The flight times are shortened


This content was published on February 7, 2021 - 14:00 (Keystone-SDA)

In Switzerland, due to the corona pandemic, some stricter regulations apply to travelers from abroad from Monday. All must show a negative test before departure for Switzerland. A quarantine may be shortened from ten to seven days.

A week and a half ago, the Federal Council decided that a negative PCR test would be required to travel to Switzerland by plane or from a risk country from February 8th. This must not be more than 72 hours ago. Children under the age of twelve are excluded.

In addition, from now on the data of almost all people entering the country will be systematically recorded, regardless of whether they arrive by plane, ship, bus or train. The federal government created a new electronic form for this. Cross-border commuters are exempt from the registration requirement.

In dealing with quarantines, however, the state government decided to relax. The ten-day quarantine from the last contact with an infected person or when entering from a risk area can be shortened again. The prerequisite is that the person concerned can be tested after seven days and the result is negative. Approval from the responsible cantonal authority is also required. The test costs must be borne by the person. Quarantines also apply to children.

Less tourist traffic expected

Until the quarantine has actually expired, the person must wear a face mask at all times and keep a distance of 1.5 meters, unless they are in their own apartment or in a hotel.

The airlines are expecting fewer passengers due to the new travel rules. Swiss, for example, continued to reduce flight operations. In Geneva, flight operations were reduced to an "absolute minimum" by the end of February. Other flights were also canceled in Zurich.