Coronavirus

Current situation in Valais

Page updated on 13.09.2021. 

Travelling into Switzerland

Depending on the type of travel, you might have to fill out an entry form, show proof of a negative test and/or go into quarantine. 

Further information and a list of countries with a high risk of infection are available on the website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

Hotels

• It is not compulsory to show a COVID certificate to stay at a hotel (accommodation only). Other public health measures (wearing a mask, etc.) still apply.
• For hotel restaurants, the same rules apply as for other restaurants.

Public eating and drinking establishments (cafés, restaurants, tea rooms, pubs, wine bars, etc.)

• A COVID certificate is required to be able to enter a restaurant, bar, night club, dance venue or other similar places (from the age of 16).
• Individual establishments are free to decide whether they wish to impose access restrictions for terraces.
• No access restrictions apply for street vendors and restaurants in airport transit zones.
• For indoor areas, people with a COVID certificate are no longer required to wear a mask.
• There is no limit to the number of guests per table.

Take advantage of the opportunity to try Valais specialities at one of the “Saveurs du Valais” (Flavours of Valais) restaurants or to enjoy a delicious brunch in the sunshine.

Leisure and culture venues

• Publicly accessible recreation and entertainment areas are open. Outside, there are no restrictions.
• A COVID certificate is required to be able to enter the interior of these venues (from the age of 16).

Steam trains, labyrinth adventures, summer toboggan rides: discover a wide choice of activities to enjoy with friends or family. After an enjoyable outing, take the opportunity to relax in the blissfully warm water of one of the five thermal spas in Valais.  

Masks

• In all enclosed spaces accessible to the public, with some exceptions. 
• In vehicles when several people are present.
• In all public transport in Switzerland, in railway stations, airports and ski lifts.
• Children up to the age of 12 are exempt from wearing a mask.

 

Gatherings

• Private events among family and friends (not in publicly accessible areas, e.g., at home) are limited to 30 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.  
• The maximum number of people includes children. 
• There are no longer any restrictions on spontaneous gatherings outdoors.

Events

•  Events requiring a COVID certificate may have an unlimited number of participants 
•  For events that do not require a COVID certificate, the maximum number of participants is limited to 1,000 and they must be seated.
•  For events not requiring a COVID certificate, if seating is not possible, the number of participants is limited to 500 outside and 250 inside.

Sports, music, theatre, gastronomy: see all our top events to help you plan your stay in Valais. 

Entry into Switzerland / certificate obligation - recognition third country vaccinations

Entry into Switzerland / certificate obligation - recognition third country vaccinations

The most important news: as a temporary solution, all human-readable (accepted languages: German, French, Italian, Spanish, English) certificates for vaccinations with an EMA vaccine (see below) will be acknowledged for access to indoor spaces until October 10, 2021, so conversion will not be necessary. Details are given below in section B.

Entry restrictions:

According to the decision of the Federal Council, unvaccinated / unrecovered guests must show two negative test results from October 1, 2021: one when entering Switzerland and one after four to a maximum of seven days. Further information on entry restrictions can be found on travelchek.admin.ch. 

Interiors - access restrictions (restaurants, wellness, museums, etc):

A) Guests from the EU / EFTA / Schengen area:

Access to all interior rooms is possible without any problems with the existing Covid certificates.

B) Guests from third countries outside the EU / EFTA / Schengen (vaccinated with an EMA vaccine, i.e. Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen / Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and all licenses such as Covishield, etc.):

All human-readable certificates (including: vaccine, vaccination country and vaccination date, in the Swiss national languages, English or Spanish) are valid for access to indoor spaces until October 10, 2021. This is a temporary solution so that the conversion process can be prepared. In near future, all accepted third country certificates (as specified under B) can be converted into a Swiss certificate. Details are currently being worked out at federal and cantonal level - we will keep you up to date.

C) Guests from third countries outside the EU / EFTA / Schengen (vaccinated with other vaccines):

Furthermore no access to the interior with their own vaccination certificate, and the certificates can’t be converted into a Swiss one. For those guests, they will still have to test in future. Details about the possibility of tests (free of charge until the end of September) can be found on STnet.

Protection measures

Covid-19 : Specific protection measures

Tourist service providers are putting in place specific measures to protect their guests and offer them a pleasant stay in Valais. These cover a variety of sectors including accommodation, restaurants, spas & wellness facilities, meeting venues, public transport (trains, buses and boats) and mountain rides (cable cars, funiculars, chairlifts, etc.). 

Let's respect the safety measures together to enjoy this autumn to the full.