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Corona-Testpflicht auch bei Transit in Deutschland

Corona testing also mandatory for transit in Germany

Germany requires all passengers entering the country by air to have a negative Covid 19 test. As Switzerland also requires, passengers will otherwise not be allowed to board the plane.

As Lufthansa emphasized to its customers in a letter dated April 7, this applies to all passengers over the age of six who wish to enter Germany from high-risk and also from non-risk areas. And: this rule also applies to all passengers with a connecting flight in Frankfurt or Munich.

This mandatory testing for transit passengers also affects Swiss passengers. Many direct connections operated by Swiss and Edelweiss are currently not on the schedule. Until now, the Swiss airlines referred passengers to the connecting flights with Lufthansa via the two hubs in Frankfurt and Munich for the corresponding destinations.

And according to Lufthansa, these are currently the rules of Germany: accepted are antigen, PCR, LAMP and TMA tests, which are carried out at certified test centers. Self-tests are excluded and not valid. The test may take place no more than 48 hours before entry.

Coronavirus: BAG-Liste der Risikoländer

Coronavirus: FOPH list of risk countries

The list of countries and areas with an increased risk of infection is updated on a regular basis. The latest list was published on 24 March. Anyone arriving in Switzerland from one of these countries or areas must, among other things, go into quarantine.

FOPH list of risk countries

The newly added countries and areas are written in bold in the respective list.

Albania, Israel, Jamaica, the United Arab Emirates, Abruzzo, Basilicata, Molise and Umbria in Italy, and Corsica in France are no longer on the list as of April 8.

Instead, Croatia and Turkey will be added as two more important destinations for the coming summer business. Also new on the list as of April 19 are Armenia, Lithuania, the state of Saxony in Germany, the regions of Brittany and Nouvelle-Aquitaine in France, and the region of Puglia in Italy.

 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland from 19.4.21


Areas of neighbouring countries

Austria:

  • Land Burgenland
  • Land Kärnten
  • Land Niederösterreich
  • Land Oberösterreich
  • Land Salzburg
  • Land Steiermark
  • Land Wien

France:

  • Région Bretagne
  • Région Centre-Val de Loire
  • Région Hauts-de-France
  • Région Île de France
  • Région Normandie
  • Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Région Occitanie
  • Région Pays de la Loire
  • Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Germany:

  • Land Sachsen
  • Land Thüringen

Italy:

  • Regione Campania
  • Regione Emilia Romagna
  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Regione Lazio
  • Regione Liguria
  • Regione Marche
  • Regione Puglia
  • Regione Toscana
  • Regione Veneto


Countries and areas*

  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo (Republic of)
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands (Kingdom of the)
  • North Macedonia
  • Palestinian territory (Occupied)
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay

*The following applies for all countries that do not share a border with Switzerland: If a country is on the list, this includes all of its areas, islands and overseas territories – even if they are not listed separately.

 List valid for arrivals in Switzerland between 8.4.21 and 18.4.21

Antigen-Schnelltests bei Einreise am Flughafen Zürich

Antigen rapid tests on entry at Zurich airport

New guidelines for entry into Switzerland were defined as of March 15. Based on these guidelines, passengers entering Switzerland from a non-risk country who were unable to take a PCR test abroad for a recognized reason can submit a rapid antigen test when entering Switzerland. This possibility is likely to become more explosive, especially during the Easter vacations, when the availability of tests could be limited in many countries.

Oster-Special für PCR-Tests am Flughafen Zürich

Easter special for PCR testing at Zurich Airport

To take some of the pressure off travel budgets and help boost travel, Managing Director Daniel Steffen of Checkport Switzerland is launching an Easter special for PCR tests in collaboration with Ender Diagnostic and Swiss Analysis at their two test centers at Zurich Airport. 

The tests, which customers can use for their air travel, cost just CHF 149, down from CHF 195, from March 15 to and including April 18, and payment can only be made with credit cards or Twint. 

As before, registration is not required. Customers will receive the test result for PCR tests by mail five hours after the courier trip to the lab. Antigen test results for CHF 80 are available 15-20 minutes after test delivery. The test center at appointment 2 is open for antigen and PCR testing daily from 4 am to 8 pm. 

The registration form can be filled out before online. An ID card or passport is required for registration. No eating (including chewing gum or similar), drinking or smoking is allowed 30 minutes before the PCR test.

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Die Malediven sind auf der neusten BAG-Risikoländerliste

The Maldives are on the latest FOPH risk country list

Already as of February 25, some countries will be exempted from the quarantine obligation, while new countries and regions of neighboring countries will appear on the list as of March 8. As feared, the Maldives, recently well booked by Swiss, will also be subject to quarantine again.

Neu reicht ein Antigen-Test für die Einreise

An antigen test is now sufficient for entry into the country

The Federal Council relaxes travel restrictions on February 22.

The return journey from vacation to Switzerland will be a little bit easier - and cheaper. The Federal Council has relaxed the Corona test obligation for air passengers to Switzerland. An antigen test is now sufficient, but it must not be older than 24 hours. This test variant usually costs about half as much as the previously required PCR test and is offered free of charge by many hotels at vacation destinations to their guests.

It will also be easier for family vacations: children under the age of 12 will now be exempt from compulsory testing. The new rules will apply from February 22, according to the Federal Council's decree. Under special circumstances, such as when no corona test is possible with reasonable effort, airlines will be allowed to take untested passengers on board. Also, people who prove with a medical certificate that they are cured of Covid-19 do not need a test to fly. New transients are generally exempt from any testing requirement.

Wichtige Informationen für Flugreisende mit Endziel oder Transfer in der Schweiz

Negative Covid-19 test result and registration of electronic contact details required before travelling

Proof of negative Covid 19 test result and electronic contact data entry before flight departure.

As of February 8, 2021, all air travelers must complete the electronic contact information form and present a negative PCR test result upon entry into Switzerland.

This test must not be older than 72 hours at the time of departure and it is mandatory to have it before the flight and to show it to the ground staff at the check-in or gate at the point of departure. The test proof is valid regardless of the country of departure and also for transit passengers traveling via Switzerland to their final destination.

Passengers whose journey takes them from abroad to Switzerland should also note that they will only receive a confirmation at online check-in. Guests will receive their boarding pass at the check-in counter.

SWISS recommends that you allow sufficient time for this and also find out in advance about the type of mask that must be worn on board. You can find an overview here.

 

Negative test result

You must be able to show proof of a negative coronavirus test in two situations:

  • If you enter Switzerland by air. Note: You must be able to show proof of your negative test already on boarding. Without a negative test result you are not allowed to board the aircraft.
  • If you have stayed in a country with an increased risk of infection within the ten days before entering Switzerland. In this case you must always be able to show proof of a negative test result, even if you enter Switzerland by bus, rail, car, etc.

Exceptions: Children under age 12 are not subject to the testing requirement and do not need proof of a negative test result. There are other exceptions in addition to this. You’ll find details in the Exemptions from the Testing and Quarantine Requirement section.

Requirements the test must meet

Do you have to show proof of a negative test result on entering Switzerland? If so, your coronavirus test must meet the following requirements:

  • The test must have been conducted no more than 72 hours before your entry to Switzerland.
  • The test must have been a molecular-biological analysis for the new coronavirus, for example a PCR test. The result of a rapid antigen test is not sufficient.
  • The result of the test must be negative.

Neue Anforderung für alle ab dem 31. Januar 2021 in Dubai ankommenden Passagiere

New requirement for Dubai arrivals from 31 Jan 2021

Effective 31 January 2021, all passengers arriving into Dubai from any point of origin (GCC countries included) must hold a negative PCR test certificate, for which the test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to time of departure.

UAE nationals are exempt from the above, but will be required to take a PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport. 
Passengers arriving into Dubai from certain countries will be required to take another PCR test on arrival at DXB.

Passengers transiting through Dubai must ensure that they comply with the entry requirements of their respective destination country.
Please visit our COVID19 information hub for details of the latest travel requirements.

Speichel statt Stäbchen – neue Corona-Tests im Testcenter am Flughafen Zürich

Saliva instead of swabs – new coronavirus tests in the Zurich Airport testing centre

As per now, coronavirus testing capacity at the Zurich Airport testing centre is to be expanded through the addition of provider Ender Diagnostics. The COVID tests offered by this service will be carried out via saliva samples rather than nasal swabs. Test results will be available within around five hours, rather than 24 to 48 hours for existing PCR tests. The testing centre will be operated by Checkport, a subsidiary of Swissport.

The new provider at the Zurich Airport testing centre, Ender Diagnostics, offers a new type of PCR test which uses saliva samples rather than conventional nasal swabs, making it a much more comfortable method. These tests are sold in the centre as self-testing kits and are carried out independently in testing booths without the need for medical staff. The testing booths are cleaned after each use.

This type of COVID test costs CHF 195 and the test result is available around five hours later. Once completed, tests are transported to the Swiss Analysis AG laboratory in Tägerwilen four times per day by a special courier. Tests that take place after 5 p.m. will be processed early the next morning. Customers will be informed of their test result by e-mail. Tests can currently be taken each day between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. without an appointment. The airport’s testing centre is located in the former Cards and ID Office in Check-in 2 on level 1. The tests are intended for people who are not showing symptoms and who need to take a test in order to travel or attend an event. This particularly concerns flight passengers since only PCR tests are authorised by the relevant authorities for travel to countries which require a COVID-19 test.

Expanded testing capacities
The pharmacy Amavita moved into the airport’s testing centre back in early December. Open daily, it offers rapid coronavirus tests for people with COVID-19 symptoms (not authorised for travel) by appointment (tel.: 058 878 25 60). The services provided by the Airport Medical Center remain available, including PCR tests and IgG antibody tests. 

TUI Suisse Ltd. - VOLL FLEXIBEL - mehr Flexibilität bei Neubuchung! Sie können bis 31 Tage einmalig gebührenfrei umbuchen oder stornieren

TUI Suisse Ltd. - FULLY FLEXIBLE - more flexibility for new bookings! You can rebook or cancel up to 31 days once free of charge

For all trips (arrival period up to and including 31.10.2021) we offer you a one-time free rebooking and cancellation option. If you do not want to start your trip, you can rebook or cancel your booking free of charge up to 31 days before departure. Take advantage of the TUI Travel Credit and redeem your amount in the way that suits you best.

Please contact us to rebook your trip.

Terms & Conditions:
- Valid for all TUI and airtours new bookings (package tours with charter flights or scheduled flights, hotel only and round trips).
- Not valid for TUI light, TUI Flightcenter, non-refundable rates, TUI Camper, TUI Villas, tour operator tickets and group tours with more than 10 persons.
- Not valid for existing bookings
- Travel period: From now until 31.10.21

Have you already booked your trip?
- Trips booked between February 29, 2020 and October 31, 2020 continue to benefit from maximum flexibility and can rebook or cancel your trip free of charge up to 14 days prior to departure. Valid: for all TUI and airtours new bookings (package tours, hotel-only and round trips). Not valid: for TUI light, TUI Flightcenter, non-refundable rates, TUI Camper, TUI Villas, event tickets, travel with scheduled flights and group travel for 10 or more people. The travel period also includes the next year, until

Besondere Einreisebestimmungen für die beliebtesten Reiseziele

Special entry requirements for the most popular destinations

Egypt
Swiss citizens can enter Egypt if they can present a negative PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours and can also be done on site. 

Dominican Republic
Travelers are required to have a COVID-19 test done at the airports upon entry. There may be longer waiting times upon entry. If the test result is positive, travelers must go into quarantine. Exempt from the testing requirement are all travelers who present a negative COVID-19 test result upon entry, which must not be older than five days. Wearing a mouth-nose protection in public is mandatory.

Canary Islands (Spain)
Swiss citizens can enter the country if they can present a negative PCR test which is not older than 72 hours. Furthermore a registration on https://spth.gob.es has to be done.

Cuba
Upon entry you must present a negative PCR test, which is not older than 72 hours. You must also have a confirmation from your health insurance company in English.

Maldives
Swiss citizens can enter the country if they can present a negative PCR test which is not older than 96 hours.

Seychelles
Swiss citizens can enter the country if they can present a negative PCR test, which must not be older than 48 hours and can also be done on site.

In addition, the following must now also be observed:
- The first six nights must be spent in an official hotel of the category 2 list. Please contact your booking office for this. The hotel grounds may not be left during this time.
- Depending on the hotel, the beach, pool, restaurants and bars can still be used. There are restrictions on facilities such as spa, gym, kids club.
- On the 5th day, a free PCR test will be performed. If the test is negative, the vacation can be continued as planned and also if desired the hotel can be changed.

Vereinigtes Königreich und Südafrika: Rückwirkende Quarantäne

UK and South Africa: Retroactive quarantine

Did you enter Switzerland from the United Kingdom or South Africa after December 14, 2020? Then you must go into quarantine. Follow the instructions under What to do after entering Switzerland.

Reason: Discovery of a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus.

Aktuelle Informationen zum Coronavirus

Travel in times of the coronavirus

Coronavirus: Entry update
Since certain countries will soon relax their entry restrictions and there are already countries whose borders are basically passable for Swiss nationals, you will find an entry update under the following link. Here you can see in colour which countries have opened their borders for Swiss nationals, are still closed or where it is increasingly likely that entry restrictions will be relaxed.

Edelweiss fliegt wieder nach Kapstadt

Edelweiss flies to Cape Town again

Since October 19, there are no longer any entry restrictions for travelers from Switzerland to South Africa. And there is currently also no quarantine obligation for returnees. Reason enough for Edelweiss to resume flights to Cape Town on November 25, 2020. From then on, an A340 will take off from Zurich every Wednesday and land in the city on Table Mountain after a good eleven hours.

Cape Town now offers five long-haul destinations in its autumn and winter program. Edelweiss also serves Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), Mahé (Seychelles), Malé (Maldives) and Cancún (Mexico).

Tagblatt der Stadt Zürich

Karin Orduña: Reisen beginnt im Kopf

Tourismus. Die Corona-Krise hat viele Pläne vernichtet. Die Sehnsucht zu verreisen aber wird grösser, je länger die Pandemie andauert. Warum der Gang ins Reisebüro gerade in der Krise lohnenswert ist, und wo man überhaupt hinreisen kann, verraten ausgewählte Anbieter und Reiseprofis. 

Lesen Sie den Artikel im Tagblatt der Stadt Zürich und Karin Orduña.


Artikel vom 21.10.20 / Tagblatt der Stadt Zürich

Zypern verlangt neu Test plus 14 Tage Isolation ab dem 24.09.20

Cyprus requires new test plus 14 days isolation from 24.09.20

The Cypriot government has put Switzerland on the list of high-risk countries because of the rising corona figures. Anyone who wants to enter the country must show a negative test and be in quarantine. Also on this list are Austria, France, the Netherlands or Portugal, among others. Cyprus on the other hand is not on the returnee quarantine list of Switzerland.

On a list published by the Cypriot government on Monday, Switzerland is now a high-risk country. In concrete terms, this means that travelers from Switzerland must present a negative corona test and spend two weeks in self-isolation after entry. The travelers must pay for this themselves. This makes tourist travel practically impossible. Cyprus is a popular winter destination.

The regulation will apply from 24 September 2020, the Cypriot authorities announced.

Südafrika öffnet die Grenzen am Wochenende

South Africa opens its borders at the weekend

The South African government is relaxing corona-related travel restrictions and opening its borders to international tourism from 20 September 2020. Level 1" of the "Risk-Adjusted Strategy" will gradually and cautiously lift restrictions on international travel. Detailed information on the updated regulations is expected from the individual ministers in the next few days.

South Africa has a relatively low level of infection and the health care system has sufficient capacity, writes the South African Tourism Team. For Switzerland, South Africa is no longer a risk country since Monday, it was removed from the returnee quarantine list.

Entry and exit can only take place via one of the three main airports: OR Tambo in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport in Durban. Earthbound travel can only take place via a border crossing that was in operation during the previous restrictions.

Upon arrival in South Africa, travelers must present a negative Covid 19 test result not older than 72 hours prior to departure. If a traveler has not had a Covid-19 test prior to departure for South Africa, he/she must remain in mandatory quarantine at his/her own expense. All travelers will be checked for symptoms upon arrival. If symptoms occur, quarantine is mandatory until a repeat Covid-19 test is performed and the results are available. All travelers are requested to install the mobile app Covid Alert South Africa.

In addition, it is mandatory to wear a mask in public, to keep your distance/social distance, to wash your hands regularly or to use disinfectant - and to use the Covid Alert South Africa App. South Africa continues to have a curfew, with now further relaxed times, between midnight and 4am. Retail sale of alcohol for personal consumption is now permitted from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alcohol may only be consumed in approved establishments and in strict compliance with the local curfew.

Sardinien verlangt Corona-Test

Sardinia desires Corona-Test

Sardinia tightens the entry rules from today Monday. Arriving passengers must present a negative corona test, which is not older than 48 hours. This is the result of a new regulation signed by the president of the region, Christian Solinas, on Friday evening.

Passengers arriving without a negative test result can be temporarily tested on the island within 48 hours, but must remain in domestic quarantine until the result is obtained. Alternatively, those entering the island can also declare online that they themselves have carried out a rapid corona test with a negative result.

Die Kanaren, Paris und Wien sind auf der neuen Risikoländerliste

The Canary Islands, Paris and Vienna are on the new risk country list

The new return journey quarantine list of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) is again longer than the previous one. Large parts of France including Paris and the Riviera are now considered risk areas, as is Vienna. With the Canary Islands, the last region of the vacation country Spain is now virtually no longer accessible. Anyone entering Switzerland from a country or region on the FOPH list must be placed in quarantine for 10 days on their return.

Ecuador, the Faroe Islands, Guatemala and South Africa have been removed from the list.

Emirates und Etihad verlangen Corona-Test auch bei Ausreise

Emirates and Etihad require Corona test also on departure

Atlantis, The Palm offers free PCR tests to guests

All passengers travelling with Emirates and Etihad Airways from Dubai and Abu Dhabi to European countries, among others, must undergo a corona PCR test from 96 hours prior to departure and present the test result in printed form at the check-in counter. Children under 12 years of age and passengers with a moderate or severe disability are exempt from this regulation.

For this reason, the luxury resort Atlantis, The Palm is now offering free corona PCR tests to international guests who spend at least five nights at the resort until December 18, 2020. To this end, the resort has teamed up with one of the leading hospitals in the Emirate of Dubai to perform the tests on site at the facility.

Any guest staying at least five nights can take a test and will receive the test results back from an official medical facility within 24 hours. This allows guests to get the most out of their vacation without having to interrupt it by visiting a hospital or clinic.

Malediven verlangen neu einen Corona-Test

Maldives now require a corona test

The Maldives require a negative Covid 19 test on entry, which must be no older than 72 hours and be issued in English. The new entry regulation is designed to further increase security in Maldivian tourism, both for travelers and industry employees, Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation said.

To enter the country, tourists also need a confirmed booking in an accommodation in the Maldives. At the current time they must also spend the entire stay in an accommodation. A change of resort is currently not permitted, but regulations are to be introduced so that a change of accommodation is permitted under certain conditions. In addition, the local authorities encourage travelers to install the App TraceEkee on their smartphones upon arrival. The apps are available for download at Google Play as well as in the AppStore.

Transit-Flugreisen: Schweiz passt Praxis bei Einreisebestimmungen an

Transit flights: Switzerland adapts practice on entry requirements

As of 31 August 2020, air travellers from risk countries will no longer be able to enter Switzerland by means of transit flights via non-risk countries.

As of August 31, 2020, air travellers from risk countries will no longer be able to enter Switzerland by means of transit flights via non-risk countries. Conversely, air travellers from non-risk states can enter Switzerland even if they have to change planes at airports in a risk state, provided they do not leave the airport's transit zone there. The previous entry restrictions have been circumvented by choosing appropriate transit airports.

Swiss citizens and citizens of EU/EFTA countries can enter Switzerland from all countries of the world despite the corona virus. However, depending on the country in which they have been staying, they are subject to the quarantine regulations of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH when entering Switzerland, as the office states.

There are no longer any entry restrictions for travelers within the Schengen area and from EU countries. Switzerland has gradually relaxed the entry restrictions since mid-May.

However, most states outside the Schengen area remain on the list of risk states. From these countries, entry into Switzerland remains prohibited until further notice.

Departure airport and no longer transit airport decisive

For travellers from high-risk countries, it used to be decisive in which country the flight that brought them directly to Switzerland started. Previous connecting flights were irrelevant. For example, a third-country national entering Switzerland from the high-risk country USA, who flew to Zurich via Canada, could enter Switzerland subject to the quarantine requirements - because Canada was and is listed as an exception in the Covid 19 Regulation 3. However, because the USA is considered a high-risk country, passengers from Washington or Chicago could not enter Switzerland directly.

What is new is that the countries in which air travelers wishing to enter Switzerland started their journey are now decisive. Third-country nationals, for example, who fly from the USA to Zurich via Toronto, will no longer be able to enter Switzerland after 31 August. This measure is intended to prevent the entry restrictions from being circumvented by choosing appropriate transit airports.

The same mode is also applied in reverse: Air travellers from third countries that are listed as exceptions in COVID-19 Regulation 3 - for example Japan, Australia or New Zealand - can also enter Switzerland if, for example, they have to change planes in a high-risk country such as Turkey due to the lack of direct flights. The condition for this is that they do not leave the international transit zone of the airport they are transferring from, i.e. that they do not enter the risk country.

Reisende nach Grossbritannien müssen in Quarantäne

Travellers to Great Britain must be in quarantine

Starting Saturday, travelers from Switzerland must spend two weeks in quarantine when entering the UK.

Great Britain has put Switzerland on its quarantine list. Starting Saturday, travelers from Switzerland must spend two weeks in quarantine when they return to the UK. This will also have a negative impact on tourism, both outgoing and incoming. The city destination London, but not only, is very popular in Switzerland as a tourist attraction.

In the last few days, Great Britain experienced the highest infection figures since the end of June. The government therefore wants to take more vehement action against the virus again. It updated its quarantine list. All states with more than twenty infections per hundred thousand inhabitants will be put on the list with immediate effect. In Switzerland, the rate is 21.2, above this threshold, as reported by the BBC.

British who are in Switzerland at the moment have to go into a two-week quarantine when they return to the island. This applies from Saturday, as the authorities report. This is necessary to keep the numbers low, they explained.

Lufthansa Group: Reisepläne jederzeit flexibel anpassen - mit kostenloser Umbuchung in allen Tarifen

Lufthansa Group: Flexibly adapt travel plans at any time – with free of charge rebooking in all fares

We want our customers to be able to book with confidence and flexibility and not miss out on their next business trip, city break or holiday. Even when travel plans have changed, the wanderlust and unforgettable experiences have not.

In order for our customers to adapt their travel plans flexibly at any time, all Austrian Airlines, Edelweiss, Lufthansa, SWISS, Air Dolomiti and Brussels Airlines tickets issued between 25 August and 31 December 2020 can be rebooked as often as necessary and without a change fee.* For additional flexibility, the origin and destination of the journey can also be changed.** Please note, however, that a fare difference may have to be charged and all fare conditions must be adhered to when rebooking/reissuing tickets.

Bundesrat verordnet Maskenpflicht im Flugzeug

Federal Council enacts compulsory masks in aircraft

From 15 August onwards, a mask must also be worn in airplanes. The measure affects all scheduled and charter flights that take off or land in Switzerland, regardless of the airline. The Federal Council has thus extended the mask requirement in public transport, which has been in force since 6 July.

Transit-Passagiere in Dubai brauchen Corona-Test

Transit passengers in Dubai need corona test

From 1 August 2020, all passengers travelling to Dubai, including passengers with connecting flights in Dubai, must have a negative Covid 19 test certificate. The test must be performed no more than 96 hours prior to departure. Children under 12 years of age and passengers with a moderate or severe disability are excluded. The PCR tests are mandatory for all clients, including UAE nationals, UAE residents and tourists arriving in Dubai and transiting through Dubai, regardless of the countries from which they are travelling, Emirates said.

However, the Swiss quarantine list, on which Dubai is also included, does not apply to transit passengers. Anyone who has been in Dubai for less than 24 hours can enter Switzerland without quarantine.

This rule applies to all flights to and via Abu Dhabi.

Die Lufthansa Group stellt ein Massnahmenpaket zusammen, welches Sicherheit vermitteln soll:

A return flight guarantee for all customers as well as an all-round carefree package for Economy Classic and Business Saver fares.

Swiss is offering a basic return flight guarantee on all European routes from 25 June. The return flight guarantee applies to all customers, regardless of the class of travel and the fare booked. You will be flown back to Switzerland or to Germany and Austria with the airlines of the Lufthansa Group. Meaning: The return flight guarantee is also available with Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines.

In addition, the "Economy Classic" and "Business Saver" tariffs on European routes will be extended free of charge in cooperation with AXA Partners to include further attractive guarantee components to form an "all-round carefree package". If travellers are not allowed to enter the country, for example due to increased temperature at the destination, or if a coronavirus test necessitates quarantine at the destination, the insurance covers the costs of quarantine or medical repatriation. In addition, the tariff, in cooperation with AXA, offers the opportunity to take advantage of a medical consultation by telephone and to speak to a doctor via video call. Additional hotel costs are also borne by possible quarantine or transport costs, for example if the return flight is from another airport at the holiday destination. Even cancellation costs for unused hotel stays and excursions are reimbursed.

In addition, the Economy and Business Flex fares on European routes will be extended with the "Bring me Home Now" option. Swiss customers hereby receive the guarantee, if desired booked on the next available flight (with a member of the Lufthansa Group) and returned to Switzerland or to Germany and Austria. The rebooking costs only CHF 35.00, there are no further costs. For all other fares, the return journey is on the next possible Lufthansa Group flight, subject to availability.

As mentioned, the extensions in the above-mentioned tariffs will be available on all Swiss distribution channels from 25 June 2020 and until the end of August 2020. All trips with a return flight date until the end of January 2021 are covered.

If you have any questions or uncertainties, please contact Polyglott Tours and Travel. We are happy to help you.

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New opening hours

Dear customers

With our services we help to ensure that we continue to function during this period. We do everything we can to ensure that you remain well supplied and connected despite the current emergency. However, the health of our employees is also close to our heart. They work tirelessly and we want to protect them as best we can. We have therefore decided to adjust our opening hours until further notice.

These are as follows:
Monday to Friday from 08.00hrs to 18.00hrs

Our counter is open again from 11.05.20, at the moment only by the hour.

Outside these hours, an emergency number is available around the clock as usual.
WhatsApp/Emergency: 079 409 65 37

Informationen zum Coronavirus

Travel in times of the coronavirus

By order of the Federal Council, our counter will remain closed until at least 11 May 2020. However, our opening hours will remain unchanged - we will be there for you as always - and can be reached by telephone and e-mail. Outside these hours, as usual, an emergency number is available around the clock.

The rapid spread of the novel corona virus SARS-Covid-19 from central China to currently more than 185 countries has a significant impact on international travel, tourism in general and also on our trips.

In this situation it is our concern to support you with advice and assistance. If you have any questions or uncertainties, you can contact us at any time. We will try to advise you as best as we can on your current travels, as well as inform you about the effects on the respective countries and entry regulations.

Various countries have adapted their entry regulations and have introduced measures such as medical examinations, quarantine, entry bans etc. It is therefore essential that travellers inform themselves about the entry requirements of their destination before starting a new journey. However, some countries can still be visited without hesitation. Please contact us if you are uncertain. We are happy to help you. Polyglott bases its assessment of safety and/or health risks for travel destinations on the travel advice of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). In this case, the recommendations of the WHO and the Federal Office of Public Health are authoritative. The FOPH has summarised recommendations for travellers on its website.

Some airlines and tour operators have relaxed their cancellation and rebooking conditions. This information is updated regularly.

In order to make it easier for you to decide whether to book a new trip, some airlines and tour operator brands such as Kuoni, Helvetic, Tui, FTI, Hotelplan, etc. have decided to offer a free cancellation and rebooking facility for newly booked trips, regardless of the destination booked. This under certain conditions. We will be happy to advise you on this as well.

We all hope that the situation will improve soon. We wish you, our valued customers, good health and continued smooth, beautiful, successful and unforgettable travel.

Swiss Best-Preise bei Polyglott

dank Direktanbindung

Swiss Best-Preise bei Polyglott

Die Lufthansa Gruppe (zu der auch Swiss gehört) hat in verschiedenen Medien kommuniziert, ab dem 5.4.2018 eine neue Bestpreis-Politik zu starten. Will heissen: Auf verschiedenen Strecken werden die besten Tarife nur noch auf den direkten Buchungskanälen zur Verfügung stehen.

Wir freuen uns und sind stolz, Ihnen mitteilen zu können, dass Polyglott über einen Vertrag und eine Direktanbindung (SPRK) mit der Lufthansa-Group verfügt und somit die besten Preise anbieten kann - und erst noch zum persönlichen und kundenfreundlichen Polyglott-Service.

So können Sie bei Ihrer nächsten Swiss-Buchung also weiterhin von unseren Best-Preisen profitieren.

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Firmen vertrauen auf Reisebüros

Geschäftsreisen ohne Komplikationen

100 Geschäftsführer und Verantwortliche für Geschäftsreisen in Schweizer Unternehmen wurden von BCD befragt. Aus den Antworten geht hervor, dass viele Manager möglichst stressfrei reisen wollen und sie beim hierzu beim Geschäftsreisemanagement auf externe Dienstleister setzen. Auf Effizienz und guten Service werde gleichermassen grossen Wert gelegt.

69 Prozent der Unternehmen gaben als wichtigsten Grund für die Nutzung von Geschäftsreisebüros an, dass persönliche Ansprechpartner Fragen zu Reiseverbindungen und Hotels besser und schneller beantworten können. Knapp die Hälfte (47 Prozent) der Reiseverantwortlichen in Firmen wissen es zu schätzen, dass sie selbst keinen zeitlichen Aufwand für das Suchen der besten Reiseverbindung oder der besten Übernachtungsmöglichkeit haben. Ebenso viele geben an, dass die Beauftragung eines Geschäftsreisebüros für Unternehmen von den Kosten her günstiger ist, als die Reiseorganisation in Eigenleistung vorzunehmen.

«Eine Geschäftsreise sollte möglichst ohne Komplikationen verlaufen: Wenn beispielsweise ein Flug kurzfristig ausfällt, übernehmen die Mitarbeiter des Geschäftsreisebüros jederzeit die kurzfristige Umbuchung auf eine andere Verbindung» sagt Michel Jegerlehner, Director Sales & Account Management BCD Travel Schweiz. «Der Reiseverantwortliche oder buchende Person des Unternehmens kann oft nicht so flexibel reagieren oder ist beispielsweise bei fortgeschrittener Uhrzeit nicht mehr am Arbeitsplatz.»

Über alle Branchen hinweg betrachtet sind es oft mittelgroße Firmen ab 100 Mitarbeitern (58 Prozent) und grosse Unternehmen mit 250 und mehr Mitarbeitern (52 Prozent), die mit einem Geschäftsreisebüro zusammenarbeiten. Anders in den Branchen Handel, produzierendes Gewerbe und Industrie: «Da in diesen Branchen die Reisetätigkeit sehr gross ist, lassen sich hier bei der Reiseplanung auch viele kleinere Firmen von externen Spezialisten unterstützen», sagt Jegerlehner. Gerade die kleineren Firmen ohne Büroorganisation schätzten den Rund-um-Service.