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Old 23.06.2020, 23:44
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

Just back from five days in Belgium, went by car. No checks of any kind at the intermediate borders in either direction. Compared to Switzerland, the wearing of masks is a lot more widespread - I reckon about 80% of people in shops, even though it is only recommended rather than mandatory. In the street, a lot of people have a mask dangling around their neck, ready to put on. The motorway service stations in France are very empty, people must be taking their own sandwiches along with them rather than buying en route.

One odd thing in Belgium is that only one person per household is allowed in supermarkets and DIY centres, and you are not allowed in without a shopping cart/trolley, even if you only want to buy one thing. Also, you must stay with your cart - the theory being that if everyone is behind a shopping cart, this will maintain a minimum of distance between shoppers. The result is lots of couples shopping with two carts, and pretending (more or less seriously) not to know each other :-)
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

Anyone else who has any more experience crossing the border?
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Old 30.06.2020, 16:49
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No issues flying to Germany
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Anyone else who has any more experience crossing the border?
Crossed into France on 21 June and back 28 June, no one to be seen at Bardonex. Sunday afternoon going and early Monday morning returning. YMMV.
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Crossed from Switzerland (Koblenz border) to Germany to France about a week ago. No issues at all. Came back a few days later into Switzerland (Rheinfelden) from Germany and the border wasn't manned. All very straightforward...
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I've been to Austria and back, as well as Konstanz and back with no issues. I was asked if I've anything to declare in Konstanz, that's it.
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Old 01.07.2020, 10:50
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Last weekend I went back to Italy with my family. No-one at the border at Thonex-Annemasse both Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon when we were back. Actually I found some police on the French-Italian border (both sides) but I think it looked like more a set up for some criminal that they thought was trying to cross the border.
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

Thanks for all the inputs. I'm crossing the border to Germany next week and will be away for 1 week.
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

According to the IATA, as of 6 July 2020 US residents are allowed entry into Switzerland provided they agree to quarantine for 10 days:

"Passengers who have been in Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Rep., Honduras, Iraq, Israel, Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Moldova (Rep.), North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Russian Fed., Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, Sweden, Turks and Caicos Isl. or USA in the past 14 days are subject to quarantine for 10 days."

I've asked my girlfriend to join me here for as long as she can this summer (she's a teacher) from Washington D.C. I feel she'll be safer here than in the US and that the risk of catching the virus during her direct flight to Zürich is low. Does anyone have any advice or idea if that's true? If we wait for a vaccine we won't see each other for another year!
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

Hi all, I have a question about traveling for the reason of receiving treatment. My father is a Russian citizen living in Russia. For the last several years he is a patient of a Swiss doctor whom he visits once a year for treatment. This treatment has saved his life and is critical for him.

We made an appointment back in January 2020 for the next treatment cycle for my dad to be received in September 2020, we also bought the plane tickets for my parents back then as well. They are scheduled to arrive to Basel 4 days before the start of his treatment.

I was going to come to Russia beginning of August, stay with my parents for some time and bring them here for the treatment. My flight to Russia is already canceled, and our flight from Russia is still not canceled but we really don’t know if it will take place.

I wanted to ask if anyone has been through a similar situation of bringing a relative to Switzerland for medical treatment during COVID lockdown from a restricted area? I would be very grateful if you share your experience, possibly by the private message.
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Old 07.07.2020, 09:37
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According to the IATA, as of 6 July 2020 US residents are allowed entry into Switzerland provided they agree to quarantine for 10 days:

"Passengers who have been in Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Rep., Honduras, Iraq, Israel, Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Moldova (Rep.), North Macedonia (Rep.), Oman, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Russian Fed., Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, Sweden, Turks and Caicos Isl. or USA in the past 14 days are subject to quarantine for 10 days."

I've asked my girlfriend to join me here for as long as she can this summer (she's a teacher) from Washington D.C. I feel she'll be safer here than in the US and that the risk of catching the virus during her direct flight to Zürich is low. Does anyone have any advice or idea if that's true? If we wait for a vaccine we won't see each other for another year!
The HEPA filters used in commercial aircraft filter out 99% of viruses. Unless there is already an infected person in your row or the rows in front/behind the risk is very low. The dangers lie in the queueing for check-in, security, boarding, immigration, etc.

Carry a small hand disinfectant and use it and wear a mask.
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Old 07.07.2020, 09:41
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Hi all, I have a question about traveling for the reason of receiving treatment. My father is a Russian citizen living in Russia. For the last several years he is a patient of a Swiss doctor whom he visits once a year for treatment. This treatment has saved his life and is critical for him.

We made an appointment back in January 2020 for the next treatment cycle for my dad to be received in September 2020, we also bought the plane tickets for my parents back then as well. They are scheduled to arrive to Basel 4 days before the start of his treatment.

I was going to come to Russia beginning of August, stay with my parents for some time and bring them here for the treatment. My flight to Russia is already canceled, and our flight from Russia is still not canceled but we really don’t know if it will take place.

I wanted to ask if anyone has been through a similar situation of bringing a relative to Switzerland for medical treatment during COVID lockdown from a restricted area? I would be very grateful if you share your experience, possibly by the private message.
The self isolation rules will apply and I’m guessing they will need a visa. If they have that there should be no issues in coming to Switzerland. I imagine a hospital stall qualifies as self-isolation Not so certain if the treatment is on an out-patient basis. Hospital visits are still prohibited, even for close relatives.

For flights have a look at Lufthansa via Frankfurt or Munich; KLM via Amsterdam; etc.
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"Passengers who have been *countries* in the past 14 days are subject to quarantine for 10 days."
What if you, like me, returned 11 days before this directive was announced?
Am I retroactively guilty of breaking the quarantine I did not know were going to be introduced?
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What if you, like me, returned 11 days before this directive was announced?
Am I retroactively guilty of breaking the quarantine I did not know were going to be introduced?
You are obliged, to contact the local cantonal authorities about your return from the 29 countries on the list of the BAG.
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I turned myself in, now let's see how Kafkaesque this can get..
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TransAtlantic service returns to Geneva.

Air Canada has recommenced their Toronto (via Montreal) flights.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en3l...ature=youtu.be

Water cannon salute due it being the first AC 787 to GVA. 3/wk in July, goes to 4/wk for most of Aug, and 5/wk by end of Aug. Almost daily by mid-Sep then back to 4 to 5/wk in the fall. 787-8 arrives 0845, departs 1340.
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I turned myself in, now let's see how Kafkaesque this can get..

Any contact from the Govt'?


I flew in last week from the US and had to fill in a form documenting where I came from, contact info and address. I hope this qualifies as notifying the officials as the form was collected by the airline for Switzerland and I live in canton Zurich. I did not receive or see anything at the airport that mentioned the requirement. Was surprised that the flight from US to London did not have temperature checks upon landing in London and that Swiss passport control not being done manually to flag those coming from countries deemed high-risk. Having some info on websites is about as little as they can do short of sticking their heads in the sand.



I have stayed home since arriving and 10 days will be up tomorrow afternoon. Looking forward to getting out and about this weekend.
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Re: Border closure - Covid 19

Temperature checks will not detect asymmetric infectees (false negatives) but will detect others that do not have the virus but have above normal temperatures (false positives).

To have any use these checks should be done before boarding, not on arrival.
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Old 05.08.2020, 14:48
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I flew in last week from the US and had to fill in a form documenting where I came from, contact info and address. I hope this qualifies as notifying the officials as the form was collected by the airline for Switzerland and I live in canton Zurich. I did not receive or see anything at the airport that mentioned the requirement. Was surprised that the flight from US to London did not have temperature checks upon landing in London and that Swiss passport control not being done manually to flag those coming from countries deemed high-risk. Having some info on websites is about as little as they can do short of sticking their heads in the sand.

Last time I flew there were some pretty big signs notifying you what to do when you arrive from certain countries (maybe they have added Turkey now, that was missing on the map).
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