There is no certificate requirement on the Swiss ski slopes.
Test centres for antigen tests are being set up in Riederalp and Fiesch for the coming winter season. This is in addition to the existing test options.
Entering and leaving Switzerland: in addition to PCR tests that are not older than 72 hours, rapid antigen tests not older than 24 hours are also accepted. Completion of the entry form is mandatory for all persons entering Switzerland.
- Vaccinated and recovered persons: Vaccinated or recovered persons: a second test within 4 to 7 days of entry into Switzerland is not necessary.
- Neither vaccinated nor recovered persons: a second test within 4 to 7 days of entry into Switzerland is mandatory. Details of testing requirement
The Travelcheck tells you under which conditions you are allowed to enter Switzerland.
For information on which rules apply from 20 December, see the official federal media release of 17 December 2021.
As per: 30.12.2021
Safe fun in the Aletsch Arena
The Aletsch Arena is doing everything it can on the ground to ensure that holidays remains safe for young and old, even in these exceptional times. We want you and your family to enjoy the freedom of the Valais mountain world to the full. The many cosy chalets and holiday apartments guarantee that each group can keep to itself. But the hotels are also well prepared for your visit. Very important: we need your help! Only if every single guest complies with all safety measures and hygiene regulations can we all enjoy the Aletsch Arena. This page tells you all about staying safe in the Aletsch Arena in these times of the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus Help contacts
Useful contacts and telephone numbers at a glance:
Overview of the Aletsch Arena’s protection strategies
Depending on their type of business and sector, the different companies in the Aletsch Arena have adopted overriding protection strategies and hygiene measures. A summary is provided here:
“Clean & Safe” makes your stay safe
“Clean & Safe” is a label, a kind of ‘stamp of quality’ for protection strategies created by Swiss tourism associations. The label lets you know that the business in question has consciously committed itself to complying with the protection strategy. The “Clean & Safe” label is awarded to cable car companies and holiday destinations, accommodation, restaurants, public transport, wellness and spa areas and other tourism service providers.
Cable car ticket tip
The best way to buy your cable car ticket is from our webshop in advance. This helps to reduce the number of people located at the valley stations. You can pick up your ticket from the pick-up machines once you get there, or load it onto an existing KeyCard (Skidata) or your SwissPass.
Arrivals and departures
The protection strategies put in place by Aletsch Bahnen guarantee a safe journey to your holiday destination. There are no plans at present to reserve seats on the feeder cableways. In order to protect guests, Aletsch Bahnen voluntarily limits the number of people on the feeder lifts (with a capacity of more than 25 people) to 70%. A managed queuing area outside ensures compliance with social distancing rules.
A 10-seater gondola lift runs to the Fiescheralp.
Due to arrival patterns, we expect increased arrival activity on Saturdays. You could try asking your accommodation provider if you can postpone your arrival by a day or two.
Aletsch Bahnen have a public mandate and will continue to operate in the event of an official lockdown. The municipalities have safety measures in place to ensure that there is no panic and that people are able to leave the area in an orderly manner.
For foreign guests (outside the EU/EFTA/Schengen):
- International certificates are recognised, but must be converted into Swiss certificates.
- There is a national electronic solution for converting foreign vaccination certificates (EMA vaccines) into a Swiss COVID certificate (cost CHF 30.-)
- Once you have entered your data, it can take up to five days to receive the Swiss Covid certificate.
- To have your certificate converted, please visit the following portal.
Stay in the Aletsch Arena
As things currently stand: the lifts and cable cars will run to schedule as in previous years. In order to protect guests, Aletsch Bahnen voluntarily limits the number of people on the feeder lifts (with a capacity of more than 25 people) to 70%. Aletsch Bahnen AG protective strategies
- 8 December – 19 December 2021 (pre-season)
- 20 December 2021 – 18 April 2022 (peak season; full operation)
Further information is available at the Season and operating hours
No. Protective measures are taken at all junctions (waiting areas, feeders, sports facilities, etc.). IIn order to protect guests, Aletsch Bahnen voluntarily limits the number of people on the feeder lifts (with a capacity of more than 25 people) to 70%. Aletsch Bahnen AG protective measures
These restaurants offer take-away food.
Yes, they are: masks are not mandatory in public and public schools, music schools, family childcare facilities and discos, bars and nightclubs, where consumption is permitted while standing. In these locations, the current protection strategy remains in force. In discos, bars and nightclubs, guests must leave their contact details for contact tracing purposes.
Where it is not possible to require people to either wear masks or remain seated, only vaccinated and recovered persons who can also present a negative test result are allowed (2G+). This rule applies not only to discos and bars, but also to sports and cultural activities by amateurs when no mask is worn, such as brass-band practices. It does not apply to young people up to the age of 16. After consultation, another rule was added: Persons who have not been fully vaccinated, boostered or recovered for more than four months are exempt from the testing requirement. Establishments and events subject to the 2G rule may voluntarily apply 2G+ to avoid having to enforce the mask and seating requirement.
Medicine – Test – Quarantine
- Your first point of contact is your host. He usually knows what to do.
- If you think you might have been infected, please contact a doctor.
- Coordination of the Covid 19 Task Force of the Aletsch Arena: Aletsch Arena AG, email@example.com, Tel: +41 27 928 58 58
- Information from the Canton of Valais
- Federal Office of Public Health - FOPH
Test Centre at Upper Valais Hospital Center, Visp, +41 27 604 33 33
If Covid19 symptoms occur, we strongly recommend contacting a doctor.
Do you need a test for your stay in the Aletsch Arena or your return journey? Test centres for antigen tests will be set up in Riederalp and Fiesch for the coming winter season. Both will have limited capacity. Registrations are only accepted electronically on the following portals:
In Bettmeralp, the Alpen Apotheke offers testing facilities.
If a test is positive, the testing doctor or the contact tracing centre will determine what happens next.
Hotline of Canton of Valais +41 58 433 0 144
Yes, there are. In this exceptional situation we find ourselves in, all sectors are required to have a protection strategy in place, which can be inspected by the municipalities.
The protection strategies of the Aletsch Arena are outlined here.
Aletsch Bahnen asks you to comply with the official mask mandate: face masks are mandatory in all spaces accessible to the public, in all cable cars and vehicles. Protective masks must be worn inside of all public spaces. Pay attention to the signs and posters wherever you are and always have your face mask at the ready. In Switzerland, masks are mandatory only for children from the age of 12.
- Areas accessible by the public include:
Cable car buildings, restaurants (until you are seated), kiosks, grocery stores, etc.
- Cable car facilities and vehicles
Aerial tramways, gondola lifts, taxis, etc.
Information from the FOPH (Federal Office of Public Health) on compulsory masks.
- Hygiene masks / medical face masks
- Industrially manufactured textile masks
- Multifunctional scarves with integrated filter
Two types of government-approved protective masks can be purchased on site:
- Disposable hygiene masks CHF 1
- Reusable textile masks CHF 10
All masks are compliant with the guidelines of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.
In the event of increased passenger numbers, the feeder lifts will run more frequently. In order to protect guests, Aletsch Bahnen voluntarily limits the number of people on the feeder lifts (with a capacity of more than 25 people) to 70%. Aletsch Bahnen AG protective measures
Contact surfaces (grab poles, handrails, points of sale and ticket machines) and other surfaces are cleaned several times a day. In addition, all cabin attendants of the Aletsch Bahnen carry hand sanitiser with them.
Despite the Covid-certificate requirement (2G), a mask must be worn before entering the restaurant and until seated at a table. In all public facilities serving drinks and/or food, staff must wear a mask.
It is the duty of the municipalities in close cooperation with Valais cantonal police.
Cancellation, Refund, Travel Cancellation Insurance
Aletsch Bahnen recommends taking out accident and cancellation insurance with your insurance provider.
The general payment and cancellation terms of the Aletsch Arena AG web shop apply.