Embassy of Switzerland in Thailand
Consular services in Bangkok
All consular services are available (with the exception of the visa section which is partially closed until further notice). However, if you have to come to the Swiss Embassy in Bangkok, please make an appointment in advance.
Indeed, due to the situation caused by COVID-19, we serve clients at the counter only on appointment and with respect of the precautionary rules (social distancing, etc.) in order to protect everyone as much as possible. Many services can be done by mail and do not require a trip to the Embassy.
New Online Consular Services
The Embassy of Switzerland in Bangkok and its Regional Consular Center is pleased to inform the registered Swiss nationals about the expansion of our online services. As part of a pilot project, the following consular services can now also be ordered and paid for by credit card at the FDFA online counter from 12 May until 30 June 2020:
- Certificate of nationality and registration
- Confirmation of pension
- Confirmation of driver’s license
- Confirmation of Swiss passport
For confirmation of driver’s licenses and passports, the respective original documents must be sent to the Regional Consular Center in Bangkok.
These new online services are available to Swiss nationals who are registered at the Regional Consular Center in Bangkok and have their official residence in one of the following countries: Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, or Thailand.
We encourage you to benefit from this temporary pilot project. In an evaluation process at the end of June, a decision will be made on the potential continuation of the expanded online services.
If you have any questions regarding our online services or if you want to make an appointment, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +66 2 674 6900.
COVID-19: information on the situation in Thailand and possibilities for returning to Europe/Switzerland
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the current outbreak can be described as a pandemic. There is a risk of infection with the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in all regions of the world. Since 16 March 2020, the Federal Council has been recommending that Swiss travellers abroad return home.
In order to facilitate the return of Swiss nationals travelling in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, Switzerland organized five repatriation flights to Zurich between 31 March and 5 April from Bangkok, Phuket, Phnom Penh, Yangon and a combined Bangkok - Vientiane flight. This means that the vast majority of Swiss tourists wishing to return home were able to do so. Switzerland has no plans to organize any further repatriation flights for the countries of the consular district covered by this Embassy (Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand).
Here are standard answers to the most common questions asked by Swiss citizens travelling or living abroad: "What does the FDFA advise?"
List of Airlines still operating flights out of Thailand
There are still some commercial flight possibilities from Thailand to Europe (no direct flight to Switzerland but you can reach Switzerland with a second flight). See list below. We recommend you to get in touch with the relevant airlines to secure a return flight.
In order to be able to take advantage of flight opportunities, we also recommend that you stay close to an international airport that is still in operation.
Travel Admin App: Sign up! If you are currently travelling in Thailand as a tourist or on business (not for permanent residents), please register on the Swiss Travel Admin App Itineris so that the relevant Swiss Embassy can contact you if necessary. Please make sure that the dates of your trip are up to date and, once you have returned to Switzerland, please delete your trip from the application.
If despite all your efforts, you were unable to return to Switzerland, please contact our Embassy (email@example.com). Although our capacity to assist you is limited, it is important for us to know where you are in order to provide you with all the necessary information. Depending on the evolution of the situation, it is possible that you may have to prepare yourself to stay in Thailand longer than expected. If this is confirmed, it is advisable to make sure that you have a place where you can reside for a longer period of time, that your Thai visa is up to date, that you have sufficient financial reserves and that you have the necessary insurance (travel, health, repatriation - ex: REGA).
Extension of Thai visas
In order to avoid mass gatherings and reduce the risk of spreading COVID19, Thai authorities have decided that foreigners whose Thai visa expired after 26 March 2020 will be permitted to stay until 31 July 2020 without having to apply for an extension (no need to go to the immigration office and no daily fine if the visa has already expired). There is no need to do the 90 days reporting in this period either. For more details, please visit the Thai Government Public Relations website.
Entry into Thailand
Land, air and sea borders are closed from 26 March to 31 May 2020 as per the State of Emergency Decree.
From 3 April to 30 June 2020, the Thai Civil Aviation Authority bans all inbound international passenger flights to Thailand. International flights leaving Thailand are still authorized. More information is available here.
Until 30 June 2020, entry into Thailand is not permitted for foreign nationals, with the exception of the following:
- if they are holding a work permit in Thailand: they need to apply for a “Certificate of Entry” into Thailand issued by the Thai representation in their country of departure at least 10 working days before their intended date of departure. Applicants must present a copy of their work permit, a valid health insurance policy covering COVID19 treatment and worth at least USD 100’000. Upon departure, foreign nationals will have to present their “Certificate of Entry” and a medical certificate "fit to fly" issued within 72 hours before departure. Upon arrival, they will have to spend 14 days in state quarantine at their own expense.
- More information in this diplomatic note
- if they are members of an international organization or of the diplomatic community accredited to Thailand: they need to present an entry certificate issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a medical certificate "fit to fly" issued within 72 hours before departure. Upon arrival, they will have to spend 14 days in self-quarantine.
International transit through Thailand is not allowed
In accordance with the restrictions imposed by the Thai Civil Aviation Authority, international transit through Thailand is not allowed until 30 June 2020. This may be extended depending on the state of emergency.
Entry into Switzerland
The Swiss Federal Council decided that entry into Switzerland is generally prohibited (with only few exceptions). This means that people holding a Schengen visa type C are not allowed to enter Switzerland. People holding a valid Swiss National visa type D are still allowed to enter.
The visa section now processes visa applications for National visa type D (more information here). Until further notice, no Schengen visa applications will be processed and no Schengen visa type C will be issued.
Transit through Switzerland remains open for the time being.
State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) Questions concerning refusal of entry, free movement of persons and suspension of visas
State of emergency in Thailand since 26 March 2020
In order to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the Thai government declared a state of emergency on 26 March, and on this basis a national curfew since 3 April (currently every night from 23:00 to 03:00) and severe restrictions on entry into the country.
- A curfew is imposed throughout the country from Friday 3 April 2020 and until further notice. Since 01 June, the curfew is currently imposed every night between 23:00 and 03:00.
- During the curfew, between 23:00 and 03:00, you must stay at your home / place of residence.
- Offenders will be punished with imprisonment of up to 2 years and/or a fine of up to 40'000 THB.
- Exceptions: travel of medical or banking staff, transportation of essential goods, people going to work at the end of the day and people going to and from the airport. A certificate or document explaining the need to travel is required.
- More information is available here.
Transport restrictions and measures:
- All public transport (BTS, MRT, Airport Link in Bangkok, public buses and trains) stop operating every evening at 10.30 pm. It is mandatory to wear a mask
Other restrictions :
- Prohibition to share unverified information on Covid-19 ("fake news")
- Prohibition of large gatherings or demonstrations
Reopening of some venues
Thai authorities decided that some venues were allowed to reopen on 3 May and others on 15 May. However, physical distancing measures and strict hygiene standards, such as wearing masks and washing hands frequently must be observed. For more details, please visit the Thai Government Public Relations website.
At the local level, several provinces have ordered different restrictions on crossing provincial borders, significant reductions in public transportation, requirements to wear masks outdoors, and the closure of many businesses and hotels.
Please comply strictly with the instructions of the Thai authorities. Any violation of these rules is severely punishable.
We invite you to read about any new developments in the media and on the following websites:
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Tourism Authority of Thailand
- Bangkok Metropolitan Authority’s Public Relations Office
If you live in Thailand, we strongly advise you to stay in your place of residence or return there as soon as possible. In case of difficulty, please contact our Embassy, if necessary we can issue a "Laissez-Passer" to help you.
COVID19 situation information and travel advice
- Travel Report of the FDFA, Focus Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), in English, French, German, and Italian.
- Federal Office of Public Health for the current situation and measures taken in Switzerland.
- Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health of Thailand for the situation and measures in Thailand.
Other relevant sources of information here:
Infoline Coronavirus: +41 58 463 00 00
Messages from the Ambassador to the Swiss citizens residing or traveling in the region
Video message 6 from the Swiss Embassy team (27.04.2020) available on our Facebook page here.
Video message 5 of the Swiss Ambassador about repatriation flights from Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar to Zurich for Swiss travellers (31.3.2020), available on our Facebook page here.
Video message 4 of the Swiss Ambassador about repatriation flights from Thailand to Switzerland for Swiss travellers (27.3.2020), available on our Facebook page here.
Video message 3 of the Swiss Ambassador to the Swiss citizens travelling and residing in the region (25.3.2020) available on our Facebook page here.
Video message 2 of the Swiss Ambassador to the Swiss citizens residing in the region (23.3.2020) available on our Facebook page here.
Video message 1 of the Swiss Ambassador to the Swiss currently traveling in the region (22.3.2020) available on our Facebook page here.
Financial and economic response in Switzerland
To learn more about the Swiss official COVID-19 response concerning financial and economic matters in Switzerland, you can consult the website of our Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Economy (only available in French, German, Italian). This attached paper also provides a comprehensive overview.
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.
Services and visa
All consular services and visa support for people resident in the countries listed below are provided by the Regional consular center Bangkok. Information can be found on the websites concerned: