Those returning to Switzerland after a trip to one of the 42 countries where Covid-19 infection rates are high must self-quarantine for 10 days.
This means that you must go home or to another residence immediately after arrival, and stay there for 10 days, without going out or receiving guests.
At the beginning of July, when the requirement first went into effect, the supervision of the quarantine was fairly lax, with only occasional phone checks done by the authorities.
However, since less than half of the people returning from these countries reportedly self-quarantined, officials have tightened the monitoring process, saying they will randomly check whether people are complying with the rule.
Those who don’t may be fined up to 1,000 francs.
According to the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), the contact information of each traveller will be collected on flights and buses arriving in Switzerland from high-risk countries, and then handed to the destination cantons for the follow-up.
“The contact details are used to check compliance with the quarantine”, FOPH said.
Once they arrive at their final destination in Switzerland, the travellers must register with their local health authorities within 48 hours.
FOPH has published a list indicating how and where the arrivals should get in touch with health officials in their respective cantons.
In some cantons, online forms must be filled out, while in others, travellers should announce their arrival by phone or email.
You can find all the details here.
While originally 29 countries, including the United states, were included on the ‘high risk’ list, on July 22nd authorities added 15 countries and removed two, bringing the total number to 42.
The new additions were given retrospective effect, meaning that people who returned before the announcement will now be forced to quarantine – even if they have been in Switzerland for days.