Embassy of Switzerland in Morocco
CORONAVIRUS - News Flash
Updated on 09.04.2021
The Moroccan government has decided to extend the state of health emergency until May 10, 2021. A curfew from 9pm to 6am is currently in effect. During the month of Ramadan, this curfew starts at 8pm.
Since 23.02.2021 and at least until 21.05.2021, all flights between Switzerland and Morocco are suspended by decision of the Moroccan authorities.
Passengers departing from Switzerland, regardless of their nationality, who would transit through a third country, are not allowed to enter Morocco.
Returns to Switzerland from Morocco still seem possible via Dubai and Tunis and exceptional flights are operated by French companies. In any case, the Swiss Embassy recommends that Swiss nationals and residents contact their airline to examine the modalities of their return.
CORONAVIRUS - General information
Gradual opening of the Embassy to the public
In connection with the current health crisis, access to the counters is by appointment only and with a mask being worn. The number of available appointments has had to be reduced to avoid excessive use and to comply with health regulations. This situation may cause a certain waiting time to obtain your appointment. Only people with an appointment will be received. Thank you for your understanding.
Depending on the category of your request, you will find below the procedure to follow to obtain an appointment:
- Chancellerie (identity documents, civil status, etc...)
Please request an appointment by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Request for a stay longer than 90 days:
Applications for visas for a stay of more than 90 days (national type-D visa, e.g. for studies in Switzerland, family reunification, re-entry visa) are accepted. Please request an appointment by email at email@example.com
To withdraw a national type-D visa, on the basis of an authorisation already granted by the competent authorities in Switzerland, please send your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org, so that an appointment can be arranged.
Application for a stay of less than 90 days:
The processing of visa applications for a stay of less than 90 days (Schengen visa type C, e.g. for tourism, private or professional visits) remains suspended until further notice. No appointments are currently being made. The reopening date is not yet known. Please check this site regularly to follow the evolution.
Please also consult the document FAQ-Visas_COVID19
Restrictions on entry into Switzerland
- Since February 23, all flights between Switzerland and Morocco (in both directions) have been temporarily suspended by decision of the Moroccan authorities. Swiss nationals or holders of a residence permit in Switzerland who wish to return to Switzerland are in any case requested to contact their travel agent or airline company to check their possibilities of return as soon as possible.
- In addition, the conditions of entry into Switzerland remain unchanged. The Federal Council took note of the update of the EU Council recommendations on entry restrictions due to the coronavirus for certain countries or regions at risk. Thus, persons from Morocco will in principle be refused entry to Switzerland as of 16.08.2020 (cf. Annex 1 of Ordinance 3 Covid-19).
- Exceptions are, however, provided for. The entry ban does not apply to persons who are Swiss nationals, who enjoy free movement of persons or who are in a situation of absolute necessity. Foreign nationals - even if they come from a country at risk - who meet one of the conditions laid down are therefore still allowed to enter Switzerland. These conditions can be consulted under the heading "Entry / Who is not affected by the ban on entry into Switzerland? "of the MES FAQs.
- For more information, please consult also the website of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM, and the Ordinance 3 Covid-19 .
New health regulations for entry into Switzerland by air
- Persons entering Switzerland by air must present a PCR test that is less than 72 hours old on entry. Travellers will be checked before boarding the plane.
- Persons who transit through a Swiss airport and do not leave it before continuing their journey are exempt from any test.
Wider census of coordinates
- Until now, only the contact details of persons coming from a State or area at risk were recorded. From now on, this will also be the case for other travellers arriving by plane, boat, bus or train. The corresponding data will now be recorded using an electronic form for entry into the territory. The necessary electronic form is available: swissplf.admin.ch. Please find more information in the frequently asked questions.
- The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has drawn up recommendations for traveling and a list of regions presenting a risk, which it updates regularly. Since 29.10.2020, the Kingdom of Morocco is no longer on this list. Travelers entering Switzerland from Morocco should no longer go into quarantine. This list is subject to change by the Federal Council and should be consulted before each trip.
- As for the reopening of Morocco's borders, the modalities of entry and exit are the responsibility of the Moroccan authorities.
Information on the situation in Morocco
- On 20 March 2020, a state of health emergency was declared. It is in force until 10 May 2021. The wearing of masks outside has been compulsory since 7 April 2020, and any offender is liable to one to three months' imprisonment and a fine.
- The borders of Morocco are officially closed. However, entry is still possible under strict conditions that must be verified according to the country of origin or transit.
- Since 23 February, all flights between Switzerland and Morocco have been temporarily suspended by decision of the Moroccan authorities. In addition, passengers departing from Switzerland, irrespective of their nationality, who are transiting through a third country are not allowed to enter Morocco.
- Returns to Switzerland from Morocco still seem possible via Dubai and Tunis and exceptional flights are operated by French companies. In any case, the Swiss Embassy recommends that Swiss nationals and residents contact their airline to examine the modalities of their return.
- The granting of authorisation for the departure of repatriation boats and aircraft is the exclusive responsibility of the Moroccan authorities.
- For any question relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in Morocco, we invite you to respect the instructions of the local authorities Ministry of Health and the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO).
- We also recommend that you consult the sites of the FDFA and the FOPH, which contain a great deal of information and answers to your questions. If you have any unresolved questions, please send us an email at email@example.com, particularly with regard to consular matters. Since March 2020, we have been doing our best to respond to your messages and guide you accordingly. In case of emergency, the FDFA Helpline remains a resource to consider.
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.