Travelling to Switzerland

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In keeping with the reacxtions to the omicron variant, Switzerland has tightened up on entry restrictions.

It has decided that, from yesterday onwards, you must have proof of vaccination and proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (either PCR or antigen) to enter Switzerland.

That isn’t the big news. What will really hit tourism is that the Swiss government has also decided that people from the UK who wish to holiday in Switzerland or even those who transit to another country will need to self-quarantine in Switzerland for 10 days.

Most visitors don’t stay longer than ten days so holidaymakers will be instantly deterred from even considering Switzerland..

As the skiing season is upon us, many Britons who would normally head for Switzerland for some weekend skiing will think again.

But so will people who use Geneva to get closer to the slopes in France. They can’t afford to wait 10 days in self-isolationm within geneva before heading onto the French slopes. They will either switch to a French airport and endure the longer travelling time or pick a resort where the travelling time from airport to resort is low.

But providing you use the correct exit and head to the French exit you shouldn’t have to self-isolate. But many people each year take the wrong exit so if you are going skiing in France and using Geneva be very careful and ask for diections so you don’t get accidentally caught.

The action by the Swiss will hit Swiss tourism numbers but also French ones as well.

And since Geneva is also used by people heading to southern Germany the same caution applies to them.

Update 30 November: It has been confirmed by the Swiss authorities that transit passengers who don’t leave the airport and are there for less than 24 hours do not have to go into quarantine.

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