Information Coronavirus

Requirement to wear masks

The wearing of masks is compulsory in public transport vehicles throughout Switzerland (exception: open panoramic cars). A mask must also be worn in enclosed areas of railway stations and in shops. In addition to travel centres and waiting rooms, shopping areas in basements are also considered to be indoor areas. This also applies to persons who have already been fully vaccinated. Persons who cannot wear masks for special reasons - especially medical reasons - and children up to the age of 12 are exempt from the obligation to wear masks. No mask is required on platforms of railway stations, stops as well as chairlifts and ship decks.

Eating and drinking is still allowed on public transport - during this time the mask can be removed. In order to protect fellow travellers and themselves, customers are responsible for ensuring that they are equipped with masks when travelling by public transport.

Covid certificate obligation

There is currently no Covid certificate obligation for travel by public transport. For individual products (Albula dining cars, special culinary journeys, Glacier Express), the certificate obligation will apply as of Monday, 13 September 2021 in accordance with the guidelines for catering establishments.

Entering Switzerland

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic there are special rules for people entering Switzerland: Entering Switzerland

Travel advice: Italy

Travellers must meet the following criteria to enter Italy: 

  • Complete the Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) and present it on paper or on your mobile device to the inspector.
  • Vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 with proof of completion of the prescribed vaccination cycle at least 14 days prior to the current date;
  • Or recovery from COVID-19 with simultaneous termination of the prescribed isolation period following a SARS-CoV-2 infection;
  • Or, in the 48 hours prior to entering the country, a rapid antigenic or molecular test with a negative result for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 

Travellers who do not meet the above criteria are not allowed to enter Italy and must disembark at Campocologno at the latest.

Hygiene and safety

The protection of passengers and employees continues to be the top priority. The cleaning of the trains has been intensified. Several times a day, contact surfaces and surfaces such as handrails, buttons, tables, armrests and toilets are cleaned and disinfected. Cleaning is also carried out more frequently at the stations. Passengers also have the opportunity to wash their hands in the open WC facilities at the stations in accordance with the regulations. Disinfectant dispensers have been installed at staffed stations.In accordance with the FOPH guidelines, a hygiene mask must be worn for public transport from the age of 12. Passengers are responsible for having and wearing a protective mask. Passengers buy tickets online, in apps or from vending machines and pay contactlessly at ticket counters. The protection concept of public transport is based on the personal responsibility and solidarity of the travellers. If they adhere to the measures described above, they can travel safely on Swiss public transport.

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Clean & Safe

Dense forests, crystal-clear lakes and fresh mountain air: as a travel destination, Switzerland offers not only pristine nature but also safety and a good health system. The country’s tourism service providers are also taking special measures to protect their guests, ensuring they enjoy their stay in Switzerland.