UPDATE: What restrictions do travellers from Switzerland face?

UPDATE: What restrictions do travellers from Switzerland face?
Whether you travel by plane, train or automobile, check entry and return conditions before you travel abroad. Photo by AFP
With quarantine requirements in Switzerland and abroad, is it still possible to travel to foreign countries?

The answer to this questions is ‘yes, but’…

There are no entry restrictions for Swiss residents in any of the Schengen zone nations at the moment. 

However, keep in mind that, depending on where you go and where you return from, there may be quarantine requirements in place.

For instance, since Swiss authorities have mandated a 10-day quarantine for people coming from nine French regions, you might want to think twice about going to these areas right now.

In fact, daily train service to and from Geneva and Zurich to Paris is being reduced as of September 28th due to quarantine requirements in Switzerland.

READ MORE: Train links between Switzerland and Paris to be reduced 

The French capital is located in Île-de-France, one of the regions on Switzerland’s ‘high-risk’ list. 

However, other areas of France, including the border regions such as Haute-Savoie, Ain and Haut-Rhin, are safe for travel and there’s no quarantine upon return for the time being.

As Vienna is also considered a risky destination, you have to be ready to quarantine when you return to Switzerland (although the rest of Austria is fine), and the same is true for Spain.

SWISS airlines cancelled its nonstop morning flights from Geneva to London until the end of October, as the UK requires people from Switzerland to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the country.

SWISS also flies (sometimes with its codeshare partners Lufthansa and United) to four US cities: New York, Miami, Chicago, and San Francisco.

However, as foreign nationals can’t enter the US at the moment, only American citizens, permanent residents, and other authorised persons, will be admitted. 

But even if you do manage to get into the United States, you will have to quarantine for 10 days when returning to Switzerland.

It is impossible to predict which places are safe for travel, as periodic flare-ups of COVID-19 in various countries and regions have prompted authorities to take restrictive measures from one day to another.

The best you can do is follow each country’s guidelines for foreign tourists, as well as train and airline sites to see which services are suspended, to ensure you can get home.

Also, consult the site of the Federal Office of Pubic Health to see what quarantine requirements are in place, even though they too may change quickly.

It is certainly easier to travel now than it was several months ago, but nothing should be taken for granted.

 


 


Member comments

Become a Member to leave a comment.Or login here.