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Information COVID-19

Current situation Covid-19

Informations: Federal Office of Public Health FOPH

The following measures against the spread of the coronavirus apply in Switzerland. The measures are initially valid until the end of March 2022.

'2G' with mask and seating requirement

In indoor settings where the '3G' rule has so far applied (admission only for persons who have been vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19 or have tested negative), the '2G' rule will now come into effect (admission only for vaccinated or recovered persons). This concerns restaurants, cultural, sporting and leisure venues and events. A mask requirement still applies in these settings, as does a seating requirement when consuming food or drink. The '3G' rule still applies for outdoors events with over 300 people.

2G+ for clubs and discos and activities where masks are not practicable

In settings where it is not possible to wear a mask or apply a seating requirement, admission will be limited to vaccinated or recovered persons, who must also present a negative test result (2G+). This rule applies to bars and discos, but also to amateur sporting and cultural activities where masks cannot be worn, such as brass band practice. It does not apply to young people under the age of 16. People who within the last four months have been fully vaccinated, received a booster or recovered from COVID-19 do not have to take a further test. Businesses and events subject to the '2G' rule may voluntarily choose to adopt the '2G+' rule and thus forgo the mask and seating requirements.

Rules for private indoor gatherings

If a person from the age of 16 is present who has not been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19, no more than 10 people are allowed to meet. Children are included in that number. The upper limit for indoor gatherings is 30 if everyone from the age of 16 is vaccinated or has recovered from COVID-19. The limit for outdoor gatherings is still 50.

Limitation of the validity period of the test certificates

The validity period of rapid antigen tests was reduced from 48 hours to 24 hours on 06.12.2021 - from the time of sample collection. PCR tests are still valid for 72 hours.

Cost of tests to obtain a certificate to be covered

The Federal Council has also decided to again cover the costs of certain COVID-19 tests leading to a COVID certificate. Rapid antigen tests and saliva PCR pool tests will be covered. Self-tests, individualPCR tests and antibody tests will not be covered, although individual PCR tests will continue to be free of charge for persons who show symptoms, are close contacts or were part of a positive test pool. The new rules governing test costs will apply from Saturday, 18 December. From 17 January 2022, all those taking part in repetitive tests must also be able to obtain a test certificate.

Entry into Switzerland

From Saturday 22 January, vaccinated and recovered persons will no longer have to present a negative PCR or antigen rapid test before entering Switzerland. For non-vaccinated and non-recovered persons, the test prior to entry into Switzerland will be retained. On the other hand, due to the limited testing capacities in Switzerland, the requirement for a second test four to seven days after entry will be waived in future. This means that the 3G rule will apply to entry into Switzerland. The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) now only has to be completed by persons travelling to Switzerland by air or long-distance bus.

Travelcheck & Entry form

The Travelcheck allows you to check whether and under what conditions you can enter Switzerland.

Please note:
The Travelcheck is for information purposes only and cannot be used as confirmation of right to entry.

Travelcheck

Everyone entering Switzerland must present a completed entry form. Individual exemptions apply, e.g. for cross-border commuters and people travelling from areas bordering Switzerland. You will find a list of all exemptions in one of the expandable boxes below.

What to do:
Fill out the electronic entry form on a computer or smartphone before you enter Switzerland. As soon as you have filled out the online form, you’ll be emailed a QR code as confirmation. Keep this code handy for inspection when you arrive in Switzerland. During these checks, you can show the QR code on your smartphone or a printed confirmation. If you have not filled out the entry form despite the obligation to do so, the controlling authority can punish you with a CHF 100 fine. The same applies if you provide false information on the form.

Entry form

Converting of third country certificates

from 19 October 2021

The national and electronic solution for converting foreign vaccination certificates (EMA vaccines) into a Swiss Covid certificate has been in operation since 19 October 2021. 

  • This conversion costs CHF 30, which must be paid by the applicant
  • The period between data entry and receipt of the Swiss Covid certificate is up to 5 days
  • The Swiss Covid certificate can either be downloaded or loaded directly into the Covid 19 certificate app.

Information Transformation Certificate

The certificate can also be converted at the tourist offices in Saas-Fee and Saas-Almagell. Required documents for issuing COVID certificates to foreign nationals: 

  • Valid proof of identity
  • Proof of a complete vaccination abroad with a vaccine recognised by the EMA or WHO

Information Coronavirus

It is very important to us that our guests feel as safe as possible. With a comprehensive protection concept and package of measures, the holiday region Saas-Fee/Saastal places the health and safety of guests, employees and the local population at the top of its list of priorities. In compliance with the currently valid regulations and additional safety measures, we are firmly convinced that you can spend relaxing and safe days in the Saas Valley.

Protection concepts

Testing in the Saas Valley

Please clarify in advance which test you need.

Testcenter in Saas-Fee in the waiting room at the Parking Terminal B

Opening hours
Monday-Sunday (7 days a week)
8:00 to 12:00 and 15:00 to 19:00.

Special opening hours "Ice Climbing" 28-29.01.2022

Testing possibilities: Antigen rapid test and PCR tests. PCR tests are performed ONLY from 08:00 to 12:00.

Costs:
Antigen rapid tests are free of charge (result after 20 minutes, certificate valid for 24 hours): For Swiss* citizens upon presentation of health insurance card, for international guests upon presentation of ID card (smartphone required for certificate).
PCR tests remain subject to a fee: 150.- CHF/€ (result after 24 hours, certificate valid 72 hours).

Payment method: Twint, cash payment in Swiss Francs or Euro directly on site.

Procedure: There is no possibility of registration, the center is open to everyone. Please wear a mask and keep a sufficient distance. For the test you need an ID, a Swiss health insurance card (if available) and a mobile phone (also if available). For the test, prior registration at https://reg.dertest.ch is necessary.

Important: Children under 12 will only be tested in the doctor's practice or at the hospital.

contact for information/enquiries about the PCR test result: testzentrumsaasfee.vs@gmail.com

Alternatively, the Viollier laboratory, which carries out the PCR evaluations for our test centre, can be reached on 0848 121 121. However, the waiting time on the phone is very long due to high demand.

Contact the test centre supervisor in the Saas-Fee car park for billing questions, general questions, and complaints: xtrapharm pharmacy, tel. 0848 100 000, info@xtrapharm.ch

Test center in Saas-Fee at the Poison Club (Obere Dorfstrasse 24)

Opening hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 15:00 to 20:00
Friday & Saturday: 17:00 to 23:00

Antigen rapid test and PCR tests available with and without pre-registration.

Tel. +41 77 486 76 68

Doctor's practice Saas-Fee

The Saas-Fee doctor's practice only carries out tests in case of symptoms.

The Saas-Fee medical doctor's practice does both rapid tests and PCR tests. The antigen test (rapid tests) takes 30 minutes and costs 47 francs, a PCR test costs 160 francs, but it takes 2-3 days to get the result.

To make an appointment you have to call the number +41 27 957 58 59.
(Company holidays from 11.10 - 24.10.2021)

Contact
Kuonen Stephanie und Stefan
Haltenstrasse 8
Tel. +41 27 957 58 59
praxis.fee@hin.ch

Medical center Saastal AG(Saas-Grund)

The Medical Centre Saastal in Saas-Grund offers PCR tests for 170 Swiss francs. Antigen tests (rapid tests) are carried out here on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 - 11 am and 4.30 pm - 5.30 pm.

For the tests, it is mandatory to register by telephone via the practice number 027 957 11 55 and then register at corona123.ch.

Contact
Innere Saastalstrasse 91
Tel. +41 27 957 11 55
aerztezentrum-saastal@hin.ch

More possibilities: You can get faster PCR results at the Visp hospital. You can make an appointment by calling 027 604 33 33 or via the website www.hopitalduvalais.ch.

Regulations mountain railways Saas Valley

  • Masks are mandatory in all closed gondolas and cabins.
  • In the ticket halls, station buildings, on the platforms and other buildings of the Saastal Bergbahnen, a minimum distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained wherever possible and masks are mandatory.
  • Tickets can be bought online. If you pay on site, electronic or contactless payment is preferred.
  • Observe the general hygiene rules of the FOPH and wash your hands regularly.
  • Large gondolas with more than 25 people are only used to 70% of their capacity.
  • Organisation of an orderly queuing area outside with distance.
  • The cabins are aired regularly.

Handling of mask certificate Saastal Bergbahnen in the skiing area
Guests with a mask certificate are requested to present their certificate at the Saastal Bergbahnen AG ticket office. In order to identify these persons, guests will receive a tag on their upper arm (deposit CHF 20.-). This prevents guests from being repeatedly reminded of the mask requirement on the lifts. At the valley stations of the gondola lifts, guests are asked to report to the lift staff.

Guests with a mask certificate will be transported alone or with their family in a gondola for their own protection and that of other guests. During busy periods on the lifts, there may therefore be longer waiting times before a gondola can be made available for single use. As it is not possible to make the large gondolas Felskinn, Längfluh and Metro Alpin available for single use, guests with a mask certificate are requested to avoid these gondolas if possible.

 

"Clean & Safe" label

The tourism industry associations have launched the uniform "Clean & Safe" label on the initiative of Switzerland Tourism. With this label, the tourism service providers signal that they have committed themselves to comply with the protection concepts and implement all measures in accordance with the protection concept in order to ensure a safe and clean stay for guests. The label creates trust during the holidays on site. 

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