Embassy of Switzerland in Tunisia

Embassy of Switzerland in Tunisia
Embassy of Switzerland in Tunisia © Patrice Schreyer

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.

The tasks of the embassy

Novel Coronavirus

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the counters of the Chancellery of the Swiss Embassy are only open to the public by appointment. In order to guarantee the respect of security measures and social distancing, only a limited number of people will be allowed simultaneously in the waiting room. This may result in a longer waiting time outside the Embassy, for which we apologize. Accompanying persons will in principle not be accepted. Clients are requested to wear a protective mask throughout their visit to the Embassy. For all consular matters, the Embassy can be reached at any time by e-mail tunis@eda.admin.ch or by phone +216 71 191 997, Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:00.

Entry to Switzerland:

As of 26.06.2021, the following persons are again allowed to apply for a Schengen visa and to travel to Switzerland without a Laissez-Passer from Tunisia. To apply for a visa, please contact our service provider VFS Global.

Persons fully vaccinated with a vaccine according to the table below and last dose given less than 12 months ago:

Company

Name of the vaccine

Number of doses

Waiting time after the last dose

Pfizer / BioNTech

Comirnaty

2

None

Moderna

Spikevax / COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna

2

None

AstraZeneca

Vaxzevria / AstraZeneca

2

None

Johnson&Johnson

Janssen

*)

22 days

Sinopharm / China

BBIBP-CorV

2

None

Sinovac / China

Sinovac-CoronaVac

2

None

*) As prescribed by the country where the vaccine is administered

Children under 18 years who cannot be vaccinated because of their age may enter with their vaccinated companions (parents, siblings, grandparents or other caretakers). From the age of 16, a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old must be presented.

Entry into Switzerland for persons who do not meet these conditions is only possible in exceptional and special cases  (list of exceptions).

In order to be able to assess whether entry and a possible visa application is possible due to a particular case, please send your written request, together with supporting documents, to the following e-mail address: tunis.visa@eda.admin.ch

Visa Appointments:

Due to the high number of visa applications, the waiting time for an appointment can be up to 8 weeks. Therefore, applicants are advised to start the process as soon as possible. Please contact our service provider VFSGlobal directly to schedule an appointment. In case of absolute urgency, the Embassy can be contacted by email (please attach the necessary justifications). We thank you in advance for your understanding.

Please note that the restrictions on entry into Switzerland do not apply to persons who are Swiss citizens, who benefit from the agreement on the free movement of persons or who are in a situation of absolute necessity. It is up to the competent border control authority to assess whether absolute necessity is proven.

In addition to the above-mentioned regulations, all persons authorised to enter Switzerland are also required to comply with the border health measures decided by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). As these measures change frequently, and we therefore ask you to consult the website of the Federal Office of Public Health. There you will find the rules applicable to entry into Switzerland from Tunisia currently in force.

Entry to Tunisia and recommendations to travellers:

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) informs the population of developments in the situation related to the COVID-19 coronavirus, and issues recommendations to travellers going abroad. These recommendations can be found on the FOPH's web page.

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) also provides recommendations for travel abroad, particularly on potential risks and how to prevent them. 

The Tunisian authorities regularly update the conditions that apply to the entry into Tunisia of Swiss citizens and persons coming from Switzerland. When preparing for a possible trip to Tunisia, please regularly consult the websites of the competent authorities or contact the Tunisian Embassy in Switzerland for further information.

For more information on the measures taken by Tunisia, a hotline has been opened by the Tunisian authorities: +216 80 10 19 19. In case of symptoms, call the SAMU (Emergency medical service) at number 190.

Schengen visas for Slovakia:

Foreign spouses of Slovak citizens may re-apply for a Schengen visa at this representation on presentation of a Slovak marriage certificate. The restrictions remain in force for all other applicants and their applications cannot be processed until further notice.

Accession of the Tunisian Republic to the Apostille Convention

Starting from the 01.03.2019, Tunisian documents must be provided with an Apostille issued by a notary. Legalisation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tunis will no longer be possible from this date.

Civil status affairs
Other legalisations 

Visa fraud cases

The Embassy of Switzerland in Tunisia would like to draw the attention of our clients to some practices that have been detected in companies that guarantee the obtaining of a visa for Switzerland, and in particular to cases of fraud involving false work contracts.

Please note that the granting of a work or study visa is decided by different offices in Switzerland on the basis of the respective file and that nobody, including no company, can guarantee that you will receive a visa. The Embassy accepts no responsibility for the information that may be provided to you by service companies specialising in assisting in the preparation of applications.

In addition to financial loss, you also risk:

  • Identity theft;
  • Unauthorised withdrawals from your bank account;
  • Misuse of your credit card;
  • Spread of computer viruses.

For more information, we recommend the following page: Swiss Crime Prevention (only available in German, French and Italian)

In case of doubt, please contact the visa section of the embassy immediately at the following contact details:

Phone: +216 71 192 030
E-mail: tunis.visa@eda.admin.ch

Welcome

A greeting from the Ambassador

Job vacancies

Local job vacancies and admission requirements for internship programmes

Switzerland and Tunisia

Swiss diplomacy and engagement in the fields of education, culture and the economy

Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

Information on requirements to enter Switzerland and to take residence, procedure to submit an entry visa application, visa application form and fees

Services

Contact the responsible Swiss representation for identity papers, civil status, registration and deregistration, matters of civil status, etc...

International cooperation

Strategy, themes and projects of Swiss foreign policy and cooperation on the ground

Detailed information can be found on the French page.