Embassy of Switzerland in Morocco
CORONAVIRUS - News Flash
Updated on 23.02.2021
Since 22.02.2021 at midnight, all flights between Switzerland and Morocco have been temporarily suspended by decision of the Moroccan authorities. This decision will be evaluated every fortnight. Passengers departing from Switzerland, irrespective of their nationality, who are transiting through a third country are not allowed to enter Morocco. It is still possible to return to Switzerland, e.g. via France or Italy. More information is available below.
The Government of Morocco has decided to extend the state of health emergency until 10 March 2021. Thus a night curfew was also decreed on 15 February 2021 from 9pm to 6am for a period of 2 weeks.
CORONAVIRUS - General information
Gradual opening of the Embassy to the public
In connection with the current health crisis, access to the counters is by appointment only and with a mask being worn. The number of available appointments has had to be reduced to avoid excessive use and to comply with health regulations. This situation may cause a certain waiting time to obtain your appointment. Only people with an appointment will be received. Thank you for your understanding.
Depending on the category of your request, you will find below the procedure to follow to obtain an appointment:
- Chancellerie (identity documents, civil status, etc...)
Please request an appointment by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Request for a stay longer than 90 days:
Applications for visas for a stay of more than 90 days (national type-D visa, e.g. for studies in Switzerland, family reunification, re-entry visa) are accepted. Please request an appointment by email at email@example.com
To withdraw a national type-D visa, on the basis of an authorisation already granted by the competent authorities in Switzerland, please send your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org, so that an appointment can be arranged.
Application for a stay of less than 90 days:
The processing of visa applications for a stay of less than 90 days (Schengen visa type C, e.g. for tourism, private or professional visits) remains suspended until further notice. No appointments are currently being made. The reopening date is not yet known. Please check this site regularly to follow the evolution.
Please also consult the document FAQ-Visas_COVID19
Restrictions on entry into Switzerland
- From 22 February at midnight, all flights between Switzerland and Morocco will be temporarily suspended by decision of the Moroccan authorities. This decision will be evaluated every fortnight. Air transit e.g. via France or Italy is possible for Swiss nationals or holders of a residence permit, provided they comply with the restrictions currently in force in these countries. For France, they must complete and sign the attached certificate (tick the box "Transit de moins de 24 heures en zone internationale"). In all cases, Swiss nationals or holders of a Swiss residence permit wishing to return to Switzerland are invited to contact their travel agency or airline company to check their return options.
- In addition, the conditions of entry into Switzerland remain unchanged. The Federal Council took note of the update of the EU Council recommendations on entry restrictions due to the coronavirus for certain countries or regions at risk. Thus, persons from Morocco will in principle be refused entry to Switzerland as of 16.08.2020 at 00:00 hours (cf. Annex 1 of Ordinance 3 Covid-19).
- Exceptions are, however, provided for. The entry ban does not apply to persons who are Swiss nationals, who enjoy free movement of persons or who are in a situation of absolute necessity. Foreign nationals - even if they come from a country at risk - who meet one of the conditions laid down are therefore still allowed to enter Switzerland. These conditions can be consulted under the heading "Entry / Who is not affected by the ban on entry into Switzerland? "of the MES FAQs.
- For more information, please consult the website of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM, and the Ordinance 3 Covid-19 which contains all the basic information concerning the opening of the borders of the Schengen States for nationals of third States.
New rules for entry into Switzerland by plane
- Persons entering Switzerland by air must present a PCR test that is less than 72 hours old on entry. Travellers will be checked before boarding the plane.
- Persons who transit through a Swiss airport and do not leave it before continuing their journey are exempt from any test.
- Foreign nationals arriving from the UK or South Africa are not allowed to enter Switzerland.
Wider census of coordinates
- Until now, only the contact details of persons coming from a State or area at risk were recorded. From now on, this will also be the case for other travellers arriving by plane, boat, bus or train. The corresponding data will now be recorded using an electronic form for entry into the territory. The necessary electronic form is available: swissplf.admin.ch/home. Please find more information in the frequently asked questions.
- The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has drawn up recommendations for travellers and a list of regions presenting a risk, which it updates regularly. Since 29.10.2020, the Kingdom of Morocco is no longer on this list. Travelers entering Switzerland from Morocco should no longer go into quarantine. This list is subject to change by the Federal Council and should be consulted before each trip. It is available here.
- As for the reopening of Morocco's borders, the modalities of entry and exit are the responsibility of the Moroccan authorities.
Information on the situation in Morocco
- On 20 March 2020, a state of health emergency was declared. It is in force until 10 march 2021. The wearing of masks outside has been compulsory since 7 April 2020, and any offender is liable to one to three months' imprisonment and a fine.
- Since 15 July 2020, the Moroccan authorities have been partially opening the borders to allow the return to Morocco of their own nationals and foreigners holding a Moroccan residence permit. At check-in, travelers must present a negative PCR test within 72 hours, then undergo a clinical examination on arrival in the event of symptoms. However, children under the age of 11 are exempt from this requirement. This operation also allows Moroccans residing abroad and foreigners resident or non-resident in Morocco to leave Morocco.
- This operation relies mainly on special flights operated mainly by RAM and Air Arabia. Ferry boats are also punctually scheduled, from the port of Sète (France) and Genoa (Italy). Please check with the companies concerned and travel agencies.
- Since 22 February at midnight, all flights between Switzerland and Morocco have been temporarily suspended by decision of the Moroccan authorities. In addition, passengers departing from Switzerland, irrespective of their nationality, who are transiting through a third country are not allowed to enter Morocco.
- The granting of authorisation for the departure of repatriation boats and aircraft is the exclusive responsibility of the Moroccan authorities.
- For any question relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in Morocco, we invite you to respect the instructions of the local authorities Ministry of Health and the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO).
- We also recommend that you consult the sites of the FDFA and the FOPH, which contain a great deal of information and answers to your questions. If you have any unresolved questions, please send us an email at email@example.com, particularly with regard to consular matters. Since March 2020, we have been doing our best to respond to your messages and guide you accordingly. In case of emergency, the FDFA Helpline remains a resource to consider.
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.