Embassy of Switzerland in Canada

CanadaThe embassy premises in Ottawa © FDFA

COVID-19

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. 

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By decision of the Federal Council, dated March 18, 2020, Switzerland is no longer issuing visas, neither Schengen nor national. This regulation applies until June 15, 2020.

For additional information, please consult the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM

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Information for swiss travelers

Since March 16, 2020, the Swiss federal council has been recommending that Swiss travellers abroad return to their place of residence,  as long as this is still possible with commercial or private means. Otherwise they risk to remain stranded abroad.

For further information (in French): Focus nouveau coronavirus

In order to better support those who are still blocked abroad, they should register on the "Travel Admin App" of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA. This registration on the "Travel Admin App" enables the FDFA to contact the persons concerned and to provide them with information. At the same time, all those who have already returned should delete their travel registration.

Media release

Travel Admin App

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.

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Life Certificate

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swiss Compensation Office (SCO) in Geneva is now accepting the life certificate, filled out and signed by the insured person. The certificate thus completed can be sent to the Embassy of Switzerland which will then forward it to the competent office in Geneva.

A scan of the life certificate (both sides) can also be sent directly to the SCO at the following email address: sedmaster@zas.admin.ch

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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.

Health Canada

WHO

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

FOPH

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

For urgent requests, kindly contact the FDFA Helpline (Tel. +41 800 24-7-365 / +41 58 465 33 33) or contact your representation directly.

Helpline FDFA

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

A greeting from the Ambassador of Switzerland

Switzerland and Canada

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

Services

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

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

Newsletter

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

News

Local and international news and events related to the country

Who is who

  • Salome Meyer, Ambassador
  • Anja Zobrist Rentenaar, Deputy Head of Mission
  • Bernardo Rutschi, First Secretary
  • Eros Robbiani, Head of Swiss Business Hub Canada, Montreal 
  • Dr. Urs Obrist, Senior Science and Technology Counsellor
  • Peter Wanner, Major General; Defence, Military, Naval & Air Attaché, Washington DC
  • Christian Lanz, Colonel GS; Deputy Defence, Military, Naval & Air Attaché, Washington DC