COVID-19

Ambassador Helene Budliger Artieda and her team try to communicate as regularly as possible on developments related to the COVID-19 situation in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. We invite you to participate in the monthly virtual Town Halls #AskTheEmbassy and follow us on our social networks:

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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.

The Federal Office of Public Health FOPH is recommending that unnecessary travel abroad be avoided for the time being except for a few countries: Details here (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 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.

Entry into Thailand

If you are in Switzerland and wish to enter Thailand, please visit the website of the Royal Thai Embassy in Bern, especially the list of categories of persons who are eligible to apply for entering Thailand and the respective documents required (especially the specific requirements for health insurance).

Tourist visa

Updates for Swiss nationals wishing to enter Thailand as tourists:

Under the re-activated “Tourist Visa Exemption Scheme”, Swiss nationals no longer need to obtain a visa before entering Thailand for tourism purposes. Please note that you still need a "Certificate of Entry" (COE) to enter Thailand and quarantine on arrival is still mandatory in hotels designated by the Thai Government (Alternative State Quarantine).

In addition, the "Special Tourist Visa (STV)" can be applied for by Swiss nationals since December 14, 2020.

For entry options as tourist, refer to category 9 on the list of categories of persons who are eligible to apply for entering Thailand.

 

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.

Important information specifically for Schengen visa C for Switzerland here (PDF, 1.0 MB, English).

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 2020 and severe restrictions on entry into the country.

Since December 19 2020 a new wave of local transmission of COVID-19 has spread across the country. Since then, the Thai Government and the Governors of some provinces have imposed several measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

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

Vaccine

Unfortunately, it is still too early for concise answers. Swiss nationals in Thailand are part of the country's resident population. It will therefore be primarily the task of the Thai authorities to procure vaccines for the foreign population residing here. Our Embassy is in daily contact with the relevant Thai authorities and hospitals to obtain the latest update.

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

 

Information on COVID-19 situation in Switzerland 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

Royal Thai Embassy in Bern

World Health Organization WHO

International Air Transport Association, IATA

Infoline Coronavirus: +41 58 463 00 00