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Switzerland travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: no
Airlines Updates

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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Movement restrictions

National movement restrictions: Free

Restrictive measures mandatory between 06 June 2020 to 31 December 2020

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 persons over the age of 12.

International movement restrictions: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 13 March 2020 to TBD

Border checks with Italy, Germany, Austria and France (starting from 16 March 2020), extended to all Schengen and non-Schengen states (on 25 March; in Ticino: on 13 March). Entry to Switzerland only possible for Swiss citizens, persons holding a residence permit and for work-related reasons.
Starting from 15 June: Borders to all EU/EFTA states and UK reopened.
Starting from 20 July: entry restrictions are expected to be lifted for an initial group of third countries.

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Flight Restrictions

published 30.06.2020
1. 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 nationals of EEA Member States.
– This does not apply to British nationals.
– This does not apply to family members of nationals of EEA Member States. They must present proof of their relationship.
– This does not apply to family members of British nationals. They must present proof of their relationship.
– This does not apply to residents of Schengen Member States returning directly via Switzerland to their country of residence.
2. Passengers are not allowed to transit if arriving from a non-Schengen Member State to another Schengen Member State.
– This does not apply to nationals of EEA Member States and Switzerland.
– This does not apply to British nationals.
– This does not apply to family members of nationals of EEA Member States and Switzerland.
– This does not apply to family members of British nationals.
– This does not apply to residents of EEA Member States and Switzerland.
– This does not apply to passengers with a visa issued after 16 March 2020 by Switzerland.

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Quarantine

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)

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known

Vaccination

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

Shop and Events

Non-essential shops closure: Open

Restrictive measures mandatory between 11 May 2020 to 31 December 2020

The Federal Council is now gradually easing the protective measures and the non-essential shops started re-opening.
– 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, funerals attended by family members.
– 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)
– 22 June: no more restrictions on opening hours for restaurants, bars, etc.

Events stop: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 11 May 2020 to 31 August 2020

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), but is now gradually easing these measures.
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.

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Schools/Univercity closure

Schools/Univ. closure: Open

Restrictive measures mandatory between 06 June 2020 to 31 December 2020

– 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) reopened with precautionary measures in place.

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Other

Other: partially closed/partially cancelled

Restrictive measures mandatory between 19 June 2020 to TBD

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.
25 June: SwissCovid app available
Masks compulsory on public transport from Monday, 6 July.

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  • 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:

    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.

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    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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    Read more
    09.05.2020
  • Source https://www.admin.ch/gov/en/start/documentation/media-releases.msg-id-78454.html
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    https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/it/home/das-bag/aktuell/medienmitteilungen.msg-id-78513.html
    https://www.admin.ch/gov/it/pagina-iniziale/documentazione/comunicati-stampa.msg-id-78481.html
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