Anyone living in Switzerland will have to think twice before spending holidays in Paris or the Côte d’Azur. The Federal Department of Public Health (OFSP / BAG) added nine French regions to its list of territories at risk. Starting on Monday, travelers returning from these regions will have to be quarantined for a period of 10 days.

The decision was being planned, since France had already exceeded 60 new infections per 100,000 people, more than two weeks ago. The neighboring country should have been placed on the list of territories at risk by the Federal Department of Public Health.

Differentiated solution

However, this Friday, September 11, the Federal Council presented a differentiated solution for all border countries. Therefore, only a few regions will be included in the list. Exceptions can also be made for border areas. In fact, nine of the thirteen French regions have been placed on the OFSP list.

With this decision, the Swiss Government intends to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, while respecting the close economic, social and cultural exchange in the border regions.

Swiss cantons in excess of cases

There are also several Swiss cantons that exceed the limit of 60 cases per 100,000 people. Since June, the number of Covid-19 cases in Switzerland has been increasing.

Extension of quarantine exemptions

The government has also decided to extend the circle of people exempt from quarantine. Among them, there are now cultural actors who attend or have cultural performances, sportsmen who participate in competitions and participants in scientific congresses. The only condition imposed is that the event where they are present takes into account the concept of protection in force.

People who need to travel to an area at risk for professional or medical reasons, and whose stay cannot be postponed, are also exempt. However, your stay should not exceed five days and a protection concept must have been developed.

It was also decided to adjust the calculation of quarantine days. Residence in a country without a high risk of contamination before entering Switzerland can be deducted from quarantine.

Lower costs

The tests should cost less. The Federal Council decided to reduce the cost of screening tests from CHF 95 to CHF 82 and the cost of antibody tests from CHF 39 to CHF 25.

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