Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt

Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt
Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt © 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.

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Entry restrictions to Switzerland as of 22.01.2022

On account of the COVID-19 pandemic, certain restrictions are in place for entering Switzerland as of 22.01.2022.

Entering Switzerland

Anyone who has a Swiss passport or a valid Swiss residence permit can enter Switzerland at any time. All travelers must take note of the health-related measures at the Swiss border.

Entry form

If you intend to enter Switzerland by air or long-distance bus (coach) you must present a completed entry form. This also applies to people who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID.

Please note that the entry form can be completed at the earliest 48h before entry.

What to do:

Fill out the electronic entry form on a computer or smartphone before you enter Switzerland. As soon as you have filled out the online form, you’ll be emailed a QR code as confirmation. Keep this code handy for inspection when you arrive in Switzerland. During these checks, you can show the QR code on your smartphone or a printed confirmation. If you have not filled out the entry form despite the obligation to do so, the controlling authority can punish you with a CHF 100 fine. The same applies if you provide false information on the form.

 Click here for exemptions from obligation to complete an entry form

 Click here for information for passenger transport companies

You'll find plenty of information in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). For example you'll find information on what to do if you don’t have a seat number or if there are technical problems and about data protection.

Test requirement

You have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID and can prove this with a valid COVID certificate? Then you are exempt from the test requirement on boarding and on entry to Switzerland. If you are entering Switzerland by air or long-distance bus (coach), you must nevertheless first complete an entry form.

You have not been fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID? Then you are subject to the test requirement on boarding and on entry to Switzerland.

  • Test at boarding: People aged 16 and over intending to enter Switzerland by air or long-distance bus (coach) must be able to show the negative result of a PCR test (performed no more than 72 hours prior to boarding) or a rapid antigen test (performed no more than 24 hours previously). If you cannot show such a test you will not be allowed to board the aircraft or vehicle. Note: For people entering Switzerland from a country with a variant of concern, the test requirement on boarding already applies to those aged 6 and over.

        Exception to the test requirement on boarding

  • Test on entry: On entering Switzerland, people aged 16 and over who have not been vaccinated or recovered from COVID and over must be able to show the negative result of a PCR test (performed no more than 72 hours prior to entry) or a rapid antigen test (performed no more than 24 hours previously). Anyone unable to present a valid negative test on entry must expect to be fined and must take the test in Switzerland.Did you get a PCR test in Switzerland before departure and are re-entering Switzerland within 72 hours? When staying abroad for more than 24 hours, we highly recommend you get another test before returning to Switzerland.

     Exceptions to the general test requirement

You'll find plenty of information in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Quarantine requirement

There are currently no countries on the list of countries with a variant of concern. There is thus no quarantine requirement for people arriving in Switzerland at present.

It is the list of countries with a variant of concern that determines whether you have to go into quarantine after entering Switzerland. Anyone who has been in a country with a variant of concern in the 10 days prior to entering Switzerland must go into quarantine. This also applies to people who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID.

People entering Switzerland from a country that is not on the list of countries with a variant of concern do not have to go into quarantine after entry.

Shortening travel quarantine

Exceptions to the quarantine requirement

FOPH

Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

COVID List of Labs for Home Testing (PDF, 1.2 MB, English)

Issuance of COVID certificates:

In addition, as of September 20, all persons who have been vaccinated abroad with a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA list) and who are domiciled in Switzerland or who enter Switzerland, can obtain a Swiss COVID digital certificate recognized in the Schengen area. In addition, for a limited group of people (permanent or temporary residents in Switzerland) certificates are also issued for vaccinations on the WHO list. Until October 10, 2021, as a transitional measure, all foreign vaccination certificates (e.g. WHO vaccination certificate) are valid for access to facilities or events requiring a certificate. More information

The following vaccines are accepted for entering Switzerland:

  • Pfizer/Pfizer/BioNTech (BNT162b2 / Comirnaty® / Tozinameran)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273 / Spikevax / COVID-19 vaccine Moderna)
  • AstraZeneca (AZD1222 Vaxzevria®/ Covishield™)
  • Janssen / Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
  • Sinopharm / BIBP (SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell))
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac)

For more information about vaccines please visit the under mentioned internet sites:

These rules do not apply for travelers, who are entering Switzerland from a country with the new Delta variant.

List of countries with a variant

People who have been vaccinated with two different vaccines are considered to be fully vaccinated if:

  • the vaccines used have been approved by the authorities in Switzerland (Swissmedic) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or are on the WHO emergency use list and
  • they were administered in accordance with the regulations or recommendations of the state in which the vaccination took place.

Vaccination must be documented in the form of a recognized certificate or other proof of vaccination. In addition to your last name, first name and date of birth, the proof of vaccination must also include the date of vaccination and the vaccine used.

Please note: not all international vaccination certificates that allow entry to Switzerland also allow entering places with a COVID certificate requirement in Switzerland (e.g. restaurants).

Do you have a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU-DCC)? This is valid in Switzerland. Do you have no EU-DCC but have recovered from COVID abroad or you have a recognized certificate according to the requirements above? Request a Swiss COVID certificate via the National COVID Certificate Application Office.

If you received the Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines and are travelling to Switzerland as a tourist, you cannot apply for a Swiss COVID certificate. However, there are some exceptions. You can find out under what conditions you can obtain a certificate on the page Where and how to get a COVID certificate and how long it is valid.

Entry restrictions continue to apply to foreign nationals, who are not vaccinated and are travelling from Egypt. For persons who are not vaccinated but allowed to travel to Switzerland under exceptional circumstances, the following rules applies:

  • You need to present a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours) or a negative rapid antigen test (not older than 48 hours) before boarding. (read more)
  • You need to fill in an entry form before you cross the border. (entry form)

To see what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland, please consult the online Travelcheck

Important: Please be informed that it is not the FDFA’s responsibility to issue confirmations for medical certificates and the Embassy does not translate COVID test results nor medical certificates. The representations abroad do not provide information on the provisions of the exemptions from the testing and quarantine obligation.

Consular Section

Operations demanding personal presence at the Embassy consular counters will be available on appointment only. Inquiries and appointment requests can be submitted via e-mail to cairo@eda.admin.ch.

Visa Section

Kindly find more information on the main page.

 

Travel Admin App

The FDFA calls on all Swiss nationals travelling abroad to register on the "Travel Admin App" in order to keep up to date with the latest developments in the country of their current stay. All those who have already returned to Switzerland should delete their travel registration.

COVID-19, travel regulations to enter Egypt

Those who have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days before arrival in Egypt are exempted from the requirement to provide a negative PCR test, although holders of vaccination certificates are not exempted from taking a rapid coronavirus test on arrival if they are traveling from countries affected by mutations of the virus.

For people, who recovered from COVID-19, Switzerland provides a COVID Certificate after one vaccination. It considers these people fully vaccinated. The COVID Certificate states that 1/1 dose has been given. The Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt has heard of cases where a PCR test was still required with these types of COVID Certificate.

Please be informed that it is not the Embassy’s responsibility to issue or translate medical certificates. Passengers are advised to contact their airline directly to verify if they carry all the necessary documents with them.

Travel advice for Egypt (de, fr, it)

 

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