COVID-19

COVID-19: information on the situation in Thailand and possibilities for returning to Europe/Switzerland

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 15 June 2020, the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH has been recommending that unnecessary travel abroad be avoided. This recommendation does not apply to travel to Schengen countries (including Denmark, Iceland and Norway) and Great Britain. (Link, only in French, German and Italian)

There are commercial flight possibilities from Thailand to Europe and Switzerland. Swiss airlines is flying from Bangkok to Zurich three times a week. We recommend you to get in touch with the relevant airlines to secure a return flight.

Travel Admin App: Sign up! If you are currently travelling in Thailand as a tourist or on business (not for permanent residents), please register on the Swiss Travel Admin App (www.traveladmin.ch) 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 our Embassy (bangkok.cc@eda.admin.ch). Although our capacity to assist you is limited, it is important for us to know where you are in order to provide you with all the necessary information.

Thai visa extension procedure 

Thai authorities have decided that foreigners whose Thai visa expired after 26 March 2020 will be permitted to temporarily stay in Thailand until 26 September 2020. If they don’t intend to leave the country before 26 September 2020, they have to submit an application for a visa extension before this date. The 90-days notification of residence has to be made before 31 August 2020.

For more details, please visit the Thai Immigration Bureau website

 

Important information to Swiss holders of Thai tourist visa remaining in Thailand and to Swiss holders of retirement visa (non-immigrant O-A/O-X) who are currently in Switzerland.

1) Visa Amnesty period will end on 26 September. Only tourist visa holders with the following reasons can apply for a 30-day extension by 26 September:

- If they require medical attention, or need to accompany family in need of medical attention, they need to apply at Immigration by providing medical certificate.

- If they face difficulties returning to the country (e.g. no flights, closed borders, or other relevant reasons), they need to apply at Immigration by providing a letter of confirmation, obtained from the Regional Consular Centre. 

If tourist visa holders need to change their visa to a non-immigrant visa (e.g. for work or marriage…), they need to apply at the Immigration with relevant supporting documents by 11 September. If they miss the deadline, they will need to first extend their tourist visas (with a confirmation letter from Embassy), then apply for non-immigrant visa.

2) Those who need an Embassy’s letter of confirmation, please contact the Regional Consular Centre immediately to be considered for issuing certificates/letters on a case-by-case basis.

3) Holders of retirement visa (non-immigrant O-A/O-X) who are stranded in Switzerland and whose visas have less than 2-month validity or have already expired, please contact the Regional Consular Centre as we are mapping out those who have urgent needs to return to Thailand.

Contact us at: bangkok.cc@eda.admin.ch   

Decision power with regards to visas, extension of stays and any other migration matter lies exclusively in the hands of the competent Thai authorities. Please note that the Swiss Embassy and its Regional Consular Centre is merely trying to facilitate solutions for the Swiss residents and tourists in Thailand.

 

Entry into Thailand

Land, air and sea borders remain closed for the time being.

For the time being, there are no inbound commercial passenger flights to Thailand. There are currently a few repatriation flights organized by the Thai authorities. According to the last information of CAAT (Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand), entry into Thailand is not permitted for foreign nationals, with the exceptions as listed in their website.Please find more information about the procedure to enter Thailand in this note. Foreign tourists are still not allowed to enter the country.

Upon arrival, travelers will be required to quarantine for 14 days at the government-certified quarantine facility.

All entries will be arranged by the Royal Thai Embassies in the country where you are currently staying. Those who meet the criteria and wish to return to Thailand should contact this Thai Embassy to register and present the required documents. Note that required documents may differ for each category of travelers. If you are in Switzerland, this is the website of the Royal Thai Embassy in Bern: www.thaiembassy.ch 

International transit through Thailand is not allowed

In accordance with the restrictions imposed by the Thai Civil Aviation Authority, international transit through Thailand is currently not allowed.  

Entry into Switzerland

Information regarding entry and stay in Switzerland, the exceptions and suspension of visas are available on the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) webpage.

The visa section now processes visa applications for certain types of visas. More information on this matter is available on this page.

Transit through Switzerland remains open for the time being.

State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) Questions concerning refusal of entry, free movement of persons and suspension of visas

State of emergency in Thailand since 26 March 2020

In order to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the Thai government declared a state of emergency on 26 March and severe restrictions on entry into the country.

At the local level, several provinces have ordered different restrictions on crossing provincial borders, significant reductions in public transportation, requirements to wear masks outdoors, and the closure of many businesses and hotels. 

Please comply strictly with the instructions of the Thai authorities. Any violation of these rules is severely punishable.

We invite you to read about any new developments in the media and on the following websites:


COVID19 situation information and travel advice

Other relevant sources of information here:

List of Alternative State Quarantine in Thailand (ASQ)

List of 11 groups of foreign nationals allowed to enter Thailand

Process to apply for entry into Thailand

Royal Thai Embassy in Bern

World Health Organization WHO

International Air Transport Association, IATA

Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand

Infoline Coronavirus: +41 58 463 00 00

Repatriation action #FlyingHome :

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 plan to organize any further repatriation flights for the countries of the consular district covered by this Embassy (Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand).

Messages from the Ambassador to the Swiss citizens residing or traveling in the region

Communication #8 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 11.05.2020 (PDF, 624.8 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German)

Communication #7 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens traveling and residing in Thailand of 29.04.2020 (PDF, 382.6 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German)

Communication #6 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens traveling and residing in Thailand of 09.04.2020 (PDF, 489.4 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German)

Communication #5 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 25.03.2020 (PDF, 733.3 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German).

Communication #4 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 20.03.2020 (PDF, 855.7 kB, multilingual: English, French, Italian, German).

Communication #3 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 18.03.2020.

Communication #2 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 16.03.2020 (PDF, 144.7 kB, English).

Communication #1 of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Thailand of 10.03.2020 (PDF, 146.3 kB, English)

Video message 6 from the Swiss Embassy team (27.04.2020) available on our Facebook page here.

Video message 5 of the Swiss Ambassador about repatriation flights from Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar to Zurich for Swiss travellers (31.3.2020), available on our Facebook page here.

Video message 4 of the Swiss Ambassador about repatriation flights from Thailand to Switzerland for Swiss travellers (27.3.2020), available on our Facebook page here.

Video message 3 of the Swiss Ambassador to the Swiss citizens travelling and residing in the region (25.3.2020) available on our Facebook page here.

Video message 2 of the Swiss Ambassador to the Swiss citizens residing in the region (23.3.2020) available on our Facebook page here.

Video message 1 of the Swiss Ambassador to the Swiss currently traveling in the region (22.3.2020) available on our Facebook page here.