Embassy of Switzerland in Colombia

Update 06.04.20

FDFA repatriation operation

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be a pandemic. There is a risk of infection in all regions of the world. Since 16 March 2020, the Federal Council has therefore advised Swiss travellers abroad to return to Switzerland (de, fr, it).

Since many Swiss travellers are no longer able to make their own travel arrangements to return home owing to local travel restrictions, the FDFA has initiated a repatriation operation in cooperation with a number of airlines. There is no guarantee that all Swiss citizens can be repatriated.

The FDFA continues to call on all Swiss travellers abroad to register their current whereabouts and travel plans as soon as possible on the Travel Admin app in order to ensure that the Swiss representation responsible for their location can contact them.

Situation in Colombia

A last return flight from Bogotá (BOG) via San José/Costa Rica (SJO) to Zurich (ZRH) is scheduled for the morning of 09.04.2020.

The confirmation of this flight depends on the approval of the respective authorities both in Colombia and Costa Rica.

Please be aware that this is the last opportunity of a repatriation flight from Colombia for a not foreseeable future.

If you wish to depart on this flight, please contact us immediately: bogota@eda.admin.ch.

 

Flight costs

Passengers travelling on repatriation flights are required to pay normal airfare prices and are billed after returning to Switzerland.

Prioritisation

·        First priority is given to Swiss and Liechtenstein travellers who live in Switzerland or Liechtenstein and their immediate family members (partner and children, with valid passports) as well as foreign nationals who are permanent residents in Switzerland (valid residence permit).

·        Depending on seat availability, other individuals who do not meet these criteria may also be considered.

·        Persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are showing symptoms typically associated with the virus are not permitted to board these flights. The symptoms are listed by the FOPH.

Travellers are repatriated in accordance with the first come, first served principle, priority being given to medical emergencies, individuals at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (defined as those aged 65 and over and persons with a pre-existing medical condition) and families with children.

Transport to aiport

Travellers must make their own transport arrangements to the airport. The embassy may support you with your transfer and issue special permits (salvoconductos) for jour journey. If you need assistance, please contact us: bogota@eda.admin.ch .

Confirmation

As soon as the definitive passenger list is drawn up, the embassy will contact the passengers via e-mail with further instructions. Persons who cannot be given a seat on the flight will be informed accordingly, with details of further steps.

Baggage allowance

We will inform you later about baggage allowance details.

 

Please contact the embassy by telephone only in an emergency to keep the lines as open as possible. We are counting on your solidarity with fellow Swiss citizens who are in urgent need of help/support (medical emergencies, etc.). Thank you for your cooperation.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

La Embajada de Suiza en Colombia sigue de cerca la evolución de la pandemia Coronavirus (COVID-19). Con el fin de contener su propagación, el Gobierno colombiano ha decidido cerrar sus fronteras terrestres, marítimas y aéreas, ha declarado el estado de emergencia, y decretado un aislamiento obligatorio para todo el país del 25 de marzo hasta el 26 de abril.

A los viajeros

Mantenemos un registro de los ciudadanos suizos no-residentes en Colombia que aún se encuentren en el territorio y estén en situaciones de dificultad. En caso de dudas, sírvase contactar a la Embajada.  

El Departamento Federal de Asuntos Exteriores (DFAE), invita a todos los ciudadanos suizos que se encuentren de viaje en el extranjero a inscribirse lo antes posible en la aplicación Travel Admin app.

Servicios de la Embajada

La Embajada continúa operativa, pero la comunicación se realiza a través del correo electrónico bogota@eda.admin.ch. En casos consulares urgentes, se puede otorgar una cita personal en ventanilla (convenida de antemano por correo electrónico o por teléfono), en los siguientes horarios: lunes a jueves de las 08h00 hasta 12h30 y de las 13h45 hasta 17h00. El viernes de las 08h00 hasta 13h00.

No se aceptarán solicitudes de visados Schengen o nacionales hasta el 15 de junio de 2020.

Debido a la situación actual y a los retrasos de correo y dificultades para contactar a las autoridades correspondientes, la Caja de Compensación de Suiza en Ginebra (SAK/CSC/CSC) acepta el envío de certificados de fe de vida temporales por correo electrónico a: sedmaster@zas.admin.ch . Estos pueden ser confirmados por los afiliados mediante sus firmas (sin sello oficial).

Informaciones generales

La Embajada recomienda a la comunidad suiza en Colombia seguir las directivas y recomendaciones de las autoridades locales para la prevención y tratamiento del COVID-19. En caso de dudas, pueden dirigirse a la página Ministerio de Salud de Colombia sobre el tema.

En Suiza, el órgano competente es la Oficina federal de la Sanidad Pública, quien se encuentra informando constantemente acerca de la situación en nuestro país en su página web.

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