Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (April 3, 2020)

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Subject: Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (April 03, 2020)
Location:  Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Event: Daily update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

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New Information: 

International commercial flight options currently exist in Switzerland.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Switzerland and Liechtenstein at this time.

For more information please visit the Embassy’s Frequently asked Questions page: 

Swiss authorities urge residents not to travel over Easter weekend.

Police presence will be increased throughout Switzerland and Liechtenstein this weekend to enforce social distancing measures.

Country-Specific Information:

Swiss authorities are now categorizing the condition in Switzerland as an ‘extraordinary situation’ under the Swiss Epidemics Act

The number of cases is increasing rapidly. The entire population is affected and is urgently called upon to stay at home.

Number of COVID-19 cases in Switzerland and Liechtenstein (as of April 3, 2020, 8:00 a.m.)
Confirmed Cases: 19,303
Confirmed Deaths: 484
Source: Federal Office of Public Health

Stay at home!
Only leave the home if absolutely necessary. That means:
If you have to purchase groceries.
If you have to go to the doctor or the pharmacy.
If you have to help someone.
If you are unable to work from home and you have to go to work.

Flights to the U.S.: Flights to the United States from Switzerland
Direct flights: There is only one remaining direct flight from Switzerland to the United States in operation, the Zurich to Newark route operated by Swiss International Air Lines. This flight is currently scheduled 3 times a week, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, however this may change it any time and without prior notice.  The flight can be booked directly through Swiss or most travel arrangers.
Transit flights: Many countries have closed their national borders. Travelers flying to the U.S. by transiting through a third country should work directly with the airline to confirm that they are allowed to transit.
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Local Resources: Federal Office of Public Health (English)
Federal Office of Public Health (German – most frequently updated)

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland

031 357 70 11 (dialing within Switzerland)
+41 31 357 70 11 (dialing from overseas)

State Department – Bureau of Consular Affairs 
+1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada)
+1-202-501-4444 (from other countries)

Swiss Federal Office of Public Health Hotline
+41 58 463 00 00 (staffed 24 hours in German, French, Italian and English)

Switzerland Country Specific Information

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