Embassy of Switzerland in Kosovo

COVID-19

Restricted access to the Embassy counters  

Due to the current pandemic situation COVID-19 , the consular activities of this Embassy continue but in a restricted manner. The access to our counters is limited.

Please note that entering the Embassy of Switzerland is only guaranteed on the basis of an appointment

Distance and hygiene instructions (PDF, 363.0 kB, English)  must be respected when entering the building.

 

For Swiss citizens: We are at your service for any information. The access to the counter remains assured but only by appointment. Please contact us by email: pristina.visa@eda.admin.ch

In case of emergency, Consular services remain also available outside office hours: Helpline FDFA +41 800 247 365 or  +41 58 465 33 33   helpline@eda.admin.ch

The entry restrictions for Switzerland are in force until further notice.

For current entry restrictions to Switzerland please visit the FOPH website regularly

 

Information regarding visa services

Information regarding entry into Switzerland

As of 13.09.2021, there are new entry restrictions for citizens of Kosovo.

Citizens of Kosovo who can provide proof upon departure / entry that they have been vaccinated with a recognized vaccine in accordance with COVID-19 Regulation 3, can entry Switzerland with a valid visa.

Note that for non-vaccinated persons the entry is possible only in situation of extreme necessity, according to the hardship regulation of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM / BAG.

As of 13.09.2021 there are new entry restrictions for citizens of North Macedonia.

For non-vaccinated North Macedonian citizens, entering Switzerland is possible only if the criteria of a hardship case according to the SEM directive is met. 

Starting from 27.09.2021 there are new entry restrictions for citizens of Albania.

For non-vaccinated Albanian citizens, entering Switzerland is possible only if the criteria of a hardship case according to the SEM directive is met.

Both North Macedonian and Albanian citizens can apply with the required documents  for a Laissez-passé via pristina.visa@eda.admin.ch or have to provide the documents for the border control authority who decides whether the requirements of necessity have been met.

However, persons coming from Albania and North Macedonia may still enter Switzerland if they can prove that they have been vaccinated with a recognized vaccine. 

To see what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland, consult the online Travelcheck.

All travelers are responsible for verifying the travel restrictions in place before departure.

For further information, please consult the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) and of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

Persons who already have a Schengen Visa C issued by Switzerland but were unable to use it due to the pandemic will not benefit a refund of the visa fee or a substitute visa free of charge.

Requests for family reunification / marriage preparation / studies

The Embassy allocates a limited number of appointments for applications for family reunification, marriage preparation and for studying in Switzerland. Please contact the Regional Consular Center Western Balkans by e-mail (pristina.visa@eda.admin.ch) to arrange an appointment. Please send a scan of your passport as well as a short description of the kind of application. The next available appointment will be allocated, based on the principle "first come, first served". Further details on the application procedure: Kosovo / Albania / North Macedonia

Everyone entering Switzerland must present a completed entry form (rare exceptions may apply, please refer to art. 3 of the COVID-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport). It is important to fill out the electronic entry form on a computer or smartphone at the earliest 48 hours before the travel in order to receive a QR code by email. This code needs to be kept at hand for inspection upon arrival in Switzerland. The controlling authority can impose a fine if the entry form is not completed or if the information provided is false.

Visa for France, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg

The suspension of the representation agreements with France, Belgium, the Netherlands Luxembourg and Austria will be lifted as of 01.11.2021.  Applying for a visa C for the mentioned countries is possible again at TLScontact.

All travelers are responsible for verifying the COVID-19 travel restrictions in place before departure. 

Please be informed that in view of the restrictions currently in force due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, third-country nationals who do not have a right of residence in Luxembourg may not enter the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg until 31 December 2021. Applying for a Visa C for Luxembourg is only granted for diplomats etc. on official mission, transit passengers, and persons with compelling/mandatory family obligations as well as visas for educational purpose. For further information, we kindly ask you to contact the Embassy of Luxembourg directly. 

Important Information
We kindly ask you to respect the existing restrictions of the local authorities. This Embassy accepts no responsibility for any violations, as this is the personal responsibility of each individual. This Embassy cannot issue any special permits to reach the Embassy.

Possibility to return to Switzerland

What does the FDFA advice?

If you are neither a Swiss national nor a foreign national with a valid residency permit in Switzerland, please note that you will be refused boarding of the flight and entry into/transit through Switzerland unless you meet one of the few criteria described here:

For flights out of Kosovo please check the flight schedule of  the Airport in Pristina and contact directly the airlines for further information. Please be aware that the situation can change very quickly.

If you are Swiss and travelling abroad, register now on the "Travel Admin App". This will enable the FDFA to provide you with better support on your return journey.

App Travel Admin: Travel Admin App for iPhone  / Travel Admin App for Android

Welcome

A greeting from the Ambassador

Services

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News

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Registration and deregistration, change of address

Information about the registration, de-registration and notification of address changes at Swiss representations abroad

Switzerland and Kosovo

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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

Detailed information can be found on the German and the French page.