Under the COVID-19 Ordinance, persons who are married to, in a registered partnership with, or have underage children with a person living in Switzerland are deemed to fall in the category of personal hardship and are therefore exempt from coronavirus-related entry restrictions. From 3 August, this provision will be expanded to include persons in a romantic relationship or other close partnership with someone living in Switzerland, even if the couple is not married or in a registered partnership and they have no underage children.
In countries requiring a visa for travel to Switzerland, these may be issued by the local Swiss representation if all entry requirements are met. Applications for a visitor visa for unmarried couples can be lodged at the offices of the external service provider VFS Global, but only with a prior appointment. Moreover it must be possible for the visiting partner to leave Switzerland and/or the Schengen Member States before the expiry of the visa, if granted.
All persons entering Switzerland from countries and areas with an increased risk of infection are subject to quarantine even if they have been granted entry. Health related measures are issued by the Federal Office for Public Health (FOPH). For information on such measures, please consult the homepage of the FOPH directly.
The Republic of the Philippines has put into place very strict exit restrictions on Philippine citizens. Essential travel of Filipinos leaving for abroad for business and work, medical, emergency, and other humanitarian reasons, and which cannot be postponed, may also be allowed subject to presentation of sufficient supporting documents including the execution of Declaration acknowledging the risks involved in travelling, including risk of delay in their return trip, to be provided for in the check-in counters by the airlines.
For concerns and inquiries on outbound travel for Philippine citizens, please contact the Bureau of Immigration:
Tel.: (+632) 8524-3769
Neither the Embassy of Switzerland in the Philippines nor its external service provider VFS Global (VFS Services Philippines Private Inc.) assume any responsibility in case an applicant with a granted visa were denied to exit or enter any country.