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Old 25.03.2020, 20:18
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

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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
With the usual exceptions of residents/Swiss and:

There are some limited exceptions to the ban, including medical professionals or diplomatic visitors.

There are also exceptions for people who “have to travel to Switzerland for matters of absolute necessity”, as per the Federal Department of Justice and Police
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Old 25.03.2020, 21:52
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

Given the new restrictions at the border I'm not sure if the chauffer will be able to enter Geneva, doesn't seem to fall into the exceptions categories. You might need to plan the pick up at a border. I don't know which one you're thinking about and if the driving company has experience but Bardonnet is the biggest but its probably also the most difficult to plan a pick up and logistically cumbersome on the autoroute. If it was me I'd aim for one of the smaller, still open, crossings.
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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, 22:12
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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.
Would the airport not work better?

Not sure how the French/Swiss sectors work there. But could the driver drive up to the French sector with no border issues, then your son cross into the Swiss section of the airport?
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Old 25.03.2020, 22:38
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

As I understand it, the following remain true.
  • Swiss citizens are always allowed to enter Switzerland.
  • Anyone of any nationality, who has a current residence permit for Switzerland, is still allowed to enter Switzerland.

The rules are listed here (in English):
https://www.ejpd.admin.ch/ejpd/en/ho...020-03-25.html

At the end of that document, there are links to the text (in German, French and Italian) setting out the rules for special exceptions.
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Old 25.03.2020, 22:45
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

I am in the middle of a relocation from Sweden to start a job in Switzerland.
I have a signed job contract, but I'm not registered in CH yet, therefore I not have a permit.

Does anyone know if this would fall under the "travelling for work reasons" exemption?

Any tips on who I can contact for information?

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Old 26.03.2020, 10:58
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

Hi all,

Does anyone know whats happening with the tram 8 that goes from Basel SBB over the border to Weil am Rhein (DE)? Does it turn back before the border, or is it going through? (The SBB app shows that its crossing over).

And likewise what about the trains from Basel SBB to Weil am Rhein?

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Old 26.03.2020, 11:35
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Today, I hope that many of us on EF are thinking and crossing everything possible for Tom, his son and family. And can't wait to hear they are reunited and safe.
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Old 26.03.2020, 12:07
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

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I have been thinking of him and really hoping that his son gets back safely today.
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Old 26.03.2020, 12:26
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

Yeah, cross fingers it all goes according to plan.
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Old 26.03.2020, 14:10
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

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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
<<Switzerland is set to close its borders completely from midnight, with only citizens, residents and those in possession of a cross-border working permit to be granted entry. >>
Thought that's how it is for a while now?
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Old 26.03.2020, 17:14
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

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I am in the middle of a relocation from Sweden to start a job in Switzerland.
I have a signed job contract, but I'm not registered in CH yet, therefore I not have a permit.

Does anyone know if this would fall under the "travelling for work reasons" exemption?

Any tips on who I can contact for information?

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Welcome to the forum. I doubt very much that you would be included in the exceptions, to enter Switzerland. The regulations are linked in Post 224 above.

Your profile shows you as in "Baar". Therefore, if you are already in Switzerland, I'd recommend that you try to register at the municipality and get your permit. Without a permit, if you are outside of Switzerland, I don't think you will be let in. That must be so frustrating for you!

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Old 26.03.2020, 17:45
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

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I am in the middle of a relocation from Sweden to start a job in Switzerland.
I have a signed job contract, but I'm not registered in CH yet, therefore I not have a permit.

Does anyone know if this would fall under the "travelling for work reasons" exemption?

Any tips on who I can contact for information?

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Nope. You don't yet have a permit so won't fall under any exemptions I'm afraid. Switzerland isn't issuing any new permits at all atm.

Put the move on hold because this is for a minimum of 3 months and likely to be longer.
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Yes, I just logged on now to see if there was an news. Sending good thoughts
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Old 26.03.2020, 18:19
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<<Switzerland is set to close its borders completely from midnight, with only citizens, residents and those in possession of a cross-border working permit to be granted entry. >>
Thought that's how it is for a while now?
Only for the neighboring countries.

Now it's for all countries.

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Old 26.03.2020, 21:05
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

Thanks for all the kind words and advice. My son is back home.

He was dropped off in Geneva at the train station where I was waiting for him - all worked as planned and the driver from Monaco had no problem getting across the border.

Apparently they regularly make the journey from the Cote d'Azur to Geneva airport or train station - but normally not with a surly teenager!
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Wow and phhheeeewwwww- thanks for taking the time to update us- been waiting all day and hoping for you all. Sleep well.
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Yay! I'm glad to hear that. All safe and sound. Good, Tom.
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Old 26.03.2020, 21:17
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Glad to hear it all went well and he's home safe again Tom.
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Old 27.03.2020, 09:28
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Wonderful news and I can only imagine your worry over the last few days. Thanks for taking the time to let us know and hope you and your family stay well

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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

Swiss citizens stuck abroad can now use the Travel Admin App
https://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/fdfa...admin-app.html
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