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jackdebear
jackdebear
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Jun 23, 2020 - 10:49 AM

I just read a post saying that CH is open to tourist form the Schengen zone. That would seem to imply that the rest of the world is excluded. But I just checked and I can book a flight for tomorrow YYZ to ZRH. This kind of ambiguous info is why I'm not coming to Europe this year. Not worried about getting sick - just getting stuck at a border crossing.

Ildiko
Ildiko
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Jun 24, 2020 - 3:08 PM in reply to jackdebear

Hi Jackdebear,

That is interesting, that you can book a flight from Toronto to Zurich. The borders are open only for tourists from Schengen countries and the UK. There are no final agreements with countries outside of the Schengen zone yet. Restrictions might be gradually lifted from July 1.

You'll find the latest updates in the first post of this thread: www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/does-the-corona-virus-affect-trips-to-switzerland.

I hope that you can soon come to visit Switzerland.

Ildiko

Also worth to read: www.myswissalps.com/coronavirus

Maloja Snake
Maloja Snake
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Jun 26, 2020 - 11:09 AM in reply to jackdebear

Interestingly, as of today, the draft EU list allows travel from Canada, but not from the US.

www.euronews.com/2020/06/25/revealed-draft-list-of-countries-that-will-be-allowed-to-enter-eu-when-borders-open

jackdebear
jackdebear
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Jun 26, 2020 - 11:27 AM in reply to Maloja Snake

I think that is a future policy plan. I spoke to the Swiss tourist authority in NY. This is about as close to gospel truth as you can get. At this moment no one from Canada will be allowed in with some exceptions. I don't know what those are. Maybe dual citizens and such. The voice I spoke with speculated that if I bought a ticket I would not be allowed to board at YYZ, or leave ZRH if got that far. Perhaps AirCanada would refuse to complete the ticket sale. It's not a experiment I want to go through. My plan for this year included several border crossings and is way to open to disruption. Too bad cuz, like I said, I don' fear the virus a all, and Europe will be so uncrowded this year. Great pictures to be taken.

Arno
Arno
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Jun 30, 2020 - 7:01 PM

The draft list mentioned by Maloja Snake is now official, please see our updated thread: www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/does-the-corona-virus-affect-trips-to-switzerland.

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