Current situation in Valais
Page updated on 18.01.2021.
Travellers arriving from certain regions must go into quarantine 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,…)
Public eating and drinking establishments (restaurants, breweries that open on occasion, bars and cafes – including those attached to bakeries, petrol stations and railway stations, in hotels and at campsites) are closed to the public.
Subject to the following exceptions:
- 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, strip bars and comparable or similar places are completely closed.
Shops and markets
Shops and markets selling non-essential goods are closed. Click and collect is still allowed.
Shops selling everyday consumer goods are open. This means stores selling food, pharmacies, drugstores, telecommunication operators' outlets, repair and maintenance stores, such as laundries, garages and bicycle shops (providing they offer a repair service); florists, gardening or DIY stores; as well as petrol stations, post offices, banks, travel agencies and hairdressers.
Sports stores can open their rental and repair centers. Sales areas are closed, only click and collect is possible.
Businesses that are usually authorised to open on Sundays are allowed to do so.
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 when there are 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, in all lift facilities (including ski lifts), and in all queues and gathering places (counters, bus stops, etc.).
Children up to the age of 12 are exempt from having to wear a mask.
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 mesures together to enjoy this winter.
Valais offers magnificent natural spaces in which visitors can relax, find new energy, enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities and savour delicious local produce.