Aug 2, 2021 - 6:41 PM
I (a US citizen) have been in Switzerland for two weeks now. I will be here for another month (am based in Wengen and have traveled to Zermatt and around the BO thus far) This is what I have experienced and observed:
1) I am fully vaccinated. Af Dulles airport (Washington, DC), United barely checked my vaccine card when I checked in for my non-stop flight to Zurich. When I arrived at Zurich airport, Customs did not ask to see my CDC vaccination record nor did they ask me to show them the QR code for the contact tracing dorm I previously had filled out online. It took 2.3 minutes to clear Customs.
2) I have been on many trains/cog railways/ cable cars over the past two weeks. Although almost everyone (except young children) has been masked when inside these modes of transport, there has been no enforcement of mask wearing. An older couple on the very crowded Gornergrat bahn was not masked and no one said a word. People are wearing all types of masks—cloth as well as surgical masks. Overall, I do see more surgical masks here than in the US. However. I think enforcing a certain type of mask during the tourist season would be difficult if not impossible.
3) I have been in numerous restaurants, stores (Coop, Migros, boutiques, etc). You must wear a mask in stores and the common spaces in hotels but not in restaurants once you are seated even though the wait staff is masked. Everything is very very normal.
4) Zermatt is in full party mode. The town and the Gornergratbahn are clogged with hundreds of people. Outside, very few are masked although the same rules ( as in #3 above) apply to indoor spaces. Everyone seems thrilled to have returned to some normalcy. Wengen is starting to get more crowded as well.
5) I think if Swiss authorities start imposing rigid requirements for the remainder of the summer tourist season, there will be a big outcry from the tourism industry.