Consulate General of Switzerland in Montreal
In view of the current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Consulate General had to adapt its activities and reduce public access until further notice to comply with social distancing measures.
Personal visit to the Consulate General
Consular services are available. Citizens in need of consular services are requested to make an appointment before coming to the Consulate General. You can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only people (no accompanying persons) with an appointment may enter the building. As per Quebec’s governmental regulations, wearing a mask is recommended.
Swiss citizens must hold a valid Swiss passport or identity card to enter Switzerland from Canada.
Persons wishing to enter Switzerland from all other EU/EFTA states or from third countries, such as Canada, remain subject to strict entry restrictions, with certain exceptions. For additional information, please consult the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration: FAQ entry restrictions.
Follow the recommendations of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA: What does the FDFA advise?
Quarantine in Switzerland
A person who has been in close contact with someone infected with coronavirus must place themselves in quarantine after consultation with the relevant cantonal service. For additional information, please refer to the webpage of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH): Isolation and quarantine.
Traveling to Canada
For information on Canadian measures regarding the conditions of entry and stay in Canada, please visit: Government of Canada.
The practical aspects of the implementation of these measures fall within the competence of the Canadian authorities.
Life certificate for the Swiss pension AHV/AVS
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swiss Compensation Office (SCO) in Geneva is now accepting the life certificate, filled out and signed by the insured person, together with a copy of a valid identity document (with photo). The documents can be sent to Consulate General of Switzerland in Montreal, which will then forward them to the competent office in Geneva.
A scan of the life certificate (both sides) along with the copy of a valid identity document (with photo) can also be sent directly to the SCO at the following e-mail address: email@example.com
For information related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) kindly consult the information and guidelines of the local authorities and the recommendations of the World Health Organisation WHO.
In Switzerland, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) informs in regards to the Novel Coronavirus and publishes travel advice accordingly.
The Travel Advice Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA (in German, French and Italian) offers travelers basic information for travel preparation by informing on possible risks and certain precautions. They are to be considered as a complementary source of information.
Swiss travelers abroad should register on the "Travel Admin App". Please make sure to download the application and to register your travel.
More information: Press release of the Federal Council (19.03.2020)
In case of emergencies outside office hours, please contact the FDFA Helpline by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at +41 800 24 7 365 or +41 58 465 33 33.
President of the Swiss Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga: National Day 2020 greetings for the Swiss abroad
Allocution du 1er août 2020 de la Présidente de la Confédération Simonetta Sommaruga
Allocuzione del 1° agosto 2020 della Presidente della Confederazione Simonetta Sommaruga
Discurso del 1° de Agosto 2020 del presidente de la Confederación Simonetta Sommaruga
Swiss Canadian Benevolent Society (SCBS): Scholarships 2020/2021
The SCBS awards scholarships in the amount of CAD 1,000 each, to students of Swiss nationality or of proven Swiss origin residing in Quebec. These scholarships are attributed to selected applicants, enrolled or considering enrollment in a post-secondary program, in the field of their choice, in a recognized educational institution.
Interested individuals may request an application form from the SCBS by email and must submit the completed form directly to the SCBS by August 31st 2020.