Embassy of Switzerland in Morocco
CORONAVIRUS - News Flash
Updated on 20.01.2021
On 19 January 2021, the local authorities extended the national night curfew from 9pm to 6am for a period of 2 weeks.
The Government of Morocco decided to extend the state of health emergency until 10 february 2021.
Since 29.10.2020, anyone entering Switzerland from Morocco must no longer quarantine themselves or present a negative PCR test. More information is available below under the heading "Restrictions on entry into Switzerland".
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com, 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
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. Since 29.10.2020, the Kingdom of Morocco is no longer on this list. Travelers entering Switzerland from Morocco should no longer go into quarantine. This list is subject to change by the Federal Council and should be consulted before each trip. It is available here.
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 february 2021. 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 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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.