Lifting of certain entry restrictions from 20 July: On July 20, the Federal Department of Justice and Police FDJP intends to remove Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay and the EU states outside the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Romania and Cyprus) from the list of high-risk countries. China is expected to be removed from the list too according to the EU recommendations, given that it does not permit travellers from Switzerland to enter its territory.
Quarantine for travellers from high-risk regions: With effect from Monday, 6 July, travellers entering Switzerland from certain regions will have to go into quarantine for ten days. The FOPH has a list of the countries concerned, which it updates regularly: www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende.html Travellers affected will be notified during the flight, on board coaches and at border crossings. They will have to register with the cantonal authorities on arrival. Airlines and travel companies will also be instructed not to transport sick passengers.
Masks compulsory on public transport: In view of the increasing volume of people travelling and the rising number of new infections since mid-June, it has decided to make masks compulsory on public transport throughout the country from Monday, 6 July. Persons over the age of 12 will have to wear a mask in trains, trams and buses, as well as on mountain rail and cableways and on lake and river boats. In addition to that, masks are also compulsory on horse carriages, on the National Park train and on board of the Bus Alpin.
The press release of the Federal Council of 1 July 2020: www.admin.ch/gov/en/start/documentation/media-releases/media-releases-federal-council.msg-id-79711.html
From Monday, 6 July, masks are compulsory on public transport throughout the country. In the Bernina Express train the Swiss protection measures need to be followen. As soon as the passengers leave the train on Italian ground (e.g. in Tirano), the Italian authorities require them to wear masks. In the Bernina Express Bus that runs mainly on Italian territory, the Italian protective measures apply.
From Monday, 6 July, masks are compulsory on public transport throughout the country. The mountain railways in the Upper Engadin are operating according to the summer season timetable, please see
The hotels and restaurant are open; only few remained closed. All open hotels are following the instructions of the health authorities.
The hotels follow the instructions of the public health authorities. There is no reason to avoid single hotels.
The hygiene rules published by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) apply, please see www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/so-schuetzen-wir-uns.html
Each night, the busses of Engadin Bus are disinfected, especially the grabpoles, stop buttons and the driver's cockpits. It is prohibited to get on the bus using the front (i.e. the driver's) door. Engadin Bus tickets cannot be purchased anymore from the bus driver or other crew members. Passengers are requested to buy their tickets via other channels, e. g. at ticket machines, or online (web shops, apps).
The mountain railways have increased the number of employees responsible for disinfecting the facilities; special care is taken regarding the touchpoints that the guests come in regular contact with. At the instruction of the Italian Health Ministry, the Rhaetian Railway disinfects the trains to and from Italy on a daily basis.
All employees are informed and instructed according to the recommendations of the public health authorities as well as of hotelleriesuisse.
The usual measures apply: bathrooms, kitchens, door handles, light switches, remote controls, telephones, etc. will be disinfected, and the laundry will be cleaned by the Laundry & Cleaning Service.