Embassy of Switzerland in Ethiopia

The Swiss Embassy Team in Ethiopia
The Swiss Embassy Team in Ethiopia © 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 and financial affairs, legal arrangements, science, education and culture.

The tasks of the embassy

Highlights of last year's Swiss-Ethiopian Cooperation



Important COVID-19 Information

Information about NEGATIVE PCR COVID TEST and QUARANTINE requirements for entering Switzerland

Mandatory for all airline passengers travelling to Switzerland:

To present valid proof of a negative PCR test result that is no more than 72 hours old at the time of arrival in Switzerland (new as of February 8, 2021)

Quarantine requirements for entering Switzerland were also updated: Please visit the website of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH for detailed information and instructions on COVID test requirements and quarantine.

We recommend you to get informed locally about the latest measures and follow the instructions of the local authorities: Ethiopian Public Health Institute: www.ephi.gov.et

On the Swiss side, the Federal Office of Public Health informs regularly about the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and issues travel recommendations.

Please also note the information provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO). In addition, it is always advisable to discuss health questions with a doctor who knows your state of health.


There is also the Swiss Foreign Ministry’s travel advice (de, fr, it) and the focus "Coronavirus (COVID-19)" on the same website.  

Swiss travellers abroad should register on the "Travel Admin App”

Bern, 19.03.2020 - Earlier this week, the Federal Council called on Swiss travellers to return home quickly. In order to better support those who are still blocked abroad, they should register on the "Travel Admin App" of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA.

The FDFA currently has information on the location and contact address of only some of the travellers abroad. This registration on the "Travel Admin App" enables the FDFA to contact the persons concerned and to provide them with information.

At the same time, all those who have already returned should delete their travel registration. This will prevent the FDFA from taking unnecessary measures.

A week ago, the Federal Council advised against non-urgent travel abroad. At the beginning of this week, it called on travellers to return home quickly. It is primarily the responsibility of the individual to organise the return journey with the help of a travel agency or directly with an airline.

The FDFA helps with the return journey by, among other things, providing assistance in obtaining landing permits, extending deadlines for flight connections or providing information via the Swiss representations on the ground. If an independent return is not possible despite all efforts, the FDFA will examine possibilities for an organized return.


A greeting from the Ambassador

Embassy’s tasks

As the official representation of Switzerland, the embassy covers all matters concerning diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Switzerland and Ethiopia

Swiss diplomacy and engagement in the fields of education, culture and the economy


Contact the responsible Swiss representation for identity papers, civil status, registration and deregistration, matters of civil status, etc...

Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

Information on requirements to enter Switzerland and to take residence, procedure to submit an entry visa application, visa application form and fees



Services and visa

All consular services and visa support for residents of the countries listed below are provided by the Embassy of Switzerland in Addis Ababa/Ethiopia. Information can be found on the websites concerned:

South Sudan