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Old 24.03.2020, 19:50
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

The reduction in flights is really pretty amazing .. I live on the flight path into Geneve, where the planes come over the Jura and turn over the lake.. I've seen literally nothing all day..

One of these things one doesn't really notice until it's not there..
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The reduction in flights is really pretty amazing .. I live on the flight path into Geneve, where the planes come over the Jura and turn over the lake.. I've seen literally nothing all day..

One of these things one doesn't really notice until it's not there..
A quick look at www.gva.ch shows 9 arrivals today.

They sometimes arrive from the south.
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Driving by France is probably a round trip of 20 hours (including stops) plus the wait at the border.

I assume using Attestation de deplacement derogatoire forms for him and me would be ok and this would be a valid reason to travel.

He's staying with a French family but although they were very happy for him to stay, they're understandably not so keen now.

So what do you reckon - car or train?
Tom, what is happening- Got your kid back now?
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Old 25.03.2020, 14:44
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A quick look at www.gva.ch shows 9 arrivals today.

They sometimes arrive from the south.
Looking at the flight radar now, almost no commercial flights over CH

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Same looking at Northern IT, but quite a few medical helicopters flying.

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Old 25.03.2020, 15:14
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

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No.

At the border, they couldn't decide whether to let me in or not. Some said yes, others said no.
Not exactly professional. The ones or who said yes were over-ruled.
I appreciate that runningdeer said we might have problems but I never considered not trying.

He was booked on a new flight that appeared for today which didn't involve crossing Paris from one airport to the other and only had one more leg -to Zurich but that was cancelled last night and rescheduled for tomorrow. That's just been cancelled too and rescheduled for Saturday with KLM.
I don't hold my hopes up.

Swiss government have been pathetic with their help - no surprise there.

We are currently looking into getting a taxi (chauffer car) to drive him to the Swiss border but obviously need an absolute guarantee that this is possible.

On no account can we risk him being stuck in a foreign city alone - he has Aspergers too.

At least he is safe where he is now although not entirely happy.
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Old 25.03.2020, 15:42
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

Wow Tom- I am so so sorry to hear this. What a massive worry.

Have you been in touch with the British Embassy in Bern and ask for their help and support. Thinking of you and family, this must be tough for you all.
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Old 25.03.2020, 15:55
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Wow Tom- I am so so sorry to hear this. What a massive worry.

Have you been in touch with the British Embassy in Bern and ask for their help and support. Thinking of you and family, this must be tough for you all.
I did ask the British consulate in Paris whether there was a safe place he could go if he did end up there and his onward train/flight was cancelled.

I got a standard cut and paste reply which was no help either. No surprise there either.

Thanks for your concern. My wife is worried sick as mothers are.

Personally I'm hoping I can go back to the Swiss-French border at Geneva so I can pick him up if the Taxi option is possible so I can give a two finger salute to the officious French customs officials (from the Swiss side, naturally).
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Wouldn't the British Embassy in Bern not be able to put pressure on the French - I mean if you are British of course.
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Old 25.03.2020, 16:04
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The Swiss tried already. (My son has dual-nationality).

In the end, with everything that is going on (and admittedly with other people in a much, much worse situation), they don't care.

I get the impression that this is partly political - the Swiss have banned anyonefrom entering unless they are Swiss or have residency and without any leeway (apart from those working in Swiss hospitals) so other countries are adopting the same attitude.
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Old 25.03.2020, 17:03
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Not if he is Swiss, unless he wants to go to the UK.

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Old 25.03.2020, 17:03
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Dual French/British ?

But this is sheer madness- how old is your kid? Perhaps the Croix Rouge? I truly feel for you.
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Old 25.03.2020, 17:10
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

Hopefully he's getting a car to take him to Geneva tomorrow.
Not Swiss one as they refused to take a minor but one French company will take him and have the necessary travel permit already in place.
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Old 25.03.2020, 17:14
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The Swiss tried already. (My son has dual-nationality).

In the end, with everything that is going on (and admittedly with other people in a much, much worse situation), they don't care.

I get the impression that this is partly political - the Swiss have banned anyonefrom entering unless they are Swiss or have residency and without any leeway (apart from those working in Swiss hospitals) so other countries are adopting the same attitude.
St Gingolph border with France is open for Swiss residents that live on the Swiss side of the city, they can cross to do the shopping

You aren't resident so technically you can't pass but I imagine rules are a bit more lax there
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Old 25.03.2020, 18:22
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

The Yvoire - Nyon CGN is still operating for commuters Mon-Fri.

You can find their schedule on the CFF web-site

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Old 25.03.2020, 18:38
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Hopefully he's getting a car to take him to Geneva tomorrow.
Not Swiss one as they refused to take a minor but one French company will take him and have the necessary travel permit already in place.
Will you pick him up from Geneva?

Poor kid, it must be very unsettling for him.
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All fingers crossed for sure. Hey, EF certainly won't be your priority- but when you can, do update us please.
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On no account can we risk him being stuck in a foreign city alone - he has Aspergers too.
That's tough for travel even when normal times. Good luck.
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Old 25.03.2020, 19:50
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Will you pick him up from Geneva?

Poor kid, it must be very unsettling for him.
The plan is for me to pick him up from Geneva train station.

The lady at the limousine company has been fantastically helpful.

We have a plan B, which is that the driver will drop him off at the border if there are any problems in getting into Switzerland and they have already said they will not leave him there alone if I am late.
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Old 25.03.2020, 19:51
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Hope it all goes smoothly for you Tom.
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

I'm not sure if it has been mentioned already, but Switzerland will close all borders at midnight tonight.

https://www.thelocal.ch/20200325/swi...medium=twitter
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