On this 15th of June 2020, the borders in Western Europe reopened and crossing them is now according to normal procedures. To check this, I biked from Geneva to Annemasse, using the new Green Way (Voie Verte) that has recently been created for bikers and pedestrians. No check-point, no nonsense!
It is fairly easy to rent - or even borrow for free - bicycles in Switzerland, and tourists should be encouraged to use that possibility.
How nice you "tested" the cycle connection from Geneva to France. :)
Hope you had a good time and not too sore muscles the next day.
Thanks for your hopeful report. I've been following the news everyday regarding Europe re-opening status. And your photo also answered my question of whether local people are wearing masks :) And again, the best English language source that I have come across on the individual country status of Europe re-opening (updated daily): is here:
You learn a lot by digging into the weeds of this report. For example, ANY traveller to Austria must have a medical certification that they are covid free, and it must be dated within the last four days.
Hello Maloja Snake,
Wearing masks has never been compulsory in Switzerland (generally speaking). People wear them or not depending on the situation. In public transport maybe 30% wear masks. In stores also. Hairdressers, doctors and certain other categories wear masks while working.
I wonder if your information regarding Austria is up-to-date for travellers coming from the Schengen area.
As far as I know, it is free to cross the border without any tests at the moment.
You'll find the latest updates at www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/does-the-corona-virus-affect-trips-to-switzerland, in the first post of the thread.
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