Switzerland quarantine: Could Switzerland be added to the UK quarantine list?

Earlier this year the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) announced Brits would be able to travel to a number of countries without needing to self-isolate for two weeks upon returning to the UK. But in recent weeks a number of countries, including Spain, Belgium and the Bahamas, have been removed from the FCO’s list of exempt countries. Anyone returning to the UK from a country not included on the FCO’s list of exempt nations will have to self-isolate back in the UK.

Could Switzerland be added to the UK quarantine list?

Any country can be removed at a moment’s notice from the FCO’s exemption list.

The Government has made this clear with the removal of Serbia, Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas in recent weeks.

France is likely to be the next country removed from the FCO’s exemption list.

But following France, a number of other countries are also of concern for the Government – including Switzerland.

Paul Charles, CEO of travel PR consultancy The PC Agency, wrote in the Telegraph wrote: “Other European countries are on the verge of being added later this week too – the Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland and Malta in particular.

“The rates in Portugal and Sweden remain stubbornly high, meaning these two countries probably won’t see quarantine relaxed much before the end of August, dashing hopes of a late summer season.”

Last week Switzerland was added to Norway’s list of countries where people will be required to self-isolate upon arrival back in Norway.

Switzerland has now lifted a partial lockdown that was imposed in March, which saw shops, bars and restaurants be ordered to close.

But cases in the country have dramatically risen in recent weeks.

Reuters reported last week the number of new cases of COVID-19 in Switzerland surged to more than 200 a day.

This was a dramatic increase from the 35 average daily cases recorded in Switzerland in June.

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The UK Government is expected to review its safe list of countries this week.

Mr Johnson said: “I don’t want to advise people about their individual holidays, individual decisions, they should look at the travel advice from the Foreign Office clearly.

“But what I will say, and I hope people would expect us to do this, in the context of a global pandemic, we’ve got to keep looking at the data in all the countries to which British people want to travel.

“Where it is necessary to impose restrictions or to impose a quarantine system, we will not hesitate to do so.

“It’s been a huge effort for the entire population of this country to get the disease down to the levels that we are currently seeing, but we do not want reinfection and that’s why we’ve got to keep a very, very close eye on the data in destinations around the world.”

What is the current FCO advice for Switzerland?

As of August 10, Switzerland is included on the FCO’s list of countries that people are not required to quarantine for two weeks after visiting.

Switzerland has its own rules all people visiting the country will be required to adhere to, including keeping at least 1.5 metres away from other people.

Wearing face masks is also compulsory on public transport in Switzerland.

There are also a number of entry requirements for visiting Switzerland, so check the FCO website if you are planning to travel.

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