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COVID-19
We are delighted to welcome you back to Verbier!

Rest assured, the whole resort complies with all the health guidelines to guarantee you a stay that’s as safe and comfortable as can be − see our commitments below. But we also need your help in continuing to welcome visitors to Verbier! That’s why this page also aims to provide you with helpful advice and ideas, so you have the best possible stay and return home from here with some unforgettable memories − in complete safety.

Welcome back to Verbier!

[Last updated: 24.09.2021]

Covid tests

Make an appointment for a COVID test via the link below.

COVID certificate

The COVID certificate is available to anyone who is either vaccinated, recovered from COVID or who has tested negative. The certificate can be presented using the app or on paper. From 13 September, a COVID certificate will be required in the following situations (from the age of 16):

Indoor hospitality venues

Restaurants and bars

Clubs and discos

Cultural, sporting and leisure activities indoor

Museums and libraries

Leisure facilities

Fitness centres and sports facilities

Training sessions

Indoor pools and water parks

Music and theatre rehearsals

Indoor events

Theatre and cinema

Sporting events

Concerts

Private events outside the home (e.g. weddings)

Large-scale outdoor events

Events attended by over 1000 people

Detailed information is available on the Federal Office of Public Health website.

Summary of entry conditions for Switzerland

Practical advice for visitors

In this time of pandemic, we need you to help us too!

You’ll see, it’s quite straightforward: there are just eight small things you can do yourselves, as individuals in our community of responsible visitors. We thank you in advance for following these recommendations for the health and safety of your family, friends, other travellers and the local community.

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Wear a face covering wherever it is necessary

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Observe social distancing

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Wash your hands regularly and carefully

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Cough and sneeze into a handkerchief or into your elbow

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Don’t shake hands

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Whenever possible, provide contact data to allow tracing

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If you show symptoms, stay at home

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If you show symptoms, get tested

FAQ

Visitors

Entry formalities and validity of COVID certificates
  • Are there any special requirements for entering Switzerland?

    Following new announcements by the Federal Council, from 20th September 2021, travellers who are not fully vaccinated or unable to prove they have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months will have to present two negative test results: one upon entry in Switzerland, and another one after a maximum of four to seven days.

    All travellers (vaccinated, recovered, tested) must also fill out the SwissPLF entry form.

    Summary of conditions to enter Switzerland according to country of origin on the Travelcheck website.

  • Which vaccines are allowed to enter Switzerland?

    People who are fully vaccinated are exempt from many health-related measures at the border. These exemptions apply to people who have been vaccinated with one of the following vaccines:

    • Pfizer/BioNTech (BNT162b2 / Comirnaty® / Tozinameran)
    • Moderna (mRNA-1273 / Spikevax / COVID-19 vaccine Moderna)
    • AstraZeneca (AZD1222 Vaxzevria®/ Covishield™)
    • Janssen / Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
    • Sinopharm / BIBP (SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell))
    • Sinovac (CoronaVac)

    Do you not have a COVID certificate that is recognised in Switzerland? In this case, in addition to your last name, first name and date of birth, your proof of vaccination must also include the date of vaccination and the vaccine used.

  • Which vaccination certificates are valid for indoor spaces in Switzerland?

    Travellers from EU/EFTA countries

    Access to all indoor spaces with existing COVID certificates is possible without any problems.

    Travellers from other countries – outside the EU/EFTA

    (Vaccinated with a vaccine recognised by the EMA, i.e. Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson&Johnson, AstraZeneca and all licences such as Covishield, etc.)

    Until 10th October 2021, all readable certificates that include the following data: personal information, type of vaccine, country and date of vaccination, in one of the Swiss national languages, in English or in Spanish, will be accepted for access to all indoor areas.

    This is a temporary solution to prepare for the conversion process. Then the certificates will have to be converted into a Swiss certificate. The details of this processare being worked out at a federal and cantonal level. Information will follow in due course.

    Travellers from non-EU/EFTA countries vaccinated with other vaccines

    These vaccinations do not currently give access to domestic areas, and there is currently no possibility to convert these certificates. The possibilities for travellers vaccinated with these other vaccines are: room service, meals on terraces, and testing.

  • How long is the quarantine period in Switzerland?

    If you have to quarantine, you will have to stay at home or in appropriate accommodation for 10 days starting from the date you were last in contact with the contagious person, or from the day after your arrival in Switzerland.

    As of 8 February 2021, the 10-day quarantine period may be shortened if the person is tested after seven days (PCR test or rapid test) and the result is negative.

    Detailed information on complying with quarantine rules can be downloaded here.

  • Do I have to report to the authorities, the police or other bodies when I arrive in Verbier?

    No, if you are coming to Verbier for leisure (and not on business) you do not need to report anywhere when you arrive.

Health
  • Where can I get a test when staying in Verbier?

    The following pharmacies offer rapid (lateral flow) and PCR tests. You can make an appointment by clicking here.

    • Pharmacie de la Croix de cœur à Verbier, +41 27 771 39 90
    • Pharmacie de Bagnes au Châble, +41 27 776 11 77
    • Pharmacie de l’Abbaye au Châble, +41 27 776 22 55
    • Pharmacie Internationale à Verbier,+41 27 771 66 22
    • Pharmacie Amavita in Verbier: +41 58 878 30 70, or make an appointment online (in French).
  • How can I obtain a COVID certifcate?

    The COVID certificate is available to anyone who is either vaccinated, recovered from COVID or who has tested negative. The certificate can be presented using the app or on paper.

  • What should I do if I fall ill?

    If you experience symptoms, it is extremely important to self-isolate at home or in your holiday accommodation. You can check if your symptoms mean that you need to see a doctor by visiting this website: www.coronacheck.ch. If necessary, call a doctor, the Federal coronavirus hotline on +41 (0)58 463 00 00 or the Canton of Valais hotline on +41 (0)58 433 01 44. Follow their recommendations, which may be to take a test or undergo additional examinations. In any event, continue to self-isolate until 48 hours after your symptoms disappear.

    For further information, do not hesitate to visit the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health’s dedicated website here.

Lifts
  • What health measures have been put in place on the lifts?

    From 26 June, wearing a face covering is compulsory in all indoor queues and in closed facilities. The hygiene measures and social distancing must be adhered to whenever you are queueing, using any of the facilities and in all buildings.

    Hand sanitiser is available in all buildings and in the vicinity of queues. Equipment is regularly disinfected.

    Following the announcement of new measures by the Swiss Federal Council, lifts cannot operate at more than two-thirds capacity. You are requested to be patient even if queues build up, taking care to comply with social distancing and ground markings, and to wear an approved face covering.

    You can see what specific measures have been taken by lift operators here, on MySwitzerland’s “Clean and Safe” website.

  • Are neck gaiters or snoods acceptable as protection?

    Covering the mouth and nose is compulsory whenever you are queueing and in all facilities, including ski lifts. Please note: only surgical masks and neck gaiters/snoods made with approved fabric and equipped with a filter are authorised. For further information, visit the websites of the Swiss Ski Lift Association (in French) or the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.

  • Is there a fast-track system to avoid queueing?

    No, there is no fast-track system to avoid queueing. To keep you safe while you are waiting, the ski-lift operators have provided ground markings so that social distancing can be complied with. In addition, wearing a face covering is compulsory, as is compliance with hygiene regulations.

  • Will lifts be subject to limited operation?

    Lifts will operate normally, other than as a result of possible seasonal limitations and maintenance work.

  • Do I have to reserve my tickets online?

    No, but we do strongly recommend that you reserve your tickets online at easyverbier.com.

Public transport
Activities and leisure
  • Where is there a COVID certificate requirement?

    From 13 September, a COVID certificate will be required in the following situations (from the age of 16):

    • Restaurants and bars (indoors)
    • Clubs and discos (indoors)
    • Museums and libraries
    • Leisure facilities (indoors)
    • Fitness centres and sports facilities
    • Training sessions*
    • Indoor pools and water parks
    • Music and theatre rehearsals*
    • Theatre and cinema
    • Indoor sporting events
    • Concerts
    • Indoor private events outside the home (e.g. weddings)
    • Outdoor events attended by over 1000 people

    *Exceptions: Rehearsals and training sessions in fixed groups (max. 30 people), religious services, political events and self-help groups (max. 50 people)

  • Will it still be possible to go shopping? And what protective measures have been put in place?

    Shops and stores are currently keeping their normal hours. Measures put in place are the same as in other businesses: compulsory face covering, hand disinfection, social distancing and a limit on the number of people in each store, and contactless payment encouraged.

  • Will some events be taking place in spite of everything?

    Following new announcements by the Federal Council, the following rules will apply to events:

    Indoor events

    COVID certificate required for:

    • Theatre and cinema
    • Sporting events
    • Concerts
    • Private events outside the home (e.g. weddings)

    Exceptions: Rehearsals and training sessions in fixed groups (max. 30 people), religious services, political events and self-help groups (max. 50 people)

    Outdoor events

    COVID certificate required for:

    • Events attended by over 1000 people

    Please refer to our programme for more detailed information on the events that will still be held and the form they will take. We are closely tracking how these measures evolve, so that we can reassess the situation if need be.

  • Can I organise a party in Verbier myself? And what would the restrictions be?

    We would remind you of the importance of personal responsibility for limiting the spread of the virus. Contacts must be as limited as possible. Private parties are therefore strongly discouraged.

  • Are playgrounds open?

    Playgrounds are open.

  • Are there restrictions on the Bikepark?

    No, other than restrictions on the ski lifts.

  • Are the swimming pools open?

    Indoor swimming pools are open. A COVID certificate is required.

Restaurants
Accommodation
  • Will hotels be open?

    Yes, hotels will be open. The measures in place are as follows: compliance with social distancing and hand hygiene, control over the number of people in common areas, regular cleaning of surfaces and objects, and regular ventilation. You can find details of these measures here.

    Specific measures may be put in place for hotel restaurants that are open solely for use by hotel residents, and for breakfasts. For details of these specific measures, we recommend you contact the restaurants/hotels concerned.

  • Will group accommodation and mountain huts be open? What measures have been put in place?

    Yes, special cases aside, group accommodation and mountain huts will be open. The measures put in place are the same as for hotels: compliance with social distancing and hand hygiene, control over the number of people in common areas, regular cleaning of surfaces and objects, and regular ventilation. As the number of people is being limited to ensure observance of social distancing, we recommend that you book your bed in advance.

Nightlife
  • Will nightclubs be open?

    Following the new measures announced by the Federal Council, nightclubs will be able to re-open from 26 June 2021 – only with a COVID certificate requirement.

  • Where can I still get a drink?

    Bars and restaurants are open. Restaurants are open. From 13 September, access to the indoor areas of restaurants and bars where people consume food and drinks on the premises must be restricted to holders of a valid COVID certificate for people aged 16 and over. Access to outdoor dining areas is not restricted.

  • Can I organise a party at home?

    We would remind you of the importance of personal responsibility for limiting the spread of the virus. Contacts must be as limited as possible. Private parties are therefore strongly discouraged.

Partners

Measures
  • How can I benefit from the protection measures that my business applies ?

    Verbier Tourisme recommends you acquire free of charge the Clean & Safe label, a Switzerland Tourism initiative. Once you have registered, you will be able to use the Clean & Safe logo and sticker to advertise your membership at the entrance to your premises and in your communication material. More about www.clean-and-safe.ch.

    Consider subscribing to Verbier Tourisme’s preventive health charter here.

  • Are any face coverings with the Verbier logo available ?

    Verbier Tourisme has ordered branded masks, opting for a quality model which can be sold and/or distributed free. Cost price payable by the partner. See prototype here.

    Interested partners should state the number of masks required, using this address: partenaires@verbiertourisme.ch.

  • What are Switzerland’s current entry requirements ?

    Switzerland Tourism summarizes the current requirements of the various source markets on its Covid-19 webpage dedicated to our tourism partners.

    With regard to the quarantine regulations for travelers entering Switzerland, please refer to the official information of the Federal Office of Public Health.

  • If families wish to rent a chalet, what is the maximum number of people ?

    The rule concerning the limit of the maximum number of persons allowed in a single chalet of 10 persons is repealed as from 31.05.21.

    The limit for private meetings is maintained at 30 people inside private spaces and 50 people outside.

    For chalets managed as hotels (with permission to operate) and comprising for example several bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and common dining room/lounge, the measures are the same as for the entire hotel industry, including staff.

  • Is there a capacity limit for restaurants ?

    During the opening period, there is no maximum capacity limit for restaurants. The current rules are as follows:

    From 26 June, 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.

  • Is there a capacity limit for shops ?

    From June 26, stores can exploit their full capacity again.

Contacts
Compensation
Staff

Seasonal workers

Entry formalities
  • What are the quarantine rules for seasonal workers from other countries?

    To find answers to this question about people from other countries, we recommend you visit the Federal Office of Public Health’s webpage: Coronavirus: Mandatory quarantine for persons arriving in Switzerland. The list of countries and areas at high risk of infection is available here.

    If you have to quarantine, you will have to stay at home or in appropriate accommodation for 10 days starting from the day after your arrival in Switzerland.

    As of February 8 2021, the 10-day quarantine may be shortened if the person is tested after seven days (PCR test or rapid test) and the result is negative. This new rule applies both to Swiss residents who must undergo a quarantine and to any traveller entering Switzerland from a state or area at risk. The latter must present a negative PCR test within 72 hours of entry and then be quarantined for ten days as was the case until now. However, he can leave after seven days by taking a rapid test or PCR and the result is negative.

    It is up to them to cover the costs. In addition, until the end of the intended quarantine (day 10), they must systematically wear a face mask and maintain a distance of 1.5 m with other persons, except when in their own house or accommodation.

Measures
  • Where can I get details of current health measures ?

    Regarding current measures at national level, please visit the Federal Office of Public Health website: ofsp-coronavirus.ch.

    As for current measures at cantonal level, please refer to the Canton of Valais’s website: vs.ch/coronavirus.

    Please note that cantonal authorities may take additional measures to combat the pandemic in line with their particular situation. Whichever of the measures (national or cantonal) is stricter will prevail in each case.

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