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 July 7th 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

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.
06.06.2020: Since 6 June, further measures have been eased. Many of the previously restricted leisure, entertainment and sports activities are now once again permitted as long as attendance lists are taken, and precautionary measures and rules on hygiene and social distancing are observed.
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
As of 6 June, the Federal Council will relax further measures. Many leisure, entertainment and sports activities currently restricted will then be permitted as long as attendance lists are taken, and precautionary measures and rules on hygiene and social distancing are observed. 
Continue to follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. The new coronavirus must not be allowed to spread again

Measures and ordinances

The Federal Council has lifted many of the measures in place. Precautionary measures are still required in publicly accessible places and for events. Events attended by more than 1,000 people remain prohibited until at least the end of August.Link

06.07.2020: Masks compulsory on all public transport from 6 July 2020. In addition, travellers from certain regions will have to go into quarantine. Events attended by more than 1,000 people remain prohibited until at least the end of August.
1.7.2020: In view of the increasing volume of people travelling and the rising number of new infections since mid-June, the Federal Council has decided to make masks compulsory on public transport throughout the country from Monday, 6 July 2020. In addition, travellers from certain regions will have to go into quarantine. Entry restrictions are expected to be lifted for an initial group of third countries from 20 July 2020.

  • Change since 21 June
    • There is no longer any limit on the number of people allowed to attend demonstrations. However, all demonstrators must wear a face mask.
  • Change since 22 June
    • Gatherings of more than 30 people are permitted in public spaces.
    • The recommended minimum distance to be observed between individuals has been reduced from two metres to 1.5 metres.
    • Events may be held if attended by no more than 1,000 people. If attended by more than 300 people, the venue must be partitioned into sectors each holding a maximum of 300 people.
    • Guests in restaurants, bars and clubs are no longer required to sit to consume food and drinks. The fixed closing time has been lifted.
    • Competitive sport involving close physical contact may take place.
    • The requirements for the protection of people at especially high risk have been lifted.
    • The recommendation to work from home if possible has been lifted.
  • Still prohibited
    • Large-scale events attended by more than 1,000 people are likely to remain prohibited until at least 31 August.

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

07.07.2020: Tested positive for coronavirus: 32,369 people, 54 more than on the previous day, deaths: 1,686 people

Graphics

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

Current situation in Kanton St Gallen

24.06.2020:​ From June 22nd, the existing rules will be simplified. The maximum number of people at events is increased from 300 to 1000. The minimum distance between two people is reduced from 2 meters to 1.5 meters due to the low number of falls. A protection concept is required for all publicly accessible facilities and businesses as well as events. However, the same requirements now apply to all concepts; Pattern protection concepts no longer exist. The curfew between 00.00 a.m. and 06.00 a.m. for restaurants, discos, night clubs and dance halls will be lifted as of June 22, 2020. The home office recommendations are canceled. A complete abolition of distance and protective measures or contact lists and the corresponding protection concepts will probably not be possible for a long time.  Link to St. Gallen

07.07.2020:

  • laborbestätigte Fälle (kumuliert): Anzahl: 883
  • Verstorbene (kumuliert): Anzahl: 39

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.
  • Many countries, including Switzerland, are adapting their entry rules in line with the current epidemiological situation. It is now compulsory to wear a face mask on public transport throughout Switzerland, as of 6 July. In addition, travellers from certain regions will have to go into quarantine. 

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

Who is allowed to enter Switzerland?

  • EU/EFTA and UK citizens and their family members, irrespective of their nationality, have rights of free movement
  • Third-country nationals also have rights of free movement if they are posted to work in Switzerland for no more than 90 days by an employer based in the EU/EFTA, provided they have previously been living and working legally in an EU/EFTA member state for at least one year.

​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

  • Since mid-June, the number of new cases of coronavirus has been rising in Switzerland as infected persons have entered the country. Anyone entering Switzerland from a country or area with a high risk of infection now has to go into quarantine for ten days (as of 6 July). 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.