In this time of Coronavirus, countries must constantly reevaluate their decisions and how they will deal with the possible infections that might come from international travel. Switzerland has recently decided to amend their current rules about which countries may and may not travel into the country, and which kinds of visitors will and will not have to quarantine upon arrival.
Case Closed…or not
The Swiss council began to update their travel rules by changing the threshold by which they evaluate which countries can enter into Switzerland. This new set of rules, established as of October 28th, raises the threshold of cases per county for people from other countries. Switzerland — hardly the first — is one of many countries seeing a second wave of Coronavirus cases, with some already planning second lockdown measures for worst case scenarios.
Switzerland will allow individuals who are within 60 cases of their national average (measuring by cases among 100,000 people) to come into the country without having to quarantine. Furthermore, those who are coming to the country to conduct business are allowed to bypass a quarantine period, so long as their visit does not exceed five days. For the countries that border Switzerland, there is no planned change for the way that they will interact, as the Swiss Council has said that cultural, societal, and economic ties bind those nations together.
Even though Switzerland has an above average amount of cases within the EU, there are still countries and areas that are on the “high risk” section. Those coming from those areas will need to quarantine for fourteen days before they are allowed out and about in the Alpine Air. Some areas that fall into the “high risk” category are Andorra, Armenia, Belgium, and a handful or so of French Colonies.
Switzerland is indeed, still concerned about the growing threat of Coronavirus, and is in the midst of developing rapid antigen testing, which will hopefully be pushed out the general populace once it can be proven reliable and reasonable to produce.
However, Switzerland is in the boat like many other countries, and is saving testing for those most at risk of coming into contact with the Coronavirus. For visitors, it is recommended to possibly save that trip until a time where the number of cases in Switzerland matches or is lower than the rest of its EU counterparts.