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Train links between Switzerland and Paris to be reduced

Daily connections between Geneva and the French capital will be reduced starting on Monday, September 28th.

Train links between Switzerland and Paris to be reduced
There will be less TGV Lyria connections between Switzerland and Paris. Photo by AFP

TGV Lyria, a high-speed train operated jointly by Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and French National Railway Company (SNCF) is reducing the number of rail links between Switzerland and France. 

The decision was made because travelers from nine French regions, including Île-de-France where Paris is located, are subject to a 10-day quarantine upon entering Switzerland.

Services from Geneva’s Cornavin station to Paris’ Gare de Lyon will be reduced from seven to four round trips each day. From Zurich, there will be four trains in both directions instead of five.

READ MORE: Where are Switzerland’s best and worst train stations?

However, daily connections between Lausanne and Paris via Dijon remain unchanged with three round trips. 

All tickets purchased for the cancelled trains until November 1st can be changed or refunded free of charge.

While some of the services between Switzerland and France are suspended, the SBB announced that night connections linking Switzerland with major destinations in the Netherlands, Spain and Italy will be expanded from six to 10 lines starting in 2021.

 

 

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What is the fine for not filling out Switzerland’s Covid arrival form?

There is one essential form all travellers to Switzerland must fill out, but many don’t. If caught, border guards will hand out fines.

A 100-franc fine could be imposed on those who don’t fill out the Personal Locator Form
Important paperwork: Switzerland-bound travellers must fill out the PLF form or risk getting fined. Photo by Zurich Airport

With constantly changing travel rules, it is difficult to keep up with all the regulations that need to be followed to enter Switzerland (and all the other countries, for that matter).

Since September 20th, everyone arriving in Switzerland, regardless of their country of origin, mode of transport, or vaccination status, must fill out the electronic Personal Location Form (PLF).

Once filled out and registered online, you will receive a QR code which you will have to show when entering Switzerland.

However, some people may be unaware of the requirement and enter the country without this form.

READ MORE: Here is the form you need to enter Switzerland

Checks are done randomly, so many travellers slip in without having filled this form. But if caught, you will have to pay a 100-franc fine.

So far, 200 people had to pay this fine, according to Tamedia media group.

The only people exempted from this rule are transit passengers, long-haul lorry drivers transporting goods across borders,  children under 16, cross-border workers, and residents of border areas.

The PLF requirement is an addition to other travel regulations the Federal Council implemented in September:

Two tests to enter Switzerland are now required for the unvaccinated and unrecovered.

Unvaccinated arrivals and those who have not contracted and recovered from the virus in the past six months must show two negative tests. 

The first proof should be presented when arriving in Switzerland.  Then, four to seven days later, travellers will have to undergo another test, which they must pay for themselves.

Both PCR and antigen results are accepted.

These rules only apply to arrivals from nations not on the Switzerland’s high-risk list. As the United States and United Kingdom are considered high risk, only vaccinated people from those countries can arrive in Switzerland.

This article contains more information on the rules which apply. 

EXPLAINED: What are Switzerland’s new travel and Covid certificate rules?

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