Zermatt Opening Dates & Safety Measures for Winter 2020/21 (Updated 01 Mar)

Zermatt has confirmed the safety measures and opening dates for this winter to ensure the safety of visitors.

Zermatt is currently open for skiing, as it has been since the summer.

Zermatt Opening Date – 04 December 2020

Although skiing has been happening on the 21km of pistes on the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise since the summer of 2020, the rest of the resort opened in full on 04 December 2020.

The new Kumme gondola opened on 20 December.

kumme gondola zermatt

Safety is the priority

Masks will not have to be worn while skiing, but will be compulsory in gondolas, cable cars and in buses around resort.

Zermatt Director of Tourism, Daniel Luggen spoke about how après ski will look this season:

“Obviously, après ski is very much part of the skiing experience, but it’s secondary for Zermatt. Our guests particularly value the skiing, the fantastic gastronomy and the opportunity to enjoy the natural world.”

Summer showed that visitors to the resort are excellent at complying with official restrictions. Zermatt will follow all resort federal and cantonal measures.

Covid tests in Zermatt

It is possible to get a Covid test while you are in Zermatt if you feel symptoms, or need a negative test prior to travelling to another country.

Tests are available from all the resort’s medical centres. Rapid test results can be returned within 15 minutes and PCR tests within 48 hours, with certificates available in either English or German.

Rapid tests cost CHF90 (CHF80 for Swiss residents) or CHF180 for the PCR test (CHF156 for Swiss residents).

Covid test in Zermatt
Covid tests are available in Zermatt

Current Restrictions

Restaurants in Zermatt have been closed from 27 December. However, restaurants in hotels are allowed to open for their own guests only.

Home delivery, take-aways and essential shops remain open. Mountain restaurants and cafes are open for take-away only, until at least 22 March.

There are currently no limits on the number of skiers allowed on the slopes. However, gondolas and cable cars are limited to 2/3 of total capacity.

Masks are required in all public areas, on all lifts, public transport and queues:

International Entry Requirements

You do not need to produce evidence of a negative coronavirus test to enter Switzerland.

Entrants from many countries are required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival to Switzerland. You can check the full latest list here, which includes the United Kingdom, United States and South Africa.

Zermatt-designed face masks

Note that buffs are not considered adequate as a face covering. Zermatt has produced its own range of face masks and helmet-specific masks:

Zermatt mask for skiing

In the event of testing positive for COVID or having to quarantine, tickets can be converted into a credit note.

Zermatt Unplugged in 2021

Zermatt Unplugged 2021 cannot take place in its usual format, so on two weekends in spring (08-10 April and 15-17 April 2021), the Zermatt Unplugged festival will put on intimate concerts in spectacular locations.

“There will still be concerts in Zermatt in 2021, with spectacular backdrops, under the Matterhorn sun, on the mountains and in the valley,” says Managing Director Rolf Furrer.

The dates for the 2022 event have already been set for 05-10 April 2022.

zermatt unplugged

New investments in Zermatt

Zermatt continues to invest in improving the already-impressive lift system:

testa-grigia alpine crossing
The Alpine Crossing station at Testa Grigia

Accommodation in Zermatt

If you would like to come and enjoy our wonderful resort this winter, then please contact Ed or Suzanne at Matterhorn Chalets.

We can help find the right catered or self-catered chalets or apartments for you, as well as arrange every aspect of your holiday with our concierge service.

Note on Apartment bookings: Please note that currently (March 2021) there is a maximum limit of 5 people per apartment.

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