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Border posts Sorry, we’re closed!

Switzerland is currently wrapped up in red and white tape like a present. But there is of course nothing to celebrate. Head to the border and apart from at official checkpoints some form of barrier – whether it's tape, concrete blocks, piles of earth or logs – will stop most people getting out and most people getting in. 

While some of these recent constructions are more solid than others, they all send the same message: “Stay home.” 

Land-locked Switzerland, like almost every other country around the world, has implemented various measures to try to stem the spread of Covid-19. 

In Switzerland, this includes entry restrictions for citizens of every country apart from Liechtenstein. The most visible signs are at the border with Switzerland’s four other neighbours: France, Germany, Austria and Italy. 

Only Swiss citizens, Swiss residents, cross-border workers and those passing through can enter. Even foreign partners of Swiss citizens who do not have a right of residence will be turned away. Cross-border shoppers will even be fined CHF100 ($103).


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