Embassy of Switzerland in Canada

CanadaThe embassy premises in Ottawa © FDFA

COVID-19

Given the current circumstances, our operational capacity is limited. In order to maintain social distancing please limit your visits to the Embassy to appointments that have been approved. 

As per Ontario's regulations, wearing a mask is mandatory in the Embassy.

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Traveling to Switzerland

Due to COVID-19, the Swiss government has enacted entry restrictions for travelers from certain countries and territories. Travelers from those countries and territories can only enter Switzerland under certain conditions ("essential travels only").

A list of countries exempt from entry restrictions ("non-high risk countries") can be found on the following website:

Entry restrictions (list of non-high risk countries)

  • Travelers from Canada: as of November 3rd 2020 (00:00 CET), entry restrictions apply.
  • Travelers from the Commonwealth of the Bahamas: entry restrictions apply.

Important note to Swiss citizens: A Swiss citizen can enter Switzerland from any country in the world. The same applies to persons with rights of free movement (see"Who has rights of free movement?").

Further information on the restrictions for entering Switzerland as well as the residence provisions can be found on the following websites:

Please note that airlines decide on the conditions by which they carry passengers. The Swiss authorities have no influence on the decision. It is therefore recommended to ask the airline concerned about the conditions that apply before booking a flight.

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Quarantine in Switzerland

Travelers from certain countries and territories entering Switzerland have to go into mandatory quarantine. The list of countries is regularly updated. 

List of countries and areas with mandatory quarantine

  • Travelers from Canada: No quarantine mandate in place when entering Switzerland.
  • Travelers from the Commonwealth of the Bahamas: No quarantine mandate in place when entering Switzerland.

For additional information, please visit:

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Facial mask

For Mask requirements in Switzerland, please consult the following website:

wear a mask

Please note: further obligations may apply depending on the canton.

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Diplomatic Visa

Due to COVID-19 related protocols at the Embassy of Switzerland in Ottawa, please expect 10 business days to process and issue visas to diplomatic passport holders. In case of an evidenced emergency only, the Embassy will strive to issue the visa in an expedited fashion.

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Traveling to Canada

Switzerland's Travel Advisory currently advises against non-essential travel to Canada

For information on Canadian measures regarding the conditions of entry into Canada please visit: Government of Canada  

The practical aspects of the implementation of these measures fall within the competence of the Canadian authorities.

Important information for international students in Canada is available on the following website: Information for international students.

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Life certificate for the Swiss pension AHV/AVS

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swiss Compensation Office (SCO) in Geneva is now accepting – and until the end of 2020 – the life certificate, filled out and signed by the insured Swiss abroad, together with a copy of a valid identity document (with photo). The documents can be sent to the Embassy of Switzerland in Ottawa, which will then forward them to the competent office in Geneva.

A scan of the life certificate (both sides), along with the copy of a valid identity document (with photo) can also be sent directly to the SCO.

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For information related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) kindly consult the information and directives of the local authorities and the recommendations of the World Health Organisation WHO.

Health Canada

WHO

In Switzerland, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) informs in regards to the Novel Coronavirus and publishes travel advice accordingly.

FOPH

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The Travel Advice FDFA (in German, French and Italian) offers travelers basic information for travel preparation by informing on possible risks and certain precautions. They are to be considered as a complementary source of information.

FDFA Travel Advice

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Travel Admin App

Swiss travelers abroad should register on the "Travel Admin App". Please make sure to download the application and to register your travel.

Travel Admin App

More information: Press release of the Federal Council (19.03.2020)

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For urgent requests, kindly contact the FDFA Helpline (Tel. +41 800 24-7-365 / +41 58 465 33 33) or contact your representation directly.

Helpline FDFA

As the official representation of Switzerland, the Embassy covers all matters concerning diplomatic relations between the two countries. It represents Swiss interests in the areas of political, economic, financial and legal affairs, as well as science, education and culture.

The tasks of the embassy

Welcome

A greeting from the Ambassador of Switzerland

Switzerland and Canada

Swiss diplomacy and engagement in the fields of education, culture and the economy

Services

Contact the responsible Swiss representation for identity papers, civil status, registration and deregistration, matters of civil status, etc...

Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

Information on requirements to enter Switzerland and to take residence, procedure to submit an entry visa application, visa application form and fees

Newsletter

The Consulates General of Switzerland in Montreal and Vancouver publish newsletters to inform about developments or events.

News

Local and international news and events related to the country

Who is who

  • Salome Meyer, Ambassador
  • Regula Kurzbein, Deputy Head of Mission
  • Ulrich Haug, Second Secretary
  • Eros Robbiani, Head of Swiss Business Hub Canada, Montreal 
  • Urs Obrist, Ph.D., Senior Science and Technology Counsellor
  • Daniel Baumgartner, Lieutenant General; Defence, Military, Naval & Air Attaché, Washington DC
  • Sandro Longoni, Lieutenant Colonel; Deputy Defence, Military, Naval & Air Attaché, Washington DC