Switzerland to open some borders from June 15

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  • AMcWhirter
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    I say “some borders” because, at the time of writing, the border with Italy will remain closed (on June 15).

    However there might be a change.

    https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/no-more-emergency_government-announces-major-easing-of-coronavirus-restrictions/45788336


    LuganoPirate
    Participant

    Sorry a bit late in replying, but I understand the Italians will open the border on June 3rd. However, the Swiss say they weren’t consulted and for them it remains closed. But, it seems Swiss can cross over as nothing to stop them going out, but they will apparently have some hassle getting back, though of course the Swiss can’t refuse entry to their own citizens. I’ll update when it becomes clearer.


    capetonianm
    Participant

    How typically Italian and what a wonderful example of European/Schengen cooperation!
    I hope this is correct as the first trip I’m hoping to do, once all this **** is over, is to CH, ideally by train via Milano.


    Swissdiver
    Participant

    LP, my understanding id slightly different. Swiss nationals and residents as well as working permit holders are able to enter Switzerland. It was also announced that border controls will be reinforced.


    LuganoPirate
    Participant

    LP, my understanding id slightly different. Swiss nationals and residents as well as working permit holders are able to enter Switzerland. It was also announced that border controls will be reinforced.

    Yes, it’s clearer today, in Ticino anyway. Italians can only come in if they have a valid reason, such as work or visiting family. Non CH can transit the country from Italy to say Germany.

    Swiss can now freely go to Italy and come back, but still may not bring in any shopping. If they do it’s a CHF 100 fine.


    Swissdiver
    Participant

    Interestingly it seems the border between Menton and Ventimiglia is rather chaotic as the French customs are strictly controlling immigration since yesterday, something they were doing last week or earlier… Italians must fulminate! Of course the government’s unilateral decision exposed them, but the answer will simply pave the way for Salvini’s return (not writing this is a good or a bad thing, this is just factual) and fragilise further the current coalition in power.

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