New sanitary rules set for rail passengers between Switzerland and Italy

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New sanitary rules set for rail passengers between Switzerland and Italy
Rules are in place for passengers going to Italy. Photo by AFP.

Trains between Switzerland and Italy are circulating again, but new measures are in place.


Authorities from both countries announced last week that all cross-border rail services would halt because COVID-19 safety checks couldn't be guaranteed.  

An Italian government decree requires that train operators carry out temperature checks on passengers, who also must show they’ve tested negative for the Covid-19, and have a self-declaration form justifying travel to Italy.

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) said its personnel does not have the capacity to carry out such checks.

But just days later, Swiss president Simonetta Sommaruga and Italian Minister of Transport Paola De Micheli decided that the EuroCity services between the two countries would be maintained to a limited extent.

The two parties announced on Sunday that they have worked out a system of health checks that will allow the train traffic to continue.

They will mandate the Italian police to carry out sporadic checks on trains, including on the Swiss side.

To cross the border, passengers will have to have a temperature test, a negative coronavirus test, and a certificate to explain reasons for travel.


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However, cross-border workers returning to Italy from their jobs in Switzerland will be exempted from the obligation to carry the form.

"This requirement would have been problematic in view of the regional objectives around the mobility and the quality of life of people who live on both sides of the border", said Norman Gobbi, president of Ticino’s cantonal government.

In all, 70,000 Italians work in Ticino. 

Those who commute by train rather than by car use regional TILO trains, which connect Ticino with the Italian region of Lombardy.

From December 13th, when the new SBB timetable came into effect, two pairs of EuroCity trains run on the Gotthard axis and two pairs on the Simplon axis. 

• EC 313 dp. Zurich 07:10, arr. Milan 10:50 am
• EC 316 dp Milan 11:10, arr. Zurich 2:50 p.m.
• EC 34 dp Milan 13:05, arr. Geneva 5:21 p.m.
• EC 37 dp Geneva 07:39, arr. Milan 11:40 am
• EC 50 dp Milan 07:20, arr. Basel 11:32 am
• EC 57 dp Basel 12:28, arr. Milan 4:40 p.m.


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