News 07.12.2021

Coronavirus: Questions and Answers about Holidays in Graubünden

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Experience heavenly days in Graubünden – as always. What’s new are the rules that help us protect each other. Here you can find information on the current situation and answers to the most important questions about COVID-19 in Graubünden.

Important information regarding entry into Switzerland: The quarantine obligation for countries with a virus variant of concern will be lifted as of 4.12.2021. Entry is therefore possible without travel quarantine, but testing is now mandatory for all persons over 16 years of age (including vaccinated and recovered persons). 

Throughout Switzerland a certificate requirement (from the age of 16) will apply inside restaurants, cultural and leisure facilities and at indoor events.

The Covid certificate is digital proof that you have either

  • been vaccinated against Covid-19,
  • tested negative for the coronavirus, or
  • have recovered from the coronavirus

The certificate can be presented in an app on a mobile phone or in paper form. A personal identification document with a photo (e.g. passport, identity card, driver's licence, residence permit, student ID) is also required for verification. Further information can be found below or on the website of the Federal Office of Public Health.

What Should Be Noted when Arriving from Abroad?

The following entry requirements apply in Switzerland:

Mandatory forms and tests for all those entering the country

All those entering the country – also people who are vaccinated and , have recovered from coronavirus – must complete the arrival form (Passenger Locator Form, SwissPLF) and present a negative test (PCR only) when entering Switzerland. The form and test requirement applies regardless of where people come from or what mode of transportation they use to enter the country. A further test (antigen or PCR), which is performed in Switzerland, is required after four to seven days in SwitzerlandThere is a charge for this testThe result of the second test must be communicated to the responsible cantonal office.

In case of departure from Switzerland between the fourth and seventh day after entry, the test obligation in Graubünden applies as follows:

  • stay less than 4 days: no second test necessary
  • stay longer than 4 days: second test necessary, even if departure is on the 5th, 6th or 7th day after arrival in Switzerland.

Where can tests be taken in Graubünden?
To the cantonal test centers

Entry from high-risk countries according to the State Secretariat for Migration

The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) maintains a risk list with risk countries and regions. It distinguishes between the following risk types:

  1. Countries with increased risk of infection: entry from a risk country according to the SEM list is only possible for persons with proof of a recognized vaccination, including the United Kingdom, the USA or Brazil. In its overview, the SEM lists all countries and regions that are not considered risk countries/areas. For all other countries the mentioned entry restrictions apply. To the overview.
  2. Countries with virus variants of concern: Countries and regions with virus variants of concern are subject to an entry ban. Even a vaccination, regardless of the vaccine, is no longer sufficient for entry from these countries. Overview of countries with entry ban.

Return journeys to Germany

Switzerland is on the quarantine list of Germany as of 5.12.2021. Anyone entering Germany from Switzerland who is not fully vaccinated or recovered must be quarantined for ten days. Affected persons can exempt themselves from quarantine with a negative test five days after entry at the earliest. Children under twelve years of age must be quarantined for five days.

Travelcheck

With the Travelcheck from the Federal Office of Public Health, you can check whether and under what conditions you are allowed to enter Switzerland.

Please contact the responsible authority in your country regarding national travel advice for Switzerland.

Infoline for people entering Switzerland:
T +41 58 464 44 88, daily 6.00 am to 11.00 pm

Which Certificates are Valid in Switzerland?

Guests from the EU/EFTA/Schengen area incl. United Kingdom (analogous to Switzerland):
entry and access to all indoor spaces possible without any problems with the existing Covid certificates (connected to the EU Digital Covid Certificate).

Guests from third countries outside the EU/EFTA/Schengen (vaccinated with an EMA vaccine, i.e. Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson&Johnson, AstraZeneca and all licences such as Covishield, etc.):

Guests from third countries (outside the EU / EFTA / Schengen) who have been vaccinated with an EMA vaccine can apply for a Swiss Covid certificate via the following platform: covidcertificate-form.admin.ch/foreign. This conversion of the vaccination certificate costs CHF 30.00, which must be paid by the person making the application. The period between data entry and receipt of the Swiss Covid certificate is up to five days. 

Guests from third countries outside the EU/EFTA/Schengen (vaccinated with other vaccines):

For these persons, testing is mandatory upon entry as well as for access to areas requiring a certification. To the regional test centres.

30-day certificate for those vaccinated with Sinovac and Sinopharm

Tourists have access to a Swiss certificate who have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved only by the WHO. Currently, this concerns the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines. The validity period is limited to 30 days. The certificate is only valid in Switzerland. The conversion of the vaccination certificate costs CHF 30.00, which must be paid by the person applying for the certificate. The certificate can be converted on this platform: https://www.covidcertificate-form.admin.ch/foreign

Where does the Certificate Requirement Apply?

In many indoor areas according to the following list, a general Covid certificate requirement applies to all persons aged 16 and over. From 6.12.2021, in addition to the certificate obligation, a mouth-nose protection must be worn. A personal identification document with a photo (e.g. passport, identity card, driver's licence) must be presented with the certificate.

A Covid certificate is required to access the following indoor areas:

  • Restaurants and bars
  • Indoor areas of hotels e.g. restaurant, breakfast room, diner room, hotel bar, wellness area
  • SAC huts
  • Camp events
  • Nightclubs and dance clubs (contact details are also collected)
  • Cultural and leisure facilities such as museums, libraries, zoos, fitness centres, sports facilities, climbing gyms, indoor swimming pools, thermal baths, aqua parks, billiard halls or casinos.
  • Events such as concerts, theatre, cinema, sporting events, out-of-town private events such as weddings in venues open to the public
  • Trade and public fairs
  • Private events inside from 11 people (urgent recommendation).

Covid certification is also mandatory for outdoor events with more than 300 people.

Guests without a certificate in facilities or at events where a certificate is required can be fined 100 Swiss francs. No Covid certificate is required for children and young people under the age of 16.

Where is No Certificate Required?

  • Outdoor areas of catering establishments such as terraces
  • Public transport, including mountain railways (expection: Ski areas Fideriser Heuberge and Samnaun/Ischgl)
  • Overnight stays in hotels including check-in and moving to the guest room (access to indoor areas e.g. restaurant, bar, diner room and wellness area only with certificate)
  • Overnight stays on campsites (access to restaurant/bar only with certificate)
  • Individual overnight stays in camp accommodations (for camp events see question below)
  • Retail trade
  • Private events in private premises for up to 10 people
  • Religious events up to a maximum of 50 people
  • Services provided by public authorities
  • Personal services, such as hairdressing salons, therapeutic and advisory services (e.g. banks and information points).

Face masks must be worn in these areas, as well as keeping a distance (1.5 metres) from other people whenever possible or required.

Do I need a Certificate for Public Transport and Mountain Railways?

No, no certificate is required on public transport, which includes mountain railway operations. The usual protective measures apply, such as wearing masks and keeping your distance. Exception: In the ski areas Fideriser Heuberge and Samnaun/Ischgl, certification is mandatory.

Do I need a Certificate at a Hotel?

No certificate is required for the overnight stay in the hotel including check-in and moving to the guestroom. However, the certificate requirement applies to hotel services in indoor areas such as breakfast, restaurant, bar, sports, wellness, indoor swimming pool, etc. This applies even if they are used solely by hotel guests.

No certificate is required in the outdoor areas.

What applies in restaurants?

The indoor areas of restaurants and bars are only accessible to people with a certificate (compulsory from the age of 16). From 6.12.2021, anyone moving around in a restaurant must wear a mouth/nose protection. In addition, seating is now mandatory.

These restrictions do not apply in restaurants or bars that restrict access to persons over 16 years of age to holders of a vaccination or convalescence certificate.

In outdoor areas, there is no certificate requirement and no need to wear a face mask. However, the required distance (1.5 metres) must be maintained between groups of guests (unless barriers are in place).

Where do you have to wear a mask?

As of 6.12.2021, a mouth-nose mask must be worn in all indoor spaces - except at private meetings. This also applies to facilities and events with mandatory certification. If a business or facility implements the 2G rule, mouth-nose protection does not have to be worn.

Where does the 2G rule apply?

All public facilities with mandatory certification and all indoor and outdoor events have the option of restricting access to vaccinated and recovered persons (2G) and waiving the requirement to wear a mask and sit down. Negatively tested persons will not have access to the facilities and events in this case. For safety's sake, find out directly from the establishment about the rules in force.

Do I need a Certificate for an Overnight Stay in a Hut?

Yes, a valid Covid certificate is compulsory from 13 September 2021 for an overnight stay and for consumption inside an SAC hut.

Do I need a Certificate for a Holiday Apartment?

No, a certificate is not required for a stay in holiday apartments – as is the case with hotel accommodation. The rules for private get-togethers apply, according to which a maximum of 30 people may gather indoors. 

What Rules apply to Camps?

Certificates are mandatory for all participants and supervisors over the age of 16The previous regulations continue to apply to school classes in the canton of Graubünden and camps can be held without a Covid certificateSee framework specifications from the Federal Office of Sport.

How many People may Attend a Private Get-together?

A maximum of 30 (indoors) or 50 (outdoors) people may attend private get-togethers. For private meetings of 11 people or more inside, it is strongly recommended to introduce the certificate requirement.

What Happens if My Holiday in Graubünden Needs to be Cancelled because of COVID-19?

You can usually get detailed information about this directly from the accommodation you have booked, the online booking platform that you used to place and pay for your booking, from your travel operator or, if applicable, from your travel insurance company.

What Do I Do if I (suspect I) Have Caught the Virus?

Take the symptoms seriously and follow the instructions on the «What to do in the event of symptoms of the disease» page from FOPH. This is the best way to protect yourself and others.

Guests with symptoms should remain in their room/apartment wherever possible. People accompanying those guests do not have to quarantine until the test result has been received. They should, however, avoid the general areas of the hotel. To make this easier, it is recommended to leave food by the door for the guest and the other people in the same room/apartment.

Departure

It is possible to depart in a private vehicle following consultation with Contact Tracing Graubünden. A return journey by public transport is only possible in consultation with Contact Tracing Graubünden.

COVID Care Team Graubünden

T +41 81 257 88 10
Mon to Sat from 8.00 am to 12.30 noon and 1.30 pm to 5.00 pm
Sun from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
E-mail covidcare@san.gr.ch

You can direct any questions about planning your holiday in Graubünden to contact@graubuenden.ch.

Despite the greatest possible care, we cannot provide any guarantee of completeness and accuracy. The information from Graubünden Ferien in no way replaces official information channels or legal regulations. As the measures and the situation regarding travel warnings can change quickly, please also consult gr.ch/corona and bag.admin.ch for information.