Embassy of Switzerland in Pakistan
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.
Information for Swiss nationals and foreign nationals with a valid residence permit in Switzerland who are staying in Kabul
Switzerland temporarily closed its representation in Kabul on Sunday, 15.8.2021 and withdrew its temporary staff from Kabul Airport today in view of current developments.
The FDFA is aware that international partners are still planning military flights out of Kabul International Airport for a short time and may evacuate foreign nationals depending on their capacity. The organization of these flights is the sole responsibility of the operating states. We are not aware of any further details, and Switzerland has no influence on the prioritization of persons. Any transfer to the airport will be done by one’s own means and at one’s own responsibility. Taliban checkpoints on the roads and identity checks at the airport must be expected. The curfews in the city must be taken into account.
In case of need, Swiss citizens and persons with a valid residence permit in Switzerland should contact the Embassy of Switzerland in Islamabad: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communication to Swiss citizens in Afghanistan
Switzerland continues to work intensively on possible options to enable Swiss nationals and persons with a valid residence permit in Switzerland to leave Kabul. The FDFA informs that international partners are operating military flights out of Kabul International Airport at short notice and evacuating foreign nationals depending on capacity. We do not know any further details at the moment. The organisation of these flights and the prioritisation of persons is the responsibility of the implementing states. Such opportunities now arise. In order to be able to make use of them, the FDFA advises people to go to the airport - at their own responsibility and as far as the situation on the ground allows. Taliban checkpoints on the streets and identity checks at the airport are to be expected. The curfews in the city should be taken into account. Switzerland is again temporarily present with its own personnel in the military section of Kabul airport. There are also isolated reports of tear gas being used near the airport.
According to our information, there is limited water and food available in the military section of the airport. Switzerland is again temporarily present with its own personnel in the military section of Kabul airport. We advise you to make your presence felt (e.g. hold up your Swiss passport).
It is important to carry identification documents with you, ideally you should also have copies of these documents on you. We further advise to travel with as light luggage as possible.
Due to the security situation in Kabul, the FDFA Cooperation Office has been temporarily closed. Preparations for an evacuation of staff are underway, but they are strongly influenced by the volatile situation.
Swiss nationals interested in benefiting from a federal evacuation at cost are requested to contact the responsible Swiss representation in Islamabad immediately: email@example.com .
New Rules for Entry to Switzerland
Everyone entering Switzerland must present a completed entry form (rare exceptions may apply, please refer to art. 3 of the COVID-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport). It is important to fill out the electronic entry form on a computer or smartphone at the earliest 48 hours before the travel in order to receive a QR code by email. This code needs to be kept at hand for inspection upon arrival in Switzerland. The controlling authority can impose a fine if the entry form is not completed or if the information provided is false.
For vaccinated third-country nationals, the regular entry requirements will apply again from June 26, 2021.
Vaccinated persons are persons who have been vaccinated with a vaccine that:
- has been approved in Switzerland and has been completely vaccinated in accordance with the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH);
- has been approved by the European Medicines Agency for the European Union and has been completely vaccinated in accordance with the specifications or recommendations of the country in which the vaccination was carried out; or has been approved in accordance with the “WHO Emergency use listing” and has been completely vaccinated in accordance with the requirements or recommendations of the country in which the vaccination was carried out.
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.
To see what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland, consult the online Travelcheck.
For additional information, please consult the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).
We may not be able to meet the demand for appointments in the first few days and there may be long waiting times.
Thank you for your understanding.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic there are special sanitary rules for people entering Switzerland. Please refer to the information of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
Various regulations apply for entering Switzerland. A basic distinction is made between citizens of the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries and those of other countries. The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) is the responsible authority in Switzerland.