Embassy of Switzerland in Bulgaria

Embassy of Switzerland in Sofia
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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.

The tasks of the embassy

SWITZERLAND

Attention! Please consider the latest valid requirements for entry in Switzerland:

As of 22 March 2021 Bulgaria will be put on the list of countries and areas with an increased risk of infection. Passengers arriving from Bulgaria will be obliged to go into quarantine for a 10-day period.

On your arrival to Switzerland you will need (valid as of 22 February 2021):

  • a negative PCR Test OR a rapid antigen test done in a laboratory
    and
  • a filled-in contact form. This is the contact form you need to fill in: Contact form

Type of test and requirements the result must meet

Basically the negative result must be from a PCR test conducted less than 72 hours previously.

If, for example, you are travelling too long or the result of the PCR test is not available quickly enough, a rapid antigen test conducted less than 24 hours previously is also permitted for the boarding check. However, you need the negative result of a PCR test carried out less than 72 hours previously at the latest for the second check that may possibly be carried out at the Swiss border. If you cannot show proof of a negative result at that point, you must have a test at your own expense immediately after entering Switzerland

What to do after entering Switzerland as of 22.03.2021

  • Upon arrival, go immediately to your home or to other suitable accommodation (e.g. a hotel or holiday apartment). On the way there, keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other people. If you are unable to maintain this distance, we recommend that you wear a mask. Avoid public transport if possible.

  • Report your arrival  to the cantonal authority responsible within two days.

  • For 10 days after your arrival in Switzerland you must stay in your home or other suitable accommodation without going out. Avoid contact with other people and follow the instructions in the document instructions on quarantine (PDF, 376 kB, 11.02.2021).

  • There is the possibility of shortening travel quarantine from day 7 onwards. You’ll find information on the Isolation and Quarantine site.

    * PCR Test and Antigen test are not required for children under 12. Quarantine is mandatory also for children.

    All persons entering Switzerland by plane, boat, bus or train must complete an online form before arrival or in paper form on arrival. Persons, arriving by car from a country or region without a high risk of infection, are not supposed to fill in a contact form.

List of countries and areas

Contact form

Ordinance COVID-19, 27.01.2021 (de, fr, it)

01/02/2021 - Bulgaria COVID -19

From January 29 to April 30, all passengers arriving in Bulgaria must present a negative PCR test for Covid-19, done no more than 72 hours before arriving in the country.

The document must contain the names of the person according to the document for identity with which he travels, data on the laboratory that performed the study (name, address or other contact details), date on which it was made, written in Latin method (PCR) and negative result (Negative), allowing interpretation of the document.

An exeption to the requirement shall be allowed to Bulgarian nationals and permanent residents that are subject to self-isolation after entering the country without a negative PCR test.

They can have their quarantine lifted if they take a PCR test 24 hours after entering Bulgaria and it is negative.

New order 01-74 / 01.02.2021 (PDF, 955.1 kB)

26/01/2021 - Epidemic situation in Bulgaria until April 30, 2021

The Minister of Health of the Republic of Bulgaria issued an order, which will remain in force during the epidemic situation in the country in force as of 14 May 2020 and decreed by the Bulgarian government to be in effect until April 30, 2021.

From February 1, visits to cinemas are allowed, provided that no more than 30 per cent of capacity is used and physical distancing is observed.

Also from February 1, gyms may re-open, provided that no more than 50 per cent of the capacity of the premises is used.

Restaurants and bars remain closed until March 1, although deliveries and takeaways for the home or office are allowed.  From March 1 restaurants and coffees may open.

From February 1, shopping malls and shopping centres may re-open.

From February 1 to April 30, everyone in enclosed public places and public transport must wear a protective face mask. The same rules applies to open public spaces, where crowding cannot be avoided.

Helmets and scarves covering the nose and mouth are not anymore allowed to use, only masks are allowed.

Coronavirus - General information for Bulgaria and Switzerland

For information related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) kindly consult the information and directives of the local authorities
www.coronavirus.bg
www.mh.government.bg
www.mfa.bg
and the recommendations of the World Health Organization WHO

On state level, the Federal Office of Public Health of Switzerland FHPO informs in regards to the Novel Coronavirus and publishes travel advice accordingly.

The Travel Advice FDFA (in German, French and Italian) offers travelers basic information for travel preparation by informing on possible risks and certain precautions. They are to be considered as a complementary source of information.

For urgent requests, kindly contact the FDFA Helpline  (Tel. +41 800 24-7-365 / +41 58 465 33 33) or contact the Swiss representation in Sofia.

SWITZERLAND

29/10/2020 Switzerland - New coronavirus: Measures and ordinances

Information on flights to Switzerland

We would like to inform you that as of  June 1st 2020 Bulgaria air and WIZZAIR will operate direct operates flights to Switzerland.

Please inquire with the airlines:

www.air.bg

www.wizzair.com

Important notice

Every Swiss citizen is responsible to make their own arrangements as per the Federal Act on Swiss Persons and Institutions Abroad (195.1).

If you decide to stay in Romania or Bulgaria, please download the “Travel Admin” app and register with your location.

Thank you for your attention.

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