Embassy of Switzerland in Morocco

Embassy of Switzerland in Rabat © FDFA
Embassy of Switzerland in Rabat © FDFA

CORONAVIRUS - News Flash

Updated on 08.10.2020

The Government of Morocco decided on 8 October 2020 to extend the state of health emergency until 10 November 2020. All tourists who have so far been stranded in Morocco must have left the territory by that date or regularized their situation with the police, under penalty of a fine.

The period of validity of temporary admissions of tourist means of transport expiring during the year 2020 has been extended until December 31, 2020 by Moroccan Customs.

Mandatory quarantine for travelers arriving from Morocco

The Federal Office of Public Health has decided to add Morocco to the list of countries with high risk of infection from 28.09.2020.
Anyone entering Switzerland from Morocco must go into quarantine. A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory quarantine requirement. What to do after the entry into Switzerland is described below.

CORONAVIRUS - General information

Gradual opening of the Embassy to the public

In connection with the current health crisis, access to the counters is by appointment only and with a mask being worn. The number of available appointments has had to be reduced to avoid excessive use and to comply with health regulations. This situation may cause a certain waiting time to obtain your appointment. Only people with an appointment will be received. Thank you for your understanding.

Depending on the category of your request, you will find below the procedure to follow to obtain an appointment:

  • Chancellerie (identity documents, civil status, etc...)

Please request an appointment by email at rabat.chancellerie@eda.admin.ch

  • Visa

Request for a stay longer than 90 days:

Applications for visas for a stay of more than 90 days (national type-D visa, e.g. for studies in Switzerland, family reunification, re-entry visa) are accepted. Please request an appointment by email at rabat.rdv@eda.admin.ch

To withdraw a national type-D visa, on the basis of an authorisation already granted by the competent authorities in Switzerland, please send your application to: rabat.visa@eda.admin.ch, so that an appointment can be arranged.

Application for a stay of less than 90 days:

The processing of visa applications for a stay of less than 90 days (Schengen visa type C, e.g. for tourism, private or professional visits) remains suspended until further notice. No appointments are currently being made. The reopening date is not yet known. Please check this site regularly to follow the evolution.

Please also consult the document FAQ-Visas_COVID19 (PDF, 671.2 kB, French)

Restrictions on entry into Switzerland

The Federal Council took note of the update of the EU Council recommendations on entry restrictions due to the coronavirus for certain countries or regions at risk. Thus, persons from Morocco will in principle be refused entry to Switzerland as of 16.08.2020 at 00:00 hours (cf. Annex 1 of Ordinance 3 Covid-19).

Exceptions are, however, provided for. The entry ban does not apply to persons who are Swiss nationals, who enjoy free movement of persons or who are in a situation of absolute necessity. Foreign nationals - even if they come from a country at risk - who meet one of the conditions laid down are therefore still allowed to enter Switzerland. These conditions can be consulted under the heading "Entry / Who is not affected by the ban on entry into Switzerland? "of the MES FAQs.

For more information, please consult the website of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM, and the Ordinance 3 Covid-19 which contains all the basic information concerning the opening of the borders of the Schengen States for nationals of third States.

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has drawn up recommendations for travellers and a list of regions presenting a risk, which it updates regularly. The Kingdom of Morocco has been included in this list since September 28, 2020. All travelers arriving from Morocco must go into quarantine for 10 days and follow the procedure described below. This list is subject to change by the Federal Council and should be consulted before each trip. It is available here.

What to do after entering Switzerland

  • Upon arrival, go immediately to your home or to other suitable accommodation (e.g. a hotel or holiday apartment). On the way there, keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other people. If you are unable to maintain this distance, we recommend that you wear a mask. Avoid public transport if possible.
  • Report your arrival  to the cantonal authority responsible within two days.
  • Follow the instructions of the cantonal authority. For 10 days after your arrival in Switzerland you must stay in your home or other suitable accommodation without going out. Avoid contact with other people and follow the instructions on quarantine.

Anyone who fails to comply with the quarantine requirement or the duty to report to the authorities is committing an offence under the Epidemics Act (in German), which canbe punished by a fine of up to CHF 10,000.

The document ‘Instructions on quarantine’ can be found in various languages on our website Downloads in various languages.

As for the reopening of Morocco's borders, the modalities of entry and exit are the responsibility of the Moroccan authorities.

Information on the situation in Morocco

  • On 20 March 2020, a state of health emergency was declared. It is in force until 10 November 2020. The wearing of masks outside has been compulsory since 7 April 2020, and any offender is liable to one to three months' imprisonment and a fine.

  • Since 15 July 2020, the Moroccan authorities have been partially opening the borders to allow the return to Morocco of their own nationals and foreigners holding Moroccan residence permits. At check-in, travellers must present a negative PCR test within 72 hours, followed by a clinical examination on arrival in case of symptoms. However, children under 11 years of age are exempt. This operation will also make it possible to leave Morocco for Moroccans residing abroad and foreigners resident or non-resident stranded in Morocco.

  • This operation relies mainly based on special flights operated by RAM, Air Arabia, Air France and Transavia. Ferry boats are also scheduled, from the port of Sète (France) and Genoa (Italy).

The Facebook page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad contains information about this operation and you can also contact this Ministry at the following numbers:
- Call Centre: +212 537 66 33 00
- Crisis Unit: +212 666 89 11 05 / +212 662 01 34 36 / +212 537 67 62 18

Foreigners not subject to the formality of an entry visa to Morocco are allowed to enter the national territory on presentation of either an invitation from a Moroccan company, or a confirmed hotel reservation in Morocco.  

The granting of authorisation for the departure of repatriation boats and aircraft is the exclusive responsibility of the Moroccan authorities.

  • For any question relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in Morocco, we invite you to respect the instructions of the local authorities Ministry of Health and the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • We also recommend that you consult the sites of the FDFA and the FOPH, which contain a great deal of information and answers to your questions. If you have any unresolved questions, please send us an email at rabat@eda.admin.ch, particularly with regard to consular matters. Since March 2020, we have been doing our best to respond to your messages and guide you accordingly. In case of emergency, the FDFA Helpline remains a resource to consider.

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

Switzerland and Morocco

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Services

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

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Visa requirements, the filing of visa applications, forms and visa costs, and information about living in Switzerland

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Local and international news and events related to the country

Swiss cooperation

Cooperation activities in Morocco through various state actors of the Swiss Confederation