Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver
Information for Swiss travellers
Since March 16, 2020, the Swiss Federal Council has been recommending that Swiss travellers abroad return to their place of residence as long as this is still possible with commercial or private means. Otherwise they risk to remain stranded abroad.
Swiss travellers abroad should register on the "Travel Admin App”
More information on the press release
For further information (in French): Focus nouveau coronavirus
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.
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. The certificate thus completed can be sent to the Embassy of Switzerland which will then forward it to the competent office in Geneva.
A scan of the life certificate (both sides) can also be sent directly to the SCO at the following email address: email@example.com
Given the current circumstances, our operational capacity is limited. In order to maintain social distancing please limit your visits to the Consulate General to appointments that have been approved.
On 18 March 2020, the Swiss Federal Council decided, that entry at the Schengen external borders is generally prohibited with few exceptions. Switzerland follows the practice of the other Schengen states. Until 15th June 2020, Switzerland will also no longer issue Schengen visas. National visas will also only be issued in exceptional cases, for example to family members of Swiss citizens with a right of presence in Switzerland who require a visa and to specialists from the health sector.
For additional information, please consult the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM
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 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 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.
Applicants for visas to Austria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia and Spain. Please go to the the website Visa & Entry to Switzerland. All the information under the section "Schengen visas" apply to you as well.
Specific information on the Provinces covered by this Consulate General