COVID-19 Information Updates

COVID-19 Information


The swissnex Boston team is predominantly still operating remotely. If you need assistance, please email us at info@swissnexboston.org. Additionally, from July 1st to September 1st swissnex is undergoing renovation work and no onsite meetings will be conducted during this time.

In the event of an emergency relating to the current pandemic, please contact the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York at: 1 (212) 599-5700 or email them at newyork@eda.admin.ch

Additional info below via the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States of America.

 

Information about travel to Switzerland:

Please see Visa & entry to Switzerland


Information about the 10-day quarantine as of 6 July 2020:

Swiss, EU, EFTA, UK and other special categories of travelers still allowed to enter Switzerland from the USA must undergo a strict 10 day mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Switzerland as of 6 July 2020. Please visit the website of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH for detailed information and instructions.


Information for Swiss citizens:

On March 16, 2020, the Swiss Federal called for all Swiss traveling abroad to return to their country of residence.

The Department of Foreign Affairs does not plan any evacuation flights from the United States to Europe. Presently, several airlines continue to offer flights from the USA to Switzerland and Europe. As the flight offerings change frequently, please contact the airline or your travel agent directly to book or change your return flight.  See current flight information (PDF, 55.9 kB, English)

Swiss citizens living in the United States of America are NOT mandated to return to Switzerland. The decision as to whether or not to travel to Switzerland is at your own discretion and your own personal responsibility. Swiss citizens must travel with a valid Swiss passport in order to enter Switzerland. Dual citizens should be aware that U.S. citizens are required by law to enter and leave the United States with a U.S. passport.

For travels to or via the United States, only the U.S. authorities can give you the necessary information. Please consult the following websites:


For urgent requests, contact the FDFA Helpline (Tel. +41 800 24-7-365/ +41 58 465 33 33) or your Swiss representation in the USA (Washington, Atlanta, New York or San Francisco): Helpline FDFA 

For information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) consult the information and directives of the local authorities and the recommendations of the World Health Organization WHO.


In Switzerland, the Federal Office of Public Health provides information about the new coronavirus: FOPH

The Travel Advice Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland (FDFA) offers travelers basic information by informing on possible risks and certain precautions (in German, French and Italian). They are to be considered as a complementary source of information: FDFA Travel Advice

 

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Past Updates

As of May 1, 2020

Wearing a mask in public, is in effect state wide and failure to do so could result in a fine.

“Effective Wednesday, May 6, 2020, Governor Baker issued an Order requiring face masks or cloth face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Exceptions include children under the age of 2 and those unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition. Full details are outlined in the May 1 Order.”  – Mass.gov


As of April 28, 2020

In conjunction with the latest local advisory, the swissnex Boston physical location will continue to be temporarily closed until further notice.

Additionally, in accordance with the City of Cambridge for those in the area of the office it is now required that face coverings be worn in all public places, businesses and common areas of residential buildings. “The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29 ,..violations may be punishable by a $300 fine.”


As of March 23, 2020

In an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19 and in conjunction with the local advisory, swissnex Boston physical location will be temporarily closed beginning March 24, 2020 until further notice.

If you have questions or would like to get in touch, please call us +1 (617) 876-3076 or email info@swissnexboston.org


March 17, 2020

With the current status of COVID-19 in Switzerland and in the USA, our upcoming programming has been affected, with some events and activities being cancelled or postponed until later this year. At this time, all of our public events through April 19th have been cancelled. The health and safety of our staff, event attendees, and partners are our highest priority, and we will be responding to FDFA (Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs) Directorate for Resources related guidelines, and recommendations provided by the City of Boston and Cambridge to ensure our community is kept safe.

Please see our website for further details about changes to Café des Sciences, the Swiss Startup Meet-Up, and our SXSW panel, and follow us on social media for regular updates about changes to our programming.

Below are some guidelines on how to stay healthy and where to find the latest information about the COVID-19 for both the United States and Switzerland.

Reducing Risks of Getting Sick

  • Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds (pro tip: the Happy Birthday song lasts about 20 seconds if you sing it, don’t hesitate to use it as a reference)
  • Do not shake hands anymore (pro tip: elbow bump, ankle bump, distance greetings)
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Stay home if you’re sick

Useful Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (most accurate local updates about COVID-19)
Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (travel advice and representations in CH)
Federal Office of Public Health (CH)