News 31.05.2021

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.

Note the general rules concerning behaviour and hygiene that apply in Switzerland.
As a rule:

  • Wear a face mask in publicly accessible indoor areas and outdoor areas of amenities and businesses and on all cable railways (in the vehicle and in queuing/waiting areas) and on public transport
  • Wear a face mask wherever social distancing (1.5 metres) cannot be maintained
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and avoid shaking hands
  • The protection concepts implemented by service providers rely on individual responsibility and respect among guests

What Should Be Noted when Arriving from Abroad?

The usual entry requirements apply to those arriving from countries that are deemed to be risk countries. A negative PCR test result should be demonstrated for flights from countries that are not considered high-risk areas. This is checked before boarding the plane.

Rules for entering Switzerland

Countries with an Increased Risk of Infection

Those entering Switzerland from countries or areas with an increased risk of infection must observe a mandatory quarantine period of ten days in Switzerland. You must provide evidence on arrival of a negative PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours before your arrival in Switzerland. You then enter a ten-day quarantine. However, you can leave this from the 7th day if you can demonstrate a negative result from a rapid antigen test or PCR test.

The list of states or regions with a high infection risk is constantly being updated.

List of states and regions with an increased risk of infection

No Quarantine for Vaccinated Persons or for Those Who Have Recovered from Coronavirus

Those who have recovered from coronavirus are exempt from contact-related and travel-related quarantine obligations for six months. The same applies to vaccinated persons. In addition, vaccinated persons are exempt from testing obligations and the obligation to provide contact details upon entry. The prerequisite in this regard is a complete vaccination with a vaccine approved in Switzerland or by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Persons under the age of 16 are also exempt from travel-related quarantine obligations and testing obligations upon entry.

The exemptions from travel-related quarantine obligations and testing obligations do not apply to those who have recovered from coronavirus or to vaccinated persons arriving from countries with virus variants of concern (Brazil, Canada, India, Nepal, South Africa, United Kingdom).

Those who travel into Switzerland and are subject to mandatory quarantine are obligated to immediately report to the responsible cantonal authorities.

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

Infoline for People Travelling to Switzerland:

T +41 58 464 44 88, daily 6.00 am to 11.00 pm

Where Must Masks Be Worn in Graubünden?

We recommend wearing a face mask wherever you are unsure whether this is required. Children up to twelve years of age do not have to wear a face mask. With regard to wearing a face mask, we refer to the recommendation by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

Cable Railways

Guests over the age of twelve and employees wear a face mask in and on all cable railway systems (including chair lifts) and in the waiting and entrance areas (indoors and outdoors). The required social distancing must be observed when queuing.

It is also recommended to:

  • Keep protective covers open during the journey on chair lifts
  • Buy your tickets online where possible
  • Use contactless and cashless payment methods

Restaurants

Catering establishments are open inside as well as outside. A maximum of four people per table are permitted inside and six per table outside. This limit does not apply to parents with children. There is no obligation to wear a face mask at the table. On the other hand, anyone moving around the restaurant – indoors and outdoors – must wear a face mask.

Hotels/Apartment Blocks

Guests and employees wear a face mask in the accommodation. Guests are allowed to remove their face mask in their personal rooms (guest rooms). Food and drinks are only consumed while seated in the accommodation.

A Face Mask Must also Be Worn in These Areas:

  • On public transport (bus, train, PostBus), at all railway stations and bus stops, and in airports
  • In indoor areas, including vehicles containing more than one person
  • Shops, banks and post offices
  • Healthcare institutions, doctors’ surgeries and publicly accessible areas of hospitals and care homes
  • Churches and religious institutions
  • Museums and libraries
  • Sport and leisure amenities, zoos and botanical gardens, cinemas and theatres
  • Social institutions, advice centres and events rooms
  • For publicly accessible areas of public administration, such as social services, law courts and publicly accessible indoor areas, in which parliament or community meetings are held
  • Heavily frequently pedestrian areas

More information about face masks in Switzerland

What Should Be Noted When Visiting a Restaurant?

Catering establishments are open inside as well as outside. A maximum of four people per table are permitted inside and six per table outside. This limit does not apply to parents with children. There is no obligation to wear a face mask at the table. On the other hand, anyone moving around the restaurant – indoors and outdoors – must wear a face mask.

Each person must provide their contact details.

Clubs remain closed.

Are Shops Open?

All shops are open. Regular opening hours apply. A face mask must be worn in all shops and in all shopping centres.

Are Sport and Leisure Amenities Open?

Sport and leisure amenities, zoos, botanical gardens, museums, libraries as well as cinemas and theatres are open. The following applies to all amenities: Wear a face mask, maintain a safe distance from others and observe capacity limits. Thermal baths, spa facilities and indoor pools are also open. Activities may be performed without a face mask, but it is necessary to maintain a safe distance from others.

Are Hotels Open?

Yes, hotels are open, as well as restaurants in hotel establishments.

How Many People May Attend a Private Get-Together?

A maximum of 30 (indoors) or 50 (outdoors) people may attend private get-togethers.

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.