Inside this Swiss hotel’s ‘luxury coronavirus quarantine package’

How do the other half live during coronavirus quarantine? With private saunas, gyms and $500 tests for the virus.

Inside this Swiss hotel’s ‘luxury coronavirus quarantine package’
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The coronavirus has hit the hotel industry particularly hard, with tourism bans and cancellations leaving most hotels empty. 

But in the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons, this Swiss hotel has decided to take advantage of one thing it does have right now – empty rooms – in order to offer a luxury coronavirus quarantine package. 

The Le Bijou Hotel in Zurich on Tuesday launched its Covid-19 Package, which includes all the perks you’d expect of a top-class hotel – as well as specialised coronavirus features including on-call doctors, nurses and in-room coronavirus testing. 

Unfortunately for value hunters, while it might be the right time to get a fancy room on the cheap in other hotels, this is not the case at Le Bijou – as all of the additional features are not offered on an ‘all-inclusive’ basis. 

So how much will each ‘a la carte’ feature set you back? 

A coronavirus test is available for CHF500, while you can be checked on by a nurse twice a day for CHF1,800. 

Want around the clock care? It’ll set you back a cool CHF4,800 per day – a high price to pay for peace of mind. 

Insider reports that a 14-day stay – the recommended quarantine period – will cost you just under 80,000 Swiss francs

The hotel promises that all rooms are disinfected after a guest checks out – which is presumably standard – while social distancing restrictions are avoided by ensuring that the rooms have private gyms and saunas. 



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Masks, tests and jabs: Can I deduct Covid-related costs from my taxes in Switzerland?

Switzerland’s tax deadline is just around the corner. Are Covid-related costs tax deductible?

Masks, tests and jabs: Can I deduct Covid-related costs from my taxes in Switzerland?

March 31st is the deadline for filing taxes in Switzerland relating to the 2021 financial year. 

Over the past two years, the Covid pandemic has seen a change in our spending habits. 

While we may have saved on restaurants and travel, we laid out considerable costs on a range of new expenses, including disinfectant, masks and Covid tests. 

As some of these costs are required by law, can they be deducted from your tax?

In some cases, expenses directly related to the Covid pandemic can be deducted. 

Masks, for instance, can be deducted as medical expenses in some cantons, Swiss tax specialist Markus Stoll told 20 Minutes

This depends on the specific framework for tax deductions related to medical expenses in that canton. 

EXPLAINED: What can I deduct from my tax bill in Switzerland?

Generally speaking, any medical costs paid out of pocket can be deducted. However, most cantons impose a minimum percentage limit from which these costs can be deducted. 

In many cantons, this will start at five percent of your yearly income in total (i.e. including other out-of-pocket costs like dental or specialist visits), meaning you would need to purchase a significant amount of masks to beat the threshold. 

What about testing and vaccination?

Testing and vaccinations however were largely free as their costs were covered by the Swiss government, which means associated expenses cannot be deducted. 

Those tests which were not covered by the government – for instance for travel abroad or for visiting clubs – cannot be deducted, Stoll says. 

“Tests for travel abroad or to visit clubs are not deductible” Stoll said. 

For a complete overview of taxation in Switzerland, including several specific guides, please check out our tax-specific page here.