Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver

Office Building, Canada Place
Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver © FDFA

COVID-19

Visit to the Consulate

Consular services are available, but for urgent and essential cases and by appointment only. Wearing a facial-mask is recommended.

Travelling to Switzerland

A Swiss citizen can enter Switzerland from any country in the world. The same applies to persons with rights of free movement (see “Who has rights of free movement?”). The list of high-risk countries does not apply to them, but they still may be required to go into quarantine.

As of July 20th 2020 normal entry requirements apply to any other traveler from Canada as well as from the countries listed on:  Entry restrictions. However, if this person is traveling from a high-risk country e.g. the USA, or transits through a high risk country e. g. London (UK), they are not permitted to enter Switzerland directly, regardless of whether they live in the high-risk country or were just staying there.

You will find the most important information on the restrictions on entering Switzerland and residence provisions on: FAQ Entry restrictions and State Secretariat for Migration SEM.

Please note that airlines decide on the conditions by which they carry passengers themselves. The Swiss authorities have no influence over their decision. We therefore recommend that you ask the airline concerned about the conditions they apply before booking your flight.

Quarantine in Switzerland

Travelers from Canada do not have to go into quarantine in Switzerland, unless they have been to a high-risk country within 14 days prior to their trip to Switzerland. Quarantine in Switzerland is 10 days. For more information, please visit:

Facial masks

Persons over the age of 12 have to wear a mask in trains, trams and buses, as well as on mountain rail and cableways and on lake and riverboats, throughout the country. Further obligations may apply depending on the canton.

Travelling to Canada

For information on Canadian measures regarding the conditions of entry into 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 – and until the end of 2020 – the life certificate, filled out and signed by the insured Swiss abroad, together with a copy of a valid identity document (with photo). The documents can be sent to the 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.

Insured Foreign Nationals should have the life certificate legalized by a local authority before sending it to the Consulate, or, as stated above, sending it to the SCO

Information COVID-19

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

Health Canada

World Health Organization

In Switzerland, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) informs in regards to the Novel Coronavirus and publishes travel advice accordingly.

Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)

Travel Advice FDFA

The Travel Advice 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.

FDFA Travel Advice

Helpline  

For urgent requests, kindly contact the FDFA Helpline (Tel. +41 800 24 7 365 / +41 58 465 33 33) or contact your representation directly.

Helpline FDFA

 

Services

Contact the responsible Swiss representation for identity papers, civil status, registration and deregistration, matters of civil status, etc...

Visa & entry to Switzerland

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

President of the Swiss Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga: National Day 2020 greetings for the Swiss abroad

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