UPDATE: Belgium extends ‘do not travel’ recommendation to 13 Swiss cantons

UPDATE: Belgium extends ‘do not travel’ recommendation to 13 Swiss cantons
Planes at Geneva Airport. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
Belgium has updated its recommendation not to travel - and to take a coronavirus test on return - to 13 Swiss cantons.

On Wednesday, the Belgian government removed three Swiss cantons from its 'orange: recommendation not to travel' list, while Geneva was downgraded from 'red: do not travel' to orange. 

Lucerne, Schaffhausen and Thurgau were the three cantons removed from the list, as reported by Swiss tabloid Blick

The complete list is: Geneva, Neuchâtel, Schwyz, Valais, Vaud, Friborg, Basel-City, Zurich, Glarus, Solothurn, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Uri and Zug.

The Belgium government recommends against travelling to countries or regions on the orange list and calls for a coronavirus test on return, however this is not mandatory. 

READ: Will the UK place Switzerland on its quarantine list? 

Belgians are banned from travelling to countries and cantons on its red list. With Geneva removed, no Swiss cantons are currently on this list. 

Anyone who has been in a banned area must quarantine and complete a coronavirus test on arrival in Belgium.

As reported by The Local Switzerland, Geneva’s infection rate is currently at 96 infections per 100,000 residents (recorded over the past 14 days). 

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The mark is well above the Swiss government's ‘high risk' classification of 60 per 100,000 – meaning that if Geneva was a separate country, residents would be forced to quarantine upon entering the rest of Switzerland.

Zurich is the other Swiss canton to have breached the threshold. 


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