COVID-19 - Travelling and quarantine

2. Informing the canton of your return from a high-risk area

Check whether you need to declare yourself to the authorities

There are currently no countries on the list of countries with a variant of concern (VOC). It is presently not necessary to report your arrival to the canton. The list of countries with a variant of concern (VOC) was updated on 4 August 2021.

 

FAQ

I'm coming back from a country with a variant of concern (VOC). What must I do?

  • Go home immediately and stay there for 10 days, following the quarantine instructions.
  • Follow the recommendations and explanations that will be given to you the day after you will have submitted the electronic form. An official quarantine decision will be sent to you.

 

I have returned from a country where a VOC is circulating and I am vaccinated. What should I do?

If you are fully vaccinated (two doses for people who haven't contracted COVID-19, or one dose after a cured Covid) and your last injection took place not more than 12 months ago (for the Janssen vaccine, the duration is 12 months from the 22nd day following complete vaccination), you don't need to present a test at the Swiss border, to declare yourself upon your return, nor to undergo quarantine.

To date, vaccines that are recognised in Switzerland are :

 

What is the définition of a "fully vaccinated person" ?

People are fully vaccinated if : 

  • They have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, 
  • Or, they are cured of COVID-19 (confirmed by PCR, rapid antigenic or serological test) and have received one dose of vaccine

 

What is variant of concern of the virus which is resistant to antibodies?

It is a variant that eludes detection and defence by pre-existing immunity to the virus variant.

Currently, there is no state or area where an antibody-resistant variant is circulating. The situation may change rapidly and we invite you to regularly check the list of countries with a variant of concern (VOC) on the FOPH website.
 

I am cured of COVID-19 and have returned from an area with VOC. What should I do?

As of the 11th day following the positive test result and for a period of 6 months, you do not need to present a test at the Swiss border, to declare yourself upon your return, nor to undergo quarantine. 

 

I have travelled to a country where a variant of concern is circulating. Can I obtain a waiver or exemption from quarantine?

For justified cases of absolute necessity (e.g. a funeral), a request for a quarantine exemption should be sent to derogation.covid@etat.ge.ch, enclosing your proof documents.
 

I have just returned from an area where a variant of concern is circulating and my child has to go back to school, what should I do?

Children and adolescents under the age of 16 are not exempt from the quarantine requirement.  

 

 

Declaration of return from an area or country where a VOC is circulating

How long do I have to declare my return?

48 hours. However, your quarantine begins as soon as you enter Swiss territory.

 

What do I risk if I don't declare myself?

Quarantine compliance will be monitored. In case of doubt on behalf of the cantonal doctor's office, or if a case is reported, the police will be summoned to carry out a control. Fines of up to CHF 10,000.- may be issued.

 

How should one calculate the duration of a quarantine upon return from an area or country where a variant of concern is circulating?

The duration of quarantine is calculated from the date of departure from the area where a variant of concern is circulating, plus 10 days.

The units that constitute the days of quarantine are counted in days and not in 24-hour periods, which means that a quarantine always ends on the last day of quarantine at midnight.

Example 1: You leave the country at risk on 6th October. You arrive in Switzerland on the same day. The quarantine lasts from 6th to 16th October at midnight.
Example 2: You leave the country at risk on 6th October, and on 7th and 8th October you transit through an area that is not on the list of risk areas. You arrive in Switzerland on 9th October. The effective quarantine in Switzerland runs from 9th to 16th October at midnight.

 

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16 September 2021
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