Switzerland reopens 15 border crossings on Monday

Switzerland reopens 15 border crossings on Monday
Border trafic between Switzerland and neighboring nations is getting heavier. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP
As part of the second phase of the partial easing of the Covid-19 restrictions, 15 Swiss border crossings with Italy, France and Austria reopened on Monday.

The Federal Council shut the borders on March 25th to curb the spread of coronavirus infections from the neighbouring nations.

Following the gradual relaxation of entry and admission restrictions in Switzerland, which began on April 27th, the Federal Customs Administration (AFD) has re-opened on Monday 15 border points in eight cantons.

Switzerland’s border with Germany, however, will remain closed until May 15th. 

According to AFD’s website, the following borders are open for crossings on weekdays only from May 11th:

Geneva

Certoux: Chancy I, Croix-de-Rozon: entry from France into Switzerland from 6 am to 9 am.
Landecy: entry from France into Switzerland from 6 am to 9 am, return to France from 5 pm to 7 pm 

Grisons / Graubünden

Spiess: to and from Samnaun, from 8 am to 11:00 am 

Jura

Fahy: entry from France into Switzerland from 5 am to 8 am, return to France from 4 pm to 7 pm

Neuchâtel

Biaufond: entry from France into Switzerland from 5 am to 8 am, return to France from 4 pm to 8 pm

Soleure / Solothurn

Flüh: Swiss – French border open in both directions open from 5 am to 8 pm, seven days a week

Ticino

Camedo, Ponte Faloppia: 5 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 7 :30 pm

Pizzamiglio: open from 5 am to 9 am and from 4 pm to 9 pm 

Brusata: from 5 am to 8 pm 

Valais:

Morgins: open from 5 am to 7 pm

Vaud:

Crassier: entry from France into Switzerland from 6 am to 9 am

L'Auberson: entry from France into Switzerland from 5 am to 9 am

But even though the number of crossings between Switzerland and its neighbours has been expanded, not everyone can enter the Swiss territory for the time being.

READ MORE: EXPLAINER: Who can enter Switzerland from May 11th? 

People currently allowed into Switzerland include Swiss citizens and permanent residents, as well as persons who have to travel to Switzerland for professional reasons, such as an estimated 329,000 cross-border workers from the neighbouring countries who commute to their Swiss jobs every day.

Justice Minister Karin Keller-Sutter also said in an interview with the SonntagsZeitung on Sunday, that business travel is now authorised again. 

“From Monday, it will again be possible to enter Switzerland for business meetings which cannot be postponed”, she said.

Crossing of borders will be permitted for the presentation of offers, negotiation or signing of contracts in the event of “extreme urgency”.
 


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