We call on Swiss citizens currently traveling in the region to return to Switzerland as soon as possible, and organize their journey via a commercial flight. Otherwise, there is a risk that you might get blocked in the country you are currently in for the near future.
Returning to Switzerland
For return flights, first and foremost contact the airline, your booking office (travel agency) or your travel insurance company. Please note that the flights routes to Switzerland are currently strongly reduced, and therefore we strongly recommend you to book a seat as soon as possible. If you already have a return ticket confirmed, we advise you to keep this ticket, but check with your airline to see if there is an earlier date to which you could rebook your ticket. Please note that it is also worth looking at routes landing in neighboring countries of Switzerland (Germany, France) and to go back to Switzerland by land.
We are aware that the airlines are currently under great stress as they receive a large number of requests. Therefore, we advise you to book your tickets online rather than per telephone or at a counter.
Please note that the Embassy is not able to provide you with information regarding flights. In case you need support, you can contact the Embassy via e-mail at email@example.com or per telephone at +66 2 674 6900 / EDA Helpline: Tel. +41 800 24-7-365 or Tel. +41 58 465 33 33.
If you are currently travelling in Myanmar as a tourist or on a business trip (not meant for permanent residents), please register on Itineris/Travel Admin App (https://www.itineris.eda.admin.ch) so that you can be contacted by the relevant Swiss Embassy if necessary.
Once you have returned to Switzerland please delete your trip in the App.
Further recommendation for travelers returning to Switzerland:
As domestic travel might become increasingly difficult in the coming days it could make it more difficult to reach an international airport, therefore we advise you to move your current location as soon as possible to a city where international flights are still available for the time being.
- For Cambodia and Laos this would be the capital, for Myanmar it is Yangon.
- For Thailand (Bangkok or Phuket), whichever is closer to your current location
Otherwise you might get blocked at your current location.
Additionally, Myanmar is strengthening its national measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We recommend to all Swiss tourists and nationals who are currently in Myanmar to strictly follow the information, recommendations and measures of the Myanmar authorities.
More information on the situation and measures in Myanmar here:
Ministry of Health and Sports
Ministry of Information
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Entering / transiting through Thailand
Traveling to and transiting through Thailand has become very difficult since Sunday 22nd of March. The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) (link here) now requires all incoming passengers, also the ones transiting through Bangkok to present the following documents before boarding an aircraft bound to Thailand:
- Travel history of the passenger for the last 14 days
- A health certificate including a COVID test (link here)
- A proof of health insurance with a minimum medical coverage in Thailand of not less than 100’000 USD
If the passenger is unable to present these documents, the airline will not issue a boarding pass and boarding will be refused.
If the passenger is authorized to fly to Thailand, she/he face possible isolation, quarantine, confinement for observation at a special place and period.
These requirements do not apply for purley domestic flights.
Entering Switzerland for non-Schengen travelers
The Federal Council has decided to impose controls on travel from all countries outside the Schengen area and to ban entry from these countries. More information for visa holders here
Transit through Switzerland remains open at this time.
Press release State Secretariat for Migration
Information regarding the COVID19 situation and travel advice
Other relevant sources of information here:
World Health Organization WHO
International Air Transport Association, IATA
Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand
Infoline Coronavirus: +41 58 463 00 00
Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 17.03.2020 (PDF, 245.5 kB, Inglese)
Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 20.03.2020 (PDF, 335.1 kB, Inglese)
Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 21.03.2020 (PDF, 208.4 kB, Inglese)
Additional precautionary restrictions for travelers from all countries visiting Myanmar of 23.03.2020 (PDF, 835.2 kB, Inglese)
Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 25.03.2020 (PDF, 250.3 kB, Inglese)