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The level of infections remains high and in most cantons is rising again.

Vaccinations will begin this month. In the meantime, the Swiss federal government has confirmed another raft of national measures to curb the spread of the virus.

  • On December 20 Switzerland banned flights from the UK and South Africa following reports of a new strain of coronavirus. People who had entered Switzerland from those countries since December 14 were ordered to go into a ten-day quarantine.
  • Swissmedic has approved a first vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech. The first doses will arrive any day now. The cantons are bringing forward their vaccination campaigns.
  • Switzerland has reserved about 15.8 million vaccine doses from Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca.
  • Switzerland will close all restaurants and bars, sports and recreation centres and other cultural institutions for a month from December 22; ski areas can remain open, the government announced on December 18.
  • Cantons which have a reproduction rate number under 1 or a seven-day case average that is under the Swiss average may relax the measures for restaurants and sports centres.
  • The government also urged people to stay home to reduce stubbornly high coronavirus infection rates. This follows a raft of federal measures introduced on December 11.
  • The federal government has increased its compensation fund for hard-hit companies by CHF1.5 billion ($1.69 billion) to CHF2.5 billion.
  • Travel is mostly possible between Switzerland and the European Union, EFTA countries and the UK. But quarantine measures may apply. 
  • Citizens and residents of non-Schengen countries can enter Switzerland only in exceptional cases. A list of non-Schengen countries not affected by this ban can be found here. Citizens and residents of Switzerland may always enter Switzerland.
  • Those who come to Switzerland from “high-risk” countries and regions must undergo a ten-day quarantine or face a fine. The list of countries and regions deemed high-risk is updated regularly by the authorities.
  • The complete updated data on the pandemic can be found via the “Coronavirus: the latest numbers” link or article below.


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