Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities in Switzerland to update coronavirus-related list of high-risk countries on Sept. 14; travel and business disruptions remain.

Alert Begins 11 Sep 2020 09:02 PM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions remain

Summary
On Sept. 14, Swiss authorities will update the country's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) travel advisory list of high-risk countries and territories. Travelers arriving from any of the listed countries or territories are required to self-quarantine for 10 days. Per the most recent update, the following countries, regions, and overseas areas have been added to the list:

 

  • The British Virgin Islands and the Czech Republic and the city-state of Vienna in Austria

 

  • Regions of France: Centre-Val de Loire, Corse, Hauts-de-France, Ile de France, Normandie, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Pays de la Loire, and Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

 

  • Overseas Departments and Areas of France: French Guyana, Guadeloupe, French Polynesia, La Reunion, Martinique, Mayotte, Saint-Barthelemy, and Saint-Martin

 


Other nations that maintain the high-risk designation include the following:

 

  • Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, The Bahamas, Bahrain, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Gibraltar, Guyana, Honduras, India, Iraq, Israel, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Namibia, North Macedonia, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America (including Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Guam). travelers arriving from these countries will no longer need to self-isolate upon arrival.

 


Per the most recent update Ecuador, Faroe Islands, Guatemala, and South Africa were removed from the list. Officials previously removed entry restrictions for residents of Schengen Area countries and the UK unless otherwise indicated. Entry restrictions have also been removed for travelers from the following countries:

 

  • Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Georgia, El Salvador, Eswatini, Vatican, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.

 


Domestically, authorities have permitted most activities and businesses to resume, provided social distancing and hygiene requirements are implemented. Authorities no longer recommend work from home and social distancing measures have been reduced to 1.5 meters (5 feet). Outdoor gatherings in excess of 1,000 people remain banned until at least Oct. 1; however, smaller assemblies have been permitted to resume. Protective face coverings are mandatory at all demonstrations and while on public transportation, including flights.

All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.

Background and Analysis
Switzerland's travel restrictions and preventive measures are similar to actions other governments are taking globally in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medicines will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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