Embassy of Switzerland in the United Arab Emirates

The Swiss Embassy in Abu Dhabi
The Swiss Embassy in Abu Dhabi ©FDFA

Coronavirus - Repatriation Flights

Urgent Travel Information
Urgent Travel Information ©FOFH

Repatriation operation of the FDFA

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the current coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. Currently, there is a risk of infection with the new coronavirus in all regions of the world. Since 16 March 2020, the Federal Council calls on Swiss travellers to return to Switzerland.

Since many travellers can no longer return home independently due to local travel restrictions, the FDFA has launched a repatriation action in cooperation with various airlines. Flights will be announced once the technical issues have been clarified. There is no guarantee that all travellers can be repatriated.

We ask all Swiss travellers abroad to quickly register their details and place of stay on the "Travel Admin App". This will make it easier for us to contact them.

Situation in the UAE

A return flight from Dubai to Zurich is scheduled for the coming days. Details will follow soon to all registered passengers.

If you wish to seize this opportunity, please register by sending an e-mail to the following address until Thursday, 2 April 2020: abudhabi.consular@eda.admin.ch

Passengers are required to comply with the basic hygiene rules of the FOPH.

Flight costs

Travellers must pay the cost of a ticket corresponding to the market price. The flight will be charged to them after their return.

Transport to the airport

Travellers must reach the airport independently.

Confirmation

As soon as the final list of passengers has been established, the Embassy will contact the passengers by e-mail to give them further instructions. Individuals that could not be taken into consideration will be informed accordingly on how to best proceed.

Baggage

Each person is entitled to one hand baggage and one checked baggage of max. 23 kg.

Please contact the Embassy by telephone only in case of an emergency, in order to keep the phone lines as free as possible. We appeal to your solidarity with our fellow citizens who urgently need help or support (medical emergency, etc.). Thank you for your understanding!

More information can be found on the following website of the FDFA.

Coronavirus - General Information

Protect yourself and others
Protect yourself and others ©FOPH

For any questions regarding the new coronavirus kindly consult the recommendations and directives of the local authorities and the World Health Organization WHO.

Ministry of Health and Safety (Tel. 80 11111)

Department of Health Abu Dhabi (Tel. 800 1717 / 800555 / 02 449 33 33)

Dubai Health Authority (Tel. 800342 / 04 219 70 00)

At federal level, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health FOPH informs about the new coronavirus.

Our representation remains open and can also be reached by calling +971 (0)2 627 46 36. However, we ask you to use our consular services only in urgent cases. This will help us to keep our resources available for dealing with emergencies in the best way possible.

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

 

Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Switzerland, a gateway for citizens and residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates

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

Services

Contact the Swiss representation in Abu Dhabi when you want to register or unregister as a resident, when you need a new passport, have moved or wish to apply for citizenship. The entire selection of services offered can be found in the dropdown menu to the right. The contact details of the responsible Swiss representation are shown on the corresponding page. Swiss citizens who get into difficulties abroad, also can ask for advice and help from the Swiss representation in Abu Dhabi.

Visa & entry to Switzerland

Visa requirements, the filing of visa applications, forms and visa costs, and information about living in Switzerland

Job vacancies

Local job vacancies and admission requirements for internship programmes

Swiss Business Hub Middle East

The Swiss Business Hubs are the first address for Swiss SME’s looking for answers on their trade questions.