Embassy of Switzerland in Morocco
CORONAVIRUS - General information
Closure of the Embassy to the public
Due to the current Coronavirus situation and in accordance with the decisions of the Moroccan authorities, including the suspension of all international links to and from Morocco, the Embassy is closed to the public until further notice, but remains operational. On the other hand, the Federal Council decided on 16.3.2020 to stop issuing visas until 15.6.2020. Appointments of the visa services and the chancellery are cancelled until further notice. Please check this website to keep abreast of developments.
CORONAVIRUS - News Flash
Updated on 19.05.2020
The Moroccan government decided on 18 May 2020 to extend the state of health emergency and containment until 10 June 2020. During the period of Ramadan (25.04 -25.05) all night travel is prohibited, from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am.
The possibility of making boat trips to Europe is uncertain. The granting of permission for the departure of boats is the exclusive competence of the Moroccan authorities. The Italian GNV ferry company (+39 010 209 45 91) operates punctual routes. The 12 and 19 May 2020 crossings to Sète in France are confirmed. Registration is compulsory on the following web page. As a general rule, check the websites of other shipping companies regularly to keep yourself informed and don't miss any opportunities.
Upon request by email email@example.com, the embassy will issue travel certificates which, attached to the reservation, should facilitate journeys to Tangier. Transit through France and Italy to return to Switzerland requires a travel certificate which will be requested during police checks. These documents, available on the internet, are to be filled in by you. Click here for Italy and here for France.
Irrespective of the possibility of returning home, the FDFA will continue to provide support to persons stranded in the world within the framework of consular protection, to which every Swiss citizen abroad is entitled in case of distress. The embassy is in regular and direct contact by email with Swiss nationals still stranded in Morocco. If you have not yet made yourself known, you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information for Swiss visitors still in Morocco
Since mid-March, 15 flights organized by the Embassy have taken off from Morocco allowing many compatriots to return to Switzerland. However, some compatriots are still in Morocco. This is a very stressful situation in a rapidly changing context. We understand and share your concerns.
All the latest information is communicated by email. We are in contact with all the people already announced. If you are not yet registered, we invite you to register on Itineris and to immediately get in touch with your embassy email@example.com with the following information:
1. Last name, First name :
2. Passport number :
3. Date of birth :
4. Telephone number :
5. Email :
6. Location :
7. Remarks :
Your indications will allow us to keep the list of people waiting for a return up to date and to elaborate solutions. Alternatively, let us know if you have decided to stay.
On this basis, we will contact you individually to follow up on your case. In general, however, we would like to remind you that it is expected that the persons concerned will first of all take independent steps to find alternative solutions with the help of their own travel insurance, airline and tour operator. According to the Swiss Abroad Act, Swiss nationals cannot claim the right to an organised departure from a crisis zone or situation.
Information for Swiss campers in Morocco
Persons entering Morocco by car may, in case of emergency, exceptionally leave the national territory by plane, in the event that a flight is announced. However, they must present themselves at the airport with all the vehicle papers and sign the commitment form which will be given back on the spot in order to recover their vehicle later. (see following document : Moroccan Customs (PDF, 1.8 MB, English)/ pages: 7 and 8).
According to the latest information in our possession, the border with the Spanish enclave of Ceuta has been closed since 22 March 2020. If you are considering this crossing, please contact the Spanish authorities to check the current situation. See Spanish Embassy in Morocco / Spanish Consulate in Nador: 0661764005.
It is mandatory to have a valid ferry ticket before arriving at the border crossing. A certificate (PDF, 324.8 kB, Multilingual: English, French, German) is attached which should make it easier for you to cross the Spanish border.
- Ferries operate from time to time from Tangier Med. Tickets can be purchased on the websites of the companies www.balearia.com and www.gnv.it and by phone: + 39 010 209 45 91 and +212-539 934 463 for the Balearia-Tangier Med Office.
- Motorhomes, which have a booking confirmation, can with this confirmation, travel in Morocco to go to the car parks of the port of Tangier Med, according to the rules laid down by Morocco. However, the embassy cannot guarantee a successful transit.
- The car park in front of the ferry port is only open to motorhomes with a booking confirmation.
- The traffic ban for motorhomes in Morocco has been reinforced. If you do not have a booking confirmation for a ferry, please stay in your quarters and do not attempt to travel to Tangier or any other place in Morocco.
- For all other Swiss nationals staying in Morocco, we will publish information on other ferries or other travel options on this website as soon as they become available. Until then, due to the curfew from 18:00 and the travel ban, it is strongly recommended that you do not leave your current location.
The Moroccan authorities have set up for the camper vans already blocked at the border of Ceuta and Melilla, sanitary stations equipped with showers, shower rooms and water, in the car park of Tanger Med, Tangier city, Ksar Sghir and in Oued Laou.
Information on the situation in Morocco
On 20 March 2020, a state of health emergency was declared. It is in force until 10 June 2020. Only travel to work, shopping and to the doctor's office or pharmacy is allowed. We invite you to comply with the directives of the Moroccan authorities and not to travel after 18:00.
Morocco has suspended all means of public and private transport between the country's cities since Saturday 21 March 2020 at midnight. This new instruction is valid for everyone.
The Moroccan state has decided the obligation to wear a mask outside as of Tuesday, April 7, 2020, and any offender is punishable by one to three months in prison and a fine of 300 to 1300 dhs. This decision was taken to fight against the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
In view of the covid-19 pandemic, the Moroccan authorities have decided that tourists still stranded in Morocco who are exempt from visa requirements and whose stay will exceed 90 days, as well as tourists whose visas will expire, will be considered in a regular situation, until the normal resumption of air, sea and land traffic. The same applies to foreign nationals staying in Morocco whose residence permits are expiring. Border crossing facilities will be granted by the Moroccan authorities at the time of departure.
For any question related to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in Morocco, we invite you to respect the instructions of the local authorities (Ministry of Health) and the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO).
At the federal level in Switzerland, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) informs the population about the current situation related to the new coronavirus COVID-19 and publishes recommendations for travellers to third countries.
The FDFA's Travel Advice aims to draw their attention to the basic principles for preparing their trip abroad, informing them of the potential risks and indicating the precautionary measures to be taken. It complements other sources of information.
The Swiss Embassy in Rabat does not provide medical advice. In case of health problems, please consult a doctor and, if necessary, contact the toll-free number set up by the Moroccan authorities: 0801 0047 47.
If you have any questions, please visit our website, our Facebook page, or Ambassador Guillaume Scheurer's Twitter page. We also answer your e-mails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, especially regarding consular matters. Since the beginning of the crisis, we have been regularly updating these pages. We also recommend that you consult the travel advice published on the Embassy's website as well as on the FDFA website.
The whole team of the Embassy continues tirelessly to make every effort to find solutions for Swiss tourists currently in Morocco. We thank those who write to us and ask us their questions. We do our best to respond to your messages and guide you accordingly. Finally, the FDFA Q&A is also a source of answers to your questions and the FDFA Helpline, a resource in case of emergency: +41 800 24-7-365 / +41 58 465 33 33.
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, financial and legal affairs, as well as science, education and culture.
Detailed information can be found on the French page.