Covid Update: Could testing replace quarantine for Switzerland?

While we would love to have everyone from all over the world come and stay with us in Zermatt, it is important to realise that arrivals from some countries require a period of quarantine on arrival.

However, it is possible that soon, if you have a negative test you will not have to quarantine.

10-day quarantine on arrival

As of 14 September, people who have spent time in certain countries or areas (see the list below) must go into quarantine.

If you were in any of these countries or areas on the list at any point in the 10 days before entry into Switzerland, then you must quarantine for 10 days.

Under Swiss law you’re required to report your arrival to the cantonal authority responsible within two days or expect a fine up to CHF10,000

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Switzerland Tourism would prefer testing before travel

We are hopeful that quarantine will soon be able to be by-passed by anyone who has a negative Coronavirus test.

“The ten-day quarantine period is far too long,” said Christophe Darbellay, head of the Valais Department of Economic Affairs. “We need to test more, and faster, and to shorten the quarantine period.”

This was backed up by Martin Nydegger, director of Switzerland Tourism:

“The quarantine period must be reduced wherever possible. We demand that business and leisure travellers from risky areas with a negative corona test that is not older than 48 hours should be able to enter Switzerland.”

The coalition of Swiss tourism organisations also want Covid-19 test centres to be set up at airports and at the main entry points into Switzerland.

Quarantine changing the whole time

Please note that countries which have to quarantine on arrival to Switzerland is changing the whole time.

You can come to Switzerland and have a wonderful holiday with us, although you may be subject to a quarantine on your return to your own country.

List of countries requiring quarantine (updated 14 September 2020)

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • The Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Dominican Republic
  • Gibraltar
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Namibia
  • North Macedonia
  • Occupied Palestinian Territory
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Sint Maarten
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America (including Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Guam)

Areas in France requiring quarantine (updated 14 September 2020)

  • Region Centre-Val de Loire
  • Region Corse
  • Region Hauts-de-France
  • Region Île de France
  • Region Normandie
  • Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Region Occitanie
  • Region Pays de la Loire
  • Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
  • Overseas area French Guyana
  • Overseas area Guadeloupe
  • Overseas area French Polynesia
  • Overseas area La Réunion
  • Overseas area Martinique
  • Overseas area Mayotte
  • Overseas area Saint-Barthélemy
  • Overseas area Saint-Martin

Areas in Austria requiring quarantine (updated 14 September 2020)

  • Federal state Vienna


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