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 winter days on the 150 kilometres of pistes in the Saas Valley.
According to a decision by the federal government, the canton and the municipalities, the following measures apply to the Saas-Fee/Saas Valley holiday region:
- The permits issued for the operation of the ski areas are maintained, the ski areas in Valais are open.
- all stores for goods of non-daily use are open.
- Catering establishments (restaurants, bars & garden terraces) are closed until at least 22.03.2021.
- Take-away offerings will remain permitted.
- Outdoors, gatherings of up to 15 people with family and friends are again permitted. Inside, a maximum of 5 people will continue to be allowed to gather (children will be counted).
- Outdoor areas of sports and recreational facilities reopened. Here, in addition to capacity restrictions, a mask-wearing requirement or keeping a distance apply; only groups of a maximum of 15 people are permitted in each case.
- Cultural, entertainment and leisure facilities as well as sports and wellness facilities (the use of facilities and businesses in the areas of culture and sports for activities by young people before their 20th birthday remains permissible) will remain closed until at least 22.03.2021.
- Closure of clubs.
- Public events are prohibited, with the exception of religious celebrations (up to 50 people).
- A holiday flat can be rented to a maximum of 5 people. Children - regardless of age - also count as 1 person. If a family would like to arrive with 6 persons, this is only possible if they also live in the same household in everyday life.
- Extended compulsory wearing of masks (from 12 years of age)
- in the outdoor areas of establishments and businesses
- in public transports
- in busy pedestrian areas and wherever it is not possible to maintain the required distance in public spaces
- in the municipality of Saas-Fee wherever the required distance cannot be maintained in public spaces
- Keep at least 1.5 metres away from other people.
- Wash or disinfect hands regularly.
With regard to tourist transport, ski lifts and ski resorts, their operators are obliged to draw up and implement a protection plan for the whole area (ski slopes and cableways), taking into account the specific rules for sporting activities, public transport and catering. In waiting areas and queues, rules must be laid down to ensure that distances are respected (sufficient space, markings, capacity restrictions) and that masks are worn. The protection plan of the Swiss mountain railways stipulates that masks must be worn on all installations, including ski lifts and chair lifts. These measures are applicable subject to new supplementary federal regulations.
The protection policies for mountain cableways (T-bars, chair lifts and comparable facilities) must include the following measures:
- The arrival and departure of users should be organised in queues to avoid crowds (similar to the queues at airport security).
- Masks are mandatory in all queues and at all assembly points (cash registers, bus stops, etc.).
- In cable cars and gondolas only two thirds of the seats may be occupied.
- Ski buffs and other industrially made fabric masks that meet the standards set by the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force are recognised as sufficient protection in ski areas.
- With respect to service provider staff and in the absence of other specific protective measures, the mask requirement applies to all employees who come into close contact with one another or with customers (less than 1.5 metres).
Ski schools must apply the Swiss Snowsports protection policy.
- Please note that adults and children over the age of 12 must wear a mask at meeting places, especially at course start and end points (including private lessons).
- With respect to children’s snow gardens and during similar activities, masks are mandatory for adults and children over the age of 12 in all closed areas (rest areas, restaurants, toilets, etc.).
- Offices are open daily.
Entry for foreigners
The Federal Council has adjusted the threshold for the inclusion of states and territories on the quarantine list and the exemption from the quarantine obligation for business travellers. With the amendment to the ordinance, only countries and territories whose incidence is more than 60 higher than the incidence in Switzerland will be included on the quarantine list.
From 8 February, persons entering Switzerland will have to fill in an online form for contact tracing: www.swissplf.admin.ch/home
The borders to all EU and EFTA states are open. For some countries, there are currently restrictions on entry or quarantine obligations into Switzerland. Furthermore, many countries have imposed regulations for returning from Switzerland. We recommend that you take a close look at these.
A negative corona test or a vaccine do NOT cancel the quarantine and reporting obligation.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +41 27 958 18 58.
If you would like to be tested, you can contact directly the medical practice in Saas-Fee or the medical practice in Saas-Grund.
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).
- 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.
- Only two thirds of places are occupied in all closed transport vehicles
- Further regulations can be found in the protection plan.
Handling of mask certificate Saastal Bergbahnen
Guests with a mask certificate are requested to present their certificate at the Saastal Bergbahnen AG ticket office at the Alpin Express valley station. 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. We also advise these guests to avoid the peak times between 09:00 - 10:30 and recommend transport on the following lifts:
- Alpin Express (may lead to longer waiting times)
- Bow & plate lifts
- Hannig (no ski operation)
- Saas-Almagell ski area (only open lifts)
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.
At the moment, many of these policies are only available in German or French. As soon as they are available in English, we will update the links.