SWITZERLAND

Switzerland is one of the most beautiful and well organized countries in the world, and famous for its snow peaked mountains, watches and delicious chocolate. Located in Central Europe and with great accessibility over land, by rail and air, it`s the perfect place for a weekend break, incentive trip or luxury holiday. With its beautiful nature and stunning views, the metropolitan towns Zurich and Geneva, and the many typical Alpine villages decorated with flowers on the wooden balconies, it`s a fantastic option for both nature and city lovers.

Switzerland stands for quality and excellence in all senses and all over the country. What many people don`t know about, is the variety of cultural aspects, languages and landscapes this country has to offer. Although Switzerland is a relatively small country with only 41.000 square km and approximately 8,5 million inhabitants, it is divided in 26 political regions, the so called cantons, and each canton has its own rich history, traditions and language. In the centre and north of the country, the German speaking part, greater cities such and Zurich, Basel and St. Gallen can be found – great places for events, business meetings and incentive trips. With Switzerland`s biggest airport in this area, its accessibility is great and many business travelers in the banking, insurance and pharmaceutical industry, find their way to Zurich and Basel for corporate events and meetings. With the snow mountains of Switzerland at only a 1,5 hours drive away, these events are very well combinable with leisure or teambuilding trips.

In the western part of Switzerland, where Geneva is the main city and the second biggest airport is located, the main language is French. The landscape in the so called Romandy changes rapidly, and this is a great area for wine lovers, luxury ski resorts, sunny rivieras and traditional steam boats on Lac Leman – the Lake of Geneva. With the Mont Blanc Mountain very close, and home to the town where the lyrics of Queens` Heaven to Everyone were written, this area is a guarantee for great views, lazy summer strolls and excellent wine and dine.

In the south of Switzerland, the so called canton of Ticino, the main language is Italian. After crossing Europe`s largest tunnel, the famous Gotthard Tunnel, you enter a completely different world. Every mile in this area breaths Mediterranean style – it`s the Dolce Vita at a two hours drive away from Zurich. The vegetation changes to olive trees and palm trees, for breakfast a delicious cappuccino is served, and the temperatures are mild all year long. Ticino is the Mediterranean pearl in our backyard, reachable easily by car and train, and with the airports of Milano Malpensa an Milano Linate at just an hour drive away.

Last but not least, we have the rustic canton of Graubünden, with the imponent mountains, many rural villages, and luxury resorts for skiing and relaxing, such as St. Moritz and Davos – where the World Economic Forum takes place every year in January.

Switzerland as a country focuses highly on sustainable tourism. We aim to preserve our beautiful nature, with the spectacular mountains, green valleys, wild gorges and natural parks. Switzerland has a very good developed railway system, which grants access to almost any part of the country at any time of the day. Apart from that, Swiss Epic Tours supports the recently launched campaign Swisstainable – sustainable travel in Switzerland. We offer a selection of tours to give something back to our community, and which cause you as a traveller a feel good vibe. Enjoy a workshop urban gardening and learn all about different seeds, plants and herbs, and discover how to use and treat them well; be a farmer for one day and help with milking the cows, cheese- and haymaking; go volunteering in the Swiss Mountains with your team and help the farmers secure their existence, and give your employees an unforgettable teambuilding experience; enjoy a food waste cooking experience – learn how to make something delicious from leftovers and never waste food again. 

HIGHLIGHTS OF SWISS EPIC TOURS

But there is so much more to discover… Apart from the traditional tours and trips to mountains, lakes and medieval towns, Swiss Epic Tours offers personalized and of the grid experiences for those who want to visit Switzerland in a different way. We show you the highlights, but with a personal touch and with insider tips only locals can provide.

  • What about a helicopter flight over the Swiss Alps with landing on a Glacier, where you can enjoy a fresh aperitif with stunning views
  • Being a chocolatier for one day decorating your own freshly produced chocolate
  • Enjoying a historic train ride in one of the oldest and steepest cogwheel trains in the world?

Swiss Epic Tours makes it all possible. We design your trip the way you want it. Most of our tours are tailor made, which allows us to adapt entirely to your interests, needs, wishes and budget. We design, you enjoy.

A great journey begins here. Simple as that.

INTERNATIONAL EVENT PLANNING SWITZERLAND

International event planning is made much easier when working with STAR Your World and Swiss Epic Tours in Switzerland.

More than just a web search, we only work with trusted suppliers to reach every corner of the destination.

For more information or to start planning your events in Switzerland contact:

Email: switzerland@staryourworld.com

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The below information applies when travelling & visiting SWITZERLAND.

The Federal Council has also decided to relax the requirements for entering Switzerland, as it proposed in the consultation. Persons entering from the Schengen area will no longer be required to quarantine. The requirement to be tested will now apply only to persons arriving by plane who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID-19. Contact details will still be required when arriving by plane. In addition, Switzerland is easing the existing entry restrictions for persons arriving from third countries who can prove they have been vaccinated. The list of countries issued by the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) has been amended accordingly. It is now once again possible for third-country citizens travelling from countries such as the USA, Albania or Serbia to enter Switzerland.

The current list of high-risk countries issued by the Federal Office of Public Health is to be revised and will only contain countries or regions where virus variants of concern to Switzerland are in circulation. Persons who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from the disease will be permitted to enter Switzerland from these countries or regions without having to be tested or to quarantine as long as it is certain that the vaccination offers good protection. Those who have neither been vaccinated nor have recovered must present a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test and go into quarantine on entry.

In practice, this means that persons who have been vaccinated or who have recovered do not have to produce a negative test even when travelling from countries where the Delta variant is widespread (such as India or the United Kingdom) and do not have to quarantine on entry. The vaccines used in Switzerland are only slightly less effective against the Delta variant and thus still offer a very high level of protection.

The current list of high-risk countries issued by the Federal Office of Public Health is to be revised and will only contain countries or regions where virus variants of concern to Switzerland are in circulation. Persons who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from the disease will be permitted to enter Switzerland from these countries or regions without having to be tested or to quarantine as long as it is certain that the vaccination offers good protection. Those who have neither been vaccinated nor have recovered must present a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test and go into quarantine on entry.

In practice, this means that persons who have been vaccinated or who have recovered do not have to produce a negative test even when travelling from countries where the Delta variant is widespread (such as India or the United Kingdom) and do not have to quarantine on entry. The vaccines used in Switzerland are only slightly less effective against the Delta variant and thus still offer a very high level of protection.

The requirement to wear masks in outdoor areas of publicly accessible venues, leisure facilities and restaurant terraces will be lifted. On public transport, outdoor spaces are defined as any areas with large openings on at least two sides, such as railway platforms (including those underground), bus stops, underpasses and overpasses, or halls and shopping arcades. Indoor spaces are enclosed underground station complexes (such as the underground area at Zurich main station) including the underground access and shopping areas in basements and indoor waiting rooms.

The recommendations issued by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) remain in place: masks should be worn where it is not possible to maintain a distance of 1.5m. Masks must still be worn indoors as it is not possible to check whether or not someone has been vaccinated or has recovered from COVID-19.

From Monday 31 May, further relaxations will come in to effect. Private gatherings of up to 50 people outdoors and up to 30 people indoors will be permitted. Indoor restaurant service will resume, with no more than four people per table. Public events of up to 100 people indoors and up to 300 people outdoors will be able to take place. Thermal baths and spa facilities will reopen.

From Monday 31 May, further relaxations will come in to effect. Private gatherings of up to 50 people outdoors and up to 30 people indoors will be permitted. Indoor restaurant service will resume, with no more than four people per table. Public events of up to 100 people indoors and up to 300 people outdoors will be able to take place. Thermal baths and spa facilities will reopen.

There are to be no restrictions for people carrying out sporting or cultural activities outdoors. However, contact details must be recorded for indoor activities. Requirements to wear masks and keep a distance will be lifted, as will capacity restrictions.

Events with a certificate: no masks, no restrictions
There will be no restrictions on events at which access is limited to people with a COVID certificate, including large-scale events. Events for over 10,000 people may go ahead from 26 June and the venue’s full capacity may be used. The protection plan must however set out how access is to be limited to people with a COVID certificate. Cantonal authorisation is required for events for over 1000 people.

Events without a COVID certificate requirement
The rule for events without a COVID certificate requirement are as follows:

– If the public are seated, up to 1000 people may attend – indoors or outdoors.

– If people are standing or moving around, up to 250 people may attend indoors, and up to 500 outdoors.

– Up to two-thirds of the venue’s capacity may be used – indoors or outdoors.

– Indoors: masks must be worn in areas where food and drink are served, and food and drink may only be consumed in the designated areas; contact details must be recorded if seated.

– Outdoors: no requirement to wear masks.

– Events and concerts involving dancing are not allowed.

Private events: 30 people indoors, 50 outdoors

The limits regarding private events continue to apply, i.e. no more than 30 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.

Trade fairs: no capacity restrictions
The ban on trade fairs for fewer than 1000 people indoors is to be lifted. Capacity restrictions for trade fairs will also be lifted regardless of the number of visitors or the restriction to people with a COVID certificate. At trade fairs without a COVID certificate requirement, masks must be worn indoors and food and drink may only be consumed in the designated areas.

The limit on the number of people allowed to sit at a table at restaurants will be lifted. Guests must still remain seated indoors and the distance between guest groups must still be respected. Contact details must still be recorded, but only for one person per group. Masks must still be worn, apart from when seated. The limit on the size of guest groups outdoors is to be lifted and guests will no longer have to be seated. The distance between guest groups must still be respected. Contact details no longer need to be recorded for guests outdoors.

Clubs and discos will be allowed to reopen provided access is limited to people with a valid COVID certificate. The proposals set out in the consultation paper to limit attendance to 250 people and require the recording of contact details have been dropped. As at all venues where COVID certificates are required, there will be no requirement to wear masks.

There are to be no restrictions for people carrying out sporting or cultural activities outdoors. However, contact details must be recorded for indoor activities. Requirements to wear masks and keep a distance will be lifted, as will capacity restrictions.

UK Government advice – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/switzerland/coronavirus

Date of last update: June 24, 2021

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