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Re: Driving to Spain and back - any covid restrictions?

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Think about this for a moment

Your car has Swiss Plates yes? And the authorities have cameras more than capable of reconizing them and logging the fact you crossed the border. They have incentive too, a 10K bonus.

As soon as you cross the border your car sticks out, there are going to be far less Swiss registered cars in France at this point. You a target for French police. Who might stop you, ask what you doing, where your going, why your car has foreign plates?

You cross the border France/Spain more cameras, more evidence. You hang out in Spain? With your car is on Swiss plates. You think you're not a target for the Spanish police. Who might stop you, ask what you doing, where your going, why your car has foreign plates? More evidence?

Driving somewhere, anywhere is not as anonymous as people imagine. With digital technology today it is easy to track millions of cars on an hour basis.
You describe pretty much how an Orwellian state would function. And all this was in place in pre-covid era. And none of it would help Swiss find out you were in Spain, unless you report it yourself.

What's the point of 10k fine, if it cannot be imposed?
They may raise it to 100k, no difference.

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Given that your name, linked to your swiss numberplate, is publicly visible data, it would be very, very easy for them to find out. I'm with the other poster that they also have an incentive to check the data...

Also, your mobile phone data shows where you have been and when. Diasabling location services does not stop this being recorded. If the police were to ask you to hand over your phone for 2 minutes, you'd be sunk.
Find out how?
I dont use mobile.

Even if I did, why would I hand them over my mobile?

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Re: Driving to Spain and back - any covid restrictions?

Realistically they won't find out... unless you will actually get sick and test positive - then they might dig into that and then it would be pretty obvious.
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Re: Driving to Spain and back - any covid restrictions?

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Also, your mobile phone data shows where you have been and when. Diasabling location services does not stop this being recorded. If the police were to ask you to hand over your phone for 2 minutes, you'd be sunk.
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Ian 100% correct, so does your Apple watch and your fitbit.
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Ian 100% correct, so does your Apple watch and your fitbit.
I have neither. Never used Apple (and never will).

Still nothing to do with my initial question.

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Re: Driving to Spain and back - any covid restrictions?

It's hard to read- many of us have made huge sacrifices to try and stop infection from spreading, and are doing the 'right' thing. Some have not been able to visit sick relatives, attend funerals, see grandchildren, including new ones, etc. Not seen our grandchildren since February, face Chritsmas on our own, and have no idea when we will be able to see family again. A young friend from UK has a very sick mum, and she doesn't know if she will be able to see her again. This is VERY hard for some.

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Re: Driving to Spain and back - any covid restrictions?

Re-opening this thread.

I chose to listen to everyone and NOT go to Spain when I originally started this thread. I am no considering doing this over x-Mas or New Years.

Same question.
Does anyone have first hand experience or knowledge or know someone that has recently or planning this trip?

Thanks
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Re-opening this thread.

I chose to listen to everyone and NOT go to Spain when I originally started this thread. I am no considering doing this over x-Mas or New Years.

Same question.
Does anyone have first hand experience or knowledge or know someone that has recently or planning this trip?

Thanks
As mentioned on another thread yesterday, you are currently not allowed to drive through France unless you are going to either your country of residence or the country of which you are a citizen. The French are supposed to be lifting this restriction on 15th December, but yesterday I read somewhere that this might not happen as the number of hospitalisations is not falling quickly enough.

You have to fill in this form to certify your reason for transiting through France and that you do not have Covid symptoms.
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Re: Driving to Spain and back - any covid restrictions?

has it not been confirmed that 'attestations' will have to be carried from 9pm to 7am- in a form of curfew?
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Re: Driving to Spain and back - any covid restrictions?

I'd like to re-open this thread.
I see that some (i repeat, some) restrictions are opening up and I'd really like to take this trip to Spain.

I'll be driving - and I'll need to travel through Switzerland, France, Spain (crossing each border).

Are the restrictions opening up, do you know if I need to have a covid test to enter.
A friend just drove to the UK (from Switzerland) and he said he needed multiple tests at each border.

Thanks for letting me re-open this thread.
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Re: Driving to Spain and back - any covid restrictions?

You need to check for transit through France and what entry requirements are in Spain. Print things, it is the easiest.

I think returning by car you don’t have to complete the Federal dept of health pre-clearance but you need to check. If you‘re in a Swiss car, getting back should not be an issue but strictly speaking you should have a PCR to come back (or two antigens, one before and one after - not self-tests)
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I'd like to re-open this thread.
I see that some (i repeat, some) restrictions are opening up and I'd really like to take this trip to Spain.

I'll be driving - and I'll need to travel through Switzerland, France, Spain (crossing each border).

Are the restrictions opening up, do you know if I need to have a covid test to enter.
A friend just drove to the UK (from Switzerland) and he said he needed multiple tests at each border.

Thanks for letting me re-open this thread.
Might be of interest somehow.

I was in Spain twice this year. I went by train and my experiences were thus:

First trip: French border guard wanted to see my ID but no further questions asked.

Spanish border, nobody checked.

Coming back: French border nobody checked. Swiss border nobody checked.

Second trip:

French border guard wanted to see my PCR rest certificate, and did actually read it carefully. She asked where I was going and I said Spain, and she said OK.

Spanish border, no checks.

Coming back: French border, wanted to see PCR test certificate but didn't look very closely. Didn't check ID or ask where I was going.

Swiss border, no checks

Getting the PCR test done in Spain was a piece of cake. No need to book an appointment. I just turned up at the test center, no waiting, payed cash, got tested immediately and was back outside within 5 minutes. This was a private hospital/clinic and cost about 140 EUR.
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Re: Driving to Spain and back - any covid restrictions?

This pretty well sums up the experience of my son who travels (legally) to Italy about 4 times a week for the past 4 months. Was stopped once going into Italy, where they asked him how much money he was carrying, and once into Switzerland where they looked at his ID. Otherwise just drove through.
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Re: Driving to Spain and back - any covid restrictions?

You not only have to quarantine but to declare yourself and your family electronically upon return:
https://www.zh.ch/de/gesundheit/coro...elden_eng.html


So, the electronic trace described in the above replies also extends to within Switzerland.

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You not only have to quarantine but to declare yourself and your family electronically upon return:
https://www.zh.ch/de/gesundheit/coro...elden_eng.html
So, the electronic trace described in the above replies also extends to within Switzerland.
You should read your own link, and than follow it to the list of high risk countries, Spain is not on the list since very long, and from Italy there are only 3 southern regions left on it. For business travelers there were always exemptions....
Those rules are valid for almost a year now, there is not much excuse to not understand them
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