Switzerland adds US and parts of Austria and Italy to mandatory quarantine list

Swiss health officials included more ‘high risk’ countries on in its list on Friday. The new rule will come into force on December 14th.

Switzerland adds US and parts of Austria and Italy to mandatory quarantine list
Arrivals from 11 more countries will have to quarantine from December 14th. Photo by AFP

Since the end of October, only six areas (four countries and two states in Austria) considered as “areas with an increased risk of infection” figured on the list.

But from December 14th, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) added 11 more countries and regions.

Three Italian regions were put on the list, and two areas of Austria have been added to those already included.

The complete list is below.

READ MORE: What you need to know if you are travelling abroad from Switzerland



  • Overseas area French Polynesia


  • Region Emilia Romagna
  • Region Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Region Veneto


  • Land Kärnten
  • Land Salzburg
  • Land Steiermark
  • Land Upper Austria

Other countries:

  • Andorra
  • Croatia
  • Georgia
  • Hungary
  • Jordan
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Montenegro
  • Northern Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • United States of America

One nation, the Czech Republic, is removed from the list.

People arriving in Switzerland from these countries will have to register with cantonal health authorities and quarantine at home or another suitable location for 10 days. No going out or receiving visitors is allowed during this period. 

The added countries are those whose infection rate is higher than that of Switzerland, which currently stands at 588 per 100,000 people.

When the list was created on July 2nd, dozens of countries were placed on it. However, as Switzerland’s infection rate started to exceed that of most European and many non-European nations, authorities said it no longer made sense to keep them on the list.

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  1. I wonder why they’ve chose those particular Italian regions. Veneto has always been yellow and the other two are now yellow.

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Switzerland to cut quarantine period for vaccinated and extend current measures

Switzerland will shorten the obligatory quarantine for anyone testing positive for Covid to five days, while extending the current measures until at least March. The duration of immunity for the Covid certificate will also be shortened.

Swiss Interior and Health Minister Alain Berset gestures during a press conference.. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)
Swiss Interior and Health Minister Alain Berset gestures during a press conference.. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

Switzerland on Wednesday announced a range of changes to the existing Covid measures. 

As had been widely reported ahead of the announcement, the Covid quarantine period for positive cases was shortened from the current ten days to five for vaccinated and recovered people. 

People can leave quarantine after five days, provided they are symptom free for 48 hours. Based on the new advice, it does not appear a person needs to test negative – although the government has been contacted for a confirmation on this question. 

EXPLAINED: Why did Switzerland relax Covid quarantine rules?

The quarantine change applies both to people who have tested positive and those who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive. 

“Close contact” will also be redefined. Now it will not include everyone someone with Covid has had contact with, but will be limited to the people they live with and people who had “regular and close” contact with a person who tested positive. 

The close contact quarantine will not apply to people who have had a booster in the past four months, but it will apply to those who have had two doses.

The unvaccinated will need to remain in quarantine for the original ten days. 

Cantons can decide to grant exemption to the quarantine rules. 

The duration of immunity under the rules of Switzerland’s Covid certificate will be reduced from one year to 270 days, i.e. nine months.

This is due to the belief that immunity due either to vaccination or recovery declines earlier than previously thought. 

The 270-day requirement applies to those who are fully vaccinated or to people who have previously had the virus.

This shortening of the time period for the validity of the Covid certificate will apply from February 1st, as with the EU’s rules for international travel. 

The current Covid measures, which are outlined in the link below, will also be extended. 

EXPLAINED: What are Switzerland’s current Covid measures?

While they were set to expire on January 24th, they will now be extended until March 31st. 

The government said the extension was necessary due to the situation in the country’s hospitals. 

Amid skyrocketing infection rates, the Swiss government said it had prepared additional measures which could be implemented quickly and immediately if the situation required it. 

“Should the situation in hospitals deteriorate significantly, the Federal Council can still act swiftly by imposing stricter measures such as the closure of facilities and institutions or by limiting capacity at large-scale events, regardless of the consultation,” the government said in a press release

The government is currently in consultation with experts and the cantons about these and further measures, including tighter mask rules and a change in testing rules.

This consultation will last until the 17th of January, however those listed here are expected to apply. 

For the full list of changes announced you can visit the government site HERE.