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Old 28.03.2021, 19:42
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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

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Had we travelled direct to CH from London by train (in one day), we would still have needed the PCR test (because of the UK, but not because of France, as we would have spent less than 24 hours there - more like 5).
https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...nreisende.html

According to this, if you enter Switzerland from a non-risk area by train, you don't need a test. The UK is now non-risk (maybe it still was when you travelled - recent change).
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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

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https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...html#858610174

That info is so new it's not even in force yet
It applies from April 5.
I need to digest this news:
Is a test needed to board the plane, if if not needed the other end?
Is a quarantine needed?

If Eurostar, is a test needed simply to enter France even when passing through? And if passing through France, after how much time are a test + quarantine needed in Switzerland?

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That info is so new it's not even in force yet
It applies from April 5.
From March 25th actually, if you look at the list below the 5th's

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...n1616787904504

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Is a test needed to board the plane, if if not needed the other end?
Is a quarantine needed?
Directly into Switzerland from UK, no. Via France, you'd need a test to enter France.
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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

Thanks for that. I much prefer the train, though flying is, sadly, cheaper (doubly so if you count the PCR test needed for France).

I'd need to find out what the Swiss means by "stay" in a risk country such as France. If merely setting foot in it is enough to trigger a quarantine, then that's one thing. But if you're allowed a few hours to transit through, that's different. I'll write to the embassy.
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Thanks for that. I much prefer the train, though flying is, sadly, cheaper (doubly so if you count the PCR test needed for France).

I'd need to find out what the Swiss means by "stay" in a risk country such as France. If merely setting foot in it is enough to trigger a quarantine, then that's one thing. But if you're allowed a few hours to transit through, that's different. I'll write to the embassy.
Transit (entry/exit within 24 hours) is exempt from quarantine.

This link has a nice graphic showing what you need if traveling by train from UK to CH.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...nreisende.html


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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

Thanks Ian, I'm aware of that graphic, but you don't address the crux of the matter, which is how the FOPH defines "stay" as applicable to persons transiting through e.g. France by train. Where is your evidence for asserting that transit means 24 hours?
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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

It's stated in Ian's link:

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...html#103059051

Transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a state or area with an increased risk of infection.
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My apologies, I missed that bit. A million thanks to you both. This info is a boon to my future travels and even means I can pop in and see my daughter in Paris while in transit... until the next wave at least

I imagine it would be wise to travel with proof that one actually is in transit, e.g. tickets of previous legs such as Eurostar confirming the timings.
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My apologies, I missed that bit. A million thanks to you both. This info is a boon to my future travels and even means I can pop in and see my daughter in Paris while in transit... until the next wave at least

I imagine it would be wise to travel with proof that one actually is in transit, e.g. tickets of previous legs such as Eurostar confirming the timings.
Careful, transit means transit (ie: not stopping anywhere). Spending a couple of hours in Paris might not be considered transit.
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Careful, transit means transit (ie: not stopping anywhere). Spending a couple of hours in Paris might not be considered transit.
Yes.Care needed.

Of course, if you have to change train stations (eg. In Gare du Nord, out of Austerlitz), and there is a delay between connections, you could always meet her on the arrival platform and allow her to accompany you to your next train during the waiting time...

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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

Ah, the joys of the RER
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According to this, if you enter Switzerland from a non-risk area by train, you don't need a test. The UK is now non-risk (maybe it still was when you travelled - recent change).
Odd that the neighboring RED zones in Italy (Lombardia, Piemonte) are considered non-risk.

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Ah, the joys of the RER
RER is great!

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