Embassy of Switzerland in New Zealand
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 Embassy in Wellington is also responsible for diplomatic and consular relations with the Republic of Fiji, the Cook Islands, Samoa, the Kingdom of Tonga and Tuvalu as well as for consular relations with Niue and American Samoa.
The Embassy strives to provide the Swiss citizens with the most recent information. However, please note that regulations can change quickly and sometimes without prior notice.
The Embassy is aware of the difficult situation that many of our citizens currently encounter. We are making every effort to respond to your inquiries quickly. For any consular assistance please contact us by calling during working hours on weekdays (+64 4 472 15 93) or by writing an e-mail anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to make an appointment.
Please also consult this website for new information regularly.
The Swiss government recommends that Swiss travellers abroad return home as soon as possible. There are different commercial flights available from New Zealand (Qatar, Emirates, Singapore Airlines). Please check with the airline directly or get in touch with your travel agent.
We advise all Swiss citizens in New Zealand to comply with the recommendations and regulations of local authorities and the Department of Health. Please keep yourself updated.
Healthline – 0800 611 116
New Zealand Tourism: Travel Alerts 100% New Zealand
Please also follow the travel advice "Focus novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)” of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) (Travel Advice "Focus novel Coronavirus") and the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
Focus novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)
Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)
New Zealand: Alert Level
New Zealand's Alert Levels have changed. Please refer to New Zealands official website Unite Against Covid-19 for current information on the Alert Levels in effect.
Quarantine requirements in Switzerland
Please note that since the middle of June, there have been numerous instances of people infected with the new coronavirus entering Switzerland. As a consequence, people arriving in or returning to Switzerland from certain countries are required to go into quarantine.
For further information and a list of the relevant countries, please consult the website of the Federal Office of Public Health: www.bag.admin.ch.
Anyone who evades quarantine commits an offence under the Epidemics Act and may be fined up to CHF 10,000.
Important information "Visa for Switzerland"
As of 20th July 2020, New Zealand is no longer on the list of high risk countries of the Swiss Government. Therefore New Zealand nationals, as well as permanent residents of New Zealand (as long as they have the necessary Schengen visa), are again allowed to enter Switzerland under the 90 days Schengen rule. However, entry to Switzerland must be from a non-risk country. Any transit, even when the traveller does not leave the airport, will count as the last stop and if this last stop is a high-risk country, you will be denied entry into Switzerland.*
Non-risk countries are:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain
From 20 July 2020: Smaller EU and European countries and other third countries: Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Monaco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Romania, San Marino, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, Vatican / Holy See
All other countries are still considered high risk and entry restrictions continue to apply to people entering Switzerland from these countries.
Please note that visas for Hungary are not processed until further notice.
*All foreign nationals who are holders of a valid Swiss residency permit / D-Visa / "Assurance of residence permit" (NZ citizens only, see here) can enter Switzerland.
*Swiss citizens, citizens of EU/EFTA countries as well as British citizens can enter Switzerland at any time.
For updates on the situation please check the following link: Corona: Questions and answers on entry and stay in Switzerland, the exceptions and suspension of visas
From 15 August 2020, a mask must also be worn in aircraft. The measure affects all scheduled and charter flights that take off or land in Switzerland, regardless of the airline. The wearing of masks on public transport has been compulsory since 6 July 2020.
Updates on the Novel Coronavirus in Switzerland can be found on the websites of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (newsfeed of the FOPH) and the Department of Foreign Affairs, travel advice, "Focus Corona Virus".
Immigration NZ / Transiting through NZ
From 20 June, Swiss Citizens transiting to or from Australia and people departing a Pacific country or territory to retun home do not require a transit visa as long as they have a confirmed flight out of New Zealand within 24 hours to a port which wil accept them. In most cases transit passengers must hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before travel. Please see Information about NZeTA for further detail.
Please consult the website of Immigration NZ before travelling.
Airlines operating fligths out of New Zealand
Please find below information for flight options/transit. We recommend you get in touch with the relevant airlines or your travel agency to secure a return flight.
Transit through Singapore Changi Airport from selected cities in New Zealand to any destination in the SIA Group Network has become available. Singapore Airways
Qatar Airways is currently offering flights from different locations in Australia ("We will get you home": Qatar Airways). Please consult the airline's website for more information.
For detailled information please visit the website of the Australian Government:
Transiting Australia (this includes advice on visa requirements and criteria for transit exemptions)
Emirates is operating flights departing Auckland to Dubai (via Melbourne) with next day connecting flights to Zurich.
Update from Immigration New Zealand
- Travellers with a temporary (work, student, visitor, interim and limited) visa expiring before 1 April 2020 who are unable to leave New Zealand must apply online for a new visa. An interim visa will be issued.
- Travellers with a temporary visa due to expire between 1 April and 9 July 2020 will have their visas extended to late September. Confirmation of extensions will be emailed to all visa holders.
Please note that Immigration NZ must be contacted for all visa related questions. Swiss representations are not competent in this matter. Thank you for your understanding.
Offers for young people
The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad gives the opportunity to young Swiss living abroad to get to know their home country.
The Foundation for Young Swiss Abroad also has similar offers.
Warning against Ticket Resellers
The Embassy advices to be careful when purchasing online. There are Swiss based operators through which event tickets are being resold, not all of them are serious. However, it is up to the commercial courts to decide whether these business practices are unfair.
If you have any doubt about an online seller, please do an online research.
The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO publishes has published a guide regarding online dealing with goods (in German, French, Italian only).