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This Embassy remains closed on 28th July (Kenyan holiday) and on 1st August (Swiss National day).

On 6th June 2013,
the Embassy of Switzerland in Nairobi has introduced the Schengen Visa with biometric data. Therefore, all visa applicants (who are older than 12 years of age) have to come personally to the Embassy for submitting their visa application. For further information please carefully read the document “Introduction of biometric visa” !  Visas

View of the Swiss Embassy building in Nairobi

Embassy Nairobi © FDFA

Embassy of Switzerland
General Mathenge Drive 89
Spring Valley
Nairobi (Kenya)

Postal address
Embassy of Switzerland
P.O.Box 2600
00621 Nairobi

+41 (0)31 322 18 71
+254 20 267 3282
+254 708 707 687

+254 708 168 982 (Visa Enquiries only)

(Monday - Thursday: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

Email:  nai.visaappointment@eda.admin.ch (Visa Appointment)

+41 (0)31 322 18 74
+254 20 267 35 35

Opening hours
Only on appointment

Consular services (Swiss citizens):
Monday–Thursday 09:00–12:00
Monday–Thursday 13:00–14:30 on appointment
Friday 09:00–11.30

Consular districts
Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Uganda.


The Embassy of Switzerland in Nairobi warns of employment offers posted by an organization who requests payments for certain tests as part of their recruitment process. In addition it is pretending a close partnership with The Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC).

In this context the Embassy wishes to clarify that the organization concerned does not receive any Swiss Government funding, nor is there any cooperation between that organization and SDC contrary to what is claimed on its website.

Furthermore the Embassy strongly recommends not to pay any amount in such or any related processes nor to send any personal information about your own or another person.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Embassy, if you have any questions or doubts.

Swiss Excellence Scholarships – Beware of Pishing!

The State Secretariat for Education and Research issues a warning against fake Swiss Federal Government Scholarships advertised by email. If you did not receive the official information on Swiss Excellence Scholarships for PhD, Research or Postdoctoral studies for 2013–2014 issued by the Embassy of Switzerland in Nairobi, or if you have any doubts please write to the Embassy:  nai.vertretung@eda.admin.ch.

Please note, that for 2013–2014 there is no official scholarship for Master or Bachelor studies available (for students from Kenya, Uganda, Seychelles, Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi).

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists

The Swiss Government, through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards various scholarships to foreign researchers and artists:

  • Research fellowships, scholarships for doctorates and post-doctorates at Swiss universities, Federal Institutes of Technology and universities of applied sciences
  • Arts scholarships for master studies at Swiss universities of applied sciences (only for a limited number of countries)

No university scholarships for bachelor or master studies are granted.

Eligibility criteria and additional country-specific information for the academic year 2014-2015 (starting date: September 2014) are available on the website of the http://www.sbfi.admin.ch/scholarships_ENG Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS).

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you are welcome to request all application forms directly at this representation after the opening of the call for scholarships. The complete application dossier has to be printed out and returned to the Swiss representation in triplicate before the expiration of the deadline.

Further information on study and research opportunities at different Swiss institutions is available on the following websites:

http://www.crus.ch/homenavigation/home.html?L=2 Rectors’ Conference of Swiss Universities
http://www.kfh.ch/index.cfm?nav=2&&lang=e Rectors’ Conference of Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences
http://www.swissuniversity.ch/ Swissuniversity
http://www.proff.ch/search.hierarchy.school.do?lCode=en Professors of Swiss Universities