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Calendar: When can Swiss residents travel abroad this summer?

With coronavirus border restrictions gradually being loosened, Swiss residents are thinking again about their summer vacations. Where can we go - and when?

Calendar: When can Swiss residents travel abroad this summer?
AFP

For the first time in the lifetimes of many people living in Switzerland, borders have been shuttered. 

While this has separated families and made work difficult for tens of thousands, it's also put people's summer holidays on ice. 

The Local Switzerland has assessed the current border policies of dozens of European countries to break down where Swiss residents can make a getaway this summer – and when. 

The following map breaks down each country, with the list of countries – and the border opening dates – given below. 

Note: Border policies are subject to change and remain at the discretion of the responsible country. 

Always check with the responsible country if you will be able to enter with the passport(s) you hold. 

The following information is correct at date of publication, but please get in touch with [email protected] if you have had a different experience. 

Where to this summer?

Some countries have already opened their borders, while others have so far not indicated when they will be opening this summer. 

Countries in orange have already opened their borders completely, while those in beige are open pursuant to some form of quarantine.* 

Those in light blue will open in May or June (dates included below), while those in dark blue have so far not indicated when they will allow entry from Swiss visitors. 

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Which countries – and when?
 
Entry already available
Belarus, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden,

Entry pursuant to quarantine period

Great Britain,* Greece, Ireland, Malta, Norway, Romania

*The UK's quarantine – which includes some exceptions – remains subject to judicial review. 

Entry allowed in summer at various dates

Albania (May 18), Lithuania (May 31), Italy (June 6th), Germany, Austria, France, Iceland, Switzerland (June 15), Faroe Islands (June 30)

Entry allowed only with negative corona test results 

Serbia 

Entry date as yet unknown

Andorra, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Monaco, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican

 

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TAXES

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. 

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