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Monday, February 22nd - New BAG country list:Source: Travel Inside

From today, Monday, February 22nd, the new quarantine list of the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) will apply. It is longer than the previous version and now also includes Albania, Serbia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A total of 8 countries are new on it, plus new areas in Germany, France and Italy. Cyprus is no longer on the list for this. This list is valid until further notice. The newly added states and territories are inbold font highlighted. Anyone entering Switzerland from a country or region on the BAG list must be quarantined for 10 days upon return.

States

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Bahrain
  • Brazil
  • Estonia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Colombia
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Panama
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Sweden
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • South Africa
  • Czech Republic
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

Territories of neighboring states

Germany:

  • country Brandenburg
  • State of Saxony-Anhalt
  • State of Thuringia
  • Center-Val de Loire region
  • Hauts-de-France region
  • Île de France region
  • Normandy region
  • Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
  • Occitanie region
  • Pays de la Loire region
  • Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region

Italy:

  • Apulia region
  • Emilia Romagna region
  • Friuli Venezia Giulia region
  • Marche region
  • Umbria region

Saturday 20th Feb. 2021: BAG zigzag course drives travel agencies crazy

On Wednesday it was said that an antigen test would be sufficient for entry into Switzerland. The BAG changed course again on Friday. The travel industry is frustrated with the BAG! The struggle for survival of travel agencies is currently alleviated by the at least minimal travel volume. Some destinations, such as the Maldives, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic or Egypt, can be traveled without major hurdles.

Chronology: February 8th, the damper. Whoever travels back, from wherever, must show a negative PCR test that is not older than 72 hours upon entry into Switzerland. On February 17, the BAG defused the procedure and published this media release, the last section states that an antigen test is also sufficient for entry into Switzerland:

But the joy of travelers about not having to carry out this expensive PCR test at the holiday destination did not last long. Because on Friday, February 19, the BAG formulation was already different again. A rapid immunological test is sufficient for boarding at the place of departure, but suddenly a negative PCR test result has to be presented again upon arrival (...). Sequel follows.

Feb. 17, 2021: An antigen test is now sufficient for the trip back to Switzerland - by TRAVEL INSIDE -

The Federal Council relaxes the travel restrictions on February 22nd. The return trip from vacation to Switzerland will be easier and cheaper. The Federal Council has relaxed the corona test obligation for air passengers. An antigen test is now sufficient, but it must not be older than 24 hours. This test variant usually costs around half as much as the previously prescribed PCR test and is offered free of charge to guests by many hotels in holiday resorts. Family vacations are also becoming easier: children under the age of 12 are now exempt from the obligation to test. The new rules apply from February 22, 2021, as can be seen from the ordinance of the Federal Council. Under special circumstances, such as when a corona test is not possible with reasonable effort, airlines are also allowed to take untested passengers on board. Even people who can prove with a medical certificate that they have been cured of Covid-19 do not need a test. New travelers are generally exempt from any test requirement. (TI)

Feb. 17, 2021: Other countries are giving vaccinated people a free pass to enter the country from Travelnews.ch Free travel for vaccinated people to those countries that allow entry without a PCR test or quarantine! To Romania, Iceland, Poland, Moldova, Seychelles and MauritiusThailand is still considering the move - other countries have announced that they will allow vaccinated people to enter the country without a negative PCR test or quarantine. The The importance of a vaccination certificate is increasing every day - as much as tempers heat up about it. Madeira (Portugal) welcomes travelers who have already been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus or who have survived an infection. The vaccination certificate must be in English and contain name, date of birth, type of vaccine and date of vaccination. Travelers who have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last 90 days but are healthy again must show a medical certificate. Georgia also facilitates entry, so vaccinated people can enter the country without hesitation and without further PCR tests and quarantine regulations. Also

Estonia announced that vaccinated travelers are allowed to enter without a negative PCR test result. The 10-day quarantine on site is also omitted. Of course, the Corona measures must be respected on site, but the regulations are a lot looser than here. For example, the shops and restaurants are open with a capacity restriction. Other countries form travel corridors. Also from April 1st Cyprus Allow vaccinated Israeli citizens to enter the country without evidence of a negative Covid test and without quarantine. Israel and Greece are also under discussion. The two countries should recognize the corona vaccination certificates of the other country and thus form a travel corridor. Israel would be for Greece not the first country with such an agreement, Greece is also discussing a vaccination certificate with Great Britain, which will allow Brits to vacation in Greece without quarantine from the beginning of May. These travel corridors do not affect Switzerland for the time being, but it is easy to imagine that agreements between other countries will follow Swedish government announced that a digital vaccination certificate should be ready for use before summer. Several authorities have been tasked with the implementation. Sweden wants to work actively with WHO and the EU to ensure that the certificates maintain an international standard. Which countries are following suit? According to media reports, made possible Spain Vaccinated Brits to spend their summer holidays in the country without quarantine but with a negative PCR test result. The announcement has not yet been officially confirmed, but shows that new countries are gradually thinking about vaccination certificates for the summer holidays or are already providing information about them every week. at yesterday's BAG press conference that they will try everything to vaccinate all those willing to vaccinate by summer. Nartey goes on to explain, however, that this goal depends on the vaccine deliveries. Articles from Travelnews.ch - here.

Feb 16, 2021: Package tours are not corona drivers- from TRAVEL INSIDE

Feb. 15, 2021: Guest commentary by Erich Witschi: “A worse year than 2020” The industry insinder works for globetrotters and looks after their hotline Travel Inside - 15.2.21

B A G, those 3 letters have caused red heads and stunned amazement in our industry in the last few months and especially in the past few days. Last summer it was above all the unspeakable and largely meaningless quarantine list (also called “shitlist” within the industry) that kept us busy. On February 8, the busy BAG officials laid another ostrich egg for us with the new entry regulations and thus scared away the last daring travelers.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic on March 11, 2020, it has been possible for visitors from Europe (EU / EFTA) and a few other countries to pass our borders without any ifs and buts. At the same time, it was becoming increasingly difficult for the Swiss to travel abroad, as most countries closed their borders partially or completely, or entry was only possible with conditions such as PCR tests.

Well have bright minds noted in the FOPH that we have been a bit careless in this regard in Switzerland so far. Although the numbers have been falling continuously for weeks, it was decided in the magnificent building in Köniz near Bern to still require a negative PCR test for entry into Helvetia, for everyone - angry foreigners and brazen Swiss, who shamelessly a few during a pandemic Have traveled to contaminated countries for days or weeks.

In principle, there is not much objection to this step, as other countries are already doing it that way. BUT: The measures are overshooting the target and the suspicion remains that everything was put together for such a short time in the breakfast room, without worrying about the feasibility or the idea that there are still thousands of confederates are abroad, who can now see for themselves how they return to their home country and where they can be tested at their place of residence.

The absurd coronation However, it is the fact that when entering from a so-called risk country (although some of these have lower insidence values), in addition to the negative test and the completed entry form, an ADDITIONAL 10-day quarantine is imposed. The quarantine can be shortened to 7 days if you have yourself tested again (at your own expense - of course) or if you submit a “request” for “early release” in the canton of residence. This procedure can hardly be surpassed in terms of pointlessness. A family of 4 may pay more for a week's vacation in the Canary Islands for the various tests than for the entire trip (tests for Spain, tests for entry into Switzerland and possibly tests for reduced quarantine).

The whole thing is in fact a travel ban and was probably concocted above all to thoroughly scare off foreign travel for one's own compatriots. But it gets even better: Those who enter Switzerland by car do not need a test or anything else - free travel for contaminated citizens! By train, all you need is a completed online form (which will probably never be checked). Thus the following absurd situation arises. Mr. Meier flies from Berlin to Zurich and during his stay also had business to do in the state of Brandenburg (risk area). He and 120 passengers sit in the aircraft for 1½ hours, where the air is completely renewed every 3 minutes by a powerful ventilation system with active filters. However, he must already show a negative test at check-in and then be quarantined for 10 days after arrival at home.

Does he travel by train He may be sitting with 500 passengers in a badly ventilated ICE. He can stretch his legs while coughing through the whole train and maybe even go to the dining car (if open). To enter Basel, he only needs the completed online form and can then go home unmolested - without quarantine, without a negative PCR test! If you are unlucky enough to be tested positive abroad before your flight home, you either have to wait on the spot until the test is negative again or submit a request for a «laissez passer» at the embassy. When asked whether this was unconstitutional, the BAG gave the following cynical answer: "Every Swiss citizen has the right to enter the country, he just has to use the right means of transport:"

I unfortunately have no train connection found between the Maldives and Switzerland! All this nonsense is dished out to the population without justification or plausible explanation and with the blessing of the Federal Council. Let's hope the FOPH will soon come to its senses and relax these mostly nonsensical regulations as soon as possible or remove them completely. Otherwise we will all have a worse year than 2020.

Feb. 14, 2021: Opening of the Covid test center at Geneva Airport

From today, air passengers have the opportunity to take a Covid test before departure directly at the aéroport Genève-Cointrin. The airport now has its own Covid-19 test center in Terminal 2. Passengers have the opportunity to be tested daily from 04:15 to 19:00. Both rapid antigen tests and PCR tests are available. Either tel. An appointment can be made with the operator m3 Sanitrade on 022 - 809 07 35 or online. The screening center is also available to departing passengers. Passengers are asked to check with the travel agency about the conditions of their trip. The m3 Sanitrade range includes the rapid antigen test. It is carried out on site and delivers a result in 15 minutes. The center also offers the PCR test. The result of this test is available within 24 to 36 hours. If the test result is negative, the passengers receive a travel certificate. The tests for people with symptoms are free. A fee of CHF 65 is charged to travelers for the antigen test. The PCR test costs CHF 150. Payment is made directly on site.

From March 1st, entry into Cyprus will be simplified for 56 nations, including Switzerland. From March 1, 2021, the gray category will no longer apply to these 56 nations and only the remaining categories will be relevant. This means that the Swiss will no longer have to be in quarantine for 14 days from March onwards. From March 1, 2021, there will also be a new system to categorize countries with regard to their epidemiological situation ECDC standards will be harmonized. Classifications will then be based on the 2 ECDC assessments. The government of Cyprus only evaluates a country if a country is not on the ECDC lists. As in the previous months, travelers (and their contact persons) who tested positive during their stay are supported by the government of Cyprus. The government continues to pay for transfers to separate facilities as well as for accommodation, food and medication.

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021: Good question - what needs to be taken into account regarding the compulsory PCR test before going home? This article tries to enlighten you!

Many questions remain unanswered about the new Federal Council provisions of January 27, 2021. At what age do you have to test before you go home? Can you even fly home without a test? Do I have to show tests as a transit passenger? Who is actually liable for any quarantines on site? More on this link from Travelnews.ch - here.

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021 - On developments in air traffic

In 2020, more than 1,000 aircraft from distressed airlines are said to have been returned to leasing companies at an early stage. Another 1200 machines are likely to follow in the current year. Even if the airlines go bankrupt - the planes stay. There is no permanent reduction in capacities and so the leasing companies are desperately looking for new operators for the valuable goods. The leasing rates are currently clearly on the decline. Aviation expert Matthias Hanke says: "It is not unreasonable that one or the other low-cost airline (budget airline) takes advantage of the situation to expand its fleet with cheaply leased aircraft." Actually, at the moment, every reasonable airline should increase its airfares in response to the crisis. But the industry doesn't work that way. "As soon as the market picks up, I expect strong overcapacities and, as a result, strong price competition." Source Travelnews

Monday, Feb. 1, 2021: This new BAG list applies from todayby TRAVEL INSIDE -

Also new are holiday destinations such as Malta, Portugal, Spain and Cyprus.From today, Monday, February 1st, the new quarantine list of the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) will apply. It is longer than the previous version and now includes holiday hotspots such as Spain and Cyprus. A total of ten countries are new to it.The new list is valid until further notice. The newly added states and territories are in bold font highlighted. Anyone entering Switzerland from a country or region on the FOPH list must be in quarantine for 10 days upon return:
Country list: Andorra / Brazil / Estonia / Ireland / Israel / Latvia / Lebanon / Lithuania / Malta / Monaco / Montenegro / Netherlands / Panama / Portugal / San Marino / Sweden / Slovakia / Slovenia / Spain / Czech Republic / South Africa / Great Britain / USA / Cyprus

Areas of the neighboring states: Germany (State of Saxony / State of Thuringia), France (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region), Italy (Region Emilia Romagna / Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia / Region Veneto), Austria (Salzburg)

January 28, 2021: Coronavirus - Entry and return travel update Entry / return travel regulations of the BAG are continuously adjusted. Colors indicate countries and regions that have their borders open (green), closed (red) have or where there are entry restrictions Restrictions(yellow)gives. ATTENTION: There are increasing quarantine restrictions or test obligations, these can change at any time. More here.

Sat. Jan. 8, 2021: Why the yellow vaccination certificate has been important for travelers for a long time(Source: airliners.de)

Entry only with corona vaccination? An exciting question for the travel year 2021. However, certain vaccinations are already mandatory in many countries. The Covid-19 vaccinations have also started in Switzerland. For many people, this is linked to the hope that life will find its way back to normal. The discussion is now about privileges for vaccinated people, especially when it comes to tourism. For example, will only vaccinated people be able to board an aircraft in the future, as announced by Qantas, for example? You can find the whole interesting article on airliners.de here.

Sat. 19 Dec. 2020: The BAG's list of risk countries is getting thinner again

The latest quarantine list - with the latest "risk country list" from the BAG (Federal Office of Public Health) valid from December 28, 2020 is available. Only two states are new to it (Belize and Sweden). Various countries and regions are no longer subject to quarantine requirements. Above all, this indicates that the numbers in Switzerland are rising again. You can read the entire article in Travelnews.ch here.

Dec. 14, 2020: Which are the “CORONA-SAFE” airlines?

The "Safe Travel Barometer" has examined the corona measures at 250 airlines worldwide. Who can swing the top and who has to get over the books?

In November 2020, Gulf airlines were ahead of the game. For the second month in a row, Emirates picked up the best safety score with 4.4 out of 5.0 possible points. This result was achieved thanks to special service initiatives, flexible booking options and cancellation conditions, specific Covid19 insurance for every flight, increased cleaning frequencies and special test measures for our own passengers. Incidentally, also scored 4.4 points Qatar Airways, closely followed by Etihad Airways with 4.3 points. Overall, 34 of the 255 airlines examined, i.e. only around 13 percent, achieved a score of 4.0 or higher. In Europe was Lufthansa at the top (Skore 4.2), followed by Iberia and Virgin Atlantic (each 4.1) as well as Austrian Airlines, TAP Air Portugal and Air France, all of which achieved a 4.0. SWISS achieved a score of 3.6 while Edelweiss rather far behind with 2.7 can be found in the ranking list. Virendra Jain from Safe Travel Barometer writes in a press release that he was “disappointed” with the way European airlines are handling the Covid challenge: just 9 out of 76 airlines scored 4.0 or more points. Only North America was worse. In North America, Delta Air Lines achieved the best result with 4.2 points; in addition, only Air Canada (4.0) made it into the top list. In the Asia-Pacific region, four airlines won a 4.1: Vistara, China Southern, Asiana and Air China. Another six won a 4.0: Singapore Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Qantas, Korean Air, Garuda Indonesia and Eva Air. Incidentally, low-cost carriers are part of the mix. A total of 8 airlines achieved results of 4.0 or more in this segment, namely Easyjet, Eurowings, Ryanair, Cebu Pacific, IndiGo, GoAir, Air Arabia and SpiceJet. Read the whole article in travelnews.ch here.

Dec. 14, 2020: This new quarantine list is effective immediately - 23 countries and regions are on it.

From today the new quarantine list of the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) is in force. It is longer again than the previous version. It applies until further notice and is not expected to be updated this year. New on the list are three regions in northern Italy as well as two Austrian federal states as well as several countries in the Balkans and Portugal. The US remains on the list. Just one country, the Czech Republic, was removed from the list. The newly added states and territories are highlighted in red. Anyone entering Switzerland from a country or region on the BAG list must be quarantined for 10 days upon return. Read the full article from Travel Inside here.

Areas of neighboring countries - France: French Polynesia overseas territory

Areas of neighboring countries - Italy:Region Emilia Romagna / Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia / Region Veneto

Areas of the neighboring countries - Austria:Province of Carinthia / Province of Upper Austria / Province of Salzburg / Province of Styria

States and territories:

Andorra, Georgia, Jordan, Croatia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Hungary, United States of America

December 8th Coronavirus: Entry / return travel update from TRAVEL INSIDE updated on December 8th, 2020)

The updated travel restrictions from around the world are published here. Primarily from Swiss optics outgoing.

Entry / return list is continuously adapted and marked with colors that show which countries / regions their borders open (green), closed (red) have or where there are entry restrictions with Restrictions(yellow)gives.Danger: There are increasing quarantine restrictions or test obligations upon entry abroad, these are constantly changing and are only shown to a limited extent in this list. Travel Inside list here.

  • open
  • open-> 10 days quarantinewhen entering Switzerland
  • with restrictions (quarantine or Covid test)
  • w i t R e s t r i k t i o n e n -> 10 days quarantinewhen entering Switzerland
  • closed
  • g e s c h l o s s e n s -> 10 days quarantine when entering Switzerland

Quarantine Switzerland: According to the FOPH, people entering from certain countries / areas must be in quarantine for 10 days: Here is the updated one BAG list. (last updated: Argentina, Italy, Colombia, Morocco, Austria, Sri Lanka, Thailand )

The latest list has just been published with the countries that require quarantine when returning to Switzerland. The mini list of past weeks is over again. Enclosed the overview. The "risk countries list" of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) had recently become pretty quiet. This is because the last two variants of this list only had very few countries on it - because Switzerland itself has very high case numbers. In the meantime, however, the numbers in Switzerland are falling again, which is why countries with higher case numbers tend to get back on the list. The latest list of risk countries has just been published. This is valid from December 14th. There are some countries and regions of the neighboring countries that are also popular travel destinations. A total of 15 countries are on it (previously 4); plus 8 regions in neighboring countries (previously 3), one of which is overseas. Here is the overview (in fat the countries newly added to the list):

Territories of neighboring states

France:

  • French Polynesia overseas territory

Italy:

  • region Emilia Romagna
  • region Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • region Veneto

Austria:

  • country Carinthia
  • Province of Upper Austria
  • State of Salzburg
  • country Styria

complete article in the Travelnews here.

The ten hygiene rules when traveling(31.8.20)

These 10 hygiene safety measures are important. The 10 hygiene and safety measures that are important for travelers emerge from a study. Link here.

Nov 13, 2020: That gives hope - Lufthansa quick test

After the test, the customers received their test results within a short time by push message and email. All guests on today's flight were tested negative and were able to make their way to Hamburg. In close cooperation with Munich and Hamburg airports as well as with the biotech company Centogene and the medical supply center of the Medicover Group, the airline offers its customers the opportunity to be tested for Covid-19 free of charge before daily flights depart. Only if the result is negative will the boarding pass be activated and access to the gate allowed. Alternatively, passengers can present a negative PCR test that is not older than 48 hours at the time of departure. Lufthansa takes care of the rapid test process. There are no costs for travelers. You just have to register in advance and plan a little more time.

Ola Hansson, CEO Lufthansa Hub Munich, says: “We want to expand the worldwide travel options for our customers with the highest hygiene and safety standards. Successful testing of entire flights can be an important key here. With our test flights successfully launched today, we are gathering important knowledge and experience in dealing with rapid tests. "Jost Lammers, CEO of Munich Airport adds:"The test run with the rapid antigen tests on selected Lufthansa flights is a positive and important signal for the industry. In addition to the extensive hygiene measures that airports and airlines already have in store for passengers, these tests offer an additional level of security. This means that in the future - if appropriate international agreements are made - cross-border travel without an obligatory quarantine obligation could be possible again. "

Up-to-date: This applies from midnight Oct. 28, 2020 - 00:01 am

The latest measures by the Federal Council to contain the corona pandemic are tough - because they are unlimited. These measures apply from Wednesday midnight today:
  • Wherever the distance cannot be maintained, the following applies Mask requirement - also outside.
  • Discos and dance halls have to close.
  • In Restaurants and bars are only allowed for four people at a table, there is curfew between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Events with more than 50 people are prohibited - with the exception of parliament and community assemblies. A maximum of 10 people can meet privately.
  • Sporty or cultural leisure activities with more than 15 people are prohibited. Children under 16. Professional training and competitions are still allowed.
  • Contact sports such as boxing and dancing are completely forbidden.
  • In the Schools: Universities must switch to distance learning; it is allowed in compulsory schools. A mask is compulsory from secondary level II - also at work.
  • The Federal Council also wants to start next weekRapid tests deploy. However, these are less reliable than conventional PCR tests. Anyone who receives a positive rapid test result should still be tested in isolation and later using a PCR test.
  • In the Short-time work The Federal Council expands a little: With retroactive effect, employees on call also have a right if they are employed on an unlimited basis.
  • Also the Risk list will be adjusted: The list is redefined in relation to Switzerland: namely if the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants is more than 60 more than the number in Switzerland.

Oct. 28, 2020: According to today's Federal Council press conference, most countries no longer have to quarantine(travelnews.ch)

In view of the increasing number of infections across Europe, the question arises more than ever as to where one can still travel (quarantine-free). The Federal Council adopted the “CH + 60” solution this afternoon. Everyone was expecting the new list of risk countries from the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) last Friday, October 23, 2020. But it did not come and it quickly became known that the Federal Council would publish the new measures this afternoon, including an updated list of risk countries . Since 4:15 p.m., the Federal Council has been at the public media conference and announced what the further measures in the fight against the spread of the virus will look like. In the past few days there has been a lot of speculation about what the new list of risk countries might look like and what might change. With regard to the list of risk countries, the Federal Council has now decided that the threshold for adding states and areas to the quarantine list and the exemption from the quarantine obligation for business travelers will be adjusted. The change will take effect on October 29, 2020. With the amendment to the ordinance, only those states and areas will be placed on the quarantine list whose incidence is more than 60 higher than the incidence in Switzerland. The "CH + 60" solution discussed today will thus be implemented. Quarantine on return from October 29, 2020

France:

- Hauts-de-France region

- Île de France region

- Polynésie française overseas territory

States and Territories *

- Andorra

- Armenia

- Belgium

- Czech Republic

* For all other statesthat do not border on Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories - even if these are not listed separately. The previous quarantine regulation is no longer applicable. One now has to "Switzerland Plus 60" changed. At the moment this would affect Belgium, for example. A quarantine length of 10 days remains. But the regulation for business travelers and travel has been adjusted for medical reasons. It is important that a negative test result still does not remove the quarantine requirement, nor does it shorten the duration of the quarantine.

October 12, 2020: New quarantine list of the BAG

It is available, the new list of risk countries from the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG), which will be valid from Monday, October 12, 2020. Unfortunately with various new regions and countries on it. Let's start from the beginning, with the regions of the neighboring countries (in bold the newly added regions):

Germany:

France:

  • Brittany region
  • Center-Val de Loire region
  • Corse region
  • Hauts-de-France region
  • Île de France region
  • Normandy region
  • Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
  • Occitanie region
  • Pays de la Loire region
  • Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region
  • Guadeloupe overseas territory
  • Guyane overseas territory
  • Reunion Island overseas territory
  • Martinique overseas territory
  • Mayotte overseas territory
  • Overseas Territory Polynésie française
  • Saint-Barthélemy overseas territory
  • Saint-Martin overseas territory

Italy:

  • regionCampania
  • Liguria region
  • regionSardinia
  • regionVeneto

Austria:

  • countryBurgenland
  • Province of Lower Austria
  • Province of Upper Austria
  • countrySalzburg

These states are now subject to the obligation to quarantine on return travel: There are now 61 countries on the list instead of the previous 59. Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Namibia, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago have been eliminated. This is the currently valid list (also here the new countries are marked in bold):

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Occupied Palestinian Territory
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Cabo Verde
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Georgia
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Canada
  • Qatar
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Morocco
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Czech Republic
  • Tunisia
  • Ukraine
  • Hungary
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain)
  • United States of America

According to the current status, Poland, Mexico, Botswana or Sweden should (again) be on the list, but Jamaica should actually be dropped. But just, the list is a snapshot ... and will now mess up countless autumn vacation plans again.

Oct 6, 2020: Canada extends entry restrictions

Canada has extended its restrictions for Swiss citizens until October 31, 2020. It can be assumed that these will continue to be extended thereafter. More on this on this link.

Sept. 25, 2020: New quarantine list of the BAG

As generally expected, after new travel warnings had already been issued yesterday in some European countries, the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) has now published a new list of risk countries that will be available from next Monday (September 28th) Is valid. The lead time between announcement and entry into force is again less than three days. The first look at the list is frightening

sick: Numerous other European countries are now classified as “countries with an increased risk of infection” - specifically Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Hungary and the United Kingdom. In addition, Ecuador, Nepal, Jamaica, Oman and Morocco are (again) risk areas overseas. But that's not all: In the neighboring countries of France, Italy and Austria, additional areas have been classified as “areas with an increased risk of infection”.

These countries are on the latest list of risk countries (the countries that are new to the list in bold):

(List up-dated Oct. 12th - see above ...)

With that, Italy is back on the list with the region of Liguria. This is particularly annoying for the cruise industry, as the embarkation ports of Genoa and Savona are in Liguria. In addition, all of France, with the exception of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Grand Est regions bordering Switzerland, is now a risk country. And Austria also has more risk areas than before, but this does not include the Vorarlberg region bordering Switzerland. As a reminder: Switzerland would also have to be declared a risk country with a current value of 69 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.

Sept. 15: Quarantine rule comes under pressuretravelnews online

At the same time, the Federal Council's recommendations to go on vacation in Switzerland are surprising. If things were done according to the BAG standard, numerous Swiss regions would already be on the list of risk countries themselves. Because of golden autumn and stroll through the vineyards on Lac Léman. Five cantons should already appear on the quarantine list: Vaud with 190 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, as well as Friborg (133), Geneva (116), Neuchâtel (63) and Zurich (63). So Dubai should be more dangerous than Zurich? Although you know that you are more likely to be infected in your family and work environment than on vacation, when you don't get too close to every stranger? In any case, Switzerland is now itself a risk area. When asked about this absurd constellation, whether a quarantine rule still makes sense under these circumstances, a BAG spokesman replied today to “Blick”: “To what extent this development has an impact on the quarantine rule for incoming / return travelers is open”. That doesn't mean anything yet, but it makes it clear that the quarantine is coming under increasing pressure. Finally, the aviation and tourism industries are calling for tests to be carried out and for the quarantine to be dispensed with if the result is negative. Travelnews has already highlighted this thrust several times, it is becoming more and more urgent. Not only for travelers and travel agencies - also for airlines, airports, hotels and individual destinations. Without quick tests and a change in the quarantine rule, the entire travel industry is smeared. You interview with National Councilor Lars Guggisberg - here.

Sept. 14th: BAG List of States and Territories

The states and areas with an increased risk of infection are defined in the Covid-19 Ordinance, measures in the area of ​​international passenger traffic. This list is updated regularly. No longer on the list since September 14, 2020: Ecuador, Faroe Islands, Guatemala, South Africa. The newly added states and territories are highlighted in bold. Note Spain: The Canary Islands have been new to the list since September 14th. All of Spain is on the list. (see list from 25.9.2020 - above).

Sept. 14, 2020: Entry form-Italy

An entry form is now required for four Italian regions. Italy invites you to spend a vacation again. Sicily, Sardinia, Apulia and Calabria but require special papers for entry. Update: Since September 14th, a negative Covid-19 test has been necessary to enter Sardinia.

August 25, 2020: Swiss waives rebooking feesLook

From now on, you can rebook your tickets several times at Swiss, without any fees. Other airlines in the Lufthansa Group are pulling along. Anyone who wants to rebook their flights no longer pays any fees. Especially now in the Corona period, this is causing displeasure among passengers. Now Swiss is completely changing its tariffs and waiving rebooking fees until the end of the year. That means: From now on you can change your Swiss booking several times free of charge. This applies to all tariff classes. You can also rebook all routes from short to long haul. This also applies to new bookings.

Nevertheless, additional costs are possible: Nevertheless, additional costs can arise. Namely, if the original tariff class is no longer available when you change your booking to a different date or to a different destination. A possible difference is due here.

Additional return flight promise: The currently applicable regulations for protection in the event of a travel warning or a significant spread of the pandemic in the country of travel as well as the return flight promise will be extended at Swiss until the end of September. “In the tariffs Economy Classic, Business Saver, Economy Flex and Business Flex, an all-round carefree package is included in the price, which includes the costs for quarantine, travel interruption, telephone advice before and during the trip or medical advice The Swiss parent company LUFTHANSA wrote in a message. (lui)

August 20, 2020: Travel to Coronatravelnews

What will the travel world look like after Corona, what should change? “You can do it without the short trip to Thailand or Barcelona”. In an interview, TCS mobility expert Jörg Beckmann explains the effects of Covid-19 on the world of mobility - and he explains future scenarios of more sustainable travel.

Mr. Beckmann, 2020 will be shaped by Corona, how will the world of mobility change in the context of the pandemic?

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August 21, 2020: Maldives - 94 percent of the resorts will be open again by the end of OctoberTravel Inside

As a result of the opening of the Maldivian borders to international tourism, the Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation (MMPRC) announces that 146 of the 156 resorts will be open to guests again by the end of October 2020. The reopening takes place in accordance with the strict safety and hygiene requirements of the Ministry of Tourism. Similar to resorts on uninhabited islands, safari boats are again operational and bookable. 70 of the Maldives' 156 safari boats have welcomed guests on board again since the border opened. A floating hotel with a variety of experiences on board and at sea is a unique way to discover the country while social distancing is guaranteed.

Comprehensive security measures:

In accordance with the Covid-19 guidelines for safe tourism and the hygiene certification program of the Maldivian Ministry of Tourism, all of the island nation's 156 resorts must take pre-defined safety precautions to ensure the safety of travelers and travel industry employees. Travelers to the Maldives receive a free 30-day visa to the country. Travelers will not be quarantined upon arrival in the Maldives. It is also not necessary to present a negative Covid-19 test upon entry. However, if passengers show symptoms, a PCR test will be carried out, the costs of which are to be borne by yourself. In addition, the local authorities encourage travelers to install the “TraceEkee” app on their smartphone upon arrival. The apps are available for download from Google Play as well as from the AppStore. To enter the country, tourists need a confirmed booking in an accommodation in the Maldives. At the current time, tourists have to spend their entire stay in an accommodation. Changing the resort is not allowed. (TI)

August 19th: Balearic Islands new on the risk list

Hundreds of Swiss tourists in the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Formentera) are trying to rebook their return trip early. You want to avoid the quarantine. The Spanish holiday islands in the Mediterranean will be on the list of Corona risk countries from tomorrow Thursday, and the airline SWISS will immediately bring back over 300 tourists from Palma de Mallorca. To do this, she uses a larger aircraft than originally planned. The Boeing 777 machine with 340 seats is practically fully booked. Originally an Airbus A321 with 219 seats was planned.