COVID-19

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For consular related inquiries (e.g. issues regarding passports, visas, authentication of documents etc.), also in relation with Covid-19, please contact the Regional Consular Centre in Bangkok, Thailand at +66 2 674 6900.

Further to the set targets of the National Recovery Plan, there are no localities under Phase 1 and 2 currently. Kelantan and Sarawak are under Phase 3, whereas Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Terengganu, Pahang,  Johor, Sabah and Labuan have moved on to Phase 4. Effective 11 October 2021, outbound international travel and interstate movement for fully vaccinated citizens are permitted.

Please note that the Malaysian authorities are constantly updating COVID requirements. It is essential to check the latest information. For this purpose, you should refer to official portals of the Malaysian authorities.

Find out about the Standard Operating Procedures ("SOP") on the National Security Council website. Keep up to date with the latest developments, follow the guidelines of the national authorities as well as the rules of the individual states and follow their instructions.

Most foreigners remain banned from entering Malaysia; exemptions are in place for resident diplomats, foreign spouses and dependents of Malaysian citizens, long-term pass holders, and expatriate employees working in essential industries and their dependents, among others. Please consult the competent Malaysian authorities. 

Regarding the Covid-19 public and health related issues, kindly consult the information and directives of the local authorities as well as the recommendation of the World Health Organisation WHO.

If you are Swiss and travelling abroad, register now on the "Travel Admin App". If you are already back in Switzerland or if your travel dates have changed, it would be very helpful to us if you could update them. App available with IOS and Android.

For information and updates of recommendations in regards to the Novel Coronavirus, please refer to the Federal Office of Public Health of Switzerland (FHPO).

For any other emergencies, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland EDA Helpline  at +41 800 247 365.

Rules to enter Switzerland

All travellers are required to observe the health measures (PDF, 358.9 kB, English) at the Swiss border.

Everyone entering Switzerland must present a completed entry form (rare exceptions may apply, please refer to art. 3 of the COVID-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport). It is important to fill out the electronic entry form on a computer or smartphone at the earliest 48 hours before the travel in order to receive a QR code by email. This code needs to be kept at hand for inspection upon arrival in Switzerland. The controlling authority can impose a fine if the entry form is not completed or if the information provided is false.

Information on obtaining a Swiss COVID certificate for persons who have been vaccinated or recovered abroad (outside Switzerland) are as follows: 

The interactive Travelcheck tool allows you to check whether and under what conditions you can enter Switzerland. Here you will find a leaflet with QR codes (PDF, 601.3 kB) which guide you to all the information easily.

As the COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving, we invite you to follow the Federal Office of Public Health (FHPO) website for latest developments.

Updates from the Regional Consular Centre in Bangkok

Please find below information about recent new developments in Malaysia related to the COVID-19 situation.

1. Holders of "social visit pass" or "special pass"

According to the latest information available from the Malaysia Government, we understand that foreign nationals with expired social visit passes (90 day tourist stamps) may leave the country without having to obtain prior approval or any special extension pass, as well as without penalty up to 14 working days after the end of the RCMO (currently scheduled to end 31 March 2021). This means that until around 20 April 2021, one can leave the country without getting a “special pass” from the Immigration Department.

Once this period ends, normal immigration procedures will be enforced. Be aware that illegal stays can lead to penalties or even imprisonment. (This only applies to foreign nationals whose social visit passes expired after 1 January 2020).

2. Holders of other types of visas

We understand that the above mentioned grace period does not apply to other categories of expired visa, such as long-term pass holders (such as expatriate pass or spouse visa holders).

For those visa holders, if the visa is about to expire or has expired, we recommend that they contact immediately the Malaysian Immigration Department.

Useful links and contact information:

Online Inquiry System from the Malaysian Immigration Department

Malaysian Immigration Department's email

National Security Council website (only in Malay) 

Malaysian Government Call center (MyCGG): 03-8000-8000

 

The Regional Consular Centre in Bangkok, responsible for Swiss citizens in Malaysia, is in contact with Malaysian authorities to obtain further information on these new measures.