Consulate General of Switzerland in Montreal

The Consulate General of Switzerland in Montreal, ©FDFA

COVID-19

In view of the current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Consulate General had to adapt its activities and reduce public access until further notice to comply with social distancing measures. 

Personal visit to the Consulate General

Consular services are available by appointment only. Please make sure to book an appointment by email prior to visiting the Consulate General. 

Only people (no accompanying persons) with an appointment may enter the building. As per Quebec’s governmental regulations, wearing a mask is mandatory.

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Traveling to Switzerland

A Swiss citizen can enter Switzerland from any country in the world. The same applies to persons with rights of free movement (see “Who has rights of free movement?”). The list of high-risk countries does not apply to them, but they still may be required to go into quarantine.

As of July 20th 2020 normal entry requirements apply to any other traveler from Canada as well as from the countries listed on:  Entry restrictions. However, if this person is traveling from a high-risk country e.g. the USA, or transits through a high risk country e. g. London (UK), they are not permitted to enter Switzerland directly, regardless of whether they live in the high-risk country or were just staying there.

You will find the most important information on the restrictions on entering Switzerland and residence provisions on: FAQ Entry restrictions and State Secretariat for Migration SEM.

Please note that airlines decide on the conditions by which they carry passengers themselves. The Swiss authorities have no influence over their decision. We therefore recommend that you ask the airline concerned about the conditions they apply before booking your flight.

Quarantine in Switzerland

People entering Switzerland who have stayed for any length of time in a country or area with increased risk of coronavirus infection within the previous 14 days are required, upon entry, to go directly to their home or to an alternate accommodation. They must remain there for 10 consecutive days following their entry (quarantine).

IMPORTANT: As of August 8th, The Bahamas will be considered a high risk country.

Travelers from Canada do not have to go into quarantine in Switzerland, unless as mentioned above they have been to a high-risk country within 14 days prior to their trip to Switzerland.

For additional information, please visit:

Facial mask

Persons over the age of 12 must wear a mask in trains, trams and buses, as well as on mountain rail, cableways, and on lake and riverboats, throughout the country. Further obligations may apply depending on the canton.

Traveling to Canada

For information on Canadian measures regarding the conditions of entry and stay in Canada, please visit: Government of Canada

The practical aspects of the implementation of these measures fall within the competence of the Canadian authorities.

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Life certificate for the Swiss pension AHV/AVS

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swiss Compensation Office (SCO) in Geneva is now accepting – and until the end of 2020 – the life certificate, filled out and signed by the insured Swiss abroad, together with a copy of a valid identity document (with photo). The documents can be sent to the Consulate General of Switzerland in Montreal, which will then forward them to the competent office in Geneva.

A scan of the life certificate (both sides) along with the copy of a valid identity document (with photo) can also be sent directly to the SCO.

Insured Foreign Nationals should have the life certificate legalized by a local authority before sending it to the Consulate, or, as stated above, sending it to the SCO.

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Information related to the Novel Coronavirus

For information related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) kindly consult the information and guidelines of the local authorities and the recommendations of the World Health Organisation WHO.

In Switzerland, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) informs in regards to the Novel Coronavirus and publishes travel advice accordingly.

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Travel Admin App

Swiss travelers abroad should register on the "Travel Admin App". Please make sure to download the application for iPhone or Android and to register your travel.

More information on: Press release of the Federal Council (19.03.2020)

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FDFA Helpline

In case of emergencies outside office hours, please contact the FDFA Helpline by email or by phone at +41 800 24 7 365 or +41 58 465 33 33.

Visa & entry to Switzerland

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

Services

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

Newsletter

The Consulate general of Switzerland in Montreal publishes a newsletter addressed to Swiss citizens

Swiss clubs

Clubs give the opportunity to exchange views with the Swiss living in Canada. They organize many Swiss-related events every year.

Swiss Canadian Benevolent Society (SCBS): Scholarships 2020/2021

The SCBS awards scholarships in the amount of CAD 1,000 each, to students of Swiss nationality or of proven Swiss origin residing in Quebec. These scholarships are attributed to selected applicants, enrolled or considering enrollment in a post-secondary program, in the field of their choice, in a recognized educational institution.

Interested individuals may request an application form from the SCBS by email and must submit the completed form directly to the SCBS by August 31st 2020.