Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt
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.
COVID-19, new travel regulations to enter Switzerland since June 26, 2021
Persons who are fully vaccinated can enter Switzerland
On June 23, 2021, the Federal Council decided to lift the entry restrictions for persons from third countries and Schengen Area, who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or who can prove with a certificate that they have recovered from COVID-19 in the 6-months previous to entering Switzerland.
The vaccine must have been administered in full within the past 12 months. The person entering Switzerland must be in possession of a valid vaccination certificate by the time of entry into Switzerland / Schengen area.
Furthermore, fully vaccinated people or people who recovered from COVID-19 in the 6-months previous to entering Switzerland are no longer required to do a PCR test or to quarantine.
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:
- Vaccines recognized from Switzerland
- Vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency
- Vaccines recognized by the World Health Organization
These rules do not apply for travelers, who are entering Switzerland from a country with the new Delta variant.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The visa section is open by appointments for applications of Schengen visa (type C) and national visa (Type D). Inquiries and appointment requests are to be submitted via e-mail to: email@example.com.
VFS Global accepts visa applications (Schengen visa type C) of fully vaccinated persons, from Tuesday, July 6, 2021. For information and appointment, please visit their internet site.
Entry restrictions continue to apply to foreign nationals, who are not vaccinated and are travelling from Egypt.
Other inquiries and appointment requests can be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone call during opening hours: 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.
Please consult our embassy 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.
We remain here for you and stay safe.
Interesting links are:
The Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland has launched the SwissCovid App which can be downloaded and which complements conventional contact tracing in Switzerland.
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.