Date Updated

03/26/2021



  • • All travelers complete an online contact tracing form, available below (1), prior to entry by air, boat, bus or train

    • Negative COVID-19 PCR test result, from a test conducted no more than 72 hours before entry, for travelers entering by air, or travelers entering from high risk countries/areas as listed below (2) by other entry means, except:
    - Children under 12
    - Travelers with urgent business or medical travel purposes
    - Transiting travelers who have spent less than 24 hours in a 'high risk' country/area
    - Travelers recovered from COVID-19 in the three months preceding entry
    - Travelers who cannot complete a PCR test in time or whose PCR test expired during travel, carrying a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test issued no more than 24 hours before entry and completing a PCR test immediately upon arrival, among limited other exceptions listed below (3)

    • 10-day quarantine for travelers entering from high risk countries/areas as listed below (4), except:
    - Essential workers and transport staff
    - Travelers with urgent business or medical travel purposes
    - Transiting travelers who have spent less than 24 hours in a 'high risk' country/area
    - Travelers recovered from COVID-19 in the three months preceding entry, among limited other exceptions listed below (5)

    • Quarantine-required travelers report their arrival to the cantonal authority within two days of entry

    • Travelers can reduce the quarantine duration by completing a COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test no sooner than day 7 after entry,; the negative test result is submitted to the cantonal office; individual can cease quarantine upon approval by the cantonal office

    • The employing company or organization must file an application for exemption for quarantine (1) https://swissplf.admin.ch/home (2) https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#1918240392 (3) https://www.fedlex.admin.ch/eli/cc/2021/61/de (4) https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#1918240392 (5) https://www.fedlex.admin.ch/eli/cc/2021/61/de


  • • Consular services are operating normally for those travelers permitted entry

    • Switzerland has resumed immigration application processing for all application types; individuals whose applications were suspended should follow authorities’ instructions on refiling, if applicable Travel Restrictions

    • Switzerland is easing entry restrictions; entry is now permitted for the following categories:
    - Travelers entering from Schengen Area countries;
    - Travelers entering from Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Monaco, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vatican City who hold a valid visa or are visa-exempt; entry will be denied to travelers who only had a stopover in these countries

    • The following categories are allowed entry, regardless of the country the traveler is coming from:
    - Swiss nationals;
    - Swiss residence permit holders (L, B, C or Ci permit);
    - Swiss cross border permit holders (G permit);
    - Those holding a valid D visa issued by Swiss authorities or a valid C visa issued by Swiss authorities and valid as of 16 March 2020 in connection with a situation of absolute necessity or short-term work;
    - Those holding a confirmation issued by Cantonal migration authority or an entry permission as well as a visa issued by Swiss authorities;
    - EU/EFTA nationals, their spouses, parents and children under 21;
    - Travelers in a situation of absolute necessity, such as those traveling for family reunification, under the usual conditions, holding a suitable entry permit; and those traveling to visit their partner in an unmarried or unregistered partnership (evidence of long-term relationship and invitation from the partner who lives in Switzerland are required as well as proof of at least one meeting prior to the entry restrictions being imposed); and
    - Those in transit, carrying proof of entry into the destination country

    • Air travel, where permitted under the entry ban (e.g., travelers in absolute necessity), is restricted to the airports of Basel, Geneva, or Zurich until further notice
  • For the safety of our employees and transferees, Pickups will recommend more active use of protective measures, which includes limiting the number of individuals in the car at any given time; we will be asking spouses and children to not attend or for a separate car to be sourced Real estate is operating in a more restrictive way (virtual viewings are sometimes the only option and tenant permission is needed), with the process taking additional time; the number of parties in the property at any given time might be limited and face masks are required in-line with Federal guidelines Entrance and exit inspections are taking place by the social distancing rules, and mask-wearing


  • • Yes, bookings are being made virtually

    • No face-to-face support

    • Apartments are available
  • Local schools and International are open; mask wearing is being applied depending on age and distancing where possible. Schools are providing regular local updates direct to the parent body; please note each school is being regularly assessed and some localized closing of year groups or establishments is possible - International schools are offering virtual tours
  • Since 18 January until 28 February, additional measures have been introduced for the whole Switzerland, some easing of restrictions commenced 1 March

    • Work - Homeworking compulsory: Homeworking is compulsory in all areas where it is possible to work at home without disproportionate effort; masks compulsory indoors: If several people are working in the same room or using the lift together they must all wear a mask; this rule also applies if large distances are maintained - Protecting people at especially high risk: People at especially high risk benefit from specific protection; they have the right to work from home or equivalent protection at the workplace or leave of absence

    • Private gatherings and celebrations - The number of people allowed to attend events among friends and family (for example gatherings and parties) is limited; the numbers include children; recommendation: Only get together with a few households at the same time - Rule indoors: A maximum of 5 people is allowed, Rule outdoors: A maximum of 15 people is allowed - These rules only apply to gatherings of family and friends. Events such as club gatherings, a meeting or event in the parish community are still prohibited; information for households of more than 5 people: If more than five people live in the same household, they can, of course spend time together; what these households may not do is receive visitors together; this is because gatherings with people from another household are subject to the 5-person rule; patchwork families that for example regularly get together at the weekend, making a group of more than 5 people, may also continue to do so

    • Gatherings in public spaces - In public spaces (for example footpaths, parks and squares), gatherings of more than 15 people are forbidden

    • Public events - Events are basically prohibited - However, there are exceptions, which you will find here: Religious events with a maximum of 50 people are permitted; funerals attended by family and close friends are permitted; oarliamentary and communal assemblies, political demonstrations and the collection of signatures for referendums and initiatives are permitted; events for the formation of political opinion (information events on proposals submitted to the vote of the people) are permitted with a maximum of 50 participants. Professional sporting and cultural activities: competitive events and events with no spectators/audience (e.g. for television broadcasts) are permitted; for all these exceptions, precautionary measures must be implemented

    • Masks - Masks must be worn in many public spaces, for example in shops, in restaurants, on public transport and in busy pedestrian zones; the general rule of thumb applies: Always wear a mask when you are away from home and unable to maintain social distancing of 1.5 meters from other people at all times

    • Shops, markets and service businesses - All shops are open for business again as of 1 March; there are no longer any restrictions on opening hours for service businesses. However, there are limits on the number of customers allowed in shops and service businesses - Markets: Markets may be held both indoors and outdoors; trade fairs, however, are still not allowed

    • Restaurants and bars closed - Restaurants and performance halls opening will be decided on 1 April; catering businesses are closed - Exceptions: Canteens in companies and businesses, canteens in compulsory schools and upper secondary schools and restaurants for hotel guests may remain open. Takeaways and delivery services are permitted - Rules for restaurants and bars open only to hotel guests; the following rules apply both indoors and outdoors: A maximum of 4 people are allowed to sit together at a table, exception: parents with children; operators must record contact details for at least one guest per group of guests at a table; either the requisite spacing must be ensured between guest groups or partitions must be provided between guest groups; food and drink may only be consumed when seated. Masks must be worn; guests may, however, remove their masks as soon as they are seated at the table

    • Clubs closed - Discotheques and dance venues are closed; dance events may not be held

    • Cultural, sports and recreational facilities - Indoor areas that may open: Museums, libraries and reading rooms, archives, equestrian facilities, hotel facilities (e.g. spas) for hotel residents - Outdoors areas that may open: All outdoor areas of recreational establishments such as zoos, botanical gardens, ice skating rinks, tennis courts, and football grounds, ski areas, etc. - Open for children and young people: Sports and cultural facilities, both indoors and outdoors, may open for activities involving people born in or after 2001; this applies, for example, to sports clubs, theatre groups, youth orchestras and youth clubs

    • The following applies to children and young people born in or after 2001: Practice, rehearsals and training for cultural and sports activities are all permitted without restriction. Performances and competitions are also permitted provided there is no audience; singing together is permitted, also in choirs and music lessons; concerts are allowed provided there is no audience (e.g. with video streaming); open children’s and youth activities are permitted. Youth clubs are open; however, parties and dance events are still banned

    • Adults: The following applies to adults born in 2000 or earlier: Indoors: Recreational cultural activities may be held indoors with a maximum of 5 people provided everyone wears a mask and maintains sufficient distance; exemption from the mask-wearing requirement: You may also rehearse without a mask if the room is very big (for example a hall), has good ventilation and additional distancing rules apply; this exception is designed to allow, for example, rehearsals involving wind instruments - Outdoors: Recreational cultural activities may be held outdoors with a maximum of 15 people provided everyone wears a mask or maintains sufficient distance; this rule allows, for example, rehearsals of theatre groups, but not performances in front of an audience

    • Adults: The following applies to adults born in 2000 or earlier: Singing is prohibited in the following situations: Almost everywhere where people sing together in a non-professional setting, e.g. in religious services, among friends, in a band and in amateur choirs; the ban applies both indoors and outdoors; singing is permitted in the following situations: Alone or among family, in one-to-one lessons, for professional singers: rehearsals are basically allowed, performances only at permitted events, for example accompanying a religious service, for professional choirs: rehearsals are basically allowed, performances only without an audience (e.g. with video streaming)

    • Adults: Recreational sport; the following applies to adults born in 2000 or earlier: Contact sports are prohibited (e.g. martial arts, ice hockey, football); for all other sports, outdoor training is allowed with a maximum of 15 people provided everyone maintains a distance of at least 1.5 meters or everyone wears a mask. Indoor training sessions are not allowed

    • Professional setting: Sport and culture: Professional competitive events and events with spectators/audience are banned. If there are no spectators/audience (e.g. for television broadcasts) they are permitted - There are no restrictions on professional rehearsals/practice or training sessions. Wherever possible, however, the requirements pertaining to hygiene, distancing and – if distancing cannot be maintained – mask wearing must be observed; employers are required to protect the health of athletes, dancers, actors, orchestra members, etc.

    • Ski areas: Ski areas (e.g. transport installations with ski slopes) may only be opened if authorized by the canton; the criteria for a canton to grant authorization include, in particular, the availability of the necessary capacity in healthcare facilities and an epidemiological situation that permits the opening of the ski areas; operators of ski areas must implement stringent precautionary measures, including the mandatory wearing of masks in both the transport installations and the waiting areas for these installations; the closure of restaurant businesses also applies in ski areas

    • Some Swiss cantons have introduced additional, stricter measures
  • Train/buses These are running on a normal timetable (except across borders where there is a limited service); the advice is to travel during off-peak if possible and try and keep a distance between each other; wearing face masks is required at all times on all types of public transport (trains, buses, trams, cable cars, etc.) for those aged 12 or older Taxis Taxi continues to run normally (regulated per law) although special measures for disinfection/safety have been introduced and again face masks
  • Household Goods

    Survey (Video/In-person)
    • Video only

    Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
    • Yes, with sanitary precautions

    Freight Availability/Cost
    • Air: Limited services
    • Sea: Available services with some limitations, longer transit time
    than usual which could add some extra charges

    Road Availability
    • Normal services with some restrictions
    depends on destination country
    • Trucks allowed to cross borders only with one
    driver

    Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
    • No, customer must sign waiver if nominating a representative

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