Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt

Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt
Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt © FDFA

Embassy operations during the continuing COVID-19 situation

Consular Section
In order to be in line with the measures taken by the government of the Arab Republic of Egypt respecting the “physical distance” and the “stay at home” injunctions, operations demanding personal presence at the Embassy consular counters will be available on appointment only. Inquiries and appointment requests can be submitted via e-mail to cairo@eda.admin.ch.

Visa Section
Due to the current situation, the Swiss government has decided to stop the issuance of Schengen visa until further notice. Therefore, the visa section will remain closed for the issuance of C type Schengen visa for the time being and will resume its operations in coordination with the other Schengen member states.
Applications for national visas for Switzerland (long stay of more than 90 days) are now accepted on appointment only. Inquiries and appointment requests are to be submitted via e-mail to cairo.visa@eda.admin.ch.

General information on current entry restrictions to Switzerland and on the resumption of the issuance of Schengen visa can be found on the webpage of the State Secretary of Migration of Switzerland.

Please stay in touch and consult our embassy webpage, Facebook page, and Twitter account; and follow updates on the website of the Egyptian Ministry of Health as well as the website of the Federal Office for Public Health.

Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail cairo@eda.admin.ch or call the Embassy Sunday to Thursday from 9am until 3.30pm (+20 2 2575 8284 or, exceptionally, if you do not get through, at the following mobile number +20 1090424904, except public holidays). Outside of these hours, Swiss citizens can call the FDFA helpline +41 800 24-7-365 / +41 58 465 33 33 in case of an emergency. We remain here for you and stay safe. 

The Team of the Embassy of Switzerland

Coronavirus: Federal government to cover costs of tests for persons without symptoms and modify quarantine rules, 27.01.2021

Communication to the Swiss citizens, 15.04.2020 (PDF, 1.5 MB, multilingual: English, French, German, Italian)

Communication to the Swiss citizens, 26.03.2020 (PDF, 535.5 kB, multilingual: English, German, French, Italian)

Communication at the Embassy entrance, 26.03.2020 (PDF, 262.9 kB, English)

FAQ's regarding COVID-19: What the FDFA advises

COVID-19, Travel regulations

Since the global COVID-19 outbreak flights to and from Egypt have been suspended as a measure to contain outbreak of the virus. In the meantime, air traffic has resumed. The Embassy of Switzerland has knowledge of several airlines offering regular flights to and from Switzerland and Europe.

For further information please contact following airlines directly:

Swiss

Egypt Air

Lufthansa

Austrian Airline

 

CURRENT ENTRY REGULATIONS

As of 8 February 2021, new special regulations for entry into Switzerland have been proclaimed: Ordinance on Measures to Combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in International Passenger Transport. The list of risk countries, issued by the Federal Office of Public Health, regulates who will be required to quarantine upon arrival in Switzerland.

For entry from Egypt, which is on the FOPH list of risk countries as of May 3rd 2021, the following regulations apply.

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Entry form

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Covid test – reflecting a negative test result*

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Quarantine (for 10 days after your arrival in Switzerland you must stay in your home or other suitable accommodation without going out)

Negativ Covid test*

Travellers who enter Switzerland by air, will only be able to board the plane if they can present the airline with a negative result of a molecular biology test for SARS-CoV-2 (PCR test) carried out within 72 hours prior to departure to Switzerland.  

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The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA does not decide on exceptions regarding the requirements of a negative test result.

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The FDFA has no authority to issue instructions to airlines.

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The Airlines will decide at their discretion, if passengers may board the aircraft.

Possibility of a shortened quarantine

Travellers will have to undergo a 10-day quarantine if they enter the country from a country on the FOPH's current quarantine list. However, they can interrupt this quarantine from the 7th day onwards if they present the cantonal authority with a negative result from a rapid antigen test or PCR test. 

Contact tracing extended

Until now, only the contact details of people arriving in Switzerland from a risk country or region have been recorded. New, and with immediate effect, all persons arriving from abroad by air, boat, bus or train must complete an online form prior to arrival. With this information provided by the traveler ahead of time, cases of infection can be identified more easily and transmission chains can be broken more rapidly.

Please also be informed that it is not the FDFA’s responsibility to issue confirmations for medical certificates and does not translate Covid test results nor medical certificates. The representations abroad do not provide information on the provisions of the exemptions from the testing and quarantine obligation. Persons concerned are advised to contact the FOPH directly.

Important: Passengers are advised to contact their airline directly in order to establish whether their flight will depart or no. For flight bookings or re-bookings, please contact your airline or travel agency directly.

Interesting links are:

Covid-19 Switzerland

FOPH Corona Hotline

For general Visa information regarding entry/travelling to Switzerland and entry requirements for transit air travel, please click here

SwissCovid App

The Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland has launched the SwissCovid App which can be downloaded and which complements conventional contact tracing in Switzerland.

Travel Admin App

The FDFA calls on all Swiss nationals travelling abroad to register on the "Travel Admin App" in order to keep up to date with the latest developments in the country of their current stay. All those who have already returned to Switzerland should delete their travel registration.

Travel Advice

Travel advice for Egypt (de, fr, it)

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

 

Welcome message

A greeting from the Ambassador

Switzerland and Egypt

Swiss diplomacy and engagement in the fields of education, culture and the economy

Services

Contact the responsible Swiss representation for identity papers, civil status, registration and deregistration, matters of civil status, etc...

Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

Information on requirements to enter Switzerland and to take residence, procedure to submit an entry visa application, visa application form and fees

Newsletter

The Swiss embassy publishes a newsletter containing information on culture, science and politics

News

Local and international news and events related to the country