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  • 2023-06-13 17:36 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)
    If you need or want to learn German (or Swiss German), the Fachstelle Migration Zug (FMZ) can help you find a good way to do so.  Please see this page on the FMZ website for details.

  • 2023-03-08 10:35 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)

    The Fachstelle Migration Zug (FMZ) offers expats and immigrants help in preparing Swiss tax forms and other administrative tasks,  Please see this page on the FMZ website for details.

  • 2023-02-25 10:26 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)

    It is possible to apply for a settlement permit C after possessing a B permit for 5 or 10 years in Switzerland depending on the nationality of the applicant. Applications can be made no more than 3 months before the expiry of the current permit.

    The nationals of most EU countries, the US, Canada, and now the UK receive the settlement permit C after five years if they can prove the required level of language proficiency (see below) and fulfill the integration criteria set out in 2019, including no criminal record or dependence on social welfare.

    Third-country nationals can apply for this permit ordinarily after 10 years or apply for the fast-track C permit after 5 years if they can prove a higher language and integration level.

    Until recently, there were a number of EU countries that had bilateral agreements with Switzerland, exempting their citizens from the requirement to provide evidence of language proficiency.

    These exemptions have ended and from the 1st of February 2023, all C permit applicants must include certified proof of the local language at level A1/A2.

    Further information (on language requirements and other criteria) can be found on the Fachstelle Migration Zug website, where you can also sign up for their Foreigners and integration law (AIG) event.

  • 2022-10-13 10:30 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)

    In its press release on Thursday, October 6th, 2022, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) recommended an additional booster (4th vaccination) for all persons over 16.  Details can be found in this article. Additional recommendations on how to protect yourself and other can be found here.

    An overview of the current situation is available on the website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). There is also a Federal information hotline: +41 58 463 00 00.


    Masks are no longer required by federal regulation in Switzerland, but may still be required by individual cantons and institutions.  Some airlines still require the wearing of masks, and some countries require that masks be worn in public transportation.

    See this FOPH page for more information about masks.


    Certificates are no longer required within Switzerland, but EU-compatible certificates will continue to be issued to facilitate travel.

    Further information on the CoViD certificate can be found on this page.  How to obtain certificates, their validity and exemptions can be found here. The certificate can be obtained on paper or registered in the "Covid Cert" app, which is available in the  Apple App Store (for iPhones and iPads), in the Google Play Store (for Android smartphones and tablets) and also in the Huawei AppGallery.  Like the COVID Certificate app, the COVID Certificate Check app is also available for download free of charge from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and the Huawei AppGallery.

    Obtaining the certificate itself is managed by the individual Cantons.  In Zug it is obtained as follows:

    • Those who have recovered from CoViD or were vaccinated abroad should fill out and submit a BAG form.
    • Those who have already received two vaccinations before June 21st should have been notified by post or by SMS how to obtain a certificate.
    • Those who receive their second vaccinated on June 21st or later will receive a certificate onsite directly upon vaccination.
    • Certificates for antigen or PCR tests will also be issued onsite upon testing as of June 21st.  No certification is available for self-tests.
    • Those who haven't received the certificate for their vaccinations in the Canton of Zug or who have problems with the federal form for recovered patients should fill out this form from the Canton of Zug.
    Details of the procedure in Zug are available on the Zug Health Department website.


    The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) now recommends an additional booster (4th vaccination) for all persons over 16. Details can be found in this article.

    Zug offers vaccinations to everyone age 12 and above, including non-residents (e.g. commuters who work in Zug) at the vaccination center in Baar. However, it is only recommended for those aged 12-15 who have a chronic illness or impaired immune system.  In all cases you must register for an appointment.  In addition, if you are over 12 and your original vaccination(s) are more than 4 months old, you can register for a booster shot. The center is open for boosters from 14:00 to 18:30, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Vaccinations with Pfizer/Biontech have also been approved for children over 5.  However, vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 is currently recommended only for children with risk factors, although millions of children in this age group have already been vaccinated in the U.S. without ill effects.  More information and links to registration forms can be found here.  For information about vaccinations in the Canton of Zug, please consult the Cantonal website (in German) or telephone  +41 41 531 48 00. For vaccinations elsewhere in Switzerland, please consult this page.  The Federal information hotline is reachable at +41 58 463 00 00.

    The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has extended the recommendation for CoViD-19 vaccination to pregnant women (in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters) and nursing mothers. The available evidence clearly indicates that the benefits of vaccination for both mother and child far outweigh any risks.  Their is no clear contraindication for vaccination during the first trimester of pregnancy, and those in this group who wish to be vaccinated may do so.

    The New England Journal  of Medicine (NEJM) has published extensive information about the available vaccines.  It is possible that the seasonal flu vaccine will provide some cross-immunity, particularly for those who have received the vaccine annually over a long period of time.  CoViD vaccines with a broader spectrum are available as of autumn 2022.


    Testing is no longer required by federal regulation, but it is still recommended for anyone with symptoms.  You may also need a test for travel.  You can be tested at the Andreas Clinic in Cham, at the Zuger Kantonsspital in Baar, at some family physician's practices or at one of  the following pharmacies, but an appointment must be reserved in advance.

    • Apotheke Drogerie Moll in the Zugerland shopping center in Steinhausen and in Unterägeri
      Reserve an appointment at
    • Amavita Apotheke Zug
      Reserve an appointment here or by phone (058 878 24 50)
    The OneDoc website can help you find other test centers and reserve an appointment.

    Please note that many test centers are closing due to reduced demand. You may wish to call for confirmation before going to get tested.

    Please see this Health Department web page for further details.

    Further Information

    For the latest news and authoritative information on CoViD-19, please consult the websites of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the World Health Organization (WHO)COVID-19 Information for Switzerland has excellent visualizations of the latest available data for Switzerland.  Another good source of statistics for Switzerland is this page (in German) from the Tages-Anzeiger, which is updated daily.  A good source of visualizations of international data is Our World in Data.

    The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has also launched a website summarizing the recent statistics. An overview of the current measures and a list of FAQ are posted here More detailed information on Federal regulations and recommendations can be found here.  There are also restrictions which apply to those arriving from other countries.

    Many misconceptions about the virus and measures against it are in circulation.  Please refer to the WHO Myth-Busters page and the Wikipedia page, "COVID-19 misinformation" for details.  The independent British fact-checker is also a good source of verified information about CoViD-19 / SARS-CoV2.  Their website also includes some good tips for assessing the veracity of information yourself.

  • 2021-10-30 11:40 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)

    Last night four of us enjoyed a presentation in English by Dr. Jürg Meister on the history of shipping in the Canton of Zug.  The tour took place after hours  in the public archive of Zug, in a small exhibit which was organized by Heinz Amstad, Managing Director of the Zug Shipping Agency (Schiffs-Agentur), to celebrate the 100th birthday of the MS Schwan (the Swan) The MS Schwan was built in Hamburg and purchased a few years later to ply the Ägerisee as the "Morgarten". It was subsequently employed on the Thunersee, on the Brienzerse (as the "Harder") and finally replaced another ship named MS Schwan on the Zugersee.  The Schawn sank in 2013 during a storm, but was subsequently raised and restored at great expense.

    The steamship era began in Switzerland in the early 19th century with flush-deck steamboats.  It started  on Lake Geneva, where people with money lived and vacationed.  It only reached the much poorer and smaller Canton of Zug later, motivated by the need to transport tourists from Zug to visit Rigi.  The exhibit includes a half-dozen models of ships exemplifying the history of shipping on Zug's lakes.  They are on loan from Erich Liechti, a passionate model builder who has built over 160 ship models. He and Jürg Meister are co-authors of numerous books (in German) on the history of shipping in Switzerland, many of which can be ordered through the Shipping Agency.

    Please see our Gallery for some photos of the tour and exhibit.  Those who missed the tour can still see the exhibit until Nov. 11th. The last public tour (in German) will take place on Thursday, Nov. 4th at 17:00.  Please see the Shipping Agency website for more information.

  • 2021-04-29 17:00 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)

    The City of Zug's Building Department invites input to the second phase of the development concept which is currently in planning.  If you live, work or attend classes in the city of Zug, please click the link on this web page to provide your input by 30 April. The survey is available in both English and German.  Participants can win one of 10 Pro Zug vouchers worth CHF 100 each.

  • 2021-02-08 19:30 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)

    Enterprises founded since Jan. 1st 2017 can apply for consideration in the contest for the Zuger Jungunternehmer Preis 2021 up to April 4th 2021.  Eight finalists will be invited to present their businesses in the Dreiklang Zentrum Steinhausen on May 27th, starting at 17:00.  Prize winners will be awarded prizes of CHF 5'000, CHF 2'000 and CHF 1'000 sponsored by the Technology Forum Zug (tfz). Contestants can also win a prize sponsored by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC). Even those who do not win a prize will profit from the media attention.  The application form (in German) can be found here.

  • 2020-12-10 11:40 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)

    Here is some year-end news from Zug's Department of Economic Affairs.

  • 2020-12-06 11:09 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)

    Zug Tourism is offering traditional local seasonal gifts, such as Zuger Kirsch, cherrystone cushions or gift baskets of local products in their webshop at a 10% discount until Dec. 15th 2020.  Just use the voucher code "Christmas" when ordering.

  • 2020-04-10 11:47 | Roger Brooks (Administrator)
    Residents of Canton Zug with an annual income of less than CHF 120,000 (according to salary certificate/s) who don't own stocks, shares or have complex financial asset structures can get their tax returns completed at the Fachstelle Migration Zug for a modest fee.   Please see the FMZ website for further information, including suggestions for those who don't meet the FMZ criteria.


Current Newsletter

    • July - September 2023:  This quarter we have a packed issue.  There's the usual summary of past and future events, an article on the Lohri tour by Sarika Sukhatankar of  the ZIWC, an excellent article by Remo on "Golden Rice", Richard's article on AI and mental health, one from me on the latest on the search for dark matter and energy and an excellent and amusing article from Joe on the perils of summer skiing.  There's also the result from the poll organised by Richard on the future of the club - and, of course, a humour section.  Getting the newsletter out this quarter was a challenge because of the very tight time window between getting all the articles and Ron (our graphics designer) going on holiday.  As a result, there are a couple of typos which will be corrected when he's back.  My apologies for that.  My thanks to all contributors.  Much appreciated.
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    International Men's Club of Zug (IMCZ)
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