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Tuesday 3rd August

Britons and other non-EU travellers face €7 fee to enter Europe for visits

Britons and other non-EU travellers face €7 fee to enter Europe for visits

British nationals as well as all other visa-exempt non-EU citizens will have to get authorisation and pay a €7 fee to enter the Schengen zone when new rules come in to force before the end of 2022, the European commission confirmed on Tuesday.

Reader question: Can you drink in public in Switzerland?
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Reader question: Can you drink in public in Switzerland?

Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday
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Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday

Monday 2nd August

Will Switzerland relax the mask mandate in supermarkets, shops and museums?

Will Switzerland relax the mask mandate in supermarkets, shops and museums?

Switzerland is considering whether to further relax coronavirus measures, including the mask mandate in supermarkets, retail stores and museums.

What childcare options do I have in Zurich?
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What childcare options do I have in Zurich?

What is the secret to Switzerland’s Olympic success?
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What is the secret to Switzerland’s Olympic success?

Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Monday
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Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Monday

Sunday 1st August

Everything that changes in Switzerland in August 2021
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Everything that changes in Switzerland in August 2021

From Covid to schools - and of course Swiss National Day - August 2021 has some changes in store in Switzerland.

Why Switzerland celebrates its National Day with bonfires and brunch
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Why Switzerland celebrates its National Day with bonfires and brunch

Can I celebrate Swiss National Day if I’m not vaccinated?
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Can I celebrate Swiss National Day if I’m not vaccinated?

Thursday 29th July

Throwing sausages and smoking children: Switzerland’s five weirdest festivals
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Throwing sausages and smoking children: Switzerland’s five weirdest festivals

Although Switzerland is a small country, its culture is diverse and, at times, surprisingly quirky. Here are five wacky traditions you may have not known about — until now.

These are the friendliest – and least friendly – cantons in Switzerland
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These are the friendliest – and least friendly – cantons in Switzerland

Switzerland considers Covid certificates for restaurants as vaccination rates slow
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Switzerland considers Covid certificates for restaurants as vaccination rates slow

UPDATE: How Switzerland’s flood planning helped it avoid disaster
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UPDATE: How Switzerland’s flood planning helped it avoid disaster

Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday
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Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday

Wednesday 28th July

UK to allow fully vaccinated travellers from Europe to skip quarantine (but not tests)

UK to allow fully vaccinated travellers from Europe to skip quarantine (but not tests)

The UK government has announced details of how fully vaccinated travellers from countries in Europe to the UK can skip the mandatory 10-day quarantine when arriving in England, Scotland and Wales.

How is Switzerland using Covid certificates compared to elsewhere in Europe?
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How is Switzerland using Covid certificates compared to elsewhere in Europe?

Ticks in Switzerland: How to avoid them and protect yourself
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Ticks in Switzerland: How to avoid them and protect yourself

Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday
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Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday

Tuesday 27th July

Eight unwritten rules that explain how Switzerland works
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Eight unwritten rules that explain how Switzerland works

Having trouble understanding Switzerland and the Swiss? These unwritten rules - some of which are more important than those on the books - may help.

How to save money on childcare in Switzerland
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How to save money on childcare in Switzerland

Employment, wages and housing: How immigrants trail the Swiss in these crucial categories
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Employment, wages and housing: How immigrants trail the Swiss in these crucial categories

Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday
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Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday

Monday 26th July

EXPLAINED: How applying for social benefits could see your Swiss work permit cancelled
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EXPLAINED: How applying for social benefits could see your Swiss work permit cancelled

Foreigners who receive welfare assistance in Switzerland have fuelled public discourse for many years, and are often depicted as “abusers” of the system. This is what you should know about the current rules.

Switzerland: Can your employer ask if you are vaccinated?
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Switzerland: Can your employer ask if you are vaccinated?

Weather: Thunderstorms predicted for central and southern Switzerland on Monday afternoon

Weather: Thunderstorms predicted for central and southern Switzerland on Monday afternoon

Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Monday
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Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Monday

Sunday 25th July

Switzerland’s Credit Suisse settles with star banker over spying scandal

Switzerland’s Credit Suisse settles with star banker over spying scandal

Credit Suisse reached an out-of-court settlement with former star wealth manager Iqbal Khan over a spying scandal that cost the scalp of the then-chief executive, Switzerland's second-biggest bank said Sunday.

Saturday 24th July

EXPLAINED: What can I deduct from my tax bill in Switzerland?
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EXPLAINED: What can I deduct from my tax bill in Switzerland?

In Switzerland, taxes are as inevitable as death and each canton doing things differently for the sake of it. But here’s how you can try and reduce your tax burden.

Switzerland: Which areas are at the greatest risk of flooding this weekend?

Switzerland: Which areas are at the greatest risk of flooding this weekend?

Thursday 22nd July

Swiss bureaucracy: Ten tasks you can do online in Vaud
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Swiss bureaucracy: Ten tasks you can do online in Vaud

One of the least pleasant aspects of dealing with the administration in Switzerland is having to stand in lines. Here are the tasks that can be performed in Vaud without leaving the comfort of your home.

Travel: How to save money while visiting Switzerland
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Travel: How to save money while visiting Switzerland

Swiss rail travel: What compensation you are entitled to if your train is cancelled?
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Swiss rail travel: What compensation you are entitled to if your train is cancelled?

Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday
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Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday

Wednesday 21st July

Switzerland drains lakes ahead of predicted weekend rainfall

Switzerland drains lakes ahead of predicted weekend rainfall

Ahead of another weekend of predicted rainfall, Switzerland is taking steps against further flooding.

Reader question: What should I do if I lose my Swiss residency permit?
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Reader question: What should I do if I lose my Swiss residency permit?

Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday
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Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday

Tuesday 20th July

Heavy thunderstorms to return in Switzerland from Friday

Heavy thunderstorms to return in Switzerland from Friday

After a brief period of sunny weather, storms and rain are expected to return to Switzerland from Friday. With more than 100 litres forecast in some regions, we broke down why this rain could be more dangerous than most rain storms. 

Which Swiss region has the highest tourist taxes?
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Which Swiss region has the highest tourist taxes?

Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday
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Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday

Sunday 18th July

MAPS: The best commuter towns when working in Geneva
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MAPS: The best commuter towns when working in Geneva

Many people whose jobs are in Geneva live in nearby communities — either in Switzerland or nearby France. Here are some located within a short commuting distance.

Saturday 17th July

Hotel Arbez: Inside the historic hotel straddling the Swiss and French borders
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Hotel Arbez: Inside the historic hotel straddling the Swiss and French borders

The Hotel Arbez, which is located both in Switzerland and France, has a colourful history - including playing a lifesaving role against the Nazis in the Second World War.

The Local’s Confronting Coronavirus series nominated for major European media award
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The Local’s Confronting Coronavirus series nominated for major European media award

Friday 16th July

Why are Switzerland’s Covid rates on the rise once again?
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Why are Switzerland’s Covid rates on the rise once again?

After a marked decline in infections throughout most of June, the number of coronavirus cases in Switzerland has been soaring in the past three weeks.

Seven strange Swiss superstitions foreigners should know about
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Seven strange Swiss superstitions foreigners should know about

Weather update: Lake Zurich bursts banks, Lucerne preparing for flooding

Weather update: Lake Zurich bursts banks, Lucerne preparing for flooding

Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Friday
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Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Friday

Thursday 15th July

‘The situation is critical’: Switzerland’s wild weather to continue

‘The situation is critical’: Switzerland’s wild weather to continue

Several parts of Switzerland are flooded, with the situation “critical” in some areas. Here’s what you need to know.

Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday
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Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday