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HappyCreature 01.12.2020 12:09

Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
Hi,
Quick and easy questions.


1) where can I find updated information about which neighbouring countries (Austria, Italy etc) are allowing tourists from Switzerland. I see many offers from different hotels but they never say who is allowed and who not.
2) if these countries ask for a negative COVID test, where can I get this test done before travel for me and my family. I would like to avoid university hospitals and busy testing centers and would prefer an apotheke to avoid sick people (don't want to get sick by being in contact with other sick people). sometime back, there was some news that apothekes in Zurich are able to do some kind of rapid test quiet quickly (like the result will be out in 15 mins) but never found the list of apothekes tha are actually to carry out the covid tests. any inputs in this matter are highly appreciated.


Cheers
happycreature

st2lemans 01.12.2020 12:14

Re: Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
Italy is still closed.

Tom

NewInTownForever 01.12.2020 12:22

Re: Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
Germany also doesn't let tourists from Switzerland come (10 days quarantine, doesn't matter if you have a negative test), unless a miracle happens in the next few weeks and Switzerland is removed from the risk areas list.

I'd suggest you stay home this Christmas.

Medea Fleecestealer 01.12.2020 12:25

Re: Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
Google as usual is your friend. Austria info here

https://www.austria.info/en/service-...ry-regulations

Only applies to early December though so things may change before Christmas.

BoredToDeath 01.12.2020 12:39

Re: Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
I wanted to go to Tuscany over Xmass and many parks and museums are temporarily closed. That is how I check the general situation and if it is even worth going anywhere.

Sean Connery 01.12.2020 12:42

Re: Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
I am going to Austria but don't need a hotel. I heard talk earlier this year that visitors would need a negative antibody test and have their temps checked at hotels but this is not firmed out, especially with the EU bunfight over skiing.

What is clear that movement will be limited in some ways by countries being closed and some by quarantine requirements either going or coming.

You can guarantee this is going to be in a state of flux.

irish_temptation 01.12.2020 13:31

Re: Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by HappyCreature (Post 3244894)
Hi,
Quick and easy questions.


2) if these countries ask for a negative COVID test, where can I get this test done before travel for me and my family. I would like to avoid university hospitals and busy testing centers and would prefer an apotheke to avoid sick people (don't want to get sick by being in contact with other sick people). sometime back, there was some news that apothekes in Zurich are able to do some kind of rapid test quiet quickly (like the result will be out in 15 mins) but never found the list of apothekes tha are actually to carry out the covid tests. any inputs in this matter are highly appreciated.


Cheers
happycreature

The German word your looking for is "Schnelltest". The pharmacies in Zurich can be found under https://www.avkz.ch/coronatestapotheken

For some you need to make an apointment.

blackbird 01.12.2020 13:59

Re: Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
The hotels/accomodation in germany in currently for business trips only.
The rule is active until dec 20th 2020 (at least).

st2lemans 01.12.2020 14:21

Re: Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by blackbird (Post 3244961)
The hotels/accomodation in germany in currently for business trips only.
The rule is active until dec 20th 2020 (at least).

Same for Italy as they just mentioned on TG2.

Tom

rumshot 01.12.2020 14:33

Re: Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
Weird... Iíve just did a round trip to Italy and no one bother or stopped me at the border....
I went to Milano....

Are you sure that Italy is closed ?

Arenít you confusing with the self declaration stuff ?

Medea Fleecestealer 01.12.2020 15:00

Re: Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
"And Italy's regional leaders are hoping to convince the government to allow hotels in ski resorts to open over Christmas, while closing international borders. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said the resorts will have to shut. Germany and France have shut ski lifts over the holidays but the Swiss are keeping theirs open"

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55143938

st2lemans 01.12.2020 18:03

Re: Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rumshot (Post 3244972)
Weird... Iíve just did a round trip to Italy and no one bother or stopped me at the border....
I went to Milano....

Are you sure that Italy is closed ?

Arenít you confusing with the self declaration stuff ?

You cannot go as a tourist, nor to visit family/friends, only for business.

Tom

Axa 01.12.2020 18:11

Re: Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
The Local has made a summary of travel conditions between CH and other countries. Of course, this applies this week, next one who knows. https://www.thelocal.ch/20201201/exp...nts-travel-now

The greatest uncertainty I see I the reintroduction of 10 day quarantines when returning to CH from other countries.

stephen_NE 01.12.2020 19:51

Re: Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
This EU site has a good high-level overview for each country, and seems to be kept up to date:

https://reopen.europa.eu/en

One particularly useful aspect is that it gives the rules for transit through one country to reach another (e.g. the rules if you want to go to the UK via France).

Izzt89 01.12.2020 20:31

Re: Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
I would strongly recommend, if you have Tweeter, to subscribe to the account similar to @BAG_OFSP_UFSP, on the country you will be visiting. They have pretty fast updates with links to the questions you posed

On the other hand, If you (like me) were travelling via plane ) to any EU country during the last 6 months, you don't need to do anything.... as will have been bombarded twice or thrice per week with SMS-Corona updates from the countries were you were (in my case, SP, CZ, GE, CH).

As the movie quote says "...you don't have to find us, we will find you"

This happens when you are too honest, and you give your phone number to the authorities, in the formularies that you need to fill (provided online or on paper by the airlines) .:eek:

HappyCreature 02.12.2020 11:46

Re: Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Medea Fleecestealer (Post 3244899)
Google as usual is your friend. Austria info here

https://www.austria.info/en/service-...ry-regulations

Only applies to early December though so things may change before Christmas.

Actually looking at the link above which is specifically for Austria, it is clear that residents of Switzerland can enter Austria without the need to show a negative COVID test after Dec. 6.


so we can indeed make a holiday in Austria around Christmas or new year time? or am I missing something obvious?


cheers
happycreature

Medea Fleecestealer 02.12.2020 12:09

Re: Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by HappyCreature (Post 3245282)
Actually looking at the link above which is specifically for Austria, it is clear that residents of Switzerland can enter Austria without the need to show a negative COVID test after Dec. 6.


so we can indeed make a holiday in Austria around Christmas or new year time? or am I missing something obvious?


cheers
happycreature

Something obvious is they may bring in new regs between when the current one ends and Christmas/New Year.

Best to stay in Switzerland for Christmas/New Year really.

irish_temptation 02.12.2020 14:56

Re: Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by HappyCreature (Post 3245282)
Actually looking at the link above which is specifically for Austria, it is clear that residents of Switzerland can enter Austria without the need to show a negative COVID test after Dec. 6.


so we can indeed make a holiday in Austria around Christmas or new year time? or am I missing something obvious?


cheers
happycreature

Austria decided today that Hotels will be closed. As will be restaurants. So if you rent an apartment you might be able so ski, the lifts are open but otherwise, no. See here for example https://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/oesterr...z-705878272226 (sorry behind a pay-wall) or here https://www.nau.ch/news/europa/oster...dicht-65829524
Hotels and restaurants are closed until January

runningdeer 02.12.2020 15:44

Re: Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
Macron has announced restrictive measures will be put in place to deter the French from skiing in neighbouring countries. The BBC reports of 'border checks' but its not clear how Macron intends to do it or how it will be enforced.

Sean Connery 02.12.2020 16:15

Re: Travelling to neighbouring countries over christmas
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by HappyCreature (Post 3245282)
Actually looking at the link above which is specifically for Austria, it is clear that residents of Switzerland can enter Austria without the need to show a negative COVID test after Dec. 6.


so we can indeed make a holiday in Austria around Christmas or new year time? or am I missing something obvious?


cheers
happycreature

you can go for the day. There are no hotels open for you to stay in but you can ski from 24th.

I think there may be some restaurants open but not on the mountains and no bars. Which is annoying as we had a list of restaurants that we were planning to book once they re-opened.....

New year parties will also not be happening which will have an impact.


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