Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco

Given the current circumstances, the Consulate General of Switzerland and its consular services are operating at reduced capacity. Consular services will continue to be available for urgent and essential cases. In order to follow the recommended measures of social distancing, please limit your visits to the General Consulate to appointments that have been scheduled in advance. Please contact us by e-mail to schedule your appointment.

Consulate General in San Francisco
Consulate General in San Francisco © FDFA

COVID-19 Information

Information about travel to Switzerland

Entry restrictions still apply to US citizens and residents in the USA. 

The Swiss government will decide on June 23, 2021 if and under which conditions US tourists and visitors may be authorized to enter Switzerland again. The changes would take effect on June 28, 2021.

To check if you are exempt from the entry ban and therefore, allowed to enter Switzerland as well as for additional information please see Visa & entry to Switzerland.


Information about negative COVID test and QUARANTINE for authorized entry to Switzerland

Travelers arriving in Switzerland from the USA do not have to go into quarantine (FOPH).

Mandatory for all airline passengers travelling from the USA to Switzerland:

  • Present valid proof of a negative PCR test, taken no more than 72 hours (time of specimen collection) before departure. Children under the age of 16 as well as fully vaccinated and coronavirus recovered travelers (within the last six months) are exempt from the test requirement. Please find the details as well as further exemptions on the website of FOPH
  • Electronic form for incoming travelers; exceptions for  fully vaccinated and coronavirus recovered travelers (within the last six months)

Please visit the website of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH for detailed information and instructions. 


Information for Swiss citizens

The Federal Council recommends to avoid non-urgent foreign travel whenever possible.

Swiss citizens must travel with a valid Swiss passport in order to enter Switzerland. Dual citizens should be aware that U.S. citizens are required by law to enter and leave the United States with a U.S. passport.

For travels to or via the United States, only the U.S. authorities can give you the necessary information.  Please consult the following websites:
US Embassy in Berne
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC

For urgent requests, contact the FDFA Helpline (Tel. +41 800 24-7-365/ +41 58 465 33 33) or your Swiss representation in the USA (Washington, Atlanta, New York or San Francisco).

Helpline FDFA  

For information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) consult the information and directives of the local authorities and the recommendations of the World Health Organization WHO.

CDC
WHO

In Switzerland, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) provides information about the new coronavirus.  

FOPH

The Travel Advice Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland (FDFA) offers travelers basic information by informing on possible risks and certain precautions (in German, French and Italian). They are to be considered as a complementary source of information.
FDFA Travel Advice

San Francisco Visa Desk

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

Services / Consular Affairs 

Contact the responsible Swiss representation for identity papers, civil status changes, registration and deregistration. No appointments necessary, except for passport processing. 

Job Openings

Job openings and internship programs at Swiss representations in the United States. 

Swiss Business Hub USA

The Swiss Business Hub supports small and medium-sized enterprises as well as startups with their export strategy to the US and promotes Switzerland as a business location.