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Travelling to Switzerland during the epidemic

This is my first post on this site so please excuse my awkwardness with it!

I am a UK national and have been travelling regularly to visit my partner who is a Swiss citizen and lives in Basel. We were planning to get married this Summer, in Switzerland.

Unfortunately due to the coronavirus outbreak it is difficult/virtually impossible to travel to the country, or at least that was what I was told by the person I spoke to at the Swiss embassy in London.

Does anyone have any experience of this situation? Clearly my usual route using Easyjet is impossible at the moment, but are there other airlines flying in and out of the country (I believe the airport in Basel is closed completely)? I would even consider travelling by train if the were possible.

Any help/advice/ideas greatly appreciated.


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Re: Travelling to Switzerland during the epidemic

My understanding is if you do not have a Swiss permit and a legitimate reason to travel, you will currently be turned away at the border.

We were told that my wife (who lives in UK) would not be allowed in to visit me (B permit holder) as even reuniting with a spouse is not allowed under the lockdown if the visitor has no permit. It is not considered essential travel.

So I went back to the UK...

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Re: Travelling to Switzerland during the epidemic

Yes, Johnatbath, your - and Ian's - information is correct. The borders are almost entirely closed. The only people allowed into Switzerland are Swiss citizens, and those who already have permits to live here. Exceptions to that rule can be made for persons on urgent business in matters of national interest to Switzerland.

On Thursday 16th April 2020, the Swiss Federal Council announced the gradual lifting of some of the many restrictions within Switzerland. Many remain in place, Things will be done step by step, always dependent upon the increase or decrease in new infections and deaths.

The president, Simonetta Sommaruga, expressly stated that the borders are not going to be opened yet, and that a decision about this will follow later, at a yet undisclosed date.

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Re: Travelling to Switzerland during the epidemic

Even spouses of Swiss nationals cannot enter the country if they don't have a Swiss permit.

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

I'm afraid you're just going to have to wait until the restrictions are eased in a few months' time.
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My understanding is if you do not have a Swiss permit and a legitimate reason to travel, you will currently be turned away at the border.
You wouldn’t even get on the airplane. The airline doesn’t want the fine. You wouldn’t be eligible for a refund either.
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Old 17.04.2020, 09:07
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You wouldn’t even get on the airplane. The airline doesn’t want the fine. You wouldn’t be eligible for a refund either.
Well presumably the comment referred to land borders....

I expect it will be some time before borders open and even then it will a matter of confidence and necessity among the populous. Probably land borders and Schengen first, with third countries later. And I would not be surprised to see quarantine periods in the case of intercontinental travel.
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This is my first post on this site so please excuse my awkwardness with it!

I am a UK national and have been travelling regularly to visit my partner who is a Swiss citizen and lives in Basel. We were planning to get married this Summer, in Switzerland.

Unfortunately due to the coronavirus outbreak it is difficult/virtually impossible to travel to the country, or at least that was what I was told by the person I spoke to at the Swiss embassy in London.

Does anyone have any experience of this situation? Clearly my usual route using Easyjet is impossible at the moment, but are there other airlines flying in and out of the country (I believe the airport in Basel is closed completely)? I would even consider travelling by train if the were possible.

Any help/advice/ideas greatly appreciated.


John
Is there any particular reason, other than just wanting to see each-other, why you cannot wait until the restrictions are lifted? Is she at any particular risk in some way?
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Old 17.04.2020, 09:41
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Is there any particular reason, other than just wanting to see each-other, why you cannot wait until the restrictions are lifted? Is she at any particular risk in some way?
Well, that I can understand, want to see my OH again as well
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Well, that I can understand, want to see my OH again as well
It's a pandemic. It's a lockdown. Cross-border travel is not allowed unless in specific cases. OP needs to behave like a grown adult, be patient and wait until the restrictions are over... like every other long-distance couple in the world that want to see each-other and currently can't for the same reasons.

We are all struggling with similar things and separated from our loved ones, regardless of whether it's our partners or our family.
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Re: Travelling to Switzerland during the epidemic

Cheer up! You’re in good company - Princess Beatrice has just postponed

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-h...-idUSKBN21Y3EF
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Re: Travelling to Switzerland during the epidemic

OP, your post is perfectly reasonable and polite, asking how things work. Fair enough, and good to make the enquiries properly, before embarking on something that won't work.

It's a difficult time for many couples. Friends of mine have also just had to postpone their wedding indefinitely. They really, really want to have a big celebration and invite their whole village, so they've decided they'd rather wait.

In Switzerland, the marriage is sealed at the official registry (in German: Zivilstandsamt) and not in a religious institution. Therefore, it is not uncommon to separate the events. Once the borders open, you'll probably be able to travel here and get married, in the formal way, if all the other papers are in order. You can decide whether or not to have a religious ceremony and/or a reception or party, at a later date.
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