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Switzerland: 2021 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos postponed due to coronavirus

The World Economic Forum said Wednesday it would postpone the next Davos summit by several months because it would be unsafe to hold it early next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Switzerland: 2021 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos postponed due to coronavirus
A sniper on the roof of the meeting location at Davos. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

The WEF also hinted it might not even host the next summit — one it has touted as the “Great Reset” for a virus-hammered global economy — in the Swiss Alpine village of Davos.

The annual January summit has for years offered an idyllic snowy backdrop for meetings of the world's political, economic and business elite.

“The World Economic Forum decided this afternoon to reschedule the annual meeting 2021 in Davos to early next summer,” WEF spokesman Adrian Monck said in a statement.

“The decision was not taken easily, since the need for global leaders to come together to design a common recovery path and shape the 'Great Reset' in the post-COVID-19 era is so urgent. However, the advice from experts is that we cannot do so safely in January.”

Monk said that during the week of January 25, when the 51st summit had been scheduled for, the organisation would “digitally convene high-level 'Davos Dialogues' where key global leaders will share their views on the state of the world in 2021.”

As for the physical event, he said details concerning the dates and location of the rescheduled 2021 summit would be made available “as soon as we are assured that all conditions are fulfilled to guarantee the health and safety of our participants and the hosting community.”

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Reader question: Can I put my Swiss health insurance on hold if I’m abroad?

Given how expensive health insurance premiums are in Switzerland, you may be tempted to suspend your policy while you are abroad. Is this possible?

Reader question: Can I put my Swiss health insurance on hold if I'm abroad?

Unlike the obligatory car insurance, which you can suspend temporarily by depositing your registration plates at the local motor vehicles office, rules pertaining to health insurance are much stricter.

As the Federal Office of Public Health explains it, “If you leave the country for a certain period to travel or study but do not take up residence abroad, you are still required to have [health] insurance in Switzerland”.

In other words, as long as you are a registered resident of Switzerland, regardless of your nationality or passport, you must keep your compulsory Swiss health insurance and pay your premiums. While you do this, you also remain covered against most medical emergencies while you travel.

However, rules are less stringent for supplemental health plans which can, in some cases, be put on hold, depending on the insurance provider, according to Switzerland’s Moneyland consumer website.

The only exception allowed for suspending the health insurance coverage is during a military or civil protection service which lasts more than 60 consecutive days.

“During these periods, the risks of illness and accident are covered by military insurance. Your health insurance provider will refund your premiums”, according to FOPH.

Under what circumstances can you cancel your Swiss health insurance?

Swiss law says you can cancel your insurance if you are moving abroad, either permanently for for a period exceeding three months.

If you do so, only claims for treatments given while you still lived in Switzerland will be paid by your insurance; any medical bills for treatment incurred after you officially leave will be denied.

These are the procedures for cancelling your compulsory health insurance if you leave the country under conditions mentioned above

To announce your departure abroad, you must send your insurance carrier a letter including your name, customer number or AVS/AHV number.

You must also include a certificate from your place of residence in Switzerland confirming that you have de-registered from your current address, as well as the date of your departure.

Note, however, that if your new destination is another Swiss community / canton, rather than a foreign country, your insurance can only be cancelled from the following calendar year and only if you present proof of having taken up a new policy with another company.

READ MORE: EXPLAINED: How to register your address in Switzerland

You can find out more information about this process here

If you suspend your health insurance for less than six years, you can reactivate it at a later date with the same company when you return to Switzerland.

READ MORE : What you should know about your Swiss health insurance before you go abroad
 

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