Information on Embassy measures linked to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation
Dear Fellow citizens,
On Saturday, 21 March 2020, the President of the Confederation wrote to all of us, recalling that stringent measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic aim at saving lives: “Now it is the moment to stand together as a country and to be there for each other”, she said. President Sommaruga added that the authorities are not letting the population down. In this spirit of solidarity and responsibility, and in line with the measures taken by the government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, please note that the consular activities of the Swiss Embassy in Cairo will continue serving its citizens, but in a capacity adapted to the conditions on the ground.
Consequently, due to the current coronavirus situation and the decisions of the Egyptian government of 24th March 2020 and in order to respect the “physical distance” and the “stay at home” injunctions, operations demanding a direct close contact at the Embassy consular counters will only be available in cases of emergency. Please note that in Switzerland, no new applications to conduct the preparatory proceedings for marriage are currently being accepted. For this reason, the consular section does not accept any applications for marriage preparation, whether it is for marriage in Switzerland nor for Egypt until further notice.
Please be also informed that due to the current situation, the Swiss government has decided to stop the issuance of Schengen visa and national visa until further notice. Therefore the visa section will remain closed for the time being.
Please stay in touch and consult our webpage, Facebook page, and Twitter account; and follow updates on the website of the Egyptian Ministry of Health as well as the website of the Federal Office for Public Health.
Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Embassy Sunday to Thursday from 9am until 3.30pm (+20 2 2575 8284 or, exceptionally, if you do not get through, at the following mobile number +20 1090424904, except public holidays). Outside of these hours, Swiss citizens can call the FDFA helpline +41 800 24-7-365 / +41 58 465 33 33 in case of an emergency. We remain here for you and stay safe.
The Team of the Embassy of Switzerland