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Old 05.04.2020, 10:26
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Re: Crossing the Border in times of Corona

If a Swiss GP wrote a prescription for something that’s not physically available , I would phone him and ask for an alternative prescription .

He can’t prescribe stuff that’s impossible to get and then tell you off for not taking it .

Play the ball back into his court
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If a Swiss GP wrote a prescription for something that’s not physically available , I would phone him and ask for an alternative prescription .

He can’t prescribe stuff that’s impossible to get and then tell you off for not taking it .

Play the ball back into his court
My wife's knee doctor prescribed her something that wasn't covered by basic insurance, so Swiss pharmacies didn't stock it. We could get it in Divonne, across the border. He told her that, but he was recommending it because he was seeing positive results. A couple of years later the medicine was approved for basic coverage and she could get it here.

This situation with the OP could be similar.
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Old 05.04.2020, 13:46
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Re: Crossing the Border in times of Corona

There is a formal process how a Swiss pharmacy can import a drug which is not available in Switzerland from abroad (Information not availbale in English):
https://www.swissmedic.ch/swissmedic...orisation.html

For self import please read and understand this information (in English):
https://www.swissmedic.ch/swissmedic...-internet.html

Swissmedic is the national authorisation and supervisory authority for drugs and medical products. They have the power to fine you in case you breach the law (Therapeutic Products Act https://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classifi...716/index.html ).
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Re: Crossing the Border in times of Corona

I get a medication from a pharmacy in France every year. I email them the written prescription from my Swiss doctor and they fill an entire year and mail it to me. It's a med that was discontinued in CH, so there's no ban/illegal issues in my case, but it's been quite easy and not a problem. I would begin with seeing if they will mail it to you.
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Re: Crossing the Border in times of Corona

Thanks for the replies everyone!

It's been very informative.

I've got an alternative prescription which is available in Switzerland from my Doc and will head over the border when this madness is over for the other prescription, which seems to be the easiest/cheapest/quickest option for now.

Much appreciate all the inputs and information!

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Re: Crossing the Border in times of Corona

Today i read in a swiss newspaper, that if you are german , live in switzerland and cross the border to go shopping in germany , you will receive a fine of 100 sfr and have to drop your purchases at the border, because "shopping" will not be a legitimate reason to cross the border.

https://www.aargauerzeitung.ch/aarga...enze-137587996
French, Italian, and People of Austria will have the same handling as the germans , when they cross the border into their country of origin to go shopping and want to return into switzerland.
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Old 08.04.2020, 21:14
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Today i read in a swiss newspaper, that if you are german , live in switzerland and cross the border to go shopping in germany , you will receive a fine of 100 sfr and have to drop your purchases at the border, because "shopping" will not be a legitimate reason to cross the border.
Sounds about right.

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Re: Crossing the Border in times of Corona

And if you cross into France and get caught by the gendarmes, you'll end up with a further 135€ for not having a valid excuse for travelling in France!
There was a wonderful case this morning on the radio of a Swiss lady, who crossed the border into Divonne to visit her 95-year old mother. She managed to escape attention by the French border guys and the gendarmes, but got nabbed by the Swiss border guards on her return. She was complaining about the 100 CHF fine she got.
Some people really seem to live on another planet or really think the rules don't apply to them. Presumably the lady who called in was likely over 65 herself anyway.
I don't necessarily agree with all the rules, but I can accept that they're there for a reason and that not respecting them can contribute to this crisis taking longer to resolve (see Donald Trump as a prime example. His denials of the existence of the Covid-19 virus are probably directly responsible for the deaths of several thousand Americans).
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Old 09.04.2020, 16:53
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Today i read in a swiss newspaper, that if you are german , live in switzerland and cross the border to go shopping in germany , you will receive a fine of 100 sfr and have to drop your purchases at the border, because "shopping" will not be a legitimate reason to cross the border.

https://www.aargauerzeitung.ch/aarga...enze-137587996
French, Italian, and People of Austria will have the same handling as the germans , when they cross the border into their country of origin to go shopping and want to return into switzerland.

Happened to my husband's work colleague today, he is cycling to work from Germany when he needs to be in the office (as they are an IT team they are classed as key workers and it's not possible for him to do all of his work from home for banking security reasons). He bought a few groceries and had his backpack searched at the border on the way back into Germany, then got 100 chf fine. The police are also not accepting copies of cross border permits, you have to have the original with you if you get stopped.
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

A little update on this:
OH was allowed through the German border (Rheinfelden-Lörrach) but he did need to show why he had to travel. He was asked to wait while a couple of Zoll officials checked his papers and considered if he could be allowed in or not. Very Checkpoint Charlie! A letter from the Dutch authorities came in handy, as it provided the reason for the exceptional circumstances.

Once he was in Germany, there were no restrictions or special rules that he had to abide to. He could stop and fill up anywhere he wanted. As for the DE-NL border, it was open and unmanned - the Dutch don’t seem to have any restrictions on who is coming in at the moment. Hopefully the trip back home will be as smooth as his drive to NL.
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A little update on this:
OH was allowed through the German border (Rheinfelden-Lörrach) but he did need to show why he had to travel. He was asked to wait while a couple of Zoll officials checked his papers and considered if he could be allowed in or not. Very Checkpoint Charlie! A letter from the Dutch authorities came in handy, as it provided the reason for the exceptional circumstances.

Once he was in Germany, there were no restrictions or special rules that he had to abide to. He could stop and fill up anywhere he wanted. As for the DE-NL border, it was open and unmanned - the Dutch don’t seem to have any restrictions on who is coming in at the moment. Hopefully the trip back home will be as smooth as his drive to NL.
Forgive my ignorance - why has Germany closed the Swiss border but not the Belgian or Dutch ones? Was the border closure initiated by the Swiss.
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Old 11.04.2020, 12:46
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Forgive my ignorance - why has Germany closed the Swiss border but not the Belgian or Dutch ones? Was the border closure initiated by the Swiss.
They also closed it for Belgians and Dutch. It is the Dutch who still allow Germans to travel to the Netherlands.
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They also closed it for Belgians and Dutch. It is the Dutch who still allow Germans to travel to the Netherlands.
Do you know when? The reason given to close the Swiss border was the high number of Covid-19 incidences here, understandably, as that roughly happened at the same time Switzerland entered into lockdown.
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Old 11.04.2020, 16:28
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Do you know when? The reason given to close the Swiss border was the high number of Covid-19 incidences here, understandably, as that roughly happened at the same time Switzerland entered into lockdown.
Sorry, can´t remember. Must have been a more than a week ago as the company provided us with commuter permits at the end of March.
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

Now, anybody who travels to Germany must go into a mandatory 14 day quarantine:

https://www.dw.com/de/tausende-reise...äne/a-53088823

The local public health office is supposed to check up on them...


There are exceptions, but they're very limited. People just traveling through Germany would still be excepted, though.
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

Hi all. I am an EU-25 citizen and I would like to know if now during corona crisis

a) I can come to Switzerland for a job interview, and

b) can apply for a work permit, in case that interview would be successful and would land a job

I had worked in Switzerland before on B visa, and I professionally I am an engineer.
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Hi all. I am an EU-25 citizen and I would like to know if now during corona crisis

a) I can come to Switzerland for a job interview, and

b) can apply for a work permit, in case that interview would be successful and would land a job

I had worked in Switzerland before on B visa, and I professionally I am an engineer.
Sadly not. The real question is which company is hiring and having interviews at the moment?
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Old 18.04.2020, 13:21
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Hi all. I am an EU-25 citizen and I would like to know if now during corona crisis

a) I can come to Switzerland for a job interview, and

b) can apply for a work permit, in case that interview would be successful and would land a job

I had worked in Switzerland before on B visa, and I professionally I am an engineer.
Short answer - no. Only Swiss nationals and people who have a Swiss residence permit are allowed entry atm.

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...html#Questions on border closures, cross-border commuters and free movement of persons

Simply coming here for a job interview isn't a good reason - assuming any company is hiring atm, given most businesses are effectively closed.
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Sadly not. The real question is which company is hiring and having interviews at the moment?
Had hoped that I would classify under "work-related reasons":
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Had hoped that I would classify under "work-related reasons":

source: https://www.ejpd.admin.ch/ejpd/en/ho...020-03-25.html
Nope. A job interview would not cut it with the border control, sorry.

"You have rights under the Agreement on Free Movement of Persons, have a work-related reason for entering Switzerland and have official documentation to confirm this (Meldebestätigung / attestation d’annonce; for employment for up to 90 days). Holders of such documentation may enter Switzerland at the earliest one day before the work is due to begin."

You do not have this document and will not get one.
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