02.10.2020
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    International Restrictions:


    From the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. *Travelling from Switzerland or returning to Switzerland
    EU+ countries are exempt from the general advice against non-urgent travel abroad, unless they are defined as Covid risk areas (list of countries concerned). If you re-enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a country or area defined as a Covid risk area, you must immediately go to your home or other suitable accommodation, where you must stay for 10 days from the day of your arrival. Also, you have to report your arrival to the responsible cantonal authority within two days, and follow its instructions. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated here. *Rules and Exceptions: Entry restrictions have been lifted for residents of EU+ countries (including UK), as well as for their family members (irrespective of their nationality).
    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    *From Third Countries: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Urugay, and some EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland and Cyprus) as well as Liechtenstein, Vatican City State and United Kingdom. Also air travel with Russia has been resumed and China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include:
    • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly
    • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people
    • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.
    Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services:
    All businesses and public services have reopened with social distancing measures in place. Events of up to 1,000 people are permitted. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing.
    Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details. Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland.

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    01.10.2020
  • Switzerland Latest News: Face masks to be made compulsory in Fribourg from 28 August (Garda World, 26.08.2020). Swiss authorities remove Serbia, add Albania to list of COVID-19-related travel restrictions (See News, 20.08.2020)

    International Restrictions:


    From the EU: Entry Restrictions- Entry from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions, unless a country or region is defined as Covid risk area. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. *Travelling from Switzerland or returning to Switzerland- EU+ countries are exempt from the general advice against non-urgent travel abroad, unless they are defined as Covid risk areas (list of countries concerned). If you re-enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a country or area defined as a Covid risk area, you must immediately go to your home or other suitable accommodation, where you must stay for 10 days from the day of your arrival. Also, you have to report your arrival to the responsible cantonal authority within two days, and follow its instructions. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated at here. *Rules and Exceptions- Entry restrictions have been lifted for residents of EU+ countries (including UK), as well as for their family members (irrespective of their nationality). Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies are instructed not to transport sick passengers. The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    *From Third Countries: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Urugay, and some EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland and Cyprus) as well as Liechtenstein, Vatican City State and United Kingdom. Also air travel with Russia has been resumed and China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include:
    • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly
    • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people
    • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.
    Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services:
    All businesses and public services have reopened with social distancing measures in place. Events of up to 1,000 people are permitted. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing.
    Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details. Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland.

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    28.09.2020
  • Switzerland Latest News: Face masks to be made compulsory in Fribourg from 28 August (Garda World, 26.08.2020). Swiss authorities remove Serbia, add Albania to list of COVID-19-related travel restrictions (See News, 20.08.2020)

    International Restrictions:


    *Travel from EU: Travelling to Switzerland: Travelling from EU/EAA countries, including the United Kingdom, is in principle allowed. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. As of 07.09.20, Croatia, Malta, Romania, and Spain (with the exception of Canary Islands) as well as Andorra, Monaco, San Marino are defined as Covid risk areas. Travelling from Switzerland or returning to Switzerland: From the beginning of the pandemic, the Swiss Government has been advising against non-urgent travel abroad. This advice has gradually been lifted for a selection of countries. Currently, the following countries are exempt from the general advice against non-urgent travel abroad (unless they are defined as Covid risk areas): EU/EEA countries (excluding Croatia, Romania, Malta and Spain), Vatican City State, and United Kingdom. If you re-enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a state or area defined as a Covid risk area, you must immediately go to your home or to other suitable accommodation, where you must stay for 10 days from the day of your arrival. Also, you have to report your arrival to the responsible cantonal authority within two days, and follow its instructions. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated at here. *Rules and Exceptions: Entry restrictions have been lifted for residents of EU/EEA countries (including UK), as well as for their family members (irrespective of their nationality). Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    *From Third Countries: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Urugay, and some EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland and Cyprus) as well as Liechtenstein, Vatican City State and United Kingdom. Also air travel with Russia has been resumed and China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. These include:
    • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly
    • Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people
    • If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.
    Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva, Zurich and Basel airports. It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details.
    *Public spaces and services:
    All businesses and public services have reopened with social distancing measures in place. Events of up to 1,000 people are permitted. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing.
    Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details. Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland.

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    25.09.2020
  • Switzerland Latest News: Face masks to be made compulsory in Fribourg from 28 August (Garda World, 26.08.2020). Swiss authorities remove Serbia, add Albania to list of COVID-19-related travel restrictions (See News, 20.08.2020)

    International Restrictions:


    *Travel from EU: Travelling to Switzerland: Travelling from EU/EAA countries, including the United Kingdom, is in principle allowed. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. As of 07.09.20, Croatia, Malta, Romania, and Spain (with the exception of Canary Islands) as well as Andorra, Monaco, San Marino are defined as Covid risk areas. Travelling from Switzerland or returning to Switzerland: From the beginning of the pandemic, the Swiss Government has been advising against non-urgent travel abroad. This advice has gradually been lifted for a selection of countries. Currently, the following countries are exempt from the general advice against non-urgent travel abroad (unless they are defined as Covid risk areas): EU/EEA countries (excluding Croatia, Romania, Malta and Spain), Vatican City State, and United Kingdom. If you re-enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a state or area defined as a Covid risk area, you must immediately go to your home or to other suitable accommodation, where you must stay for 10 days from the day of your arrival. Also, you have to report your arrival to the responsible cantonal authority within two days, and follow its instructions. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated at here. *Rules and Exceptions: Entry restrictions have been lifted for residents of EU/EEA countries (including UK), as well as for their family members (irrespective of their nationality). Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    *Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs

    *From Third Countries: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Urugay, and some EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland and Cyprus) as well as Liechtenstein, Vatican City State and United Kingdom. Also air travel with Russia has been resumed and China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing .These include: Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.; Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva and Basel airports. From 15 August, it will be compulsory to wear a face masks on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal website for further details. All businesses and public services have reopened with social distancing measures in place. Events of up to 1,000 people are permitted. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing.

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    23.09.2020
  • Switzerland Latest News: Face masks to be made compulsory in Fribourg from 28 August (Garda World, 26.08.2020). Swiss authorities remove Serbia, add Albania to list of COVID-19-related travel restrictions (See News, 20.08.2020)

    International Restrictions:


    **Travelling from the EU: Travelling from EU/EAA countries, including the United Kingdom, is in principle allowed. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. As of 07.09.20, Croatia, Malta, Romania, and Spain (with the exception of Canary Islands) as well as Andorra, Monaco, San Marino are defined as Covid risk areas. Travelling from Switzerland or returning to Switzerland. From the beginning of the pandemic, the Swiss Government has been advising against non-urgent travel abroad. This advice has gradually been lifted for a selection of countries. Currently, the following countries are exempt from the general advice against non-urgent travel abroad (unless they are defined as Covid risk areas): EU/EEA countries (exluding Croatia, Romania, Malta and Spain), Vatican City State, and United Kingdom. If you re-enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a state or area defined as a Covid risk area, you must immediately go to your home or to other suitable accommodation, where you must stay for 10 days from the day of your arrival. Also, you have to report your arrival to the responsible cantonal authority within two days, and follow its instructions. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated here. Rules and Exceptions: Entry restrictions have been lifted for residents of EU/EEA countries (including UK), as well as for their family members (irrespective of their nationality). Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    **Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    **Third Countries: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Urugay, and some EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland and Cyprus) as well as Liechtenstein, Vatican City State and United Kingdom. Also air travel with Russia has been resumed and China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available at here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing .These include: Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.; Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva and Basel airports. From 15 August, it will be compulsory to wear a face masks on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal website for further details. All businesses and public services have reopened with social distancing measures in place. Events of up to 1,000 people are permitted. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing.

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    18.09.2020
  • Switzerland Face masks to be made compulsory in Fribourg from 28 August (Garda World, 26.08.2020). Swiss authorities remove Serbia, add Albania to list of COVID-19-related travel restrictions (See News, 20.08.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    ***From EU: Travelling from EU/EAA countries, including the United Kingdom, is in principle allowed. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly. As of 07.09.20, Croatia, Malta, Romania, and Spain (with the exception of Canary Islands) as well as Andorra, Monaco, San Marino are defined as Covid risk areas. From the beginning of the pandemic, the Swiss Government has been advising against non-urgent travel abroad. This advice has gradually been lifted for a selection of countries. Currently, the following countries are exempt from the general advice against non-urgent travel abroad (unless they are defined as Covid risk areas): EU/EEA countries (excluding Croatia, Romania, Malta and Spain), Vatican City State, and United Kingdom. If you re-enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a state or area defined as a Covid risk area, you must immediately go to your home or to other suitable accommodation, where you must stay for 10 days from the day of your arrival. Also, you have to report your arrival to the responsible cantonal authority within two days, and follow its instructions. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated here. **Rules and Exceptions: Entry restrictions have been lifted for residents of EU/EEA countries (including UK), as well as for their family members (irrespective of their nationality). Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    ***Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country. Furthermore, those planning to transit Switzerland in their way to their destination country can no longer do so if they depart from one of the countries in Switzerland’s list of high-risk areas. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs.

    ***Third Country: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Urugay, and some EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland and Cyprus) as well as Liechtenstein, Vatican City State and United Kingdom. Also air travel with Russia has been resumed and China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available here.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing .These include: Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.; Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva and Basel airports. From 15 August, it will be compulsory to wear a face masks on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal website for further details. All businesses and public services have reopened with social distancing measures in place. Events of up to 1,000 people are permitted. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing.

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    11.09.2020
  • Switzerland Face masks to be made compulsory in Fribourg from 28 August (Garda World, 26.08.2020). Swiss authorities remove Serbia, add Albania to list of COVID-19-related travel restrictions (See News, 20.08.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    **From the EU: Travelling from EU/EAA countries, including the United Kingdom, is in principle allowed. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a listof countries concerned, which is updated regularly. As of 20.8.20, Andorra, Belgium, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Romania and Spain (with the exception of Canary Islands) are defined as Covid risk areas. With regard to the granting of exceptional derogations from quarantine measures, the conditions and procedure indicated in the circular verbal note of the Swiss Mission dated 3 July 2020 and its COVID-19 information sheet remain unchanged. Exemptions may only be granted to people whose activities on site are absolutely necessary and whose quarantine would hinder the continued operation of the representation or organisation. It is therefore up to the representation or organisation to examine in priority whether the person concerned can carry out his work from home (teleworking) and/or to encourage him to anticipate the date of his return or his arrival in Switzerland in order to comply with the 10-day quarantine period, as it is required of all other travellers. Derogations for family members are, in principle, not accepted.
    **Travelling from Switzerland or returning to Switzerland: From the beginning of the pandemic, the Swiss Government has been advising against non-urgent travel abroad. This advice has gradually been lifted for a selection of countries. Currently, the following countries are exempt from the general advice against non-urgent travel abroad (unless they are defined as Covid risk areas): countries in the Schengen area, United Kingdom, Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Urugay, Vatican/Holy See. If you re-enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a state or area defined as a Covid risk area, you must immediately go to your home or to other suitable accommodation, where you must stay for 10 days from the day of your arrival. Also, you have to report your arrival to the responsible cantonal authority within two days, and follow its instructions. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated
    here . **Rules and Exceptions: Entry restrictions have been lifted for residents of EU/EEA countries (including UK), as well as for their family members (irrespective of their nationality).
    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQ .

    **Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQ .

    **Third Country Nationals: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Urugay, and the EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, and Cyprus). China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available here .

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing .These include: Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.; Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva and Basel airports. From 15 August, it will be compulsory to wear a face masks on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal website for further details. All businesses and public services have reopened with social distancing measures in place. Events of up to 1,000 people are permitted. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing.

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    07.09.2020
  • Switzerland Face masks to be made compulsory in Fribourg from 28 August (Garda World, 26.08.2020). Swiss authorities remove Serbia, add Albania to list of COVID-19-related travel restrictions (See News, 20.08.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    **From the EU: Travelling from EU/EAA countries, including the United Kingdom, is in principle allowed. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#1918240392] which is updated regularly. As of 20.8.20, Andorra, Belgium, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Romania and Spain (with the exception of Canary Islands) are defined as Covid risk areas. With regard to the granting of exceptional derogations from quarantine measures, the conditions and procedure indicated in the circular verbal note of the Swiss Mission dated 3 July 2020 and its COVID-19 information sheet [https://www.dfae.admin.ch/missions/mission-onu-geneve/en/home/manual-regime-privileges-and-immunities/introduction/manual-visas.html] remain unchanged. Exemptions may only be granted to people whose activities on site are absolutely necessary and whose quarantine would hinder the continued operation of the representation or organisation. It is therefore up to the representation or organisation to examine in priority whether the person concerned can carry out his work from home (teleworking) and/or to encourage him to anticipate the date of his return or his arrival in Switzerland in order to comply with the 10-day quarantine period, as it is required of all other travellers. Derogations for family members are, in principle, not accepted.
    **Travelling from Switzerland or returning to Switzerland: From the beginning of the pandemic, the Swiss Government has been advising against non-urgent travel abroad. This advice has gradually been lifted for a selection of countries. Currently, the following countries are exempt from the general advice against non-urgent travel abroad (unless they are defined as Covid risk areas): countries in the Schengen area, United Kingdom, Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Urugay, Vatican/Holy See. If you re-enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a state or area defined as a Covid risk area, you must immediately go to your home or to other suitable accommodation, where you must stay for 10 days from the day of your arrival. Also, you have to report your arrival to the responsible cantonal authority within two days, and follow its instructions. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated at [www.bag.admin.ch]. **Rules and Exceptions: Entry restrictions have been lifted for residents of EU/EEA countries (including UK), as well as for their family members (irrespective of their nationality).
    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html]

    **Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html]

    **Third Country Nationals: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Urugay, and the EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, and Cyprus). China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available at [www.bag.admin.ch]

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    Internal restrictions:

    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/so-schuetzen-wir-uns.html] These include: Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.; Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva and Basel airports. From 15 August, it will be compulsory to wear a face masks on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites [https://www.ch.ch/de/coronavirus/#informationen-und-kontakte-in-den-kantonen] for further details. All businesses and public services have reopened with social distancing measures in place. Events of up to 1,000 people are permitted. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing. Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-den-alltag.html]r

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    04.09.2020
  • Switzerland Swiss authorities remove Serbia, add Albania to list of COVID-19-related travel restrictions (See News, 20.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    **From the EU: Travelling from EU/EAA countries, including the United Kingdom, is in principle allowed. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#1918240392] which is updated regularly. As of 20.8.20, Andorra, Belgium, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Romania and Spain (with the exception of Canary Islands) are defined as Covid risk areas. **Travelling from Switzerland or returning to Switzerland: From the beginning of the pandemic, the Swiss Government has been advising against non-urgent travel abroad. This advice has gradually been lifted for a selection of countries. Currently, the following countries are exempt from the general advice against non-urgent travel abroad (unless they are defined as Covid risk areas): countries in the Schengen area, United Kingdom, Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Urugay, Vatican/Holy See. If you re-enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a state or area defined as a Covid risk area, you must immediately go to your home or to other suitable accommodation, where you must stay for 10 days from the day of your arrival. Also, you have to report your arrival to the responsible cantonal authority within two days, and follow its instructions. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated at [www.bag.admin.ch]. **Rules and Exceptions: Entry restrictions have been lifted for residents of EU/EEA countries (including UK), as well as for their family members (irrespective of their nationality). Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html]

    **Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html]

    **Third Country Nationals: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Urugay, and the EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, and Cyprus). China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available at [www.bag.admin.ch]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/so-schuetzen-wir-uns.html] These include: Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.; Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva and Basel airports. From 15 August, it will be compulsory to wear a face masks on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites [https://www.ch.ch/de/coronavirus/#informationen-und-kontakte-in-den-kantonen] for further details. All businesses and public services have reopened with social distancing measures in place. Events of up to 1,000 people are permitted. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing. Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-den-alltag.html]r

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    24.08.2020
  • Switzerland Swiss authorities remove Serbia, add Albania to list of COVID-19-related travel restrictions (See News, 20.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    **From the EU: ravelling from EU/EAA countries, including the United Kingdom, is in principle allowed. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#1918240392], which is updated regularly. As of 8.8.20, Luxembourg, Romania and Spain (with the exception of the Balearic and Canary Islands) are defined as Covid risk areas. From the beginning of the pandemic, the Swiss Government has been advising against non-urgent travel abroad. This advice has gradually been lifted for a selection of countries. Currently, the following countries are exempt from the general advice against non-urgent travel abroad: countries in the Schengen area, United Kingdom, Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Urugay, Vatican/Holy See. If you re-enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a state or area defined as a Covid risk area, you must immediately go to your home or to other suitable accommodation, where you must stay for 10 days from the day of your arrival. Also, you have to report your arrival to the responsible cantonal authority within two days, and follow its instructions. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated in a Federal Act. The updated list is available at [www.bag.admin.ch]. Entry restrictions have been lifted for residents of EU/EEA countries (including UK), as well as for their family members (irrespective of their nationality). Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html]
    **Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].
    **Third Country Nationals: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunesia, and Urugay, and the EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, and Cyprus). China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available at [www.bag.admin.ch]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/so-schuetzen-wir-uns.html] These include: Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.; Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva and Basel airports. From 15 August, it will be compulsory to wear a face masks on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites [https://www.ch.ch/de/coronavirus/#informationen-und-kontakte-in-den-kantonen] for further details. All businesses and public services have reopened with social distancing measures in place. Events of up to 1,000 people are permitted. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing. Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-den-alltag.html]r

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    20.08.2020
  • Switzerland Swiss health authorities add Spain with exception of islands to its list of countries from which people arriving must enter 10-day quarantine period (Reuters, 05.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    **From the EU: ravelling from EU/EAA countries, including the United Kingdom, is in principle allowed. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#1918240392], which is updated regularly. As of 8.8.20, Luxembourg, Romania and Spain (with the exception of the Balearic and Canary Islands) are defined as Covid risk areas. From the beginning of the pandemic, the Swiss Government has been advising against non-urgent travel abroad. This advice has gradually been lifted for a selection of countries. Currently, the following countries are exempt from the general advice against non-urgent travel abroad: countries in the Schengen area, United Kingdom, Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Urugay, Vatican/Holy See. If you re-enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a state or area defined as a Covid risk area, you must immediately go to your home or to other suitable accommodation, where you must stay for 10 days from the day of your arrival. Also, you have to report your arrival to the responsible cantonal authority within two days, and follow its instructions. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated in a Federal Act. The updated list is available at [www.bag.admin.ch]. Entry restrictions have been lifted for residents of EU/EEA countries (including UK), as well as for their family members (irrespective of their nationality). Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html]
    **Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].
    **Third Country Nationals: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunesia, and Urugay, and the EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, and Cyprus). China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available at [www.bag.admin.ch]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/so-schuetzen-wir-uns.html] These include: Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.; Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva and Basel airports. From 15 August, it will be compulsory to wear a face masks on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites [https://www.ch.ch/de/coronavirus/#informationen-und-kontakte-in-den-kantonen] for further details. All businesses and public services have reopened with social distancing measures in place. Events of up to 1,000 people are permitted. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing. Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-den-alltag.html]r

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    19.08.2020
  • Switzerland Swiss health authorities add Spain with exception of islands to its list of countries from which people arriving must enter 10-day quarantine period (Reuters, 05.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    **From the EU: ravelling from EU/EAA countries, including the United Kingdom, is in principle allowed. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#1918240392], which is updated regularly. As of 8.8.20, Luxembourg, Romania and Spain (with the exception of the Balearic and Canary Islands) are defined as Covid risk areas. From the beginning of the pandemic, the Swiss Government has been advising against non-urgent travel abroad. This advice has gradually been lifted for a selection of countries. Currently, the following countries are exempt from the general advice against non-urgent travel abroad: countries in the Schengen area, United Kingdom, Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Urugay, Vatican/Holy See. If you re-enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a state or area defined as a Covid risk area, you must immediately go to your home or to other suitable accommodation, where you must stay for 10 days from the day of your arrival. Also, you have to report your arrival to the responsible cantonal authority within two days, and follow its instructions. The list of countries and territories with increased covid-infection risks is defined and regularly updated in a Federal Act. The updated list is available at [www.bag.admin.ch]. Entry restrictions have been lifted for residents of EU/EEA countries (including UK), as well as for their family members (irrespective of their nationality). Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html]
    **Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].
    **Third Country Nationals: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunesia, and Urugay, and the EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, and Cyprus). China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available at [www.bag.admin.ch]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/so-schuetzen-wir-uns.html] These include: Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; Keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask.; Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva and Basel airports. From 15 August, it will be compulsory to wear a face masks on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites [https://www.ch.ch/de/coronavirus/#informationen-und-kontakte-in-den-kantonen] for further details. All businesses and public services have reopened with social distancing measures in place. Events of up to 1,000 people are permitted. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing. Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-den-alltag.html]

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    18.08.2020
  • Switzerland Swiss health authorities add Spain with exception of islands to its list of countries from which people arriving must enter 10-day quarantine period (Reuters, 05.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    **From the EU: Travelling to and from EU/EAA countries, including UK is, in principle, allowed.All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#1918240392] which is updated regularly. As of 8.8.20, Luxembourg, Romania and Spain (with the exception of the Balearic and Canary Islands) are defined as Covid risk areas. **Rules and Exceptions: Also for family members (irrespective of their nationality) of EU/EEA countries, including UK, entry restrictions have been lifted. However, travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html]
    **Transit:It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].
    **Third Country Nationals: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunesia, and Urugay, and the EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, and Cyprus). China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available at [www.bag.admin.ch].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    You should follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/so-schuetzen-wir-uns.html]. These include: washing your hands regularly and thoroughly; keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people; If it is not possible to maintain that distance, wear a face mask. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport, and at Geneva and Basel airports. From 15 August, it will be compulsory to wear a face masks on all flights to and from Switzerland. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement, as are individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites [https://www.ch.ch/de/coronavirus/#informationen-und-kontakte-in-den-kantonen] for further details. All businesses and public services have reopened with social distancing measures in place. Events of up to 1,000 people are permitted. You may be asked to leave your details (e.g. when visiting bars and restaurants) to enable contact tracing. Cantons have imposed further restrictions, and you should check cantonal websites for further details [https://www.ch.ch/de/coronavirus/#informationen-und-kontakte-in-den-kantonen]. Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-den-alltag.html].

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    14.08.2020
  • Switzerland Swiss health authorities add Spain with exception of islands to its list of countries from which people arriving must enter 10-day quarantine period (Reuters, 05.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    **From the EU: Travelling to and from EU/EAA countries, including UK is, in principle, allowed.All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#1918240392] which is updated regularly. As of 8.8.20, Luxembourg, Romania and Spain (with the exception of the Balearic and Canary Islands) are defined as Covid risk areas. **Rules and Exceptions: Also for family members (irrespective of their nationality) of EU/EEA countries, including UK, entry restrictions have been lifted. However, travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html]
    **Transit:It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].
    **Third Country Nationals: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunesia, and Urugay, and the EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, and Cyprus). China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available at [www.bag.admin.ch].

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    Internal restrictions:

    Movement throughout the country is allowed. The Swiss government have now ended their “extraordinary situation” in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), but some measures remain in place. All contact with other individuals should be at a distance of at least 1.5 metres. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons are also exempt. Wearing face masks is also compulsory when attending demonstrations. Swiss cantons may impose further restrictions and you should check cantonal websites before travelling. All shops, restaurants, markets, museums and libraries are now able to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Restaurants are able to accommodate groups of more than four people. Events of up to 1000 people are permitted. Swiss cantons may impose further restrictions and you should check cantonal websites before travelling.Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov.html#187206584]

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    13.08.2020
  • Switzerland Swiss health authorities add Spain with exception of islands to its list of countries from which people arriving must enter 10-day quarantine period (Reuters, 05.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    **From the EU: Travelling to and from EU/EAA countries, including UK is, in principle, allowed. All travellers entering Switzerland from countries or regions that are defined as Covid risk areas will have to quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#1918240392[ which is updated regularly. As of 8.8.20, Luxembourg, Romania and Spain (with the exception of the Balearic and Canary Islands) are defined as Covid risk areas.**Rules and Exceptions: Also for family members (irrespective of their nationality) of EU/EEA countries, including UK, entry restrictions have been lifted. However,
    Travellers that are required to go into quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board of coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities within two days after arrival, and follow their instructions. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers.For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].
    **Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. Third country nationals travelling from a Covid risk area, are allowed to transit if they are holding a residence document for their destination country in the Schengen Area and travel through Switzerland to their destination country .For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].
    **Third Country Nationals: Following the EU council recommendations, entry restrictions are lifted for a selection of third countries. It currently concerns: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunesia, and Urugay, and the EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, and Cyprus). China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available at www.bag.admin.ch].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Movement throughout the country is allowed. The Swiss government have now ended their “extraordinary situation” in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), but some measures remain in place. All contact with other individuals should be at a distance of at least 1.5 metres. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons are also exempt. Wearing face masks is also compulsory when attending demonstrations. Swiss cantons may impose further restrictions and you should check cantonal websites before travelling. All shops, restaurants, markets, museums and libraries are now able to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Restaurants are able to accommodate groups of more than four people. Events of up to 1000 people are permitted. Swiss cantons may impose further restrictions and you should check cantonal websites before travelling.Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov.html#187206584]

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    10.08.2020
  • Switzerland Swiss health authorities add Spain with exception of islands to its list of countries from which people arriving must enter 10-day quarantine period (Reuters, 05.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    **From the EU: Controls at all land and air borders between Schengen states and Switzerland are lifted. However, from 6 July, travellers entering Switzerland from certain countries or regions will have to go into quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly (available in German, French and Italian). The updated list is available at www.bag.admin.ch. Travellers subject to quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities on arrival. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].
    **Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].
    **Third Country Nationals: Entry restrictions are expected to be lifted for an intial group of third countries from 20/7/20, following the EU council recommendations. It concerns: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunesia, and Urugay, and the EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, and Cyprus). China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available at www.bag.admin.ch For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Movement throughout the country is allowed. The Swiss government have now ended their “extraordinary situation” in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), but some measures remain in place. All contact with other individuals should be at a distance of at least 1.5 metres. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons are also exempt. Wearing face masks is also compulsory when attending demonstrations. Swiss cantons may impose further restrictions and you should check cantonal websites before travelling. All shops, restaurants, markets, museums and libraries are now able to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Restaurants are able to accommodate groups of more than four people. Events of up to 1000 people are permitted. Swiss cantons may impose further restrictions and you should check cantonal websites before travelling.Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov.html#187206584]

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    03.08.2020
  • Switzerland *****

    International restrictions:

    **From the EU: Controls at all land and air borders between Schengen states and Switzerland are lifted. However, from 6 July, travellers entering Switzerland from certain countries or regions will have to go into quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly (available in German, French and Italian). The updated list is available at www.bag.admin.ch. Travellers subject to quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities on arrival. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].
    **Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].
    **Third Country Nationals: Entry restrictions are expected to be lifted for an intial group of third countries from 20/7/20, following the EU council recommendations. It concerns: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunesia, and Urugay, and the EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, and Cyprus). China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocal rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. An updated list of States and areas with an increased risk of infection is available at www.bag.admin.ch For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Movement throughout the country is allowed. The Swiss government have now ended their “extraordinary situation” in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), but some measures remain in place. All contact with other individuals should be at a distance of at least 1.5 metres. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons are also exempt. Wearing face masks is also compulsory when attending demonstrations. Swiss cantons may impose further restrictions and you should check cantonal websites before travelling. All shops, restaurants, markets, museums and libraries are now able to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Restaurants are able to accommodate groups of more than four people. Events of up to 1000 people are permitted. Swiss cantons may impose further restrictions and you should check cantonal websites before travelling.Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov.html#187206584]

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    30.07.2020
  • Switzerland *****

    International restrictions:

    **From the EU: Controls at all land and air borders between Schengen states and Switzerland are lifted. However, from 6 July, travellers entering Switzerland from certain countries or regions will have to go into quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly (available in German, French and Italian). The updated list is available at www.bag.admin.ch.
    Travellers subject to quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities on arrival. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].
    **Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].
    **Third Country Nationals: Controls at all land and air borders between Schengen states and Switzerland are lifted. However, from 6 July, travellers entering Switzerland from certain countries or regions will have to go into quarantine for 10 days. The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly (available in German, French and Italian). The updated list is available at www.bag.admin.ch.
    Travellers subject to quarantine willl be notified during the flight, on board coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities on arrival. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Movement throughout the country is allowed. The Swiss government have now ended their “extraordinary situation” in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), but some measures remain in place. All contact with other individuals should be at a distance of at least 1.5 metres. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons are also exempt. Wearing face masks is also compulsory when attending demonstrations. Swiss cantons may impose further restrictions and you should check cantonal websites before travelling. All shops, restaurants, markets, museums and libraries are now able to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Restaurants are able to accommodate groups of more than four people. Events of up to 1000 people are permitted. Swiss cantons may impose further restrictions and you should check cantonal websites before travelling.Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov.html#187206584]

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    27.07.2020
  • Switzerland *****

    International restrictions:

    **From the EU: Controls at all land and air borders between Schengen states and Switzerland are lifted. However, from 6 July, travellers entering Switzerland from certain countries or regions will have to go into quarantine for 10 days (e.g. Sweden). The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly (available in German, French and Italian). Please see [https://www.bag.admin.ch].
    Travellers affected willl be notified during the flight, on board coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities on arrival. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].
    **Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].
    **Third Country Nationals: Entry restrictions are expected to be lifted for an intial group of third countries from 20 July, following the EU council recommendations. It concerns: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunesia, and Urugay, and the EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, and Cyprus). China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocial rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. For the time being, Serbia will remain on the high risk list after 20 July, with entry into Switzerland being restricted.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Movement throughout the country is allowed. The Swiss government have now ended their “extraordinary situation” in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), but some measures remain in place. All contact with other individuals should be at a distance of at least 1.5 metres. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons are also exempt. Wearing face masks is also compulsory when attending demonstrations. Swiss cantons may impose further restrictions and you should check cantonal websites before travelling. All shops, restaurants, markets, museums and libraries are now able to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Restaurants are able to accommodate groups of more than four people. Events of up to 1000 people are permitted. Swiss cantons may impose further restrictions and you should check cantonal websites before travelling.Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov.html#187206584]

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    15.07.2020
  • Switzerland *****

    International restrictions:

    From the EU: Controls at all land and air borders between Schengen states and Switzerland are lifted. However, from 6 July, travellers entering Switzerland from certain countries or regions will have to go into quarantine for 10 days (e.g. Sweden). The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly (available in German, French and Italian). Please see https://www.bag.admin.ch.
    Travellers affected willl be notified during the flight, on board coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities on arrival. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers.
    For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].
    Transit: It is possible to stop over at one of the Swiss airports, as long as you do not leave the transit zone of the airport and you can prove that you can continue your journey to your destination country. If you are unable to board your flight and are stuck in an international transit area of an airport, contact the local border control authorities directly. For updated information, also see the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) FAQs [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html].
    Third Country Nationals: Entry restrictions are expected to be lifted for an intial group of third countries from 20 July, following the EU council recommendations. It concerns: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunesia, and Urugay, and the EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, and Cyprus). China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocial rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. For the time being, Serbia will remain on the high risk list after 20 July, with entry into Switzerland being restricted.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Swiss government have now ended their “extraordinary situation” in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), but some measures remain in place. All contact with other individuals should be at a distance of at least 1.5 metres. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons are also exempt. Wearing face masks is also compulsory when attending demonstrations. Swiss cantons may impose further restrictions and you should check cantonal websites before travelling. All shops, restaurants, markets, museums and libraries are now able to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Restaurants are able to accommodate groups of more than four people. Events of up to 1000 people are permitted. Swiss cantons may impose further restrictions and you should check cantonal websites before travelling.Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov.html#187206584]

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    13.07.2020
  • Switzerland *****

    International restrictions:

    From within the EU: Border controls at all land and air borders between Schengen states and Switzerland are lifted. However, from 6 July, travellers entering Switzerland from certain countries or regions will have to go into quarantine for 10 days (e.g. Sweden). The Federal Office of Public Health keeps a list of countries concerned, which is updated regularly (available in German, French and Italian). Please see here: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home.html Travellers affected willl be notified during the flight, on board coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities on arrival. Airline and travel companies will be instructed not to transport sick passengers. Also see the State secretariat for Migration SEM for updated information: [https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/aktuell/aktuell/faq-einreiseverweigerung.html] Transit through Switzerland is allowed.
    Third country nationals: Entry restrictions are expected to be lifted for an intial group of third countries from 20 July, following the EU council recommendations. It concerns: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunesia, and Urugay, and the EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, and Cyprus). China is also expected to be removed from the list in line with the EU recommendations, provided it guarantees reciprocial rights of entry to people travelling from Switzerland. For the time being, Serbia will remain on the high risk list after 20 July, with entry into Switzerland being restricted.
    As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consiliurm.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf].

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Swiss government have now ended their “extraordinary situation” in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), but some measures remain in place. All contact with other individuals should be at a distance of at least 1.5 metres. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons are also exempt. Wearing face masks is also compulsory when attending demonstrations. Swiss cantons may impose further restrictions and you should check cantonal websites before travelling. All shops, restaurants, markets, museums and libraries are now able to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Restaurants are able to accommodate groups of more than four people. Events of up to 1000 people are permitted. Swiss cantons may impose further restrictions and you should check cantonal websites before travelling.Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov.html#187206584]

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    09.07.2020
  • Switzerland *****

    International restrictions:

    From 6 July 2020, people arriving in Switzerland from certain countries will be required to go into a 10-day quarantine The list of countries will be updated continuously [https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/official-compilation/2020/2737.pdf]
    No compulsory quarantine for travellers from EU, Schengen area and UK. Quarantine when travelling to overseas and voluntary quarantine for travellers from the UK. Symptomatic travellers during border health checks should be subject to quarantine, regardless of their nationality.
    Switzerland does not apply any restrictions to travelers departing from Switzerland. It has been applying entry restrictions since 13 March, which will be lifted towards all Schengen States as from 15 June. With all EU/EFTA member States as well as UK the free movement of person will be fully restored, including the entrance into Switzerland. The situation is regularly reassessed and adaptations of this regime are possible if the epidemiological situation requires it. As from 15 June, temperature checks will be carried out on all passengers arriving on direct flights from Sweden.
    Transit is possible both to return home or for professional reasons.
    From 19 March 2020 and until further notice, people travelling from all non-Schengen states may only enter Switzerland in one of the following cases: • they are Swiss citizens; • they have a residence permit in Switzerland; • for certain professional reasons; • they are in a situation “of absolute necessity”; • passengers for transit (to return home or for professional reasons) • They are students enrolled in Switzerland (since 8 June) • For family reunification (since 8 June) • They are EU/EFTA citizens or citizens of the UK (restoration of the right of free movement towards all EU/EFTA states and the UK since 15 June) Prolongation of temporary travel restrictions to the EU in line with COM (2020) 399.
    As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consiliurm.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf].

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Swiss government have now ended their “extraordinary situation” in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), but some measures remain in place. All contact with other individuals should be at a distance of at least 1.5 metres. Wearing a face mask is compulsory when travelling on public transport. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement. Wearing face masks is also compulsory when attending demonstrations. Swiss cantons may impose further restrictions and you should check cantonal websites before travelling.
    All shops, restaurants, markets, museums and libraries are now able to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Restaurants are able to accommodate groups of more than four people. Events of up to 1000 people are permitted.
    Further information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland [https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov.html#187206584]

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    07.07.2020
  • Switzerland The Swiss government will impose a quarantine requirement for individuals returning to the country from regions at high risk for the coronavirus. The Federal Office of Public Health will maintain and update a list of high-risk countries from which travelers returning to Switzerland will be subject to self-isolation. (Reuters, 01.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    From 6 July 2020, people arriving in Switzerland from certain countries will be required to go into a 10-day quarantine The list of countries will be updated continuously [https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/official-compilation/2020/2737.pdf]
    No compulsory quarantine for travellers from EU, Schengen area and UK. Quarantine when travelling to overseas and voluntary quarantine for travellers from the UK. Symptomatic travellers during border health checks should be subject to quarantine, regardless of their nationality.
    Switzerland does not apply any restrictions to travelers departing from Switzerland. It has been applying entry restrictions since 13 March, which will be lifted towards all Schengen States as from 15 June. With all EU/EFTA member States as well as UK the free movement of person will be fully restored, including the entrance into Switzerland. The situation is regularly reassessed and adaptations of this regime are possible if the epidemiological situation requires it. As from 15 June, temperature checks will be carried out on all passengers arriving on direct flights from Sweden.
    Transit is possible both to return home or for professional reasons.
    From 19 March 2020 and until further notice, people travelling from all non-Schengen states may only enter Switzerland in one of the following cases: • they are Swiss citizens; • they have a residence permit in Switzerland; • for certain professional reasons; • they are in a situation “of absolute necessity”; • passengers for transit (to return home or for professional reasons) • They are students enrolled in Switzerland (since 8 June) • For family reunification (since 8 June) • They are EU/EFTA citizens or citizens of the UK (restoration of the right of free movement towards all EU/EFTA states and the UK since 15 June) Prolongation of temporary travel restrictions to the EU in line with COM (2020) 399.
    As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consiliurm.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf].

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Swiss government have now ended their “extraordinary situation” in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), but some measures remain in place. All contact with other individuals should be at a distance of at least 1.5 metres. Wearing face masks is strongly recommended when travelling on public transport, if it is not possible to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other travellers. Wearing face masks is compulsory when travelling on public transport as of 6 July. All shops, restaurants, markets, museums and libraries are now able to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Restaurants are able to accommodate groups of more than four people. Events of up to 1000 people are permitted.The public are encouraged to stay at home and employers urged to allow staff to work from home.

    *****

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    As of 8 June Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) restarted international services. From Sunday 29 June long-distance international trains will again run between Switzerland and Italy. (The Local, 23.06.2020) From 26 June to: Austria, Germany. From 28 June to: Czechia. From 4 July to: France. Connections with Italy are not yet resumed.
    The borders with France, Germany and Austria will reopen fully on 15 June if the health situation does not deteriorate. The land border between Canton Ticino (Switzerland) and Brusino, Ligornetto and Ponte Cremenaga (Italy) was reopened on 5 May. The crossing points are open for travel Monday to Friday on the following times:
    Ponte Cremenaga 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.00 Brusino 05.00-09.00 and 16.00-20.00
    Ligornetto: 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.30
    An increased number of applications for work in Switzerland have been allowed. Further details are available on the government website.
    On 8 June restaurants and bars can reopen.
    Gatherings of more than five people can resume but will still be limited to 1,000 people.
    Domestic trains and public transport have gradually resumed operations.

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    06.07.2020
  • Switzerland The Swiss government will impose a quarantine requirement for individuals returning to the country from regions at high risk for the coronavirus. The Federal Office of Public Health will maintain and update a list of high-risk countries from which travelers returning to Switzerland will be subject to self-isolation. (Reuters, 01.07.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Switzerland does not apply any restrictions to travelers departing from Switzerland. It has been applying entry restrictions since 13 March, which will be lifted towards all Schengen States as from 15 June. With all EU/EFTA member States as well as UK the free movement of person will be fully restored, including the entrance into Switzerland. The situation is regularly reassessed and adaptations of this regime are possible if the epidemiological situation requires it. As from 15 June, temperature checks will be carried out on all passengers arriving on direct flights from Sweden.
    Transit is possible both to return home or for professional reasons.
    From 19 March 2020 and until further notice, people travelling from all non-Schengen states may only enter Switzerland in one of the following cases: • they are Swiss citizens; • they have a residence permit in Switzerland; • for certain professional reasons; • they are in a situation “of absolute necessity”; • passengers for transit (to return home or for professional reasons) • They are students enrolled in Switzerland (since 8 June) • For family reunification (since 8 June) • They are EU/EFTA citizens or citizens of the UK (restoration of the right of free movement towards all EU/EFTA states and the UK since 15 June) Prolongation of temporary travel restrictions to the EU in line with COM (2020) 399 .
    As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consiliurm.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Swiss government have now ended their “extraordinary situation” in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), but some measures remain in place. All contact with other individuals should be at a distance of at least 1.5 metres. Wearing face masks is strongly recommended when travelling on public transport, if it is not possible to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other travellers. Wearing face masks is compulsory when travelling on public transport as of 6 July. All shops, restaurants, markets, museums and libraries are now able to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Restaurants are able to accommodate groups of more than four people. Events of up to 1000 people are permitted.The public are encouraged to stay at home and employers urged to allow staff to work from home.

    *****

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    As of 8 June Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) restarted international services. From Sunday 29 June long-distance international trains will again run between Switzerland and Italy. (The Local, 23.06.2020) From 26 June to: Austria, Germany. From 28 June to: Czechia. From 4 July to: France. Connections with Italy are not yet resumed.
    The borders with France, Germany and Austria will reopen fully on 15 June if the health situation does not deteriorate. The land border between Canton Ticino (Switzerland) and Brusino, Ligornetto and Ponte Cremenaga (Italy) was reopened on 5 May. The crossing points are open for travel Monday to Friday on the following times:
    Ponte Cremenaga 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.00 Brusino 05.00-09.00 and 16.00-20.00
    Ligornetto: 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.30
    An increased number of applications for work in Switzerland have been allowed. Further details are available on the government website.
    On 8 June restaurants and bars can reopen.
    Gatherings of more than five people can resume but will still be limited to 1,000 people.
    Domestic trains and public transport have gradually resumed operations.

    Read more
    01.07.2020
  • Switzerland From Sunday 29 June long-distance international trains will again run between Switzerland and Italy. (The Local, 23.06.2020)

    Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Schengen Member States.
    – This does not apply to nationals or residents of Switzerland or Liechtenstein.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are entitled to freedom of movement (e.g. citizens of EU/EFTA-states and other persons, such as their family members, deriving rights from the act and on the free movement of persons).
    – This does not apply to passenger with a cross-border commuter permit, with a C-visa issued by Switzerland for the purpose of “business meetings” as specialists in the field of health or “official visit” of great importance, with a D-visa issued by Switzerland or who have an assurance of a residence permit.
    – This does not apply to passengers traveling directly through Switzerland to another Schengen Member State from which they hold a residence permit, work permit or a national visa.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are of great importance as specialists in the health sector.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Swiss Government have started a phased relaxation of the “extraordinary measures” introduced in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). All shops, restaurants, markets, museums and libraries are now able to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Restaurants are able to accommodate groups of more than four people. Events of up to 300 people are permitted. All contact with other individuals should be kept to a minimum, and a distance of 2 metres should be maintained at all times. The public are encouraged to stay at home and employers urged to allow staff to work from home.

    *****

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    As of 8 June Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) restarted international services. From 26 June to: Austria, Germany. From 28 June to: Czechia. From 4 July to: France. Connections with Italy are not yet resumed.
    The borders with France, Germany and Austria will reopen fully on 15 June if the health situation does not deteriorate. The land border between Canton Ticino (Switzerland) and Brusino, Ligornetto and Ponte Cremenaga (Italy) was reopened on 5 May. The crossing points are open for travel Monday to Friday on the following times:
    Ponte Cremenaga 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.00 Brusino 05.00-09.00 and 16.00-20.00
    Ligornetto: 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.30
    An increased number of applications for work in Switzerland have been allowed. Further details are available on the government website.
    On 8 June restaurants and bars can reopen.
    Gatherings of more than five people can resume but will still be limited to 1,000 people.
    Domestic trains and public transport have gradually resumed operations.

    Read more
    23.06.2020
  • Switzerland Delays expected in Zurich Airport. Passengers planning to fly into or out of the affected airport region should contact their airline to confirm flight status. (Eurocontrol, 27.05.2020)

    Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Schengen Member States.
    – This does not apply to nationals or residents of Switzerland or Liechtenstein.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are entitled to freedom of movement (e.g. citizens of EU/EFTA-states and other persons, such as their family members, deriving rights from the act and on the free movement of persons).
    – This does not apply to passenger with a cross-border commuter permit, with a C-visa issued by Switzerland for the purpose of “business meetings” as specialists in the field of health or “official visit” of great importance, with a D-visa issued by Switzerland or who have an assurance of a residence permit.
    – This does not apply to passengers traveling directly through Switzerland to another Schengen Member State from which they hold a residence permit, work permit or a national visa.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are of great importance as specialists in the health sector.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Swiss Government have started a phased relaxation of the “extraordinary measures” introduced in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). All shops, restaurants, markets, museums and libraries are now able to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Restaurants are able to accommodate groups of more than four people. Events of up to 300 people are permitted. All contact with other individuals should be kept to a minimum, and a distance of 2 metres should be maintained at all times. The public are encouraged to stay at home and employers urged to allow staff to work from home.

    *****

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    As of 8 June Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) restarted international services. From 26 June to: Austria, Germany. From 28 June to: Czechia. From 4 July to: France. Connections with Italy are not yet resumed.
    The borders with France, Germany and Austria will reopen fully on 15 June if the health situation does not deteriorate. The land border between Canton Ticino (Switzerland) and Brusino, Ligornetto and Ponte Cremenaga (Italy) was reopened on 5 May. The crossing points are open for travel Monday to Friday on the following times:
    Ponte Cremenaga 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.00 Brusino 05.00-09.00 and 16.00-20.00
    Ligornetto: 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.30
    An increased number of applications for work in Switzerland have been allowed. Further details are available on the government website.
    On 8 June restaurants and bars can reopen.
    Gatherings of more than five people can resume but will still be limited to 1,000 people.
    Domestic trains and public transport have gradually resumed operations.

    Read more
    22.06.2020
  • Switzerland Delays expected in Zurich Airport. Passengers planning to fly into or out of the affected airport region should contact their airline to confirm flight status. (Eurocontrol, 27.05.2020)

    Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to passengers arriving from Schengen Member States.
    – This does not apply to nationals or residents of Switzerland or Liechtenstein.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are entitled to freedom of movement (e.g. citizens of EU/EFTA-states and other persons, such as their family members, deriving rights from the act and on the free movement of persons).
    – This does not apply to passenger with a cross-border commuter permit, with a C-visa issued by Switzerland for the purpose of “business meetings” as specialists in the field of health or “official visit” of great importance, with a D-visa issued by Switzerland or who have an assurance of a residence permit.
    – This does not apply to passengers traveling directly through Switzerland to another Schengen Member State from which they hold a residence permit, work permit or a national visa.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are of great importance as specialists in the health sector.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Swiss Government have started a phased relaxation of the “extraordinary measures” introduced in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). All shops, restaurants, markets, museums and libraries are now able to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Restaurants are able to accommodate groups of more than four people. Events of up to 300 people are permitted. All contact with other individuals should be kept to a minimum, and a distance of 2 metres should be maintained at all times. The public are encouraged to stay at home and employers urged to allow staff to work from home.

    *****

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    The borders with France, Germany and Austria will reopen fully on 15 June if the health situation does not deteriorate. The land border between Canton Ticino (Switzerland) and Brusino, Ligornetto and Ponte Cremenaga (Italy) was reopened on 5 May. The crossing points are open for travel Monday to Friday on the following times:
    Ponte Cremenaga 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.00 Brusino 05.00-09.00 and 16.00-20.00
    Ligornetto: 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.30
    An increased number of applications for work in Switzerland have been allowed. Further details are available on the government website.
    On 8 June restaurants and bars can reopen.
    Gatherings of more than five people can resume but will still be limited to 1,000 people.
    Domestic trains and public transport have gradually resumed operations.

    Read more
    15.06.2020
  • Switzerland Delays expected in Zurich Airport. Passengers planning to fly into or out of the affected airport region should contact their airline to confirm flight status. (Eurocontrol, 27.05.2020)

    Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to nationals or residents of Switzerland or Liechtenstein.
    – This does not apply to passenger with a cross-border commuter permit who are entering Switzerland for work, with a C-visa issued by Switzerland for the purpose of “business meetings” as specialists in the field of health or “official visit” of great importance, with a D-visa issued by Switzerland or who have an assurance of a residence permit.
    – Until 14 June 2020, this does not apply to passengers traveling directly through Switzerland, provided that there are no reasons to believe that the country towards which they intend to leave Switzerland will refuse entry.
    – Until 14 June 2020, this does not apply to passengers who have to travel to their place of work abroad, provided they can present a valid employment contract.
    – Until 14 June 2020, this does not apply to passengers who are already legally residing within the EU/EFTA area and that are travelling for tourist purposes, provided that they can credibly demonstrate that they actually want to/can enter the destination country, e.g. by presenting a hotel booking, holiday apartment, etc.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are entitled to freedom of movement (citizens of EU/EFTA-states) and have a professional reason for entering Switzerland and have a confirmation of registration.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are of great importance as specialists in the health sector.
    – Effective 15 June 2020, this does not apply to passengers arriving from Schengen Member States.
    – Effective 15 June 2020, this does not apply to passengers traveling directly through Switzerland to another Schengen Member State from which they hold a residence permit, work permit or a national visa.

    Internal restrictions:

    The Swiss Government have started a phased relaxation of the “extraordinary measures” introduced in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). All shops, restaurants, markets, museums and libraries are now able to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Restaurants are able to accommodate groups of more than four people. Events of up to 300 people are permitted. All contact with other individuals should be kept to a minimum, and a distance of 2 metres should be maintained at all times. The public are encouraged to stay at home and employers urged to allow staff to work from home.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    The borders with France, Germany and Austria will reopen fully on 15 June if the health situation does not deteriorate. The land border between Canton Ticino (Switzerland) and Brusino, Ligornetto and Ponte Cremenaga (Italy) was reopened on 5 May. The crossing points are open for travel Monday to Friday on the following times:
    Ponte Cremenaga 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.00 Brusino 05.00-09.00 and 16.00-20.00
    Ligornetto: 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.30
    An increased number of applications for work in Switzerland have been allowed. Further details are available on the government website.
    On 8 June restaurants and bars can reopen.
    Gatherings of more than five people can resume but will still be limited to 1,000 people.
    Domestic trains and public transport have gradually resumed operations.

    Read more
    14.06.2020
  • Switzerland Delays expected in Zurich Airport. Passengers planning to fly into or out of the affected airport region should contact their airline to confirm flight status. (Eurocontrol, 27.05.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to nationals or residents of Switzerland or Liechtenstein.
    – This does not apply to passenger with a cross-border commuter permit who are entering Switzerland for work, with a C-visa issued by Switzerland for the purpose of “business meetings” as specialists in the field of health or “official visit” of great importance, with a D-visa issued by Switzerland or who have an assurance of a residence permit.
    – This does not apply to passengers traveling directly through Switzerland, provided that there are no reasons to believe that the country towards which they intend to leave Switzerland will refuse entry.
    – This does not apply to passengers who have to travel to their place of work abroad, provided they can present a valid employment contract.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are already legally residing within the EU/EFTA area and that are travelling for tourist purposes, provided that they can credibly demonstrate that they actually want to/can enter the destination country, e.g. by presenting a hotel booking, holiday apartment, etc.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are entitled to freedom of movement (citizens of EU/EFTA-states) and have a professional reason for entering Switzerland and have a confirmation of registration.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are of great importance as specialists in the health sector.
    2. Until and including 07.06.2020, passengers can only land at Basel (BSL), Geneva (GVA) or Zurich (ZRH).

    Internal restrictions:

    The Swiss Government have started a phased relaxation of the “extraordinary measures” introduced in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). All shops, restaurants, markets, museums and libraries are now able to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Restaurants are able to accommodate groups of more than four people. Events of up to 300 people are permitted. All contact with other individuals should be kept to a minimum, and a distance of 2 metres should be maintained at all times. The public are encouraged to stay at home and employers urged to allow staff to work from home.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    The borders with France, Germany and Austria will reopen fully on 15 June if the health situation does not deteriorate. The land border between Canton Ticino (Switzerland) and Brusino, Ligornetto and Ponte Cremenaga (Italy) was reopened on 5 May. The crossing points are open for travel Monday to Friday on the following times:
    Ponte Cremenaga 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.00 Brusino 05.00-09.00 and 16.00-20.00
    Ligornetto: 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.30
    An increased number of applications for work in Switzerland have been allowed. Further details are available on the government website.
    On 8 June restaurants and bars can reopen.
    Gatherings of more than five people can resume but will still be limited to 1,000 people.
    Domestic trains and public transport have gradually resumed operations.

    Read more
    09.06.2020
  • Switzerland Delays expected in Zurich Airport. Passengers planning to fly into or out of the affected airport region should contact their airline to confirm flight status. (Eurocontrol, 27.05.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to nationals or residents of Switzerland or Liechtenstein.
    – This does not apply to passenger with a cross-border commuter permit who are entering Switzerland for work, with a C-visa issued by Switzerland for the purpose of “business meetings” as specialists in the field of health or “official visit” of great importance, with a D-visa issued by Switzerland or who have an assurance of a residence permit.
    – This does not apply to passengers traveling directly through Switzerland, provided that there are no reasons to believe that the country towards which they intend to leave Switzerland will refuse entry.
    – This does not apply to passengers who have to travel to their place of work abroad, provided they can present a valid employment contract.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are already legally residing within the EU/EFTA area and that are travelling for tourist purposes, provided that they can credibly demonstrate that they actually want to/can enter the destination country, e.g. by presenting a hotel booking, holiday apartment, etc.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are entitled to freedom of movement (citizens of EU/EFTA-states) and have a professional reason for entering Switzerland and have a confirmation of registration.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are of great importance as specialists in the health sector.
    2. Until and including 07.06.2020, passengers can only land at Basel (BSL), Geneva (GVA) or Zurich (ZRH).

    International restrictions:

    Switzerland has closed its land and air borders, and only Swiss citizens, residents, citizens of Liechtenstein, family members of Swiss citizens or EU/EFTA citizens living in Switzerland, EU/EFTA citizens travelling for work reasons and those claiming “causes of force majeure” can access the country. Transiting at Swiss airports is permitted if the traveller does not leave the transit zone. Transiting through Switzerland by road is permitted if the right of entry to the destination country is guaranteed. Air, rail and land links with Italy remain tightly controlled, including a suspension of most flights through Swissair, Easy jet. Flights by Italian operator Alitalia from Geneva and Zurich to Rome Fiumicino Airport are in place until 30 May 2020.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in effect. Gatherings of more than five people are prohibited, leisure and entertainment venues remain closed until 7 June.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    The borders with France, Germany and Austria will reopen fully on 15 June if the health situation does not deteriorate. The land border between Canton Ticino (Switzerland) and Brusino, Ligornetto and Ponte Cremenaga (Italy) was reopened on 5 May. The crossing points are open for travel Monday to Friday on the following times:
    Ponte Cremenaga 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.00 Brusino 05.00-09.00 and 16.00-20.00
    Ligornetto: 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.30
    An increased number of applications for work in Switzerland have been allowed. Further details are available on the government website.
    On 8 June restaurants and bars can reopen.
    Gatherings of more than five people can resume but will still be limited to 1,000 people.
    Domestic trains and public transport have gradually resumed operations.

    Read more
    03.06.2020
  • Switzerland Delays expected in Zurich Airport. Passengers planning to fly into or out of the affected airport region should contact their airline to confirm flight status. (Eurocontrol, 27.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    Switzerland has closed its land and air borders, and only Swiss citizens, residents, citizens of Liechtenstein, family members of Swiss citizens or EU/EFTA citizens living in Switzerland, EU/EFTA citizens travelling for work reasons and those claiming “causes of force majeure” can access the country. Transiting at Swiss airports is permitted if the traveller does not leave the transit zone. Transiting through Switzerland by road is permitted if the right of entry to the destination country is guaranteed. Air, rail and land links with Italy remain tightly controlled, including a suspension of most flights through Swissair, Easy jet. Flights by Italian operator Alitalia from Geneva and Zurich to Rome Fiumicino Airport are in place until 30 May 2020.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in effect. Gatherings of more than five people are prohibited, leisure and entertainment venues remain closed until 7 June.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    The borders with France, Germany and Austria will reopen fully on 15 June if the health situation does not deteriorate. The land border between Canton Ticino (Switzerland) and Brusino, Ligornetto and Ponte Cremenaga (Italy) was reopened on 5 May. The crossing points are open for travel Monday to Friday on the following times: Ponte Cremenaga 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.00 Brusino 05.00-09.00 and 16.00-20.00 Ligornetto: 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.30 An increased number of applications for work in Switzerland have been allowed. Further details are available on the government website. On 8 June restaurants and bars can reopen. Gatherings of more than five people can resume but will still be limited to 1,000 people. Domestic trains and public transport have gradually resumed operations.

    Read more
    28.05.2020
  • Switzerland Delays expected in Zurich Airport. Passengers planning to fly into or out of the affected airport region should contact their airline to confirm flight status. (Eurocontrol, 27.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    Switzerland has closed its land and air borders, and only Swiss citizens, residents, citizens of Liechtenstein, family members of Swiss citizens or EU/EFTA citizens living in Switzerland, EU/EFTA citizens travelling for work reasons and those claiming “causes of force majeure” can access the country. Transiting at Swiss airports is permitted if the traveller does not leave the transit zone. Transiting through Switzerland by road is permitted if the right of entry to the destination country is guaranteed. Air, rail and land links with Italy remain tightly controlled, including a suspension of most flights through Swissair, Easy jet. Flights by Italian operator Alitalia from Geneva and Zurich to Rome Fiumicino Airport are in place until 30 May 2020.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in effect. Gatherings of more than five people are prohibited, leisure and entertainment venues remain closed until 7 June.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    The borders with France, Germany and Austria will reopen fully on 15 June if the health situation does not deteriorate. The land border between Canton Ticino (Switzerland) and Brusino, Ligornetto and Ponte Cremenaga (Italy) was reopened on 5 May. The crossing points are open for travel Monday to Friday on the following times: Ponte Cremenaga 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.00 Brusino 05.00-09.00 and 16.00-20.00 Ligornetto: 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.30 An increased number of applications for work in Switzerland have been allowed. Further details are available on the government website. On 8 June restaurants and bars can reopen. Gatherings of more than five people can resume but will still be limited to 1,000 people. Domestic trains and public transport have gradually resumed operations.

    Read more
    27.05.2020
  • Switzerland

    International restrictions:

    Switzerland has closed its land and air borders, and only Swiss citizens, residents, citizens of Liechtenstein, family members of Swiss citizens or EU/EFTA citizens living in Switzerland, EU/EFTA citizens travelling for work reasons and those claiming “causes of force majeure” can access the country. Transiting at Swiss airports is permitted if the traveller does not leave the transit zone. Transiting through Switzerland by road is permitted if the right of entry to the destination country is guaranteed. Air, rail and land links with Italy remain tightly controlled, including a suspension of most flights through Swissair, Easy jet. Flights by Italian operator Alitalia from Geneva and Zurich to Rome Fiumicino Airport are in place until 30 May 2020.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in effect. Gatherings of more than five people are prohibited, leisure and entertainment venues remain closed until 7 June.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    The borders with France, Germany and Austria will reopen fully on 15 June if the health situation does not deteriorate. The land border between Canton Ticino (Switzerland) and Brusino, Ligornetto and Ponte Cremenaga (Italy) was reopened on 5 May. The crossing points are open for travel Monday to Friday on the following times: Ponte Cremenaga 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.00 Brusino 05.00-09.00 and 16.00-20.00 Ligornetto: 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.30 An increased number of applications for work in Switzerland have been allowed. Further details are available on the government website. On 8 June restaurants and bars can reopen. Gatherings of more than five people can resume but will still be limited to 1,000 people. Domestic trains and public transport have gradually resumed operations.

    Read more
    21.05.2020
  • Switzerland Swiss government will reopen borders with Austria, France, Germany by 15 June (Schengen Visa Info, 14.05.2020) 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Switzerland. – This does not apply to nationals or residents of Switzerland or Liechtenstein. – This does not apply to passenger with a cross-border commuter permit who are entering Switzerland for work, with a C-visa issued by Switzerland for the purpose of “business meetings” as specialists in the field of health or “official visit” of great importance, with a D-visa issued by Switzerland or who have an assurance of a residence permit. -This does not apply to passengers traveling directly through Switzerland to another country that they are permitted to enter. – This does not apply to passengers who are entitled to freedom of movement and have a professional reason for entering Switzerland and have a confirmation of registration. – This does not apply to passengers who are of great importance as specialists in the health sector. – This does not apply to passengers travelling by land to their country of origin or residency within the European Union or Schengen area. They must have a proof of onward journey. 2. Passengers can only land at Basel (BSL), Geneva (GVA) or Zurich (ZRH).

    The borders with France, Germany and Austria will reopen fully on 15 June if the health situation does not deteriorate.

    International restrictions:

    Switzerland has closed its land and air borders, and only Swiss citizens, residents, citizens of Liechtenstein, those travelling for work reasons and those claiming “causes of force majeure” can access the country. Five border crossing points with France in Geneva Canton have partially reopened. Entry from neighbouring countries is still only permitted for Swiss citizens, people holding a residence permit and people who have to travel to Switzerland for professional reasons. The openings of these cross points is limited to weekdays from 06.00 to 09.00 am when entering Switzerland, and from 17.00 to 19.00 when leaving the Swiss territory. Three border crossing points with Italy partially reopened during weekdays only (see below, relaxation of restrictions). Cross-border workers will be eligible to cross. Transiting at Swiss airports is permitted if the traveller does not leave the transit zone. Transiting through Switzerland by road is permitted if the right of entry to the destination country is guaranteed. Air, rail and land links with Italy remain tightly controlled, including a suspension of most flights through Swissair, Easy jet. Flights by Italian operator Alitalia from Geneva and Zurich to Rome Fiumicino Airport are in place until 30 May 2020.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in effect. Authorities banned all public and private events, and closed all social venues (bars, restaurants, skiing resorts and sport and cultural places). Schools are also closed. Only businesses providing essential goods (bakeries, pharmacies and grocery stores) and services (banks, post offices, and local administration) remain open. These measures have been extended, but individual restrictions are poised to be lifted by the end of April.

    Domestic trains services have been reduced since the beginning of movement restrictions. However, they gradually started operating again on 27 April. All public gatherings of over five participants have been banned until further notice.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    The land border between Canton Ticino (Switzerland) and Brusino, Ligornetto and Ponte Cremenaga (Italy) was reopened on 5 May. The crossing points are open for travel Monday to Friday on the following times: Ponte Cremenaga 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.00 Brusino 05.00-09.00 and 16.00-20.00 Ligornetto: 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.30 There will be a further gradual ease on entry restrictions from 11 May: applications submitted by workers from the EU/EFTA and third countries before 25 March will be processed. New notifications for cross-border services will be processed. Workers from third countries who already have a permit to work in Switzerland but who could not be issued a visa following restrictions implemented with COVID19, will now be able to enter the country. Further details on the government website. It will also become possible for family members of Swiss or EU citizens to enter the country. Nonetheless, border controls will remain in place until further notice. A three-stage plan has been announced to open up the country: 1) On 27 April hairdressers and psychotherapists were allowed to re-open. 2) On 11 May schools can reopen. 3) On 8 June restaurants and bars can open. However, these steps can be changed if the government assesses the development to have a negative health impact. Authorities have announced an extensive increase in public transport from 11 May. On 27 April, domestic trains resumed their operations gradually.

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    15.05.2020
  • Switzerland 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Switzerland.
    – This does not apply to nationals or residents of Switzerland or Liechtenstein.
    – This does not apply to passenger with a cross-border commuter permit who are entering Switzerland for work, with a C-visa issued by Switzerland for the purpose of “business meetings” as specialists in the field of health or “official visit” of great importance, with a D-visa issued by Switzerland or who have an assurance of a residence permit.
    -This does not apply to passengers traveling directly through Switzerland to another country that they are permitted to enter.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are entitled to freedom of movement and have a professional reason for entering Switzerland and have a confirmation of registration.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are of great importance as specialists in the health sector.
    – This does not apply to passengers travelling by land to their country of origin or residency within the European Union or Schengen area. They must have a proof of onward journey.
    2. Passengers can only land at Basel (BSL), Geneva (GVA) or Zurich (ZRH).

    International restrictions:

    Switzerland has closed its land and air borders, and only Swiss citizens, residents, citizens of Liechtenstein, those travelling for work reasons and those claiming “causes of force majeure” can access the country. Five border crossing points with France in Geneva Canton have partially reopened. Entry from neighbouring countries is still only permitted for Swiss citizens, people holding a residence permit and people who have to travel to Switzerland for professional reasons. The openings of these cross points is limited to weekdays from 06.00 to 09.00 am when entering Switzerland, and from 17.00 to 19.00 when leaving the Swiss territory. Three border crossing points with Italy partially reopened during weekdays only (see below, relaxation of restrictions). Cross-border workers will be eligible to cross. Transiting at Swiss airports is permitted if the traveller does not leave the transit zone. Transiting through Switzerland by road is permitted if the right of entry to the destination country is guaranteed. Air, rail and land links with Italy remain tightly controlled, including a suspension of most flights through Swissair, Easy jet. Flights by Italian operator Alitalia from Geneva and Zurich to Rome Fiumicino Airport are in place until 30 May 2020.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in effect. Authorities banned all public and private events, and closed all social venues (bars, restaurants, skiing resorts and sport and cultural places). Schools are also closed. Only businesses providing essential goods (bakeries, pharmacies and grocery stores) and services (banks, post offices, and local administration) remain open. These measures have been extended, but individual restrictions are poised to be lifted by the end of April. Domestic trains services have been reduced since the beginning of movement restrictions. However, they gradually started operating again on 27 April. All public gatherings of over five participants have been banned until further notice.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    The land border between Canton Ticino (Switzerland) and Brusino, Ligornetto and Ponte Cremenaga (Italy) was reopened on 5 May. The crossing points are open for travel Monday to Friday on the following times: Ponte Cremenaga 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.00 Brusino 05.00-09.00 and 16.00-20.00 Ligornetto: 06.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.30 There will be a further gradual ease on entry restrictions from 11 May: applications submitted by workers from the EU/EFTA and third countries before 25 March will be processed. New notifications for cross-border services will be processed. Workers from third countries who already have a permit to work in Switzerland but who could not be issued a visa following restrictions implemented with COVID19, will now be able to enter the country. Further details on the government website. It will also become possible for family members of Swiss or EU citizens to enter the country. Nonetheless, border controls will remain in place until further notice. A three-stage plan has been announced to open up the country: 1) On 27 April hairdressers and psychotherapists were allowed to re-open. 2) On 11 May schools can reopen. 3) On 8 June restaurants and bars can open. However, these steps can be changed if the government assesses the development to have a negative health impact. Authorities have announced an extensive increase in public transport from 11 May. On 27 April, domestic trains resumed their operations gradually.

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    09.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    Re-open Europe/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Swiss Authorities/
    Covid Government Page/
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