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Survive the quarantine for newly arrived

As an incoming international student, I will start my study in Zurich since the end of August. I live in the US right now and found out that I have to go through a 10-day self-quarantine period once landed in Switzerland.

Given that I will not have any food or cooking utensils upon my arrival in maybe mid-August, I'm wondering if there's any suggestion on how to survive this period of time? Such as the apps/websites that I can use to order food/things to cook. (I do NOT have a Swiss phone number nor credit card. Only the US ones) I saw a web called Leshop, any comments on its service? But also open to any other web/app!

Many thanks in advance!
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Leshop ist ein by Migros
Totally fine to use
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Re: Survive the quarantine for newly arrived

My family has been self-isolating since February due to chronic health conditions.

For deliveries, we are using:
https://www2.hm.com/fr_ch/index.html (clothing in a pinch: underwear, socks, PJs)
galaxus.ch (electronics and household items)
ikea.ch (furniture, cutlery, etc...)
coop.ch (better than leshop, but more expensive)
leshop.ch (good)

coop and leshop currently have a 2-day delivery time. It was 3 weeks back in March.

I suggest making sure you have a working paypal account, that should help you transfer money before you have an account here in small amounts to private people if someone can do a grocery run for you (but fees are high). I'm not 100% sure, but your US credit cards should work as long as you tell them you will be in Switzerland. If your credit card doesn't work, you can paypal someone money and ask them to place the grocery order for you.
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As an incoming international student, I will start my study in Zurich since the end of August. I live in the US right now and found out that I have to go through a 10-day self-quarantine period once landed in Switzerland.

Given that I will not have any food or cooking utensils upon my arrival in maybe mid-August, I'm wondering if there's any suggestion on how to survive this period of time? Such as the apps/websites that I can use to order food/things to cook. (I do NOT have a Swiss phone number nor credit card. Only the US ones) I saw a web called Leshop, any comments on its service? But also open to any other web/app!

Many thanks in advance!
So you already have a flat/place to go straight to from the airport to do your quarantine and it's unfurnished?
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Maybe you could use https://www.amigos.ch ?
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A random idea just pops up...

Say if the delivery takes a while and I really need something. Is it a good idea to pay someone, either my flatmates or just someone nearby, to do the shopping for me? A migros seems to be only 5 min walk from where I live. And several restaurants nearby as well. 20 min walk can get to oerlikon

If that's the case, could someone tell me what's a good amount of money (will pay in cash) I should give that person? Probably will take that person an hour if he/she lives nearby
Well, hopefully one of your flatmates could just pick some stuff up for you when they already have to go to the store for themselves. Otherwise, I think 10 Francs should be enough. Maybe 20 if it's a lot of stuff. Or offer to buy them dinner via delivery.
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I don't know for sure, but isn't the idea that OP quarantines away from other people, i.e. not in a shared flat? What's the point of quarantine if he happens to be positive but asymptomatic and then infects his new flatmates?
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I don't know for sure, but isn't the idea that OP quarantines away from other people, i.e. not in a shared flat? What's the point of quarantine if he happens to be positive but asymptomatic and then infects his new flatmates?
Heh, maybe they should have thought about that before making housing unaffordable. In any case it's possible, you just have to shut yourself in your room and disinfect everything you touch outside, it's no different than a family where one family member becomes sick.
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Heh, maybe they should have thought about that before making housing unaffordable. In any case it's possible, you just have to shut yourself in your room and disinfect everything you touch outside, it's no different than a family where one family member becomes sick.
Huh? Who?

That crossed my mind too, 3Wishes, are the other flatmates informed that their life will be restricted and are they willing to put up with this? After all, they are not family.
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I don't know for sure, but isn't the idea that OP quarantines away from other people, i.e. not in a shared flat? What's the point of quarantine if he happens to be positive but asymptomatic and then infects his new flatmates?
This Quarantine and self isolation raises some interesting questions - namely what's the world
endurance record for living in a self contained flat and just living and surviving on what you can
order and get delivered by phone calls and online deliveries and finally 'is it the end of the world'
if your Wifi and broadband internet goes down for good, your fallback Wifi dongle doesn't
work, your Smartphones gone up the spout before finally your TV set goes bust & you
have no radio ??
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if your Wifi and broadband internet goes down for good, your fallback Wifi dongle doesn't
work, your Smartphones gone up the spout before finally your TV set goes bust & you
have no radio ??

On the plus side, finally no Serafe??
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I don't know for sure, but isn't the idea that OP quarantines away from other people, i.e. not in a shared flat? What's the point of quarantine if he happens to be positive but asymptomatic and then infects his new flatmates?
it sounds dumb but it's not like we're going to fund new zealand style quarantine hotels, so his quarantine will simply mean that he has contact with a very limited amount of people.
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It not completely my own place I guess? It's a shared flat, with some other students (don't know/can't contact them yet, have to wait till I arrive). If that's the case, maybe I should not have something delivered before my arrival? And do you think I still need to put this name tag on the mailbox?

Thanks for the reminder!
You physically can't have something delivered by post until your name is on the mailbox. So that will be after you arrive, unless you contact someone else in advance and ask them to either (a) stick your name on the mailbox or (b) let you put their name/address on the delivery.

Who do you have to meet with to sign the contract and get the keys? You must have contact details for SOMEone, right? I would see if you can discuss logistics with this person... they may not be able to help you personally but they should be able to point you in the right direction.
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You physically can't have something delivered by post until your name is on the mailbox.
Not at all true, we got several last week.

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Not at all true, we got several last week.

Tom
Yeah. In rural Ticino, where you've lived for yonks and half the town knows you.

You can't reliably, in Zürich, expect to receive post unless your name is on the mailbox. Ask me how I know
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As an incoming international student, I will start my study in Zurich since the end of August. I live in the US right now and found out that I have to go through a 10-day self-quarantine period once landed in Switzerland.

Given that I will not have any food or cooking utensils upon my arrival in maybe mid-August, I'm wondering if there's any suggestion on how to survive this period of time? Such as the apps/websites that I can use to order food/things to cook. (I do NOT have a Swiss phone number nor credit card. Only the US ones) I saw a web called Leshop, any comments on its service? But also open to any other web/app!

Many thanks in advance!
You can not bring food for the most part, but nothing to stop you buying some basic camping type supplies in the US before you come no? Assuming you still can get that sort of thing and it hasn't been shutdown cause of covid-19.

Everything in Switzerland, almost everything is going to be more expensive than the US and you'll have almost no choice here; it'll be get the 50CHF or nothing...
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Re: Survive the quarantine for newly arrived

I am a bored housewife, so I will be more than happy to do groceries, or help get other items for you. Just give me a list of items and wishlist. Also since you are in a shared accommodation, your wifi should be taken care of. You can check it off your list.

One thing you have to get is a Swiss SIM card, and phone plan. There are lots of companies here. Best to do your research. One of my favourite websites is www.comparis.ch. You can find best prices for insurance, products, cell phone plans, etc.

Feel free to pm me. My head is full of info, including useless ones, but heck, info is info. You have to wade through a whole whack of crap to get the gold nugget. Cheers!
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Re: Survive the quarantine for newly arrived

Precise rules and details on quarantine requirements for those arriving from abroad was issued today by BAG.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/dam/bag/fr/...uarantaine.pdf
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Precise rules and details on quarantine requirements for those arriving from abroad was issued today by BAG.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/dam/bag/fr/...uarantaine.pdf
Thank you. Here's the same in
German
https://www.bag.admin.ch/dam/bag/de/...uarantaine.pdf

Italian
https://www.bag.admin.ch/dam/bag/it/...uarantaine.pdf

English
https://www.bag.admin.ch/dam/bag/en/...uarantaine.pdf
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My head is full of info, including useless ones, but heck, info is info. You have to wade through a whole whack of crap to get the gold nugget. Cheers!
This line made my day...

Totally relate to it.
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