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Anna
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Nov 29, 2021 - 6:46 AM in reply to Fballguy

Hi Rob,

The Netherlands is also in the high-risk list. But if your transit in Amsterdam is a quick one and you remain in the transit area, the quarantine restriction does not apply upon arrival in Switzerland.

Regards,

Anna

Anna
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Nov 29, 2021 - 6:53 AM in reply to Johnsonkelly

Hi Johnsonkelly,

Currently, the government has no plans to implement a lockdown in Switzerland. I cannot confirm this might not happen but any decision regarding this would be announced in advance and we would update this here as soon as information becomes available.

But no lockdowns at the moment, however entry restrictions have been tightened for some countries.

Regards,

Anna

bear2019
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Nov 29, 2021 - 12:54 PM in reply to Anna

Hi Anna,

i just checked the link on country restriction, but not sure if it is stated clearly.

eg UK listed as country with variant of concern, does this mean Visitor from UK not able to access Switzerland at the moment?

Anna
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Nov 29, 2021 - 1:13 PM in reply to bear2019

Hi bear2019,

To prevent the spread of a new variant, the Swiss government has reintroduced some restrictions for various countries with a variant of concern. Anyone entering Switzerland from these high-risk countries must present a negative test result and quarantine for 10 days. Unfortunately, the United Kingdom is on this list.

We've updated the details in our first post on this thread.

Regards,

Anna

Fballguy
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Nov 29, 2021 - 1:15 PM in reply to bear2019

Thank you for the confirmation Anna. It's a little disheartening that the UK was restricted when there have only been two confirmed cases there. That doesn't leave much margin of error for the U.S. Seems inevitable, but we're keeping our fingers crossed.

TravelElla
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Nov 29, 2021 - 2:39 PM in reply to Arno

Hello Arno

I am so sad regarding the newest Omicron variant and international travel ban for certain countries to Switzerland.

I am from South Africa and currently busy planning a trip for us to come and visit Switzerland during September 2022.

This is still 9 months in advance, but one must plan ahead, make bookings and buy airplane tickets in advance.

Now it feels as if all my planning will come to a stop :(

But I will try to stay positive and really hope that this unsure time will also pass and that Switzerland will open again its borders for our country in the months to come.

The info that I got on MSA Forum is so wonderful!! So in the meantime, I will do as much planning and homework as I can, and maybe, just maybe, we will still be able to come and visit Switzerland in September 2022 :)

I do understand the worries and precautions that must be taken in advance before it gets out of hand (as the situation was during 2020 before the vaccine etc.)

Thanks for this forum and thank you for keeping us members informed.

Keep safe!!

Regards

TravelElla

Arno
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Nov 29, 2021 - 3:57 PM in reply to TravelElla

Hi TravelElla,

I understand exactly how you feel. However, September is far in the future. There has been more travel in 2021 than 2020, particularly from July through October. Next year should be better. I would not stop planning, just make sure your bookings can be cancelled for little or no money. My guess is that the world will look a lot better after April or May. But it's a guess, no guarantee :-)

Last modified on Nov 29, 2021 - 3:59 PM by Arno
Arno
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Nov 29, 2021 - 4:14 PM in reply to Fballguy

Hi Fballguy,

It seems that Switzerland is taking the "better safe than sorry" approach. This virus variant will probably pop up in many more countries. Hopefully restrictions will be less or lifted once more is known about the variant. There aren't many details yet. Stay tuned!

Last modified on Nov 29, 2021 - 4:15 PM by Arno
TravelElla
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Nov 29, 2021 - 4:17 PM in reply to Arno

Hello again Arno

Thanks for your positivity regarding the last half of 2022 :)

We keep thumbs for this!!

Yes, the current bookings are all with free cancellation, so no worries regarding this matter at this stage.

And I will definately carry on with the planning of our itinerary.

Its good to surf around on the internet and to be informed about all the places, sites, routes, etc that we want to visit. So, it will keep me busy :)

Regards

TravelElla

1960man
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Nov 29, 2021 - 10:25 PM in reply to TravelElla

I second the notion that you should plan for your trip being possible.

Apart from in the early days of the pandemic the travel industry has learnt that, however irritating and awkward for businesses, it can't survive without allowing free cancellation .

Also, a visit to Switzerland can be planned and organised at quite short notice, as it is not absolutely necessary to book anything other than hotels.

sjomishkin
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Nov 30, 2021 - 2:59 AM

We already booked all of our railway tickets from Zurich to Zermatt and then Zermatt to Venice. If Switzerland doesn’t allow Americans will be get a refund?

Anna
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Nov 30, 2021 - 8:09 AM in reply to sjomishkin

Hi sjomishkin,

In most cases you will be able to request for a refund. Check the conditions of your tickets. For tips on planning during this challenging time, check out this guide: www.myswissalps.com/coronavirus/planning

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Anna

Last modified on Nov 30, 2021 - 10:44 AM by Arno
bear2019
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Dec 1, 2021 - 12:35 AM

In case if my country suddenly listed as VOC, and i were to proceed for 10 days quarantine in switzerland, can i choose my own accomodation, as in hotel/ airbnb. Basically i just continue as my plan, just that i make it longer. What is other restriction?

Last modified on Dec 1, 2021 - 12:39 AM by bear2019
Ildiko
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Dec 1, 2021 - 2:57 PM in reply to bear2019

Hi Bear2019,

The official answer is that "You are required to go immediately and directly to your home or to other suitable accommodation". Unfortunately, it still does not clarify if it can be a hotel or an Airbnb. But please note, that you cannot leave your accommodation, not even to go and get some food for yourself. You need to order or ask somebody to help you out (who is not in quarantine).

You can call the Coronavirus Infoline to ask them, if you wish: Infoline Coronavirus: Tel. +41 58 463 00 00
Take care,

Ildiko

Flyjenn
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Dec 2, 2021 - 9:31 PM in reply to Ildiko

Hello. I know there is no crystal ball, but based on what you've seen what is the likelihood that a cantonal authority will relax measures in a particular area?

"In justified cases, the competent cantonal authority may authorise further exemptions from the testing and quarantine requirements, or gran relaxation of the measures." (From Travelcheck site.)

We were originally suppose to travel from the United States to Zermatt on 12/25/21, but with recent Omicron and changes, I think this will not be likely due to quarantine measures and closure to US citizens. I know they haven't closed to US citizens yet, but they will. We have two reported cases of the new variant and with our population, I'm guessing we will have a high number of this variant in a matter of days.

I'm thinking Christmas in Zermatt will not happen at this point. Thank you for all you do to update the forum with information on this ever changing situation.

Abbyoropeza
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Dec 2, 2021 - 11:08 PM in reply to Flyjenn

We too are going to Zermatt For Christmas from the US. We leave on the 14th and I have not given up hope yet. I keep checking the Swiss website for any news.

Fballguy
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Dec 3, 2021 - 2:00 AM in reply to Abbyoropeza

I'll join the party. Also, coming from the U.S. We leave on the 16th and I'm expecting disappointing news at any time. At least 3 cases in the U.S. now. The U.K. was banned for 2.

Last modified on Dec 3, 2021 - 2:01 AM by Fballguy
Arno
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Dec 3, 2021 - 6:46 AM

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to recommend to not cancel your trips until you really have to. There's a lot of debate going on in Swiss politics at the moment. Restrictions may change soon (not necessarily getting worse) although nothing is sure at this point. We'll update the original post in this thread as soon as there's news.

Last modified on Dec 3, 2021 - 6:47 AM by Arno
Arno
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Dec 3, 2021 - 1:46 PM

Good news! All countries will be removed from the quarantine list tomorrow. Please follow the updates in the first post of the thread: www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/does-the-corona-virus-affect-trips-to-switzerland.

bear2019
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Dec 3, 2021 - 2:09 PM in reply to Arno

Hi Arno,

it is really good news! Finger cross all is goood and smooth journey for all of us!

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