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).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 10pm – 4am curfew will remain effective until June 18. According to the statement on April 23, the directives announced by the Central Committee on Prevention, Controlling and Treatment of Covid-19 would be extended from April 30 to May 15. 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, Inglese)
Message from the Ambassador (PDF, 257.8 kB, Inglese)
Letter from Yangon Regional COVID-19 Protection, Control and Treatment Committee as of 02.04.2020 (PDF, 101.2 kB, Inglese)
Urgent Information to Swiss Travelers in Myanmar of 29.03.2020
Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 25.03.2020
Additional precautionary restrictions for travelers from all countries visiting Myanmar of 23.03.2020
Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 21.03.2020
Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 20.03.2020
Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 17.03.2020