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EU travel restrictions

I read that the EU is planning on banning flights from the US. Is Switzerland likely to follow the EU and do likewise. Thanks.
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Old 28.06.2020, 20:22
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I read that the EU is planning on banning flights from the US. Is Switzerland likely to follow the EU and do likewise. Thanks.
From what I heard it is Schengen and is still a proposal...
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Re: EU travel restrictions

Actually it was the US that banned Europeans from travelling there. That ban is still in place. The EU+ (which includes CH) which banned everybody are unlikely to remove their existing ban on US residents travel until the US infection rate is a lot closer to ours AND the US removes its ban.

Don't hold your breath.
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Re: EU travel restrictions

Hi.

These are the current restrictions to travel to EU (Schengen). It says until June 30th 2020, but no more updates. https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-...l-restrictions

This is the relevant part:

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In the Communication of 11 June, the Commission recommended that for those countries where no decision has been taken to end the temporary travel restriction for non-essential travel into the EU after 30 June, the exemptions should be amended as follows:
  1. EU citizens and citizens of Schengen Associated States and third country nationals legally residing in the European Union, as well as their family members, should be exempted from the travel restriction, regardless whether or not they are returning home. Member States can, however, take appropriate measures such as requiring such persons to undergo self-isolation or similar measures upon return from a third country for which the temporary restriction on non-essential travel is maintained, provided they impose the same requirements on their own nationals;
My interpretation from the quoted part is that third country nationals with residence permit can travel to and from third countries without any restriction starting tomorrow July 1st. But, that's from June 11th, anyone knows if there's a press conference later today to confirm this or new info?

My vacation plans depend on it Under the current restrictions I can only return to CH, not go home for vacation because I can only return "home"(place of residence).
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Old 30.06.2020, 12:21
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Re: EU travel restrictions

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On the current "safe" list, still likely to be amended, are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
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Re: EU travel restrictions

As far as I know there is nothing official yet: https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-...us-pandemic_en


Info from June 11th on the planned lift of restrictions
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Objective criteria:

The decision to lift restrictions for a specific country should be based on the epidemiological situation and coronavirus response in that country, the ability to apply containment measures during travel, and whether or not that country has lifted travel restrictions towards the EU. Restrictions should be lifted first with countries whose epidemiological situation is similar to the EU average and where sufficient capabilities to deal with the virus are in place. Restrictions should remain in place for countries whose situation is worse than in the EU. The Commission proposes a detailed checklist to help Member States reach a common assessment. Decisions on lifting travel restrictions would concern non-EU nationals residing in a specific country (not its nationals).
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/pres.../en/ip_20_1035
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Re: EU travel restrictions

I’m concerned that the UK is getting a bye due to their transition status. IIRC they continue to require Swiss residents to self-quarantine so at a minimum the same should apply to UK residents entering CH.
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My interpretation from the quoted part is that third country nationals with residence permit can travel to and from third countries without any restriction starting tomorrow July 1st. But, that's from June 11th, anyone knows if there's a press conference later today to confirm this or new info?

My vacation plans depend on it Under the current restrictions I can only return to CH, not go home for vacation because I can only return "home"(place of residence).
Intra-Schengen Travel should be possible. Getting out of Schengen should also be possible. Getting back to your Schengen country of residence should also be possible. Many countries also previously allowed transit travel as long as you were allowed to enter the country of destination. Poland had a ban on transit travel but this is AFAIK now lifted. For example an Ukrainian wanting to go back home from Germany had to drive through Austria and Hungary as that was the only possible route.

For more information see https://reopen.europa.eu/ and check each and every country along your intended route.
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Re: EU travel restrictions

Things I found today.

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Switzerland will not stop anyone from leaving the country. . Anyone then wishing to re-enter Switzerland from abroad must be able to present one of the following documents:
  • For Swiss citizens: a Swiss ID card or passport
  • For citizens of other countries: - a residence permit, i.e. a Swiss residence permit (L / B / C / Ci permits);
https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...%20Switzerland
https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...e%20exceptions

So, residents of Switzerland can leave and re-enter without any restriction. But, most of flights outside the Schengen area from Swiss airports are cancelled. It is necessary to pass by hubs like Frankfurt, Amsterdam or Paris.

The EU Council published this at 15h30, PDF doc at the bottom of the link https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/p...ird-countries/

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Where temporary travel restrictions continue to apply to a third country,the following categories of persons should be exempted from the travel restriction, independent of the purpose of travel:

b) third-country nationals who are long-term residents under the Long-term Residence Directive persons deriving their right to reside from other EU Directives or national law or who hold national long-term visas, as well as their respective family members.
Annex II in same EU Council doc says passengers in transit are exempted from travel restrictions.

If I understood well, the following is possible:

  • a third-country national has no restriction to leave Switzerland and fly to a large hub such as Amsterdam/Frankfurt/Paris
  • then fly to any third-country that accepts their citizens including high-risk ones
  • fly back to an European hub provided a passport and Schengen area long term residence permit are presented
  • then fly back to Switzerland with passport and residence permit
Right?
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Re: EU travel restrictions

I'm more worried some restrictions will be back again as some countries seem to have relaxed so much they now have what we'd call a second wave.

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Intra-Schengen Travel should be possible. Getting out of Schengen should also be possible. Getting back to your Schengen country of residence should also be possible. Many countries also previously allowed transit travel as long as you were allowed to enter the country of destination. Poland had a ban on transit travel but this is AFAIK now lifted. For example an Ukrainian wanting to go back home from Germany had to drive through Austria and Hungary as that was the only possible route.

For more information see https://reopen.europa.eu/ and check each and every country along your intended route.
EU citizens never had a transit ban though. Ukraine (unfortunately) is not in the EU.

I suspect everyone with a valid residence permit in one of the EU/Schengen countries has the same rights as citizens.
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EU citizens never had a transit ban though.
How was there no transit ban when you could not leave Poland to Ukraine?

https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/new...rantine-rules/
https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/new...ntil-april-13/
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Re: EU travel restrictions

For French readers:

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L’interdiction de voyage vers l’UE ne concerne pas non plus les ressortissants et résidents de l’Union et leurs familles.
IMperfect translation: the travel ban into the European Union does not apply anymore to citizens and residents of the European Union.

https://www.msn.com/fr-ch/actualite/...id=mailsignout

So, it's safe to assume that what applies to France applies to the rest of the EU, travel outside from and return to the EU/Schengen is possible this summer =)
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IMperfect translation: the travel ban into the European Union does not apply anymore to citizens and residents of the European Union.
Perfect translation: "the travel ban into the European Union does not apply neither to citizens and residents of the European Union and their families, nor certain categories of travelers".

(it never did)

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Perfect translation: "the travel ban into the European Union does not apply neither to citizens and residents of the European Union and their families, nor certain categories of travelers".

(it never did)

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The travel was limited to one direction: returning to your primary residence.
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