Given the current circumstances, the Consulate General of Switzerland and its consular services are operating at reduced capacity. Consular services will continue to be available for urgent and essential cases. In order to follow the recommended measures of social distancing, please limit your visits to the General Consulate to appointments that have been scheduled in advance. Please contact us by e-mail to schedule your appointment.
Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco
Information about travel to Switzerland:
Information for Swiss citizens:
On March 16, 2020, the Swiss Federal called for all Swiss travelling abroad to return to their country of residence.
The Department of Foreign Affairs does not plan any evacuation flights from the United States to Europe. Presently, several airlines continue to offer flights from the USA to Switzerland and Europe. As the flight offerings change frequently, please contact the airline or your travel agent directly to book or change your return flight. See current flight information
Swiss citizens living in the United States of America are NOT mandated to return to Switzerland. The decision as to whether or not to travel to Switzerland is at your own discretion and your own personal responsibility. Swiss citizens must travel with a valid Swiss passport in order to enter Switzerland. Dual citizens should be aware that U.S. citizens are required by law to enter and leave the United States with a U.S. passport.
For travels to or via the United States, only the U.S. authorities can give you the necessary information. Please consult the following websites:
US Embassy in Berne
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC
For urgent requests, contact the FDFA Helpline (Tel. +41 800 24-7-365/ +41 58 465 33 33) or your Swiss representation in the USA (Washington, Atlanta, New York or San Francisco).
For information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) consult the information and directives of the local authorities and the recommendations of the World Health Organization WHO.
In Switzerland, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) provides information about the new coronavirus.
The Travel Advice Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland (FDFA) offers travelers basic information by informing on possible risks and certain precautions (in German, French and Italian). They are to be considered as a complementary source of information.
FDFA Travel Advice
President of the Swiss Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga: National Day 2020 greetings for the Swiss abroad
Allocution du 1er août 2020 de la Présidente de la Confédération Simonetta Sommaruga
Allocuzione del 1° agosto 2020 della Presidente della Confederazione Simonetta Sommaruga
Discurso del 1° de Agosto 2020 del presidente de la Confederación Simonetta Sommaruga
Contact the responsible Swiss representation for identity papers, civil status changes, registration and deregistration. No appointments necessary, except for passport processing.
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