COVID vaccination for Swiss citizens: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
What vaccine will I get, do I have options?
You will receive an AstraZeneca vaccine, provided in the framework ofThailand’s national vaccination program.
Can I register my Thai spouse/partner, who is not Swiss, for vaccination?
Appointments can only be given to Swiss citizens.
I am staying in Thailand on a tourist visa, can I register for vaccination through the Swiss Embassy?
No, only Swiss citizens with a valid visa or stay permit in Thailand can register for vaccination (no tourist visa).
Registrations of unauthorized people might be cancelled without notice. It is also possible that they will be refused at the vaccination appointment.
When will I receive the second vaccination?
There is an interval of 12 weeks between the two vaccinations with AstraZeneca. You will be given an appropriate appointment by the hospital at the time of the first vaccination.
I live in a province with travel restrictions, where do I get permission to cross the provincial border for the vaccination appointment?
Please consult your municipal administration for its authorisation. In principle, travel for COVID vaccination should be allowed by the authorities.
Am I subject to quarantine measures after the vaccination appointment?
Please check this question with your local municipality.
Will I receive a vaccination certificate?
You will receive a vaccination certificate after the second vaccination, issued by the relevant hospital.
I have a WHO vaccination booklet, will the proof that I have been vaccinated be noted in the WHO booklet?
Please ask the hospital once your appointment has been confirmed.
Are the Swiss and Thai vaccination certificates mutually recognised?
The Swiss Embassy will actively seek mutual recognition of the certificates. Currently only the vaccination certificate from the EU is recognised in Switzerland.
Will I receive a vaccination certificate from the Swiss authorities if I have been vaccinated in Thailand?
Switzerland only issues Covid vaccination-certificates to people vaccinated in Switzerland.
Is a COVID-vaccination with Astra Zeneca recognised in Switzerland?
Vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency for the EU and the WHO are “valid” for entry into Switzerland.
I prefer a vaccination with an mRNA vaccine, can the Swiss Embassy help me to get one?
The Swiss government is currently not able to offer mRNA vaccination to its Swiss citizens abroad. Since August 25th, Swiss citizens and their family members living abroad can be vaccinated against COVID-19 in Switzerland even without a Swiss health insurance.
I would like the second vaccination with an mRNA vaccine, can the Swiss Embassy recommend this?
The Swiss Embassy has no medical mandate and cannot give you any recommendation whether a second vaccination with a different vaccine is advisable or not, please consult your physician for this question.
My first vaccination was done with Astra Zeneca in Thailand, can I travel to Switzerland for a second vaccination with an mRNA vaccine?
Please consult your doctor in Switzerland for this question.
Where else can I register for vaccination?
Foreigners residing in Thailand can register for a vaccination directly via www.expatvac.consular.go.th. It is also possible for foreigners over the age of 60 to register for a vaccination at Medpark or Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok (these options are not linked to the Swiss Embassy).
How much does the vaccination cost?
The vaccination organised by the Swiss Embassy is free of charge.
I need to change my appointment for the second vaccination, can the Swiss Embassy do this for me?
No, you have to contact the hospital, the Swiss Embassy does not have access to the hospital's database.
I have health problems, can I still get vaccinated?
Please consult your physician for any medical questions.