Zermatt Opening Dates & Safety Measures for Winter 2021/22 (Updated 09 September)

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.

One of the great photo spots in Zermatt

Race teams from around the world are currently (September 2021) training on the Zermatt glacier to prepare for next winter’s racing:

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 and 2021 has 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 certificates need to be shown for access to restaurants and other indoor venues from Monday 13 September onwards. Read more info on this here.

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

Since April 2021 restaurants, cafes, sports centres and cinemas in Zermatt have been open for dining outside on the many terraces available. In May, indoor dining was allowed again.

From June 26, even more restrictions were lifted:

The reopening steps introduced on 19 April and 31 May have not had a negative impact on the development of COVID-19 in Switzerland. Case numbers and hospital admissions…are continuing to fall sharply. In addition, around half of the adult population will be fully vaccinated by the end of June.

Federal Office of Public Health

Restaurants and large events have had no limits on numbers since 26 June. Guests in restaurants have to remain seated and socially distanced from other groups. As in the UK, masks must be worn until seated. Clubs and discos can open to those with a valid Covid certificate only.

There are 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.

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International Entry Requirements

From 26 June, entrants from the UK and USA (as well as most other countries) no longer have to quarantine on arrival in Switzerland if they have been fully vaccinated.

Otherwise a negative test and quarantine for 10 days is required from most countries. Check the full latest list here.

A negative PCR test taken with the 72 hours before arrival are also required in some circumstances. Fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine.

The situation is evolving the whole time, so please do check the latest situation before travel.

We were delighted to read that on 31 August, Switzerland was added to the UK’s Green List, meaning that there is no quarantine on return to the UK for non-vaccinated travellers or fully-vaccinated travellers.

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 and will be back from 05-10 April 2022.

“There will still be more concerts in Zermatt in 2022, with spectacular backdrops, under the Matterhorn sun, on the mountains and in the valley,” says Managing Director Rolf Furrer.

Find out more about the ‘Summer Weekends’ in Zermatt that took place in the summer of 2021.

zermatt unplugged

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.

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