Switzerland Tourism Launches Overview of Regulations, Canton by Canton

Some cantons have ski areas open, others have shut them. The Federal government has closed restaurants, but some were allowed to open. Now they are closed. It is, to say the least, a confusing picture.

Switzerland Tourism wants to help winter sports enthusiasts and other visitors with a nationwide overview of cantonal regulations.

“Guests are confused. The lack of clarity is a major hurdle for planning holidays and excursions,” Switzerland Tourism said.

The organisation wants to help guests understand what they can and can’t do.

It is posting a comprehensive, Switzerland-wide overview of the various and varied cantonal regulations.

Here are a couple of screenshots:

Cantonal rules

Cantonal rules

Cantonal rules

Cantonal rules

Follow this link for the full picture that is being regularly updated to keep it accurate as the details change.

The mountain railways and ski areas that are open operate in strict compliance with the Covid-19 safety protocols.

Masks are compulsory in cable cars, plus on open-air lifts (chair lifts, drag lifts) and in all queuing areas.

Only two thirds of maximum capacity is permitted in all closed forms of transport, such as trains, gondolas and cablecars.

This applies to seating and standing room.

It’s perhaps all a bit academic for UK visitors at the moment as most are barred due to the new strain of Covid-19.

Those that can enter Switzerland have to report to the cantonal authorities and go into quarantine for ten days.

Unless exemptions are made, all UK tourists will be banned from entering Switzerland as the UK’s transition period for leaving the EU ends on January 1st 2021.

The UK is also not a member of Schengen.

Travel in Europe remains allowed for EU and Schengen countries.

Others are treated as ‘third nation’ countries and are not allowed to cross borders unless they have low levels of Covid-19.