First coronavirus quarantines begin in Switzerland

First coronavirus quarantines begin in Switzerland
Planes at Geneva airport. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
Several arrivals to Switzerland, including from the United States and the Balkans, have started the now mandatory ten-day coronavirus quarantine.

They include a family who arrived from the US in Basel on Monday, along with six arrivals from Serbia who will now quarantine in the canton of Lucerne. 

As reported by Nau, these are the first arrivals to Switzerland who will be required to undergo the mandatory quarantine. 

Switzerland’s coronavirus quarantine came into effect on Monday, July 6th. 

Q&A: What travellers to Switzerland should know about the new 10-day quarantine rule

People who purposefully fail to respect the terms of the quarantine — for instance, by going out or having guests — could be liable to a fine of up to 10,000 francs. 

People who negligently do so, i.e. through being unaware of the quarantine requirement, will be liable for a fine of up to 5,000 francs.

The fines are a significant increase on those levelled for breaches of lockdown requirements up until this point, where there was a maximum fine of CHF100. 

READ: Fines of up to CHF10,000 to be handed out for breaching coronavirus quarantine

While the ten-day requirement relies on the personal responsibility of those ordered to quarantine, as The Local Switzerland reported yesterday it will be monitored by phone calls and potentially home visits. 

The countries concerned by the measure are Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Chile, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Iraq, Israel, Qatar, Colombia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Moldova, North Macedonia, Oman, Panama, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Serbia, South Africa, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the United States.

Anyone entering Switzerland from one of these countries must go straight to their own house or another suitable accommodation and stay there continuously for 10 days.


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