Current situation in Valais
Page updated on 19.04.2021.
Travelling into Switzerland
From Monday 8 February, an electronic form must be filled in by all persons before entry into Switzerland. Cross-border commuters are exempt from this requirement.
Travellers arriving from certain regions must go into quarantine or present negative PCR test result on arrival in Switzerland. 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).
Public eating and drinking establishments (cafés, restaurants, tea rooms, pubs, wine bars, etc.)
Restaurants and bars are able to reopen their outside seating areas.
Customers must be seated and masks may only be removed to consume food and drink.
A maximum of four people is allowed per table and each person’s contact details must be recorded.
Are able to continue as before:
• home food delivery and distribution services, until 11 pm only;
• markets at which eating and drinking on site is forbidden;
• take-aways with counter service and social distancing measures, only to 11 pm;
• restaurants attached to hotels, but exclusively for the use of residents and in line with the tightened health regulations: compulsory masks, also for staff; clients seated, maximum 4 people per table unless they all live in the same household, with 1.5 m separating people seated at different tables in the absence of other protection measures (Plexiglas). Until 11 pm only.
Late-night bars, night clubs, discotheques and comparable or similar places are completely closed.
Leisure and culture venues
Publicly accessible leisure and recreation facilities are also allowed to reopen under similar conditions to shops and museums. This means that all areas of zoos and botanical gardens can open. Masks must always be worn in indoor areas and distancing rules respected. However, indoor areas of spa facilities and swimming pools remain closed.
It is compulsory to wear a mask:
• In all enclosed places accessible to the public, apart from a few exceptions, and also in outdoor spaces such as terraces of restaurants and bars, shop forecourts, markets.
• In cars carrying two or more people.
• In very busy pedestrian areas and wherever the concentration of people does not allow individuals to maintain the required distance between each other.
• On all public transport in Switzerland, at stations (including on platforms and in underpasses), at airports, bus and tram stops, on all lifts in ski areas (including T-bars, button lifts and other drag lifts), and in all queues and places where people gather. (counters, bus stops, etc.)
• Children up to the age of 12 are exempt from having to wear a mask.
Outdoor gatherings (private gatherings, gatherings in public aeras and gatherings for sporting and cultural activities) are limited to 15 people.
Private events organized within the family circle and between friends (in places that aren’t accessible to the public, for example at home) are limited to 10 people.
The maximum number of people includes children.
Events with spectators or audiences are allowed.
• The maximum number of visitors is limited to 100 people at outdoor venues – such as at football matches or open-air concerts – and 50 people indoors – such as at cinemas, theatres and concerts.
• Furthermore, attendance is limited to a third of the venue’s maximum capacity.
• There is a seating requirement and masks must be worn at all times.
• A distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained between visitors at all times, or a seat left free.
• Food and drink aren’t allowed and there should be no intervals.
Other events involving up to 15 people are also permitted in addition to the private gatherings and sporting and cultural activities already allowed. These include guided tours at museums, club gatherings or other leisure and recreational events. Mask-wearing and social distancing rules still apply.
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 winter to the full.
Valais offers magnificent natural spaces in which visitors can relax, find new energy, enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities and savour delicious local produce.