Authorities in Switzerland are easing coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related entry restrictions and tightening domestic restrictions. Effective Oct. 29, only travelers arriving from Andorra, Armenia, Belgium, and the Czech Republic, as well as Frances the Hauts-de-France and Ile de France regions, along with French Polynesia, must self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. This measure does not apply to transit travelers who have spent fewer than 24 hours in a high-risk country or territory. Travelers will not be allowed to shorten their self-quarantine if they receive a negative COVID-19 test result during the 10-day period. Other permitted travelers may enter without restrictions.
International entry restrictions remain in effect. In most circumstances, only citizens and residents of EEA countries, as well as those of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and the UK, are permitted to enter the country.
Authorities are also tightening certain domestic COVID-19 related restrictions. Effective Oct. 29, the following measures will be in place:
- Bars and restaurants must close at 2300; a maximum of 4 people may sit at the same table. Discos and nightclubs will be closed.
- All public events, except for demonstrations, are limited to 50 people; sporting or cultural leisure activities are limited to 15 people.
- Private gatherings are limited to 10 people.
- Facemasks must be worn in outdoor areas of facilities and businesses, as well as busy pedestrian streets in addition to all enclosed public spaces, and on public transportation.
- All universities must switch to online teaching from Nov. 2.
Authorities also announced that they will extend the duration of short-time work compensation to 18 months; this was previously capped at 12 months.
Most activities and businesses are operating, provided social distancing and hygiene requirements are implemented. Social distancing standards of 1.5 meters (5 feet) between members of different households are in effect.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
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.