On 9 October 2020, Switzerland added 14 new regions to its quarantine list effective from 12 October 2020.
People entering Switzerland from an additional 14 nations/regions must now quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Switzerland.
On 9 October 2020, Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) added the following places to its list:
- Land Berlin (Germany)
- Land Hamburg (Germany)
- Region Campania (Italy)
- Region Sardinia (Italy)
- Region Veneto (Italy)
- Land Burgenland (Austria)
- Land Salzburg (Austria)
From 12 October 2020, anyone who has spent time in these countries over the 10 days prior to arriving in Switzerland must quarantine.
From 12 October 2020, 5 nations will be removed from the list. These include: Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Namibia, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
For a full list of countries/regions currently on Switzerland’s list of states with an increased risk of infection click here. These lists are subject to change and regularly updated by the authorities.
If you arrive in Switzerland and have spent time in a one of these places in the past 10 days you must go to your home or to other suitable accommodation immediately on arrival and stay there for 10 days.. No exception is made for children or anyone with a negative Covid-19 test. The Swiss authorities say that a negative test does not rule out infection.
In addition, you must report your arrival to the relevant cantonal authority within 2 days and follow any instructions they give you. A government infoline operates from 6am to 11pm: +41 58 464 44 88.
The legal requirement to quarantine is set out in Switzerland’s epidemic act. Fines for non-compliance can be as high as CHF 10,000.
There are some exemptions, which are listed here.
A fact sheet sets out what people must do during quarantine. You must stay at home or in suitable accommodation for 10 days, avoid all contact with other people and observe the rules on hygiene. Even if your PCR test for the virus is negative, you still have to spend 10 days in quarantine.
Employers must continue to pay you your salary during quarantine if they sent you to a country on the list and/or if your work can be done from home.
Those who do not continue to receive their salary from their employer can apply for compensation for Covid-related loss of earnings if they have to go into quarantine through no fault of their own. This is the case if, at the time of departure, their destination had not been announced as an area with an increased risk of infection. For further information on compensation click here: German, French, Italian.