Here’s how much you’ll be fined for breaching Switzerland’s coronavirus measures

Here’s how much you’ll be fined for breaching Switzerland’s coronavirus measures
A sign in French urging people to wear a mask. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
Switzerland on Wednesday announced fines for failure to comply with coronavirus measures.

Anyone who violates a coronavirus measure in Switzerland is liable for a fine of between 50 and 200 francs. 

The fines were decided upon at a meeting on January 27th and will be put in place from February 1st.

They are in addition to existing fines of up to 10,000 francs for failing to quarantine. 

EXPLAINED: What are the details of Switzerland's coronavirus restrictions? 

Anyone who fails to wear a mask in public transport, stations or other areas where masks are required risks a fine of up to 200 francs. 

The fines can also be issued for anyone who participates in a prohibited event or who organises an event or gathering which contravenes the country’s coronavirus measures. 

Under Switzerland's Epidemics Act, people can be fined up to CHF5,000 for negligent behaviour against coronavirus measures, and CHF10,000 for wilful behaviour. 

These fines are most often threatened for people who breach quarantine rules. 

Free testing and shorter quarantines

The Swiss government also made a range of other announcements during Wednesday's announcement. 

Switzerland will shorten the applicable coronavirus quarantine from ten days to seven, however anyone arriving by air will now need to present a negative PCR test.

READ MORE: Switzerland to shorten coronavirus quarantine, require negative PCR test on all flight arrivals 

The government also said on Wednesday it was prepared to spend more than a billion dollars on testing for asymptomatic Covid-19 cases, saying they were probably responsible for most new infections. 

Health Minister Alain Berset said the government would assume the estimated costs of around one billion Swiss francs ($1.12 billion, 930 million euros) of testing people who are not showing coronavirus symptoms.

“It is believed that more than half of Covid-19 infections are transmitted by people who do not display symptoms and are unaware that they actually have the virus,” said a government statement. 

READ MORE: Switzerland to introduce free nationwide coronavirus testing 

In addition, the government flagged it will bear the costs of a planned vaccination rollout in pharmacies across the country. 



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