Coronavirus in Zurich: Latest Travel Info & Updates

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Coronavirus Update Zurich - Back in business

Updated: August 17, 2020

Has the spread of the Coronavirus slowed down in Zurich?

Yes, the spread of the Coronavirus almost came to a halt in Switzerland and its economic capital Zurich. When stay-at-home lockdown restrictions were imposed on Swiss society in mid-March, the number of new cases of COVID-19 in Switzerland increased gradually before hitting about 1200 new cases per day at the beginning of April. Throughout April the rate of the virus' spread decreased steadily to around 100 cases per day and lower at the beginning of May. Since the easing of restrictions in mid-May and early June, allowing people to gather and businesses to reopen, new cases in all of Switzerland have stabilised at first at the very low number of around 20 to 30 new cases daily. Since June the case numbers have climbed up slowly but continuously back to more than 200 per day. Find all the daily updated coronavirus numbers here: www.corona-data.ch.

By now most lock down restrictions have been eased. All businesses including restaurants, bars, museums and sports establishments are now open again, though restrictions apply. The main restriction that remains is to keep a distance of 1.5 meters all the time, there is a maximum amount of people that can attend a venue or a shop. If keeping that distance is impossible, you are advised to wear a face mask. Public transport is back at full steam including all the touristic lines, boat and ship traffic on the lakes and gondolas and the like to the mountain peaks. However, in public transport it is mandatory to wear a face mask. Events with up to 1000 participants are allowed, though many cantons have restricted that number considerably (in some cantons only as little as 100 people are allowed to attend an event). In clubs, at events and in many restaurants you will have to leave your contact details and show your ID. You also might be asked to wear a mask. In some cantons, wearing a mask is also mandatory in shops.

Travel Information

Travel within Switzerland is possible without restrictions. The borders are open again for all residents of EU- and Schengen countries. However, for travellers from many countries there are quarantine requirements when entering Switzerland. You can find the continuously updated list of countries with quarantine requirements here. Boarders are still closed for residents and/or citizens of most non-Schengen-countries. There are some exceptions, please check this government website for details and updates.

The official recommendations of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.

Public events and transport, restaurants & shops

The general ban on events has been lifted. Only public and private events with more than 1000 participants are still banned (in reality most cantons restricted the maximum number of participants to 300 or even less). However, you will have to leave your contact details with any event and might be asked to wear a face mask. Some concert and culture venues, clubs and the like are open again. Also restaurants, bars, shops, sports and leisure establishments are open once again. In many places it is mandatory to leave your contact details and show an ID. In public transport face masks are mandatory. People over 65 years and people with pre-illnesses are asked to take extra caution and not to go out in rush hours.

Is it safe to travel to Zurich?

With most venues open again, rather low numbers of new daily infections and NO entry restrictions for residents of Schengen countries, a visit to Switzerland and Zurich probably sounds like a good idea. If you follow the hygiene and distancing rules, we consider the risk of getting infected with the corona virus in Zurich and Switzerland currently rather low. And some attractions might have the advantage of lesser crowds these days. However, a certain risk obviously remains and if travelling under the current circumstances is fun, everyone has to decide for him/herself.

How to protect yourself

For the latest developments, and information on how to protect yourself, check the website of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health FOPH.


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