From today Swiss border restrictions are relaxed. A total opening of the borders with France, Germany and Austria is planned for 15th June. The latest on Swiss border controls.
With less than 0.2 per thousand infected, fewer than 50 new infections on average per day and virtually no deaths from the virus, Switzerland is progressively, albeit carefully, unlocking. Included is the relaxation of border restrictions with neighbouring countries where similar conditions prevail. Although there are no plans to open all borders to global traffic – border controls will remain.
From today (16th May)
The Swiss borders to Austria and Germany are now open for those wishing to visit relatives, unmarried partners or attend important family events. Restrictions are removed for people who own a property for personal use or tend allotments beyond their border. People who need to maintain agricultural or hunting land or woodland, or needing to take care of animals may also cross the border.
There are requirements attached to some of these freedoms.
Those wishing to enter Austria to tend, maintain or use property must have a primary or secondary residence there. They will still be required to produce a medical certificate, not more than four days old, stating that the holder has tested negative for SARS-CoV-2.
The Federal Administration has already opened 20 border crossings since the beginning of April so that there are more possibilities to navigate over the border (which is only allowed at controlled points).
From 15th June
As long as the epidemiological situation allows, all remaining travel restrictions between Switzerland, Germany, Austria and France should be lifted from 15th June under an agreement now reached between the four countries.
Unfortunately all travel restrictions at the border to Italy will remain in place until further notice. The Federal Council will discuss the next stage of easing entry and residence restrictions at its meeting on 27th May.The Federal Council will discuss the next stage of easing entry and residence restrictions at its meeting on 27th May.
For the latest information about the current state of work permits and employment in Switzerland, take a look at our Coronavirus FAQ.
For more official information, FAQs and a travel administration application please refer to the Federal Office of Public Health Covid-19 page.
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