New corona-virus: Mandatory quarantine for persons arriving in Switzerland
People arriving in Switzerland from certain countries and areas are required to go into quarantine. The list of these countries and areas will be updated on 12 October 2020. A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement.
Who must go into quarantine?
Exemptions from the quarantine requirement
List of countries and areas
What to do after entering Switzerland
Information on quarantine
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Who must go into quarantine?
People who have spent time in a country or area with an increased risk of infection and then enter Switzerland must go into quarantine. The countries and areas affected are set down in a list. This list is regularly updated in line with the epidemiological situation.

The mandatory quarantine requirement is governed by the list valid at the moment of entry into Switzerland.

Check the list that is valid on your entry into Switzerland. Were you in one of the countries or areas on the list at any point in the last 10 days before entry into Switzerland? If so, you are legally required to go into quarantine and report your arrival in Switzerland to the cantonal authorities. Follow the instructions under What to do after entering Switzerland.

Exemptions from the quarantine requirement
The exemptions are governed in Article 4 of the Covid-19 Ordinance on International Transport Measures. Under Quarantine rules for persons arriving in Switzerland, you can find additional exemptions that were decided upon by the Federal Council on 11 September 2020 in the section Exempted from the quarantine requirement.

The mandatory quarantine requirement does also not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection.

A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement or shorten the quarantine period. This is because a negative test result does not rule out an infection with the new corona virus. You will find the biological explanation for this on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

List of countries and areas
The countries and areas with a high risk of infection are set down in the Covid-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport Measures. This list is regularly updated. The decisive factor in whether a country is included on the list or not is the data of E.C.D.C (European Center for Disease Prevention and Control). Areas bordering Switzerland can be exempted from inclusion on the list despite a corresponding incidence of the new corona-virus.

If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately. Switzerland’s neighboring countries are exempted from this regulation. In the case of these countries, it is not the entire country that is listed, but rather regions. Further information in this regard can be found on the page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

No longer on the list from 12 October 2020: Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Namibia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.

The newly added countries and areas are written in bold.

List valid upon arriving in Switzerland from 12.10.2020

Areas of neighboring countries

Germany:

Land Berlin
Land Hamburg
France:

Region Bretagne
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Region Corse
Region Hauts-de-France
Region Île de France
Region Normandie
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Region Occitanie
Region Pays de la Loire
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Overseas area French Guyana
Overseas area French Polynesia
Overseas area Guadeloupe
Overseas area La Réunion
Overseas area Martinique
Overseas area Mayotte
Overseas area Saint-Barthélemy
Overseas area Saint-Martin
Italy:

Region Campania
Region Liguria
Region Sardinia
Region Veneto
Austria:

Land Burgenland
Land Lower Austria
Land Salzburg
Land Upper Austria
Land Vienna

Countries and areas

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

What to do after entering Switzerland
Upon arrival, go immediately to your home or to other suitable accommodation (e.g. a hotel or holiday apartment). On the way there, keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other people. If you are unable to maintain this distance, we recommend that you wear a mask. Avoid public transport if possible.
Report your arrival to the cantonal authority responsible within two days. Follow the instructions of the cantonal authority.
For 10 days after your arrival in Switzerland you must stay in your home or other suitable accommodation without going out. Avoid contact with other people
Anyone who fails to comply with the quarantine requirement or the duty to report to the authorities is committing an offence under the Epidemics Act (in German), which can be punished by a fine of up to CHF 10,000.

The document ‘Instructions on quarantine’ can be found in various languages on our website Downloads in various languages.

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Information on quarantine
Anyone who may have become infected with the new corona virus must go into quarantine. If they fall ill they should avoid all contact with other people in order to prevent the spread of the virus. The quarantined person should stay at home or in some other suitable accommodation and not leave for any reason.