Via Francigena. The Road to Rome

Covid-19 update in France and Switzerland

France: total confinement until December 1, 2020

Due to the evolution of the pandemic, a total confinement was introduced from Thursday, 29 October 2020 for a minimum period of 4 weeks, until 1 December 2020.

The measures put in place are restrictive for travel:

Travel outside France:

  • Borders remain open within the European Union.
  • Travel outside Europe is prohibited.
  • The external borders of the European Union remain closed, with exceptions for French citizens living abroad who can still enter the territory provided they take a test.

In summary, it is not possible to travel along the Via Francigena in France. More information here: https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/actualites/A14405.

  

Switzerland

Measures implemented along the Via Francigena in Switzerland:

Canton de Vaud

  • Compulsory masks inside and outside in big cities, no mask obligation on a hike.
  • All hotels and restaurants remain open.
  • Restaurants: 4 people per table and closing at 23:00.
  • Groups are limited to 10 people outdoors.

Canton du Valais

  • Compulsory masks inside and outside in big cities, no mask obligation on a hike.
  • All hotels and restaurants remain open.
  • Catering: 4 people per table and closing at 22:00.
  • Groups are limited to 10 people outdoors.

The measures are in effect until at least 30 November 2020 with a possibility of more severe restrictions before that date. More information: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/fr/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov.html

We do not advise you to walk the Via Francigena in Switzerland at this time, except outside major urban centres.

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