New coronavirus: 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 was updated on 8 August 2020. A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement.

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 14 days before entry into Switzerland? If so, you must go into quarantine for 10 days. Report your arrival to the cantonal authority responsible within two days.

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.

Important: 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 coronavirus.

The mandatory quarantine requirement does not apply to transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area with an increased risk of infection. Further exceptions are set down in Article 4 of the Covid-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport Measures.

Mandatory quarantine: 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 newly added countries and areas are written in bold. Removed from the list on 8 August 2020: Azerbaijan, Russia and the United Arab Emirates. 

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What to do after entering Switzerland

If you enter Switzerland having at any point in the past 14 days spent time in a state or area where there is an increased risk of infection, you must do the following:

Information on quarantine

Anyone who may have become infected with the new coronavirus 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.

Who has to go into quarantine and how long must they stay there? What should you do if you are in quarantine and live with other people? This and other information can be found in the document Instructions on quarantine (PDF, 182 kB, 03.08.2020).

Children

Children entering Switzerland from a country or area mentioned on the list must also spend 10 days in quarantine.

Continued payment of wages or compensation for loss of earnings?

A check must first be conducted to see whether your employer is obliged to continue paying wages under the terms of your employment contract. The specific assessment of whether your wages are still payable is performed by you and your employer. In the event of a dispute, the courts will probably have to decide.

There are two cases in which an employer is obliged to continue paying wages:

  • If your employer sends you to work in a country or area with an increased risk of infection and you have to go into quarantine upon your return to Switzerland.
  • If you can still work from home despite being in quarantine.

If you are unable to work on account of the quarantine imposed on persons arriving in Switzerland and do not receive wages from your employer, the following applies:

  • You will be entitled to compensation for Covid-related loss of earnings if you have to go into quarantine through no fault of your own. This is the case if, at the time of your departure, your destination was not included on the list of countries and areas with an increased risk of infection and, at the time of your departure, you could not know, based on an offical announcement, that your destination would be included on this list during your trip.
  • You will thus have no right to compensation if, at the time of your departure, your destination was on the list of countries and areas with an increased risk of infection. 

Payment of compensation for loss of earnings due to the corona crisis is organised by the OASI compensation offices. You will find further information the OASI/DI Information Centre website (in German, French, Italian) or on the website of the Federal Social Insurance Office (FSIO) (in German, French and Italian).

Compliance monitoring

The cantonal authorities are responsible for enforcing and monitoring compliance with the quarantine measures, and they carry out spot checks. For this purpose, they receive contact details for people subject to quarantine who entered Switzerland. These contact details come from flights or bus services selected at random on a weekly basis.  

Members of the same household who have not been abroad

Does someone in your household have to go into quarantine after entering the country? If so, avoid contact with the quarantined person according to the Instructions on quarantine (PDF, 182 kB, 03.08.2020). If all household members follow this advice, you can continue to live your life as normal and do not have to go into quarantine yourself.

The rules on hygiene and social distancing also remain important in this situation.  

Contact details of the responsible cantonal authorities

Contact your local cantonal authority within two days of your arrival.

Canton Contact details
Aargau Homepage (In German)
Appenzell Ausserrhoden Online application form (In German)
Appenzell Innerrhoden Homepage (In German)
Basel-Landschaft
Homepage (In German)
Basel-Stadt Homepage (In German)
Bern Online application form (In German)
Fribourg Homepage (In German)
Geneva Homepage (In French)
Glarus +41 55 646 61 40
Graubünden Online application form (In German)
Jura

+41 32 420 99 00

retour_voyage@jura.ch

Online application form (In French)

Lucerne Homepage (In German)
Neuchâtel

+41 32 889 11 00

Homepage (In French)

Nidwalden Homepage (In German)
Obwalden

Online application form (In German)

covid19@ow.ch

St. Gallen Online application form (In German)
Schaffhausen +41 52 632 70 01
Schwyz Homepage (In German)
Solothurn Homepage (In German)
Thurgau

+41 58 345 34 40

Homepage (In German)

Ticino +41 800 144 144
Uri

+41 41 874 34 33

Online application form (In German)

Valais

+41 58 433 01 44

contact.covid19@psvalais.ch

Online application form (In German)

Vaud
Online application form (in French)
Zug

+41 41 728 39 09

Online application form (In German)

Zurich Online application form
Principality of Liechtenstein Homepage (in German)

Last modification 12.08.2020

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