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Zermatt Opening Dates & Safety Measures for Summer 2021 & Winter 2021/22 (Updated 27 Apr)

Zermatt regularly updates the safety measures and opening dates for this summer and winter to ensure the safety of visitors.

Zermatt is currently open for skiing, as it has been non-stop since summer 2020.

Zermatt Winter Opening Date – 04 December 2021

Although skiing will continue on the 21km of pistes on the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise through summer 2021, the rest of the resort will open in full on 04 December 2021.

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Paul Bettany is one of the celebrities who love Zermatt

Safety is the priority

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

Zermatt Director of Tourism, Daniel Luggen spoke about how après ski looked this season just gone:

“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 2020 showed that visitors to the resort are excellent at complying with official restrictions. Zermatt will continue to 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).

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Covid tests are available in Zermatt

Current Restrictions

Since 19 April 2021 restaurants and cafes in Zermatt have been open for dining outside on the many terraces available. There is a maximum of 4 people allowed per table and customers must remain seated with tables 1.5m apart.

Restaurants in hotels are allowed to open indoors for their own guests only. Home delivery, take-aways and essential shops remain open. Sports centres and cinemas also opened from 19 April.

Discos/nightclubs, spas/wellness and indoor restaurant dining remain closed.

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

Entrants from the UK, USA and most EU countries do not currently have to quarantine on arrival in Switzerland. Many countries are required to quarantine for 10 days and you can check the full latest list here.

A negative PCR test taken with the 72 hours before arrival are also required in some circumstances. Currently there is no exemption from quarantine for people with vaccinations.

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 for skiing:

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 2022

Zermatt Unplugged 2021 took place virtually in 2021 and will be back from 05-10 April 2022.

“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.

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New investments in Zermatt

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

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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 (April 2021) there is a maximum limit of 10 people per apartment.

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