Switzerland’s quarantine rulesBack to Forum
Quarantine is a big topic nowadays. Here is the Swiss approach (published a couple of days ago).
People having been in the past 14 days in any of these countries will be quarantined for 10 days upon entry to Switzerland:
Turks and Caicos Islands
The list can change at any time, the criteria being any of these:
* the state or area has more than 60 new infections per 100,000 people
in the past 14 days;
* the information available from the State or zone concerned does not
allow a reliable estimate to be made of the situation, and there are
indications that the risk of infection in the State or zone
concerned is high;
* on several occasions during the past 4 weeks, infected persons have
entered Switzerland after having stayed in the State or zone at risk.
Once in the country however, everything runs normally, excepted the social distances and the compulsory mask in public transports.8 Jul 2020
Swiss government announced yesterday an extension of the list above. And controls will be reinforced (selected passengers’ lists will be communicated to the local police departments): passengers coming from these countries who either did not register upon arrival or fail to put themselves in self quarantine risk a fine up to CHF 10’000.
The motivation of the Swiss government? It considers that one out of ten new case is imported.18 Jul 2020
Thanks, Swissdiver, that is useful. As it happens, I have just been asked to go to Switzerland for a meeting they insist must be face-to-face.
A question – how do Switzerland treat transit flights via, say, Qatar in terms of quarantine? Are they exempt? I see UAE is not on the list when all other Gulf countries – an advantage for Emirates?19 Jul 2020
The list has just been extended and now include UAE… Here is the current list:
Belarus (no longer on the list from 23 July)
Bosnia and Herzegovina (from 23 July)
Costa Rica (from 23 July)
Ecuador (from 23 July)
El Salvador (from 23 July)
Eswatini (Swasiland) (from 23 July)
Guatemala (from 23 July)
Kazakhstan (from 23 July)
Kyrgyzstan (from 23 July)
Luxembourg (from 23 July)
Maldives (from 23 July)
Mexico (from 23 July)
Montenegro (from 23 July)
Occupied Palestinian Territory (from 23 July)
Sweden (no longer on the list from 23 July)
Surinam (from 23 July)
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Arab Emirates (from 23 July)
United States of America (including Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands)22 Jul 2020
The ridiculous thing is you can travel to or from Luxembourg by car or train and there are no checks on entering Switzerland.
Alternatively you can fly into Milan, from destinations where they still have flights, and just hire a car or take the train straight into Switzerland. Again no controls!24 Jul 2020
Last week (August 8th), they removed Azerbaijan, Russia and the United Arab Emirates (the latter has therefore been on the list for just 2 weeks…).
São Tomé and Príncipe
Spain (with the exception of the Balearic and Canary Islands)
Controls were tightened, with notably air passengers’ names transmitted to the authorities.15 Aug 2020
Switzerland has finally closed the loophole where you could come from a high risk country and transit through a low risk one, thus avoiding mandatory 10 day quarantine.
It is I think still a bit vague, as you could buy separate tickets or come into Italy for example, then travel into Switzerland.31 Aug 2020
It is I think still a bit vague …………
Very vague. Interesting that Romania and Bulgaria appear to be exceptions (no quarantine needed) yet also being outside Schengen, the UK is not an exception but Ireland is. All three of these countries have higher current rates of infection per 100,000 than the UK, as well as several Schengen countries.
I suppose, if you need to get to Switzerland urgently (to get into your private bank vault?), go to Belfast and get the train to Dublin then return the same way.31 Aug 2020