Embassy of Switzerland in Zimbabwe

Swiss Embassy Harare
Swiss Embassy Harare © FDFA


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 and financial affairs, legal arrangements, science, education and culture.

The tasks of the embassy

VISA SCAM ALERT

Visa Scam Alert.
Visa Scam Alert. © Swiss Embassy in Harare.

The Embassy has been made aware of a potential hoax/scam by an organisation based in West Africa that is purporting to offer instant e-visas for Zimbabwean nationals searching for employment in Switzerland.

 

This is a SCAM – potential travellers to Switzerland (Post Covid-19) must have a valid visa that is offered by an authorised Embassy in their respective country. For more details on Swiss visa requirements, please see the Embassy website.

RETURNING TO SWITZERLAND

Alert on Commercial Flights

Location: Zimbabwe

This message serves to inform that few international commercial flight options currently exist in Zimbabwe.

Swiss citizens who wish to return to Switzerland should make commercial arrangements. Ethiopian Airlines can be contacted on: +263 242 795 215/216 +263 242 790 705 or HREAPT@ethiopianairlines.com and HRECTO@ethiopianairlines.com

IMPORTANT: Please make sure that you have a quick onward flight from Addis Ababa! The Swiss government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Zimbabwe at this time.

The Embassy also asks all tourists passing through Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia to register on the FDFA's Travel App so that contact can be established in case of an emergency.

Update of information regarding permits for Swiss citizens in Zimbabwe

The thirty (30) day immigration extension will apply to the applications for extensions for the nationals’ permits that may expire during the COVID-19 control period.

For urgent requests, kindly contact the FDFA Helpline (Tel. +41 800 24-7-365 / +41 58 465 33 33) or contact the Embassy of Switzerland in Zimbabwe on +263 24 270 3997, harare@eda.admin.ch and www.eda.admin.ch/zimbabwe

Repatriation by the FDFA

The World Health Organization WHO declared the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic. There is a risk of infection in all regions of the world. The Federal Council has therefore been recommending since 16 March 2020 that Swiss travellers abroad return to their place of residence.

Since many travellers are no longer able to return home with their own resources due to local travel restrictions, the FDFA has launched a repatriation campaign together with airlines. Flights will be announced when the technical flight clarifications have been completed. There is no guarantee that all Swiss citizens can be repatriated.

The FDFA continues to ask all travellers abroad to register their trip and whereabouts quickly on the Travel Admin App to ensure that the representation can contact you.

Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi

At present, no charter flights back to Switzerland are planned for these destinations. If the situation changes, the representation will inform accordingly. Please consult this website regularly. 

Opération de rapatriement du DFAE

L'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a déclaré que l'épidémie actuelle peut être décrite comme une pandémie. Il existe un risque d'infection par le nouveau coronavirus (COVID-19) dans toutes les régions du monde. Depuis le 16 mars 2020, le Conseil fédéral recommande aux voyageurs Suisses à l’étranger de retourner à leur domicile.

Comme de nombreux voyageurs ne peuvent plus rentrer par leurs propres moyens en raison des restrictions locales de déplacement, le DFAE a lancé une opération de rapatriement en collaboration avec plusieurs compagnies aériennes. Les vols sont annoncés une fois que les clarifications techniques sont terminées. Une garantie que tous les voyageurs pourront être rapatriés n’existe pas.

Le DFAE demande à tous les voyageurs suisses à l'étranger d'enregistrer rapidement leurs coordonnées et leur lieu de séjour sur l’application «Travel Admin» afin que la représentation puisse les contacter.

Zambie, Zimbabwe, Malawi

Actuellement, aucun vol charter de retour vers la Suisse n'est prévu pour ces destinations. Si la situation devait évoluer, la représentation informera en conséquence. Veuillez consulter ce site régulièrement.

Rückholaktion des EDA

Die Weltgesundheitsorganisation WHO erklärte die Ausbreitung des Coronavirus (COVID-19) als Pandemie. In allen Regionen der Welt besteht das Risiko einer Ansteckung. Der Bundesrat empfiehlt deshalb seit dem 16. März 2020 den Schweizer Reisenden im Ausland, an ihren Wohnsitz zurückzukehren.

Da vielen Reisenden eine Rückkehr mit eigenen Mitteln aufgrund lokaler Reiserestriktionen nicht mehr möglich ist, hat das EDA zusammen mit Fluggesellschaften eine Rückholaktion gestartet. Flüge werden dann bekannt gegeben, wenn die flugtechnischen Abklärungen abgeschlossen sind. Eine Garantie, dass alle Schweizer Bürgerinnen und Bürger repatriiert werden können, besteht nicht.

Das EDA bittet weiterhin alle Reisenden im Ausland, ihre Reise und ihren Aufenthaltsort rasch auf der Travel Admin App zu registrieren damit sichergestellt werden kann, dass die Vertretung mit Ihnen in Kontakt treten kann.

Sambia, Simbabwe, Malawi

Gegenwärtig sind für diese Destinationen kein Charterflug zurück in die Schweiz vorgesehen. Falls sich die Lage ändert, würde die Vertretung an dieser Stelle informieren. Bitte konsultieren Sie regelmässig diese Website. 

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