COVID-19 – Quarantine measure for arrivals from areas with increased risk of infection
03 July 2020
From July 6 2020, quarantine will be compulsory for persons entering Switzerland from certain countries. This was decided by the Federal Council yesterday because of the continued spread of the virus since mid-June after infected persons from Schengen and non-Schengen countries entered the country.
The BAG (Federal Office of Public Health) will maintain a corresponding list of affected countries, and it will be regularly adapted to the global pandemic development. Currently, the countries at risk include Brazil, Israel, Colombia, Kosovo, Russia, Sweden, Serbia, South Africa and the USA, amongst others.
Specific details will be provided to the persons concerned, whether they travel by plane, coach or enter Switzerland at the land border crossings. Once they have entered the country they must report to the cantonal authorities. Passengers already showing signs of infection in their departure country will not be able to journey to Switzerland.
There are exceptions to the quarantine obligation for persons;
- who transport persons or goods across borders on a professional basis
- whose activity is strictly necessary for the maintenance of public health, public safety or public order
- who enter Switzerland daily or for up to five days for professional or medical reasons and whose journey cannot be postponed
- who, as transit passengers, have stayed for less than 24 hours in a state or area with an increased risk of infection
- who enter Switzerland merely for the purpose of transit with the intention and possibility of continuing their journey directly to another country
Failure to comply with the quarantine obligation may result in sanctions of up to CHF 10'000.