You must go into quarantine for 10 days immediately after entering Switzerland (Art. 9 COVID-19 Ordinance on Measures in the Field of International Movement of Persons).
Please note that anyone who illegally evades quarantine commits an infringement according to Art. 83 of the Epidemics Act and this can be punished with a fine (maximum CHF 10,000.-).
By going into quarantine you avoid transmitting the virus to people in your household and members of the public. During this time you may become contagious yourself. By going into quarantine you are making an important contribution to protecting people in vulnerable groups and slowing the spread of the virus.
The instructions below describe the precautionary measures you must take while you are in quarantine to avoid passing on the virus. You will find all the important information you need to know about the new coronavirus on the website of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
Isolate yourself from members of the public and co-workers
- Stay at home for 10 days (from the date you entered Switzerland).
- Avoid all contact with other people, with the exception of people who are also in quarantine and live with you in the same household.
- Everyone in your household must go into quarantine. Even if you are in Switzerland as a visitor, the whole household in which you are staying must go into quarantine. Exception: if complete isolation from the other members of your houshold is possible.
- You are not allowed to leave your household, even to go for a walk.
- Have food and other vital products such as medicines delivered to your door by friends (provided they are not in quarantine as well), neighbours or a delivery service.
Keep an eye on your state of health
- Keep an eye on your state of health: A feeling of being unwell, tiredness, fever, a feeling of being feverish, coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath or sudden loss of your sense of smell and/or taste are some of the indications that you may be infected with the new coronavirus.
If symptoms occur
- Immediately call the Aerztefon medical infoline on 0800 33 66 55. Tell them that you have been in quarantine on the instructions of the health authority and that you have symptoms.
End of quarantine
- You can only go out in public again once you have been free of symptoms for 10 days.
- Continue to keep an eye on your state of health: The first symptoms might not appear until later.
You now have the option of terminating your travel quarantine early on your own responsibility if you:
- are symptom-free;
- have a rapid antigen test or a PCR test carried out at an official testing point from the 7th day at the earliest;
- the result is negative.
This is an optional procedure; the test costs are covered by the Swiss federal government. For early release from the in-arrival quarantine, the consent of the cantonal Health Department is no longer required. The Health Department may suspend the early termination of quarantine in justified cases.
Until the actual end of the quarantine (10th day), you must wear a face mask at all times and keep a distance of 1.5 metres from other people. In case of a positive test result, you must immediately go into isolation.