Embassy of Switzerland in Myanmar

Embassy Premises
Embassy of Switzerland in Yangon © FDFA

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 and economic affairs, development cooperation, education and culture.

The tasks of the embassy

COVID-19

We call on Swiss citizens currently travelling in the region to return to Switzerland as soon as possible. Otherwise, you risk being stranded in the country you are currently in in the near future.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the current outbreak can be described as a pandemic. There is a risk of infection with the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in all regions of the world. Since 16 March 2020, the Federal Council has been recommending that Swiss travellers abroad return home.

In order to facilitate the return of Swiss nationals travelling in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, Switzerland organized five repatriation flights to Zurich between 31 March and 5 April from Bangkok, Phuket, Phnom Penh, Yangon and a combined Bangkok - Vientiane flight. This means that the vast majority of Swiss tourists wishing to return home were able to do so. Switzerland has no plans to organize any further repatriation flights for the countries of the consular district covered by the Embassy of Switzerland in Bangkok (Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand).

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Travel Admin App: Sign up! If you are currently travelling in Myanmar as a tourist or on business (not for permanent residents), please register on the Swiss Travel Admin App Itineris so that the relevant Swiss Embassy can contact you if necessary. Please make sure that the dates of your trip are up to date and, once you have returned to Switzerland, please delete your trip from the application.

If despite all your efforts, you were unable to return to Switzerland, please contact the Switzerland in Bangkok (bangkok.cc@eda.admin.ch). Although their capacity to assist you is limited, it is important for them to know where you are in order to provide you with all the necessary information. Depending on the evolution of the situation, it is possible that you may have to prepare yourself to stay in Myanmar longer than expected. If this is confirmed, it is advisable to make sure that you have a place where you can reside for a longer period of time, that you have sufficient financial reserves and that you have the necessary insurance (travel, health, repatriation - ex: REGA).

Myanmar is strengthening its national measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We recommend to all Swiss tourists and nationals who are currently in Myanmar to strictly follow the information, recommendations and measures of the Myanmar authorities.

In all states and regions, authorities banned gatherings of more than five with some exceptions.

Myanmar’s states and regions have implemented various regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their jurisdictions. Starting from April 18, Myanmar imposed 10pm – 4am curfew. In Yangon, an existing midnight – 4am curfew will remain effective until June 18. According to the statement on June 12, the directives announced by the Central Committee on Prevention, Controlling and Treatment of Covid-19 would be extended until June 30. This includes the temporary entry restrictions for visitors from all countries.

More information on the situation and measures in Myanmar here:

Ministry of Health and Sports

Ministry of Information

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Entering Switzerland for non-Schengen travelers

The Federal Council has decided to impose controls on travel from all countries outside the Schengen area and to ban entry from these countries. More information for visa holders here

Transit through Switzerland remains open at this time.

Press release State Secretariat for Migration

Information regarding the COVID19 situation and travel advice

Other relevant sources of information here:

World Health Organization WHO

International Air Transport Association, IATA

Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand

Infoline Coronavirus: +41 58 463 00 00

Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 06.05.2020 (PDF, 220.7 kB, English)

Message from the Ambassador (PDF, 257.8 kB, English)

Letter from Yangon Regional COVID-19 Protection, Control and Treatment Committee as of 2.04.2020 (PDF, 101.2 kB, English)

Urgent Information to Swiss Travelers in Myanmar of 29.03.2020 (PDF, 327.0 kB, English)

Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 25.03.2020 (PDF, 250.3 kB, English)

Additional precautionary restrictions for travelers from all countries visiting Myanmar of 23.03.2020 (PDF, 835.2 kB, English)

Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 21.03.2020 (PDF, 208.4 kB, English)

Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 20.03.2020 (PDF, 335.1 kB, English)

Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 17.03.2020 (PDF, 245.5 kB, English)

New online consular services

The Embassy of Switzerland in Bangkok with its Regional Consular Center is pleased to inform the registered Swiss nationals about the expansion of our online services. As part of a pilot project, the following consular services can now also be ordered and paid for by credit card at the FDFA online counter from 12 May until 30 June 2020:

  • Certificate of nationality and registration
  • Confirmation of pension
  • Confirmation of driver’s license
  • Confirmation of Swiss passport
  • Confirmation other (only in consultation with the Consular Center)

For confirmation of driver’s licenses and passports, the respective original documents must be sent to the Regional Consular Center in Bangkok.

These new online services are available to Swiss nationals who are registered at the Regional Consular Center in Bangkok and have their official residence in one of the following countries: Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, or Thailand.

We encourage you to benefit from this temporary pilot project. In an evaluation process at the end of June, a decision will be made on the potential continuation of the expanded online services.

If you have any questions regarding our online services or if you want to make an appointment, please contact us at bangkok.cc@eda.admin.ch or call us at +66 2 674 6900.

Up in the air – and welcome home!

repatriation flight to switzerland
repatriation flight to switzerland ©FDFA

On April 1, the 1st ever direct flight between Yangon and Zurich took off to bring back home 208 Swiss, European and US- and Canadian citizens. A big THANK YOU to Edelweiss, their crew, our incredibly helpful colleagues in Bangkok and Berne, and our European partners in Yangon for this joint effort in the spirit of solidarity and friendship. Special thanks to the Myanmar authorities who made every effort to make the impossible possible.

 

Statement from Ambassadors to Myanmar

1 April 2020

 

On 23 March, the UN Secretary General called for armed groups across the world to implement a global ceasefire. The Ambassadors listed below echo this call. We are deeply concerned about the high level of fighting, casualties and civilian displacement occurring in Rakhine and Chin States, and the threat of further conflict in other areas. The focus of all countries across the world must now be on protecting the most vulnerable communities from the devastating impacts of COVID19. Conflict impedes humanitarian response and prevents assistance to those women, children, disabled, marginalized and displaced who are already the most vulnerable groups during a conflict. Humanitarian access to the conflict areas is vital.


The free flow of information through the internet and the media is also essential. For the sake of families across Myanmar we support all calls for a cessation of hostilities between the Myanmar military and armed organisations, resolution of grievances through dialogue, and a lifting of any internet and media restrictions as well.
COVID19 does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, nationality, religion or social status. We continue to support Myanmar in complete solidarity having seen the impact of this virus on our own countries. At this time of uncertainty and crisis, we have seen communities, government and civil society work quickly and effectively together. We remain committed to supporting all actors in implementing health and humanitarian responses across Myanmar and we encourage cooperation between all stakeholders to join forces in limiting the spread of COVID19.


In solidarity and support,
Ambassadors of Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, United States of America.

For security reasons, each visitor has to present a valid ID document with photo. It’s requested to enable you to reach the Embassy’s floor.

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A greeting from the Ambassador

Switzerland and Myanmar

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