Embassy of Switzerland in Myanmar

Embassy Premises
Embassy of Switzerland in Yangon © 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 and economic affairs, development cooperation, education and culture.

The tasks of the embassy

To all Swiss citizens currently traveling in Thailand and in the region: to ensure your return to Switzerland, please make your way to the international airports as soon as possible.

  • For Thailand: Bangkok and Phuket
  • For Cambodia: Phnom Penh
  • For Lao PDR: Vientiane
  • For Myanmar: Yangon
  • For Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur

With the increased number of flights leaving Thailand and the region being canceled and the increased measures taken by the Government to avoid the spread of COVID-19 throughout the country, reaching these airports as soon as possible might allow you to seize any new opportunity to fly out of the country.   

Furthermore, be aware that transit through Switzerland (airport and land) is still possible. 

We call on all Swiss travelers in the region to register on the Travel App (Itineris) – for those who haven’t done it yet.

COVID-19

We call on Swiss citizens currently traveling in the region to return to Switzerland as soon as possible, and organize their journey via a commercial flight. Otherwise, there is a risk that you might get blocked in the country you are currently in for the near future.

Returning to Switzerland

For return flights, first and foremost contact the airline, your booking office (travel agency) or your travel insurance company. Please note that the flights routes to Switzerland are currently strongly reduced, and therefore we strongly recommend you to book a seat as soon as possible. If you already have a return ticket confirmed, we advise you to keep this ticket, but check with your airline to see if there is an earlier date to which you could rebook your ticket. Please note that it is also worth looking at routes landing in neighboring countries of Switzerland (Germany, France) and to go back to Switzerland by land.

We are aware that the airlines are currently under great stress as they receive a large number of requests. Therefore, we advise you to book your tickets online rather than per telephone or at a counter.

Please note that the Embassy is not able to provide you with information regarding flights. In case you need support, you can contact the Embassy via e-mail at bangkok@eda.admin.ch or per telephone at +66 2 674 6900 / EDA Helpline: Tel. +41 800 24-7-365 or Tel. +41 58 465 33 33.

If you are currently travelling in Myanmar as a tourist or on a business trip (not meant for permanent residents), please register on Itineris/Travel Admin App (https://www.itineris.eda.admin.ch) so that you can be contacted by the relevant Swiss Embassy if necessary.

Once you have returned to Switzerland please delete your trip in the App.

Further recommendation for travelers returning to Switzerland:

As domestic travel might become increasingly difficult in the coming days it could make it more difficult to reach an international airport, therefore we advise you to move your current location as soon as possible to a city where international flights are still available for the time being.

  • For Cambodia and Laos this would be the capital, for Myanmar it is Yangon.
  • For Thailand (Bangkok or Phuket), whichever is closer to your current location

Otherwise you might get blocked at your current location.

Additionally, Myanmar is strengthening its national measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We recommend to all Swiss tourists and nationals who are currently in Myanmar to strictly follow the information, recommendations and measures of the Myanmar authorities.

More information on the situation and measures in Myanmar here:

Ministry of Health and Sports

Ministry of Information

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Entering / transiting through Thailand

New rules for international transit in Thailand airports – valid until 31.03.2020

Since Tuesday evening 24.03 and for 7 days only (until 31.03 included), it is possible to transit through an international airport in Thailand with a “fit-to-fly” health certificate (without COVID-19 test). This applies to those who have “connecting flights” in Thailand en route to a third country. The certificate has to be presented at the check-in counter in the departing country for the flight bound to Thailand. Transit implies that once in an airport in Thailand the travelers remain in the transit area the entire time and less than 24 hours, before departing from Thailand to Switzerland or any country.

Important: Travelers who need to step out of the transit area for a new boarding pass will need to present the same documents as those who want to enter the country when checking in for a flight bound to Thailand, namely:

  • A less than 3-day old health certificate certifying that the traveler is free of Covid-19 (lab test, link here);
  • A health insurance certificate covering Covid-19 treatment in Thailand and with a coverage of no less than USD 100,000.

Please find relevant information on this temporary measure to facilitate transit in Thailand in this file. (information of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). (PDF, 108.7 kB, English)

We understand that airlines have been informed accordingly by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.

If the passenger is unable to present these documents, the airline will not issue a boarding pass and boarding will be refused.

If the passenger is authorized to fly to Thailand, she/he face possible isolation, quarantine, confinement for observation at a special place and period.

These requirements do not apply for purely domestic flights at the moment.

 

Entering Switzerland for non-Schengen travelers

The Federal Council has decided to impose controls on travel from all countries outside the Schengen area and to ban entry from these countries. More information for visa holders here

Transit through Switzerland remains open at this time.

Press release State Secretariat for Migration

Information regarding the COVID19 situation and travel advice

Other relevant sources of information here:

World Health Organization WHO

International Air Transport Association, IATA

Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand

Infoline Coronavirus: +41 58 463 00 00

Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 17.03.2020 (PDF, 245.5 kB, English)

Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 20.03.2020 (PDF, 335.1 kB, English)

Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 21.03.2020 (PDF, 208.4 kB, English)

Additional precautionary restrictions for travelers from all countries visiting Myanmar of 23.03.2020 (PDF, 835.2 kB, English)

Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 25.03.2020 (PDF, 250.3 kB, English)

Urgent Information to Swiss Travelers in Myanmar of 29.03.2020 (PDF, 327.0 kB, English)

 

For security reasons, each visitor has to present a valid ID document with photo. It’s requested to enable you to reach the Embassy’s floor.

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