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).
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.
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