Coronavirus reached Switzerland

The Corona virus disease (COVID-19) outbreak caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus has reached Europe as well as Switzerland. Link

We understand the concern of guests wanting to travel to Switzerland and more specific our Heidiland St Gallen region and we therefore launched this frequently updated page to keep both guest who already stay in Resort Walensee and guest that have plans to travel to Switzerland updated.
 

Last update November 4th 2020 time 18:00

Current situation in Walensee apartments

Walensee apartments, acknowledging the importance of this situation, is following the advices of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH to protect both it's employees and it's guests.

Swiss Federal Office of Public Health FOPH

18.10.2020: At an extraordinary meeting on 18 October, the Federal Council introduced several further national measures to combat the rapid rise in coronavirus infections, link
10.06.2020: According to a Covid-19 Regional safety assessment between 200 regions, Switzerland is the safest country to travel. See full report here.
28.05.2020: The smartphone app (Android/iPhone) will help to contain the new coronavirus. The first version is now available for widespread performance and security testing. SwissCovid app to help break chains of infection, link

Measures and ordinances

28.10.2020: At its meeting on 28 October 2020, the Federal Council agreed a further series of national measures. These include new rules on private events and working arrangements as well as an extended mask-wearing requirement and the closure of nightclubs. In cases where the cantonal measures are stricter than the national measures, those at the cantonal level must be observed. Link

Explanatory video on wearing a face mask, video

The top priority for the Swiss Federal Council is the health of the public

SwissCovid app

The SwissCovid app for mobile phones (Android/iPhone) will help to contain the new coronavirus. It complements the conventional contact tracing carried out by the cantons – and thus helps to break the chains of transmission. The SwissCovid app is available in the Apple Store and Google Play Store. Download here.

Current situation in Europe

World Health Organisation Corona virus disease (COVID-19) situation in the WHO European Region 
The latest official WHO data for Switzerland. Link to WHO

Current situation in Switzerland

The figures published here are based on notifications received until early morning. They generally correspond to the date on which the sample was taken by the doctor. The figures contained in the report and in the Excel table may therefore differ from those communicated by the cantons.  Link to Switzerland

3.11.2020, 8am New* Total since the start
of the epidemic
Laboratory-confirmed cases 6,126 182,303
Hospitalisations 316 7,792
Deaths 72 2,202
COVID-19 tests 22,157 2,044,406
   

Graphics

  • Distribution by canton, age and sex, link
  • Development over time, link

Current situation in Kanton St Gallen

30.10.2020: From Saturday, October 31, 2020, hospital visits are only possible in exceptional situations. Students as well as the teaching staff of the upper level must also wear a mask in the classroom. Physical education will be restricted and singing lessons will be suspended. The health department is also adapting the contact tracing processes.Link zu St. Gallen

04.11.2020:

  • laborbestätigte Fälle (kumuliert): Anzahl: 9002
  • Verstorbene (kumuliert): Anzahl: 85

Before you travel to Switzerland

Information on entering Switzerland, travelling within Switzerland, and on travelling abroad can be found under Recommendations for travellers. Link

  • Avoid any unnecessary trips abroad.
  • Extended mask-wearing requirement.
  • 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 29 October 2020. A negative test does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement. List of countries here

Entering Switzerland

The Federal Council is closely monitoring the epidemiological situation in Switzerland and in other countries, and is deciding what measures can be eased on that basis. This includes provisions on entering Switzerland, which have gradually been adapted since mid-May. Consult the website of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM before your journey where you will find FAQs on entry restrictions and exceptions, freedom of movement and visas, link

​Foreign Representations in Switzerland. Link to Representations
Travelling with pet, pet passport. Link
The currently visa suspension (Visa C and Visa D) will remain in force. At the moment it is not possible to apply for a visa, regardless of the date of your planned journey, other than in cases where restrictions have recently been relaxed. Link

Travelling to Switzerland / Travel restrictions

  • People arriving in Switzerland from certain countries and areas are required to go into quarantine. A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement. Link
  • If you experience symptoms of illness after entering Switzerland, please consult the page on Isolation and quarantine and follow the instructions provided. Link
  • If you are travelling to Switzerland, you must observe the applicable rules on hygiene and social distancing. You will find an overview of the main rules in this flyer (Link). At public establishments such as restaurants, shops and museums, you must follow the rules set out in the applicable set of precautionary measures. This information will be provided on the premises. Link
  • Medical advice for travellers in Switzerland. Link to safetravel.ch

Travelling by plane

Zurich (Link), Geneva (Link) and Basel (Link) airports:
Air passengers from abroad are still only able to enter the country through the airports at Zurich, Geneva and Basel. Notices are displayed at various points throughout these airports to inform you how to best protect yourself against becoming infected with the new coronavirus.

Munchen Airport, Link
This is what you can do before traveling and on your way to Munich Airport to protect yourself and others from an infection with the coronavirus:

  • Bring your own mouth and nose protection (face mask)
  • Use the Corona-Warn-App for your smartphone
  • Inform yourself in advance about your flight and current travel and safety requirements
  • Use the self-service options and the online check-in
  • Follow the rules of conduct and hygiene

Travelling by car

If you are planning to reach Switzerland by car, then you should pay attention to the measurements that each country has implied against the Covid-19 spread.

  • Information for Germany, link
  • Information for Austria, link
  • Information for Italy, link
  • Information for France, link

More information about travelling to Switzerland by car you can find here.

Arrival information - "Protect yourself and others"

  • Wash your hands thoroughly. Video
  • Cough and sneeze into a paper tissue/handkerchief or the crook of your arm. Video
  • Stay at home if you have a high temperature and a cough. Video
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • ​Always call ahead before going to the doctor’s or the emergency department.