Swiss border restrictions have been lifted

The Swiss government has lifted almost all restrictions on travel from Schengen, EU and EEA countries into Switzerland. A good number of third countries are also included. There is a very useful official tool which enables you to check Swiss entry requirements according to your individual status:

https://travelcheck.admin.ch/check

In a nutshell: If you are an EU citizen or have the right of freedom of movement and are:

  • Travelling by car: You can enter Switzerland without any further pandemic-related measures and are therefore exempt from the test and quarantine requirement.
  • Travelling by plane: If you are double vaccinated or have had Covid, you do not need a test, you only need to fill out this Entry Form. If not, you will additionally need PCR or rapid antigen test.

 

If you are are not an EU citizen or do not have the right of free movement:

Your entry to the country is subject to the general entry requirements (e.g. travel document and visa).

  • If you are travelling by plane from third countries such a the UK or USA, and are double vaccinated or have recovered from Covid, you just need to fill out the Entry Form.
  • If not, you will additionally need PCR or rapid antigen test.

Ski lifts will remain open until May 2nd

                                Blatten on the Furi to Zermatt ski run

 

We have had official confirmation that the Zermatt ski lifts will operate as usual until the end of the season on May 2nd. The Sunnegga / Gornergrat area will close on Monday April 19th, while the Matterhorn area will continue to operate until May. This is the best area for spring skiing, due to its high altitude.

All shops, including non-essential ones, are now open normally. Indoor eating in restaurants is still restricted, but all the mountain restaurants are open and you can use their terraces and the surrounding slopes to enjoy your take-away. There is a lot of seating available. It’s very much like the good old days!

Take-away restaurant service extended, ski-lifts are operating normally

The Swiss government has extended the closure of all restaurants until the end of February. However many restaurants are operating a take-away service and this works very well, also on the ski-slopes. The best restaurants have a large terrace where you can enjoy your take-away in good comfort: tables have been removed, but not the fixed benches where you can sit in the sun and almost have a normal lunch. With wine if you like.

Non-essential shops are also closed, but the supermarkets, bakeries, pharmacies, news agents and wine shops are all open. Ski shops are open for rentals, and you can also pre-order items for collection. Services such as hair-dressers are also open.

Cervinia is still closed, but all the Zermatt ski lifts are fully functional and the conditions are some of the best in years due to recent much higher than average snowfalls. The slopes are quieter than usual, so this is the best possible time to come and ski in Zermatt.

New Kumme Gondola Lift is Operational

New for the 2020-2021 ski season, the Kumme gondola lift opened last week. Located in the Sunnegga / Rothorn sector, this 10 seater cabin lift has a vertical of 966m and a total length of 3.2 km. It starts near the bottom of the Tuftern run and goes all the way up to Rothorn, giving more efficient and more direct access to a number of ski slopes.

The restaurants in Zermatt have been ordered to close until January 22nd, however many are offering take-aways, including those on the ski slopes, and home delivery in the village. All the more reason to book one of our chalets or apartments with catering, or with a well-equipped kitchen!

The mountain lifts continue to operate normally, and the Cervinia sector is set to open on January 7th.

 

Zermatt Skiing and Restaurants are Open

The Swiss government maintained its decision that all ski lifts and mountain railways are classified as public transport, so the Zermatt lifts will be open during the the coming season. Just as in buses and trams, passengers will be required to wear a mask, there will be social distancing in the lines, hand sanitizers, and regular disinfection of all surfaces. Additionally, in enclosed cabins and train carriages the number of passengers will be limited to 2/3 of total capacity.

For the time being the Cervinia sector in Italy is closed, probably until early January. However, with more than 200km of runs across three mountain sectors, the Zermatt ski area is still one of the five best in the world.

Furthermore, the Zermatt lift company is offering flexible re-booking for Covid related cancellations, as are we.

Swiss Travel & Quarantine Information

Switzerland has a responsive approach to travel restrictions. You only need to quarantine if coming from a country whose Covid incidence rate per 100,000 is 60 or more above the Swiss rate. Currently travelers from almost all Schengen countries, and the UK and Ireland, can enter Switzerland freely without needing to self-isolate. The exceptions are:

Andorra, Poland, Luxembourg, Hungary, Slovenia, Portugal and certain areas of Italy and Austria. For full and updated information please check this Swiss government website.

For Zermatt specific up to date official information about Covid measures, head to the Covid information page from the Zermatt Tourist Office.

Covid Measures

We are implementing all official health and safety recommendations relating to Covid-19 and have been granted the Clean & Safe label. For details please see our Covid measures page.

Zermatt ski lifts will operate fully this winter

Ski lifts to remain open for the 2020-21 winter season!

The Swiss government confirmed yesterday (Friday December 4th) that all ski lifts and mountain railways in Zermatt will be open during the the coming season: the Swiss government has decreed them to be public transport. Just as in buses and trams, passengers will be required to wear a mask, there will be social distancing in the lines, hand sanitizers, and regular disinfection of all surfaces. Additionally, in enclosed cabins and train carriages the number of passengers will be limited to 2/3 of total capacity.

For the time being the Cervinia sector in Italy is closed, probably until early January. However, with more than 200km of runs across three mountain sectors, the Zermatt ski area is still one of the five best in the world.

Furthermore, the Zermatt lift company is offering flexible re-booking for Covid related cancellations, as are we.

Swiss Travel & Quarantine Information

Switzerland has a responsive approach to travel restrictions. You only need to quarantine if coming from a country whose Covid incidence rate per 100,000 is 60 or more above the Swiss rate. Currently travelers from almost all Schengen countries, and the UK and Ireland, can enter Switzerland without needing to self-isolate. The exceptions are:

Andorra, Poland, Luxembourg, Hungary, Slovenia, and certain areas of Italy and Austria. For full and updated information please check this Swiss government website.

For Zermatt specific up to date official information about Covid measures, head to the Covid information page from the Zermatt Tourist Office.

Flexible Stays

This winter we want to guarantee you all a safe arrival and departure. Therefore we do not have any strict arrival and departure requirements for many dates. You can also arrive easily during the week and enjoy your winter holiday for 7 days or more in one of our beautiful chalets. For organisational reasons, we usually have to stick to Saturdays and / or Sundays for catered stays or with breakfast only. But exceptions prove the rules, so it is best to contact us and let us know your requirements.

Covid Measures

We are implementing all official health and safety recommendations relating to Covid-19. For details please see our Covid measures page.

Switzerland is opening on June 15th / Die Schweiz öffnet am 15. Juni / La Suisse ouvre le 15 juin

(EN) Mountain Lifts and Trains are opening, Swiss Borders also

The whole of Switzerland is opening up again, and here in Zermatt shops and restaurants are open. This means that you can hire mountain bikes, play tennis, hike at the foot of the Matterhorn, shop to your heart’s content and then have lunch on a sunny terrace.

Sporting facilities and activities, mountain tours, helicopter flights are now also allowed, the Museum and the Tourist office are also open.

From 6th of June the mountain lifts and trains, the summer skiing slopes, the cinema and swimming pools are also allowed to operate.

From 15th of June the borders will be open for all tourists from EU and Schengen countries, including the UK..

All open facilities are required to follow Swiss federal safety measures and all persons are required to respect common advice such as keeping a distance of two metres  from other people.

Live ticker for up to date official information from the Zermatt Tourist Office.

(DE) Die Bergbahnen eröffnen, die Schweizer Grenzen auch

Die ganze Schweiz öffnet sich wieder und hier in Zermatt sind Geschäfte und Restaurants auch geöffnet. So können Sie Mountainbikes mieten, Tennis spielen, am Fuss des Matterhorns wandern, nach Herzenslust einkaufen und ansschliessend auf einer sonnigen Terrasse Mittag essen.

Sportliche Einrichtungen und Aktivitäten, Bergtouren, Hubschrauberflüge sind wieder erlaubt, das Museum und das Tourismusbüro ebenfalls wieder geöffnet.

Ab dem 6. Juni sind die Bergbahnen (und das Sommerskigebiet), das Kino und die Schwimmbäder wieder offen.

Ab dem 15. Juni öffnen sich die Grenzen für Touristen aus alle EU und Schengen Länder.

Bei allen geöffneten Einrichtungen kommen Schutzkonzepte zur Anwendung. Ein Abstand von zwei Metern muss zu Mitmenschen eingehalten werden und Hygienevorschriften sind zu beachten.

Live-Ticker für aktuelle, offizielle Information vom Tourismusbüro Zermatt

(FR) Les remontées mécaniques ouvrent, les frontières Suisses également

Toute la Suisse s’ouvre à nouveau, et ici à Zermatt, les magasins et les restaurants sont aussi ouverts. Cela signifie que vous pouvez louer des VTT, jouer au tennis, randonner au pied du Cervin, faire du shopping à votre guise et déjeuner sur une terrasse ensoleillée.

Les installations et activités sportives, les excursions en montagne, les vols en hélicoptère sont désormais également autorisés, le musée et l’office de tourisme sont également ouverts.

Dés le 6 juin, les remontées mécaniques, le ski d’été, les trains, le cinéma et les piscines sont également autorisés à fonctionner.

Dès le 15 juin, les frontières seront ouvertes pour tous les touristes venant d’un pays membre de l’UE / Schengen.

Des mesures de protection sont en place pour toutes les établissements ouverts. Une distance de deux mètres doit être maintenue par rapport aux autres personnes et les règles d’hygiène doivent être respectées.

Pour obtenir des informations officielles actualisées, cliquez sur le site de l’ Office du tourisme de Zermatt.

Zermatt is open / Zermatt ist offen / Zermatt est ouvert

(EN) Shops and restaurants are now open again

The whole of Switzerland is opening up again, and here in Zermatt shops and restaurants are open. This means that you can hire mountain bikes, play tennis, hike at the foot of the Matterhorn, shop to your heart’s content and then have lunch on a sunny terrace.

Restaurants have a limit of 4 persons at any one table, and tables have a minimum distance of 2m between them.

Live ticker for up to date official information from the Zermatt Tourist Office.

(DE) Geschäfte und Restaurants sind jetzt offen

Die ganze Schweiz öffnet sich wieder und hier in Zermatt sind Geschäfte und Restaurants auch geöffnet. So können Sie Mountainbikes mieten, Tennis spielen, wandern am Fuss des Matterhorns, nach Herzenslust einkaufen und ansschliessend auf einer sonnigen Terrasse zu Mittag essen.

Im Restaurants sind maximal 4 Personen pro Tisch erlaubt und die Tische müssen voneinander einen Mindestabstand von 2 m haben.

Live-Ticker für aktuelle, offizielle Information vom Tourismusbüro Zermatt

(FR) Les magasins et restaurants sont maintenant ouverts

Toute la Suisse s’ouvre à nouveau, et ici à Zermatt, les magasins et les restaurants sont aussi ouverts. Cela signifie que vous pouvez louer des VTT, jouer au tennis, randonner au pied du Cervin, faire du shopping à votre guise et déjeuner sur une terrasse ensoleillée.

Les restaurants ont une limite de 4 personnes par table et avec une distance entre les tables d’au moins 2 mètres.

Pour obtenir des informations officielles actualisées, cliquez sur le site de l’ Office du tourisme de Zermatt.

New Federal measures, Zermatt is still open.

The Federal Council issued a new directive on March 20th, banning any gathering of more than 5 persons in a public space such as a square, a park or a path. Please note that this does not affect our chalets, or indeed hotels, as these are private spaces. All our accommodation is open and available for booking.

Live ticker for up to date official information from the Zermatt Tourist Office.

 

 

 

Federal Government confirms its directives.

March 16th. Under the new Federal instructions hotels, parahotels and all accommodation businesses are able to stay open for business.

According to the latest guidelines, many of the other businesses in the Zermatt – Matterhorn destination are closed at least until 19 April 2020.
This includes:

– Cable cars and mountain railways
– Bars
– Restaurants
– Shops (except shops selling food or goods for basic needs)

In addition, all public and private events are cancelled. The following is still guaranteed:

– Medical care
– Supermarkets, food shops, wine shops and kiosks
– Traffic routes to and from Zermatt and within Zermatt

We will keep updating you with the latest news as we get them.

The official Zermatt Tourist Office information live ticker can be found here.