Details: Federal Office of Public Health FOPH
From Monday, 13 September 2021, certification will be obligatory inside restaurants and bars, cultural and leisure facilities and at indoor events. On terraces, however, no certificate is required.
On the basis of this overall view, the Federal Council has decided to extend the certificate requirement to persons aged 16 and over. This is to prevent the hospitals from being overloaded. It will take two to three weeks for this measure to have an effect on the situation in the hospitals. The extended certificate obligation is limited until 24 January 2022. The Federal Council can also lift the measure earlier if the situation in the hospitals eases.
Certificate obligation for indoor events
certificate requirement also applies to indoor events (concerts, theatre, cinema, sporting events, private events such as weddings in premises open to the public). For reasons of protection of fundamental rights, religious events and events for the formation of political opinion up to a maximum of 50 persons are exempt. For outdoor events, the previous rules apply: For events with more than 1000 people, there is a Covid certificate obligation, smaller outdoor events can decide whether access is restricted to people with a certificate.
Certificate obligation for sporting and cultural activities
Indoor sporting and cultural activities such as training sessions or music and theatre rehearsals will also have access restricted to people with Covid certificates. This restriction does not apply to consistent groups of no more than 30 people who regularly train or rehearse together in separate premises.
The Federal Council has decided that from 1 October 2021, unvaccinated/unhealed guests will have to show two negative test results: one on entry into Switzerland, and one after four to a maximum of seven days. All entrants (vaccinated / recovered / tested) must also complete the "SwissPLF" entry form.
The Travelcheck allows you to check whether and under what conditions you can enter Switzerland.
The Travelcheck is for information purposes only and cannot be used as confirmation of right to entry.
Indoor areas - access restrictions (restaurants, wellness, museums):
A) Guests from the EU/EFTA/Schengen area (analogous to Switzerland):
Access to all interior rooms with the existing Covid certificates is possible without any problems.
B) Guests from third countries outside EU/EFTA/Schengen (vaccinated with an EMA vaccine, i.e. Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson&Johnson, AstraZeneca and all licenses like Covishield, etc.):
Until 10 October 2021, all personal-readable vaccination cards (including personal information, vaccine and vaccination country and date, in Swiss national languages, English or Spanish). This is an interim solution so that the conversion process can be prepared. Afterwards, the certificates have to be converted into a Swiss certificate. Details are currently being worked out at federal and cantonal level - we will keep you informed.
C) Guests from third countries outside EU/EFTA/Schengen (vaccinated with other vaccines):
Still no access to indoor areas. They currently have no way to convert their certificates.
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.
Details: Federal Office of Public Health FOPH
Following the decision of the federal government, canton and municipalities, the following measures apply to the Saas-Fee/Saas Valley holiday region:
- In restaurants as well as in hotel restaurants, a certificate obligation applies in interior rooms. On terraces, however, no certificate is required. The restriction on the number of persons per table has been abolished. The obligation to sit down during consumption is no longer required in indoor areas due to the obligation to hold a certificate, and the distance between groups no longer has to be maintained. The obligation to wear a mask has been abolished with the obligation to hold a certificate. In outdoor areas, the restriction on the size of groups of guests and the obligation to sit during consumption are abolished. The distance between the groups of guests must also be observed here. Contact details no longer have to be collected outside. To check the Covid certificates, the QR code on the paper certificate or in the "COVID Certificate" app is scanned.
- In discotheques and dance halls, certificates are compulsory indoors. As with all establishments where access is restricted to Covid-certified persons, the mask requirement does not apply.
- Access to cultural and leisure facilities such as museums, libraries, fitness centres, climbing gyms or indoor swimming pools will also be restricted to people with a certificate.
- For private meetings, the following applies as before: inside 30 persons / outside 50 persons.
- A certificate obligation also applies to indoor events (concerts, theatre, cinema, sporting events, private events such as weddings in premises open to the public). For reasons of protection of fundamental rights, religious events and events for the formation of political opinion are exempt up to a maximum of 50 people.
- For outdoor events the previous rules apply: Covid certification is mandatory for events with more than 1000 people, smaller outdoor events can decide whether to restrict access to people with certificates.
- Sport and culture: There are no restrictions in outdoor areas for people engaged in sporting or cultural activities. In indoor areas such as training sessions or music and theatre rehearsals, access is restricted to people with Covid certification. This restriction does not apply to consistent groups of no more than 30 people who regularly train or rehearse together in separate premises.
- The obligation to wear masks in outdoor areas of publicly accessible establishments, leisure facilities and restaurant terraces, is abolished. However, the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) continue to apply: where a distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained, a mask should be worn.
- Masks are compulsory in all Mountain railways and cable cars.
- In indoor areas a general obligation to wear a mask still applies, because it is not possible to check who has already been vaccinated or has recovered.
- Regular hand washing or disinfection is still recommended.
Since 25 June 2020, the costs of testing people who show symptoms will be invoiced directly to the relevant insurer and paid for by the Confederation. Otherwise, the costs will be borne by the person requesting the test (the person being tested or their employer). The rapid tests (antigen tests) are free of charge until 30.09.2021 for persons insured in Switzerland and international guests from third countries.
If you would like to be tested, you can contact directly the medical practice in Saas-Fee or the medical practice in Saas-Grund.
You will need to find out in advance which test you need.
Doctor's practice Saas-Fee
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)
Kuonen Stephanie und Stefan
Tel. +41 27 957 58 59
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.
Innere Saastalstrasse 91
Tel. +41 27 957 11 55
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.
- 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.
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.
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.