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.