Stop construction of Swiss luxury resort: WWF

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and two local environmental groups have asked Switzerland's top court to stop the construction of a Russian-financed luxury Alpine resort, it said on Monday.

“The WWF, the Swiss Landscape Conservation Foundation and Patrimoine Suisse are asking the Federal Tribunal to settle the case of the Aminona Luxury Resort project,” the Swiss branch of WWF said in statement.  

According to the website of the Mollens municipality where the ski resort is to be built, the project will cost 350 million to 400 million francs ($430-490 million) and is to be funded by a group of Russian

Also called “Le Village Royal”, the resort’s website says it will consist of a 315-room hotel, eight ten-to-fourteen floor towers with Japanese gardens and a spa, chalets for 47 families with “cold storage for your furs”, as well as luxury ski facilities.  

The WWF said some of the plans were not approved by the Valais cantonal authorities, and parts are to be built in protected areas.  

It also expressed concerns the project would lead to “cold beds” — a term used for lodgings which are not used full-time.  

“The medium-term economic — and not just environmental — consequences (of the project) for the region could well end up being negative,” WWF added.

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What is the fine for not filling out Switzerland’s Covid arrival form?

There is one essential form all travellers to Switzerland must fill out, but many don’t. If caught, border guards will hand out fines.

A 100-franc fine could be imposed on those who don’t fill out the Personal Locator Form
Important paperwork: Switzerland-bound travellers must fill out the PLF form or risk getting fined. Photo by Zurich Airport

With constantly changing travel rules, it is difficult to keep up with all the regulations that need to be followed to enter Switzerland (and all the other countries, for that matter).

Since September 20th, everyone arriving in Switzerland, regardless of their country of origin, mode of transport, or vaccination status, must fill out the electronic Personal Location Form (PLF).

Once filled out and registered online, you will receive a QR code which you will have to show when entering Switzerland.

However, some people may be unaware of the requirement and enter the country without this form.

READ MORE: Here is the form you need to enter Switzerland

Checks are done randomly, so many travellers slip in without having filled this form. But if caught, you will have to pay a 100-franc fine.

So far, 200 people had to pay this fine, according to Tamedia media group.

The only people exempted from this rule are transit passengers, long-haul lorry drivers transporting goods across borders,  children under 16, cross-border workers, and residents of border areas.

The PLF requirement is an addition to other travel regulations the Federal Council implemented in September:

Two tests to enter Switzerland are now required for the unvaccinated and unrecovered.

Unvaccinated arrivals and those who have not contracted and recovered from the virus in the past six months must show two negative tests. 

The first proof should be presented when arriving in Switzerland.  Then, four to seven days later, travellers will have to undergo another test, which they must pay for themselves.

Both PCR and antigen results are accepted.

These rules only apply to arrivals from nations not on the Switzerland’s high-risk list. As the United States and United Kingdom are considered high risk, only vaccinated people from those countries can arrive in Switzerland.

This article contains more information on the rules which apply. 

EXPLAINED: What are Switzerland’s new travel and Covid certificate rules?