Here is the incredibly simple official site that tells you under what conditions you can enter Switzerland given your current situation: https://travelcheck.admin.ch/check
Here is a handy online booking site for COVID tests:
Switzerland’s Federal Council today made the following announcement, reversing the quarantine requirements brought into force over the last week (see below):
Entry into Switzerland: Quarantine rule lifted, stricter testing requirement
With effect from Saturday, 4 December, there will be no countries on the quarantine list.
In order to continue to prevent the new Omicron variant from entering the country as far as possible, a stricter testing regime will now apply for all arrivals into Switzerland. This testing requirement also applies to those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from the disease. In addition to taking a PCR test before travelling, a second test (PCR test or rapid antigen test) must be carried out between the fourth and seventh day after arrival. This test ensures that infected persons who have contracted the virus shortly before or during travel are detected.
Test costs must be borne by the traveller.
Non-vaccinated third-country nationals wishing to enter the Schengen area from countries or regions at risk will be refused entry to Switzerland for short-term stays without gainful employment of up to 90 days within a period of 180 days – apart from certain exceptions (hardship cases). This primarily affects tourism and social visits. The list of high-risk countries and regions is set out in Annex 1 of COVID-19 Ordinance 3. It is updated on an ongoing basis, taking into account the recommendations for the Schengen states issued by the European Commission.
Here is the current list set out in Annex 1 of COVID-19 Ordinance 3, from Page 13 of this document:
List of high-risk countries and regions
All states outside the Schengen area, with the exception of:
– Holy See
– New Zealand
– San Marino
– South Korea
Once inside Switzerland, here are the updated measures that are in place:
- A number of countries were recently added to Switzerland’s “List of countries with a variant of concern”. The list can be found here:
Anyone entering Switzerland from these countries must present a negative test result and quarantine for 10 days. This also applies to vaccinated and recovered persons.
If you are impacted by these new government restrictions and you are no longer able to take up your reservation, please get in touch. We are very sorry to hear that your holiday plans could be impacted, and our generous cancellation policy allows for a full refund in these circumstances. Should you prefer, we are happy to transfer your balance to a future booking.
- The canton of Valais (which includes La Tzoumaz) has made masks compulsory and restricted the number of non-vaccinated adults who can meet together to 10. This restriction remains in force until December 17 2021:
“The State Council reintroduces the wearing of masks from the age of 12 in all public events held indoors, markets and public places closed, with a few exceptions. The mask will be compulsory in particular in cinemas, theaters, auditoriums, restaurants, tea-rooms and other similar or similar places, even if the COVID-19 certificate is required there. The mask must also be worn in confined spaces of workplaces, as well as in vehicles when traveling for business. Private meetings that take place indoors are limited to ten people, unless all participants over the age of 16 have a COVID-19 certificate. Children and young people up to the age of 16 are not counted among these ten people. This last measure, applied from November 29, will be in effect until December 17.”
- No change to the federal rules in place across Switzerland (see below)
- Visitors need a Swiss COVID Certificate or an EU COVID Certificate to enter into bars, restaurants etc. British NHS certificates can be converted into the Swiss COVID app. Any other non-EU certificates can be converted for 30 CHF here: https://www.covidcertificate-form.admin.ch/foreign . Please note that the process may take 24h or longer.
- Like last year, ski resports in Switzerland are planning to open for business as usual. A Swiss-validated COVID certificate may not be a requirement, according to the Ski Lift Operators, but the government has suggested that this may change if the COVID statistics develop > 200 cases per 100,000 people.
CURRENT HYGIENE RULES
Private gatherings and parties
The number of people allowed to attend events among friends and family (for example gatherings and parties) that are not held in publicly accessible establishments and businesses is limited. The numbers include ALL children and babies.
Rule indoors: A maximum of 30 people is allowed.
Rule outdoors: A maximum of 50 people is allowed.