Seven days: How to leave quarantine early in Switzerland

Seven days: How to leave quarantine early in Switzerland
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Since Monday, people in Switzerland can reduce their quarantine from 10 to seven days if they have a negative test results. Here's how.

Following a decision by the Federal Council, as of Monday, February 8th, people placed in quarantine after returning from a trip, or after having been in contact with a confirmed Covid case, can submit a negative test result to the cantons from the seventh day and ask to be released from the quarantine.

This represents a slight shortening from the previous situation, where quarantines needed to go for at least ten days regardless of the results of a test. 

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“These rules apply to all people who are permitted to enter Switzerland. That means they also apply if you are Swiss and returning to Switzerland after being abroad”, the Federal Office of Public Health said on its website.

How do I leave quarantine after seven days in Switzerland? 

As with anything in Switzerland, the exact way of doing so depends largely on the canton – meaning that in effect there are 26 different ways in which one can leave quarantine. 

However, in each canton, the quarantined person must pay for the test themselves.

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Each request made must be verified and confirmed by the cantonal authority.

How do I leave quarantine in my canton?

Here’s an overview from some of Switzerland’s largest cantons. 

For any canton that is not included here, please click the following link to be connected with the authorities in your canton. 

Zurich

People looking to leave quarantine early in Switzerland’s largest canton will need to receive a negative result in either a PCR or an Antigen test before getting in touch with Zurich authorities here

Basel City

In addition to having evidence of a negative test, people looking to leave quarantine in Basel City need to have no symptoms of the virus. 

They must then report the ending of the quarantine to the following email address: [email protected] Once this email has been sent, you are free to leave quarantine – you do not need to wait for a reply. More information is available here

You are encouraged to keep evidence of the negative test with you in case you are requested to show it by the health department. 

Neuchâtel

To end a quarantine early, you must register online and submit a negative PCR test. More information is available here

Valais

A written certificate confirming the negative test is required and must be emailed to the address [email protected]. More information is available here

Fribourg

The proof of the negative test should be sent to [email protected] More information is available at the following link.

Vaud

In Vaud, the situation is a little easier. People in quarantine will be automatically contacted on the seventh day by the contact-tracing service.

They will assess the situation to see whether the he quarantine should be shortened. Click here for more information

Geneva

Genevan authorities will contact quarantined individuals by SMS and encourage them to take the test from the seventh day.

The cantonal doctor’s service will then decide whether the quarantine can be lifted. Click here for more information

Bern

People wanting to end quarantine early in Bern can send an email to Bernese authorities at [email protected] According to reader feedback, responses are clear and immediate. 


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