Switzerland put in place a quarantine from July 6th on arrivals from so-called 'high-risk' countries. On Monday, the first arrivals in Switzerland went into quarantine – including travellers from the United States and the Balkans.
While the ten-day requirement relies on the personal responsibility of those ordered to quarantine, as The Local Switzerland reported yesterday it will be monitored by phone calls and potentially home visits.
People who purposefully fail to respect the terms of the quarantine — for instance, by going out or having guests — could be liable to a fine of up to 10,000 francs.
People who negligently do so, i.e. through being unaware of the quarantine requirement, will be liable for a fine of up to 5,000 francs.
Similar fines apply when individuals intentionally or negligently put others at risk of infection.
As reported by The Local Switzerland on Tuesday, cantonal authorities in Solothurn were considering fining a woman the maximum amount after she attended a private party of 300 people while knowingly being infected with the coronavirus.
The fines are a significant increase on those levelled for breaches of lockdown requirements up until this point, where there was a maximum fine of CHF100.
Which countries are on the list?
Late on Thursday, the official list of high-risk countries was released. Some of the more notable countries include Sweden, Serbia, Kosovo, the United States, Israel and Russia.
The full list is: Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Chile, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Iraq, Israel, Qatar, Colombia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Moldova, North Macedonia, Oman, Panama, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Serbia, South Africa, Turks and Caicos Islands and thee United States.
Affected people will be informed on planes, coaches and at the borders, and must register with the local authorities once in Switzerland.
Anyone who appears to be sick must not be allowed to board buses, trains or flights to Switzerland.