As the official representation of Switzerland, the Embassy covers all matters concerning diplomatic relations with Australia, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. It represents Swiss interests in the areas of political, economic and financial affairs, legal arrangements, science, technology and education.
Embassy of Switzerland in Australia
As we are in a rapidly evolving situation, the Embassy and the Consulate General strive to provide the Swiss citizens with the most recent information. Please note that regulations can change quickly and sometimes without prior notice.
The Embassy and the Consulate General are aware of the difficult situation that many of our citizens currently encounter. We are making every effort to respond to the many written and telephone inquiries quickly. In order to make an appointment please contact the Embassy by calling on weekdays during working hours (02 6162 8400) or by writing an e-mail anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also consult this website for new information regularly. We thank you for your understanding and patience.
The Swiss government recommends that Swiss travelers abroad return home as soon as possible. Qatar Airways is currently offering flights from different locations in Australia (“We will get you home”: www.qatarairways.com). Please consult their website for more information. There is no other repatriation flight to Switzerland planned from Australia.
We advise all Swiss citizens in Australia to comply with the recommendations and regulations of local authorities, the Department of Health and the Department of Home Affairs. Please keep yourself updated.
Please also follow the travel advice "Focus novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)” of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) (FDFA Travel Advice “Focus novel Coronavirus”), the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
IMPORTANT INFORMATION “VISA FOR SWITZERLAND”
Due to the current situation relating to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Swiss Federal Council has decided on 18.03.2020 to stop with immediate effect the issuing of all Schengen as well as National visas for Switzerland until 15.06.2020. No visa applications will be accepted.
All foreign nationals including citizen of EU/EFTA countries who are already holders of a Swiss residency permit, a cross border permit or of a Legitimation Card, can still enter Switzerland upon presentation of their valid residency permit. Swiss citizen can enter Switzerland at any time.
Foreign health workers, whose travel is of public interest to Switzerland, can send a requests with the necessary proof to our Consulate for consultation.
In the meanwhile, updates on the situation of the Novel Coronavirus in Switzerland can be found on the newsfeed of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the Department of Foreign Affairs, travel advice, "Focus Corona Virus".
Please note that all visa and other consular matters are dealt with by the Consulate General in Sydney. For any related information please directly contact the Consulate General.
Who is who
- Mr Pedro Zwahlen, Ambassador of Switzerland to Australia, Head of Mission
- Mrs Yasmine Chatila Zwahlen, Ambassador of Switzerland to Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Special Envoy of Switzerland for the Pacific Region, Head of Mission
- Mr Stefano Vescovi, Deputy Head of Mission
- Mr Sébastien Monnet, Science, Technology and Education Advisor
- Mrs Bernadette Hunkeler Brown, Consul General of Switzerland in Australia, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu
- Mr Victor Wong, Honorary Consul General in Papua New Guinea
- Mrs Manuela Erb, Honorary Consul in Victoria
- Mr Daniel Gschwind, Honorary Consul in Queensland
- Mr Marc Montandon, Honorary Consul in Western Australia
- Mr Patrick Wille, Honorary Consul in South Australia
- Prof. Dr Margaret Otlowski, Honorary Consul in Tasmania
- Mr Peter Bendel, Honorary Consul in the Northern Territory