Switzerland Tourism is asking to offer tests to tourists to avoid quarantine.

Switzerland Tourism is asking to offer tests to tourists to avoid quarantine.

Switzerland Tourism is asking to offer tests to tourists to avoid quarantine. Covid-19 high risk countries visitors should be able to travel in Switzerland. With negative corona tests they could avoid quarantine, say tourism officials.
 

From Swissinfo.ch – NZZ am Sonntag/sb

 
Now people arriving in Switzerland from high risk coronavirus countries need to quarantine. The Federal Office of Public Health updates this list in frequent basis. People not complying with the quarantine risk a fine. Quarantine in Switzerland is for 10 days.
 
With winter season starting in less than three months, it can be very detrimental for tourism.
 
“If French guests are absent in the autumn and winter season, we will be hit hard,” Martin Nydegger, director of Switzerland Tourism, told the NZZ am Sonntag newspaper on September 13.
Saas-Fee is one of the prettiest ski towns in the Valais region. Switzerland Tourism is asking to offer tests to tourists to avoid quarantine.
Saas-Fee is one of the prettiest ski towns in the Valais region. Switzerland Tourism is asking to offer tests to tourists to avoid quarantine.

Valais is concerned for the upcoming ski season

 
The resorts of the Valais region are nervous with the panorama this winter. Resorts such as Verbier, Zermatt and Crans-Montana depend a lot on international visitors.
 
“There is a lot at stake for us,” said Christophe Darbellay, head of the Valais Department of Economic Affairs.
 
Winter tourism brings in around CHF2 billion ($2.2 billion) a year. Half of the winter tourists come from abroad, from Europe, according to NZZ .

More testing and shorter quarantine.

 
Tourism officials want enforced testing and a shorter quarantine.
 
“The ten-day quarantine period is far too long,” said Darbellay. “We need to test more, and faster, and to shorten the quarantine period.”
 
The 20 largest tourism associations are asking for a new quarantine regime.
 
“The quarantine period must be reduced wherever possible,” said Nydegger. “We demand that business and leisure travellers from risky areas with a negative corona test that is not older than 48 hours should be able to enter Switzerland.”
Verbier - Valais - Switzerland Tourism is asking to offer tests to tourists to avoid quarantine.
Verbier – Valais – Switzerland Tourism is asking to offer tests to tourists to avoid quarantine.
 

Return countries should allow Swiss tests for re-entry.

Quarantine should not be imposed in return countries.
Passengers with a negative corona test from Switzerland should be able to re-enter their country.
 
This Swiss Tourism Organisations’ coalition wants more Covid-19 tests centres set up. From airports to main entry points into Switzerland.
 
NZZ am Sonntag said the interior ministry was examining whether the quarantine period should be shortened.
Nendaz ski resort. Switzerland Tourism is asking to offer tests to tourists to avoid quarantine.
Nendaz ski resort. Switzerland Tourism is asking to offer tests to tourists to avoid quarantine.

The case for the UK skiers

 
UK tour operators are wanting to have some sort of test to allow passengers to travel this winter season. Without something set up, this winter season sounds very bleak. It will be very difficult to plan with all the countries entering the quarantine list with a short notice.
 
And the other problem, at least in the UK, is to get tests. We are quarantining now due to my boys having a bit of fever. They are fine, but without a negative test, they cannot go back to school. There are no tests available in all the country. There is a backlog of hundred thousand tests not analysed by laboratories. The UK labs sent many tests to Europe for being processed. They are arriving too late and therefore, not tested.
ADELBODEN - Copyright by Adelboden Tourismus By-line: swiss-image.ch/Anja Zurbruegg. Switzerland Tourism is asking to offer tests to tourists to avoid quarantine.
ADELBODEN – Copyright by Adelboden Tourismus By-line: swiss-image.ch/Anja Zurbruegg. Switzerland Tourism is asking to offer tests to tourists to avoid quarantine.
 
Today I don’t see the next ski season easy at all. I hope this mess organises itself and we can all look forward to this coming ski season.

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Something more to read in this blog

You can start thinking about your trip, by reading the articles on the Planning your Ski Trip tab.  Or how to pack for your family ski trip.  If taking your furry friend abroad to the continent, read about the new Pet Travel Scheme update from DEFRA. Self-drive skiers also need to plan for Brexit. Check out our tips for driving to the mountains.  If flying and renting a car in Europe, beware of the extra charges they will pass to you if you want winter tyres, snow chains or ski racks. If driving, check the winter tyres news for Europe and North America.

You can see how our last family ski holiday was not as expected, even though one plans it to be a success, but how we could do the most of it. If you want to get better before getting to your next ski holiday, here is a quick guide to indoor skiing and dry slopes in the UK. You can also read our week in the mountains during our summer holidays in Courmayeur.

Check also how we can envision ski resorts opening on the 2020-21 ski season. 

You might want to read our lasts must-read guides: to Vail , Chamonix and Summer in South-Tyrol. 

Featured Image: Crans-Montana in winter. Photo: CMTC Luciano Miglionico. Switzerland Tourism is asking to offer tests to tourists to avoid quarantine.

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