Coronavirus : restrictions for travelers from Switzerland
The consular activities of the Swiss Embassy in Tel Aviv will remain in a reduced form.
In order to reduce the risk of an infection, from 18 September 2020, consular services at the counter will only be provided in urgent cases and exclusively when an appointment has been agreed in advance. As before, the Embassy can be reached over the telephone. Please send your written inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enquiries regarding visas, entry into or transit through Switzerland and quarantine and transit regulations must be made in writing.
Since mid-June, the number of new cases of coronavirus has been rising in Switzerland among other things as infected persons have entered the country from countries within the Schengen area and from non-Schengen countries. Consequently, with effect from Monday, 6 July, travelers entering Switzerland from certain regions (including Israel) will have to go into quarantine for ten days. The FOPH has a list of the countries concerned, which it updates regularly.
Please note that you are permitted to enter Switzerland if you are a Swiss citizen;
Or a person with rights of free movement; The entry into Switzerland or a country within the Schengen area ;
Or a person who holds a valid passport of any country together with one of the following document:
- a valid residence permit, i.e. a Swiss residence permit (L / B / C / Ci permits);
- an FDFA legitimation card;
- a national visa issued by Switzerland;
a person who is travelling via Switzerland please contact the border control of the airport concerned.
Should you not be in possession of one of those documents listed above, kindly contact the Swiss Embassy in Tel Aviv.
From 3 August 2020, persons who have a life partner in Switzerland are also entitled to enter Switzerland, provided they can prove this relationship. Further information can be found on the information sheet «Information sheet for life partner and close acquaintance »
Consult the website of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM before your journey where you will find FAQs on entry restrictions and exceptions, freedom of movement and visas.
On March 18th 2020, the Government of Israel imposed a complete entry ban on all foreign nationals and people without residence in Israel. As of 16 August 2020, the entry and quarantine regulations for various countries were relaxed. The current list can be found on the website of the Israeli Migration Authority. Please note that all travelers must fill out an online form from the Israeli Ministry of Health before flying to Israel and foreign travelers must also apply for an entry permit at the Israeli foreign mission responsible for their place of residence. An online form must also be filled in before leaving Israel. The Israeli Ministry of Health provides information on its website about the current entry requirements.
All Israeli citizens and residents (Israeli ID required) who have stayed in a country that is not on the list of Israeli migration authorities during the last 14 days prior to entry into Israel are required to enter a 14-day quarantine at home immediately upon entry.
All non-Israeli citizens or residents will be prevented from entering Israel, even if they have proven the ability to stay in home quarantine. Exceptions will be made for those whose lives are based in Israel. (See website the Israeli migration authorities).
Travellers from Switzerland who are already in Israel are obliged to follow the instructions on the website of the Israeli Ministry of Health - in addition, please register on the Travel Admin app of the FDFA:
If you do not feel well and/or develop symptoms of the virus (fever, cough, runny nose, head and chest pains), you are requested to immediately contact the MADA (Magen David Adom) services at the phone number 101.
Maintain a high level of hygiene and avoid hand shaking.
Document the course of your travel in Israel.
Other measures have also been issued. For more details on travel restrictions and quarantine procedures, please refer to the website of the Ministry of Health of the State of Israel.
The Israeli Ministry of Health Hotline +972 (0)8-6241010 is available between 08:00 through 21:00 (Israel time) for questions about the novel coronavirus.
Israel Airports Authority provides useful information on flights still operating from and to Israel.
We also recommend that all Swiss nationals in Israel follow the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (Switzerland), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the FDFA travel advice “Focus Corona Virus (2019-nCOV)”:
FDFA Travel Advice, Focus Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), in German, French, Italian
For urgent questions, please contact the FDFA Helpline (Tel. +41 800 24-7-365 / +41 58 465 33 33).