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Covid restrictions on entering CH

At the time of writing, CH requires travellers to complete an electronic form confirming that they are officially domiciled in CH (and be able to show a negative PCR test). This means that you cannot enter unless you are going to your domicile to isolate. 1) Does anyone have any experience of this process as it applies to rail travel from Paris, and 2) is there no way around it? (Reason for asking: my second home (of which I am the owner) is in CH).
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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

Isn't Paris on the list of risk countries of the Swiss Government? Negative test result is mandatory.

Negative test result
You must be able to show proof of a negative coronavirus test in two situations:

If you enter Switzerland by air.
If you have stayed in a country with an increased risk of infection within the ten days before entering Switzerland. In this case you must always be able to show proof of a negative test result, even if you enter Switzerland by bus, rail, car, etc.


What to do after entering Switzerland
Upon arrival, go immediately to your home or to other suitable accommodation (e.g. a hotel or holiday apartment). On the way there, keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other people. If you are unable to maintain this distance, we recommend that you wear a mask. Avoid public transport if possible.

Report your arrival to the cantonal authority responsible within two days. Follow the instructions of the cantonal authority.

For 10 days after your arrival in Switzerland you must stay in your home or other suitable accommodation without going out. Avoid contact with other people and follow the instructions in the document instructions on quarantine (PDF, 376 kB, 11.02.2021). This document is also available in the languages of the migrant population.

From 8 February: There is the possibility of shortening travel quarantine from day 7 onwards. You’ll find information on the Isolation and Quarantine site.

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

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...html#103059051
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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

This is what TGV-Lyria has to say:

https://www.tgv-lyria.com/fr/en/time...ic-information
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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

I would say you need to read this.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...tml#1355154378
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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

and this:
https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...nde/liste.html

List valid for arrivals in Switzerland from 22.2.21
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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

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I notice don't say anything about eating in the train
I find amazing that restaurants are close but a passenger siting next to you can eat for hours and then not wear a mask.
https://www.englishforum.ch/images/s...nsarcastic.gif
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2) is there no way around it? (Reason for asking: my second home (of which I am the owner) is in CH).
What are you trying to do?
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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

Is there anyway around? Well you could carry the virus, that you picked up at the gare de Lyon, and spread it to everyone you encounter in Switzerland.

These rules are to protect you, and me. Please don’t cheat.
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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

anyone know if there are exceptions for those who have been vaccinated?
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anyone know if there are exceptions for those who have been vaccinated?

So far, no.
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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

New list of risk countries:

https://www.covid19.admin.ch/en/inte...nal/quarantine

No more trips to the Maldives or to Tuscany!
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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

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New list of risk countries:

https://www.covid19.admin.ch/en/inte...nal/quarantine

No more trips to the Maldives or to Tuscany!
What? Why are people entering Switzerland from Columbia, Brandenburg and Sachsen-Anhalt only required to quarantine if you've been there between 22nd and 25th February?
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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

Must be a mistake as both Bundesländer were already on the list?

Edit: I think the quarantine require ends per 25.02 and as the list was published on 22.02 it looks weird
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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

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New list of risk countries:

https://www.covid19.admin.ch/en/inte...nal/quarantine

No more trips to the Maldives or to Tuscany!
I wish I had seen the list earlier in the day, I had planned to fly to ZH on 12 March, I booked for mid April instead this morning.
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No more trips to the Maldives
That was my plan for May FFS.
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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

Hi, apologies for the radio silence, but I thought I'd bring you up to date with how the UK > CH trip went the other day. Some of the info might be useful (or not).

Preparation in the UK for Eurostar to Paris
  • Take PCR test at St Pancras discounted to GBP 129. Whoopee
  • Print out UK declaration form for international travel and filled in manually, not online for obv. reasons: for "legally permitted reason", I stated "Swiss national returning home" (this is a grey area, but the Swiss Embassy said there shouldn't be a problem). Had the plod stopped me on my way to the station, I would have waved the Little Red Book (passport)
  • Print out and sign French "Engagement sur l'honneur..." Covid form

Eurostar to Paris
On arrival at the ticket barriers, the Eurostar staff simply checked that I had the form UK travel form without checking the details. This was never needed again. After security, a French border official scrutinised my print-at-home PCR certificate. All good. "Engagement sur l'honneur..." form not asked for. UK passport control: CH passport scanned and waved through. French passport control: CH passport scanned and waved through. Had they asked me the purpose of my trip, I would have said "en transit".

Stayed in France 4 nights to visit family. Meanwhile, had a PCR test (free) for entry to Switzerland. Completed Swiss online "Einreiseformular" entry form - issued with QR code receipt. Took the TGV Lyria to Zurich. No documents checked before, during or after the trip. Maybe the Swiss do spot checks between Mulhouse and Basel, maybe not. FUN FACT: the results of the PCR test arrived in my iphone minutes before the train arrived in Mulhouse (i.e. longer than the promised 24-48 hrs) after I spent an hour ringing around. I advise allowing 60 hrs for the results to come through.

Being a good citizen I'm now in quarantine for 10 days (or 7 plus rapid 'lateral flow' test - "Antigen-Schnelltest") in the Alps. This test should be free (I'll know tomorrow). I've not been visited by the authorities to ensure I'm toeing the line. Maybe they do spot checks, maybe not. Either way, they know my whereabouts (via the entry form) if they want a coffee.

The Swiss PCR test for travel back to France is chargeable (for any other reason it's free).
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I'm now in quarantine for 10 days (or 7 plus rapid 'lateral flow' test - "Antigen-Schnelltest") in the Alps. This test should be free (I'll know tomorrow).
Do you know how this works in practice? I saw on the BAG site that you can take an antigen test and "inform the cantonal authorities" in order to leave quarantine early, but the Covid site of my canton has no information about how to communicate the result to them. Do you know if the place that tests you informs the canton?

Would be nice to get out of jail before the long weekend :-)
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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

Willmow, why the test to enter CH (by train) & quarantine?? Because of where you stayed in France?
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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

Are you saying you got a free PCR test in Paris?
Where? How?
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Re: Covid restrictions on entering CH

@Island Monkey:
PCR test in the UK for France. PCR test in France for CH (both requirements by those states because the UK (for France) and the UK and Paris (for CH) are deemed risk locations. 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).

@starDeMer:
PCR and lateral flow tests are now free across the board in France, no matter the purpose. We did it via DoctoLib (online, not via the app that's rubbish): located the nearest provider, booked. Dead easy. But do allow for more than 48 hours! (And less than 72 of course).

@stephen_NE:
No idea, but we're simply calling the local doctor tomorrow morning to see what gives. Lots of pharmacies offer it in the lowlands, but not Up Here. We're simply going for the test, then I'll call the relevant cantonal office to let them know (they sent us a "welcome email" on the basis of the place of residence we stated on the online entry form). I don't believe there's an official reporting method, so I may not even bother notifying them...
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