Swiss federal authorities today decided to lift restrictions on entry for people from most countries and regions that were on their black list, including Portugal.
Nationals or travelers from those countries no longer have to comply with a 10-day quarantine upon arrival, under penalty of a fine of 9.350 Swiss francs (XNUMX euros).
In order to decide whether a state or a zone presents a high risk of infection, new infections per 100 people in the last 14 days are considered.
If the incidence in the country in question exceeds at least 60% in Switzerland - more than 760 per 100 thousand inhabitants, according to the most recent figures - the country is blacklisted.
On September 25, Switzerland had extended its list of countries with travelers subject to quarantine when they reached Swiss territory, including Portugal.
Switzerland had been relatively spared in the first wave of the pandemic in the spring, but for several weeks the number of daily cases has doubled weekly.
The authorities have already warned that, if the population does not make an effort, hospital structures can become congested within two weeks.
As of Thursday, October 29, “and for an indefinite duration”, discos and nightclubs are closed, while restaurants and bars close at 23:00.
All events with more than 50 people and all non-professional sports and cultural activities with more than 15 people are prohibited.
Switzerland will also authorize, as of November 02, rapid tests.
"Nobody wants a second semi-definition", underlined the federal president, Simonetta Sommaruga, when presenting the new measures.
In the case of neighboring France, only the regions of Hauts-de-France, the capital and Polynesia remain on the list, which means that the statistics of the pandemic there are worse than those of Switzerland.
Until today, only the border regions with Switzerland had been spared, because of the very close mutual connections and the tens of thousands of inhabitants in France that make up an important part of the Swiss economy.
The list of countries and regions with conditional arrivals, which had dozens of names, was thus shortened and only includes the French regions mentioned, plus Andorra, Armenia, Belgium and the Czech Republic.