How we’re dealing with the coronavirus

COVID-19 Protection concept and measures of the Swiss Youth Hostels

The health of our guests, employees and fellow human beings is of utmost importance to us. We, therefore, provide regularly updated information about the measures taken in connection with Corona.

Swiss Youth Hostels have drawn up a national protection concept (in conformity with the Swiss Hotel Association) for all youth hostels, which is continuously adapted to the cantonal regulations. All staff members are trained accordingly. The protection concept in brief:

  • We adhere strictly to the rules of the BAG (Federal Health Office).
  • For all guests over 12 years of age, the wearing of a mask is mandatory in public rooms.
  • Dispensers with disinfectant for the hands are placed in all public rooms.
  • Common touch points are cleaned and disinfected several times a day.
  • A maximum of four persons or families with children living in the same household may sit at each table in the restaurant/dining room.
  • In the restaurant/dining room, the minimum distance between the tables is observed.
  • Employees are trained in protective behavior, in the use of protective material and in proper cleaning.
  • Cash payment should be avoided, whenever possible.

Protection concept of the Swiss Youth Hostels

More information about our current protection concept

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or e-mail.

The most important questions

    • A plexiglass partition is used at the reception. All employees are required to wear a certified mask in areas where this is required.
    • We offer a web check-in service which reduces the on-site registration procedure to an absolute minimum while also reducing contact with our reception staff. Contactless payment is preferred.
    • We adhere to the guidelines of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and recommendations of GastroSuisse.
    • We continue to offer a breakfast buffet in accordance with the protection concept.
    • All Swiss Youth Hostels continue to offer evening meals; please note: by reservation only.
    • We kindly ask for your understanding, that there may be a fixed meal time.
    • The guidelines of the FOPH must be adhered to at your own responsibility. If cantonal regulations require the use of masks, we kindly ask you to respect this at all times.
    • Please keep your distance from other guests and respect the defined maximum number of people allowed per establishment.
    • Should illness symptoms arise, please immediately refrain from travelling.
    • Upon presentation of a written confirmation or a doctor’s medical certificate, the stay may be changed to another date, free of charge. In exceptional cases, a voucher may be issued.
    • In this case, our general cancellation regulations apply. We warmly recommend taking out insurance to cover these kinds of incidents.
    • General cancellation regulations apply.
    • Should entry not be possible due to official Swiss regulations or regulations issued by the country of origin, the stay may be postponed to another date, free of charge. In exceptional cases, a voucher may be issued.
    • Please find all information for schools here.

Clean & Safe

The Swiss Youth Hostels take special measures to protect our guests and ensure that they have a pleasant stay in Switzerland. The «Clean & Safe» campaign is supported by Switzerland Tourism.

  • Protection during the stay in all service areas.
  • Security in all catering areas.
  • Security around seminars.
  • Protection in the wellness and spa area, to allow guests to use the swimming pools, saunas or steam baths.

WYSE COVID-19 Safe Accommodation Declaration

The Swiss Youth Hostels are proud to adhere to the WYSE Travel Confederation COVID-19 safety standards. The WYSE (World Youth Student and Educational) Travel Confederation is a global network for providers of international youth travel with over 600 members from 70 countries.

Corona solidarity campaign

In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, tourism is among the hardest hit industries. Swiss Youth Hostels are also suffering from huge losses of revenue. We count on the solidarity of all our members and guests to ensure that we can continue to offer more than 50 environmentally friendly and social youth hostels throughout Switzerland at affordable prices and to keep around 500 staff members employed. We use your contribution exclusively to cover losses. Many thanks!