My husband and I are US citizens and have been spending about 3 months each year in Switzerland for the last 16 years. Our next trip is planned for December, January, and February and flight tickets, apartment rental and halb tax SBB were purchased before the virus hit.
We still would like to take our trip this December. We basically live like a Swiss person for those 3 months and we would, of course, follow all rules and be careful, just as we are currently doing in the US.
Since we don't qualify for any of the exceptions for entering Switzerland from the US (and we are more than happy to quarantine), I have discovered that we can travel to Ireland first. Although Ireland discourages travel, a US citizen is allowed to fly there but of course needs to quarantine for 14 days - no problem for us. Currently, travelers are allowed entry into Switzerland from Ireland with no quarantine, so, unless things change, we are thinking to fly to Ireland and quarantine for 14 days, then fly to Zurich.
I have written to the Swiss consulate in Chicago with this scenario because I wanted to make sure this would be possible (if the current rules remain unchanged). The first thing they wrote was:
The following information applies to US-citizens:
The border control authority will not allow you to enter Switzerland from a high-risk country (i.e. from any country that is not a Schengen state) unless you meet at least one of the following requirements: then they list a bunch of requirements, which one of them is: You have rights of free movement.
So from my understanding, if I quarantine in Ireland and then I arrive in Zurich from Dublin, I should have free rights of movement, since people arriving from Ireland have free rights of movement. I had also read somewhere that it is not the passport you hold, but the country you arrive from, which makes sense.
I just keep finding bits of information here and there and sometimes they contradict each other. I am really determined to go to Switzerland, since it is like my second home. I just don't want to quarantine in Ireland and then get turned back in Zurich. I also heard that there are discussions of giving arriving tourists Covid tests at the airport, to help boost winter tourism in Switzerland. That would be great and I hope that comes to pass, or at least I hope we may have the possibility to quarantine in Switzerland. Also, we are not changing any tickets or putting any "new" plan in place until the week of our planned departure. We understand how quickly things change.
If anyone has done a route like this, I would love to know what your experience was! Thank you all!