Switzerland – Return from travel: will quarantine be shortened?


The federal task force is discussing a shortening of the quarantine period for Swiss returning from a country at risk. The Federal Council will decide.

The Swiss returning from a trip could spend less time in quarantine.


Swiss returning from a country at risk may in the future have to spend six to seven days in quarantine, instead of the current ten. The federal task force is discussing a shortening of the deadline. The last word will go to the Federal Council.

“We are examining this from a scientific angle,” epidemiologist Marcel Tanner said Tuesday evening on German-speaking television SRF. The task force includes calls from the economy and tour operators for a shortened quarantine.

Negative test required?

To qualify, travelers would have to test negative for coronavirus. A study by Sebastian Bonhoeffer, professor at ETHZ and member of the task force, came to the conclusion that it would be possible to combine shortened quarantine and testing.

According to Marcel Tanner, the “concrete proposal” on the table is “that we can safely shorten the quarantine if we carry out the necessary tests”. The deadline is likely to be reduced to seven days. “We could also do the test on the sixth day and see if it is negative,” said the epidemiologist.

The final decision rests with the Federal Council. Finance Minister Ueli Maurer told SRF two weeks ago that he expected the quarantine could be shortened for people returning from countries at risk.

A similar discussion is underway in several countries, including France, Italy or Germany. The quarantine could be reduced to seven or even five days.


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