Embassy of Switzerland in Ethiopia

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 and financial affairs, legal arrangements, science, education and culture.

The tasks of the embassy

Important information

The Swiss Embassy is operating at reduced capacity for consular services and visas, which is expected to last until the end of January 2022.

During this time, only urgent matters can be processed.

For urgent requests, please send us an email:

Consular affairs: addisababa@eda.admin.ch
Visa matters: addisababa.visa@eda.admin.ch

Current situation

The FDFA advise against travelling to Ethiopia for any reason.

Please check the Travel Advice.

The FDFA recommends that Swiss nationals in Ethiopia leave the country by their own means. Please follow the instructions of the local authorities and take all necessary precautions.

If the security situation continues to deteriorate, it may no longer be possible to leave the country safely.

A reduction in or the discontinuation of domestic and international flights cannot be ruled out.

It is up to you to decide whether or not you wish to leave. Please use the available commercial means of transport. Information about flights can be obtained from the airlines. Enquiries about local transport options should also be made directly on the ground.

The Swiss embassy in Addis Ababa can only provide limited services and assistance in emergencies, and in some cases may not be able to help at all.

If you are in difficulty, contact the Swiss Embassy in Addis Ababa or the FDFA Helpline:


Important COVID-19 Information updated 28.06.2021

On June 23, 2021, the Federal Council decided to lift the entry restrictions for persons from third countries who are vaccinated.

For vaccinated third-country nationals, the regular entry requirements will apply again from June 26, 2021.

Entry restrictions continue to apply to foreign nationals who are not vaccinated and are without rights of free movement, entering from risk countries or regions and who do not belong to any of the exceptional categories of the Covid 19 Regulation 3.

For additional information, please consult the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).

The Travelcheck allows you to check whether and under what conditions you can enter Switzerland.

The Visa Section of the Embassy of Switzerland in Addis Ababa accepts only visa application for Schengen Visa for persons that are vaccinated or for cases of special necessity.

Please note:

The online booking system for appointments is suspended. For booking an appointments please send an email to addisababa.visa@eda.admin.ch

For vaccinated persons: Indicate that you are vaccinated or will be vaccinated before your departure.

For cases of special necessity: Submit by email the proofs of special necessity. You might find information of the required proofs on the above-mentioned webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM.

Long waiting times are to be expected. Calculate enough lead time to get an appointment to submit the visa application.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are special rules for people entering Switzerland. Please refer to the information of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

Holders of an expired Schengen visa, who could not use the visa due to Corona travel restrictions, cannot receive a free substitute visa. 

We recommend you to get informed locally about the latest measures and follow the instructions of the local authorities: Ethiopian Public Health Institute: www.ephi.gov.et

On the Swiss side, the Federal Office of Public Health informs regularly about the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and issues travel recommendations.

Please also note the information provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO). In addition, it is always advisable to discuss health questions with a doctor who knows your state of health.


There is also the Swiss Foreign Ministry’s travel advice (de, fr, it) and the focus "Coronavirus (COVID-19)" on the same website.  

Swiss travellers abroad should register on the "Travel Admin App”

Bern, 19.03.2020 - Earlier this week, the Federal Council called on Swiss travellers to return home quickly. In order to better support those who are still blocked abroad, they should register on the "Travel Admin App" of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA.

The FDFA currently has information on the location and contact address of only some of the travellers abroad. This registration on the "Travel Admin App" enables the FDFA to contact the persons concerned and to provide them with information.

At the same time, all those who have already returned should delete their travel registration. This will prevent the FDFA from taking unnecessary measures.

A week ago, the Federal Council advised against non-urgent travel abroad. At the beginning of this week, it called on travellers to return home quickly. It is primarily the responsibility of the individual to organise the return journey with the help of a travel agency or directly with an airline.

The FDFA helps with the return journey by, among other things, providing assistance in obtaining landing permits, extending deadlines for flight connections or providing information via the Swiss representations on the ground. If an independent return is not possible despite all efforts, the FDFA will examine possibilities for an organized return.


A greeting from the Ambassador

Embassy’s tasks

As the official representation of Switzerland, the embassy covers all matters concerning diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Switzerland and Ethiopia

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


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


List of partners supporting our projects.



Services and visa

All consular services and visa support for residents of the countries listed below are provided by the Embassy of Switzerland in Addis Ababa/Ethiopia. Information can be found on the websites concerned:

South Sudan