Important COVID-19 Information updated 28.06.2021
On June 23, 2021, the Federal Council decided to lift the entry restrictions for persons from third countries who are vaccinated.
For vaccinated third-country nationals, the regular entry requirements will apply again from June 26, 2021.
Entry restrictions continue to apply to foreign nationals who are not vaccinated and are without rights of free movement, entering from risk countries or regions and who do not belong to any of the exceptional categories of the Covid 19 Regulation 3.
For additional information, please consult the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).
The Travelcheck allows you to check whether and under what conditions you can enter Switzerland.
The Visa Section of the Embassy of Switzerland in Addis Ababa accepts only visa application for Schengen Visa for persons that are vaccinated or for cases of special necessity.
The online booking system for appointments is suspended. For booking an appointments please send an email to email@example.com
For vaccinated persons: Indicate that you are vaccinated or will be vaccinated before your departure.
For cases of special necessity: Submit by email the proofs of special necessity. You might find information of the required proofs on the above-mentioned webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM.
Long waiting times are to be expected. Calculate enough lead time to get an appointment to submit the visa application.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are special rules for people entering Switzerland. Please refer to the information of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
Holders of an expired Schengen visa, who could not use the visa due to Corona travel restrictions, cannot receive a free substitute visa.
We recommend you to get informed locally about the latest measures and follow the instructions of the local authorities: Ethiopian Public Health Institute: www.ephi.gov.et
On the Swiss side, the Federal Office of Public Health informs regularly about the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and issues travel recommendations.
Please also note the information provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO). In addition, it is always advisable to discuss health questions with a doctor who knows your state of health.
There is also the Swiss Foreign Ministry’s travel advice (de, fr, it) and the focus "Coronavirus (COVID-19)" on the same website.
Swiss travellers abroad should register on the "Travel Admin App”
Bern, 19.03.2020 - Earlier this week, the Federal Council called on Swiss travellers to return home quickly. In order to better support those who are still blocked abroad, they should register on the "Travel Admin App" of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA.
The FDFA currently has information on the location and contact address of only some of the travellers abroad. This registration on the "Travel Admin App" enables the FDFA to contact the persons concerned and to provide them with information.
At the same time, all those who have already returned should delete their travel registration. This will prevent the FDFA from taking unnecessary measures.
A week ago, the Federal Council advised against non-urgent travel abroad. At the beginning of this week, it called on travellers to return home quickly. It is primarily the responsibility of the individual to organise the return journey with the help of a travel agency or directly with an airline.
The FDFA helps with the return journey by, among other things, providing assistance in obtaining landing permits, extending deadlines for flight connections or providing information via the Swiss representations on the ground. If an independent return is not possible despite all efforts, the FDFA will examine possibilities for an organized return.