Britons flee Swiss resort
British tourists fled the Swiss ski resort of Verbier "clandestinely" under cover of darkness rather than submit to a new quarantine imposed on UK visitors, a local official said on Monday.
The exact number of tourists who left the resort has not been confirmed.
Switzerland is one of dozens of countries to have banned travel from the UK over a new, potentially more transmissible coronavirus variant that was reported in the UK.
On Dec 21, the Swiss Federal Council imposed an entry ban and a retroactive 10-day quarantine period on all travelers from the UK and South Africa, meaning anyone who entered Switzerland from the two countries since Dec 14 is required to quarantine.
Asked about the run-away tourists, Health Minister Alain Berset said he didn't know the current whereabouts of the tourists, but suspected that they had gone home.