Given the current circumstances, our operational capacity is limited. In order to maintain social distancing please limit your visits to the Embassy to appointments that have been approved.
Traveling to Switzerland
Swiss citizens must hold a valid Swiss passport or Swiss identity card to enter Switzerland from Canada.
Persons wishing to enter Switzerland from an EU/EFTA state or from third countries, such as Canada, remain subject to strict entry restrictions, with certain exceptions. For additional information, please consult the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration: FAQ entry restrictions
Follow the recommendations of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA: What does the FDFA advise
Quarantine in Switzerland
A person who has been in close contact with someone infected with coronavirus must place themselves in quarantine after consultation with the relevant cantonal service. For additional information, please refer to the webpage of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH): Isolation and quarantine
Traveling to Canada
For information on Canadian measures regarding the conditions of entry into Canada please visit: Government of Canada
The practical aspects of the implementation of these measures fall within the competence of the Canadian authorities.
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.
For information related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) kindly consult the information and directives 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.
The Travel Advice FDFA (in German, French and Italian) offers travelers basic information for travel preparation by informing on possible risks and certain precautions. They are to be considered as a complementary source of information.
FDFA Travel Advice
Travel Admin App
Swiss travelers abroad should register on the "Travel Admin App". Please make sure to download the application and to register your travel.
Travel Admin App
More information: Press release of the Federal Council (19.03.2020)
For urgent requests, kindly contact the FDFA Helpline (Tel. +41 800 24-7-365 / +41 58 465 33 33) or contact your representation directly.