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 Oktober 19th 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

18.10.2020: At its extraordinary meeting on 18 October 2020, the Swiss Federal Council resolved the following measures: Restrictions applying to private events, no public gatherings of more than 15 people, extended mask-wearing requirement and recommendation to work from home. These measures enter into force on 19 October 2020. 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

19.10.2020, 8am New* Total since the start
of the epidemic
Laboratory-confirmed cases 8,737 83,159
Hospitalisations 171 5,447
Deaths 14 1,837
COVID-19 tests 54,185 1,632,288

Graphics

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

Current situation in Kanton St Gallen

18.10.2020:  At its extraordinary meeting on 18 October 2020, the Swiss Federal Council resolved the following measures: Restrictions applying to private events, no public gatherings of more than 15 people, extended mask-wearing requirement and recommendation to work from home. These measures enter into force on 19 October 2020.  Link to St. Gallen

19.10.2020:

  • laborbestätigte Fälle (kumuliert): Anzahl: 3209
  • Verstorbene (kumuliert): Anzahl: 44

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.
  • It is compulsory to wear a face mask on all public transport throughout Switzerland. In addition, travellers entering Switzerland from countries and areas with a high risk of infection must go into quarantine. 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. 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. 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. According to the rules applicable in France, you are required to wear a face mask at Basel airport. Check the website of each airport for more information.

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.