Switzerland to Impose Quarantine on Arrivals From the Czech Republic

Prague Morning

Switzerland has included the Czech Republic in the list of countries at risk due to the spread of coronavirus. From Monday, people will have to quarantine for ten days after arriving from the Czech Republic.

Friday’s information from the Swiss health authorities was confirmed by Irena Valentová, Deputy Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Bern.

The mandatory 10-day quarantine will not apply to transit through Switzerland within 24 hours, nor to transfers to connecting flights at airport terminals.

The Swiss Health Authority points out on its website that the mandatory quarantine cannot be replaced by a negative COVID-19 test. 

Read: Denmark Adds Czech Republic on List of Risk Countries

According to Jan Papež, vice-president of the Czech Association of Travel Agencies, the inclusion of the Czech Republic in the Swiss list of high-risk countries “is a problem mainly due to the sale of ski tours to the popular Alpine country. We assume that this decision will be limited for a short time because the situation is still evolving,” said Papež.

In addition to the Czech Republic, travellers from nine areas of France (Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France, Île de France, Normandy, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Pays de la Loire, and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur) will have to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Switzerland. However, border regions are exempted from the new rule.

The island of Corsica, as well as Austria’s capital, Vienna, will also be added to the list.

To define a risk area, Switzerland has set a limit of more than 60 coronavirus infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.

Switzerland itself has seen a steady rise in cases in recent months.

The country of 8.5 million people has counted more than 46,000 cases of the novel coronavirus and over 1,700 deaths.

Read: Biggest One-Day Rise in Coronavirus Cases in the Czech Republic: 1,382

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