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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Passengers travelling on repatriation flights are required to pay normal airfare prices and are billed after returning to Switzerland.
· 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: email@example.com .
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.
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.