Embassy of Switzerland in Thailand
COVID-19 – information on the situation in Thailand and on possibilities to return towards Europe/Switzerland
We call on Swiss citizens currently traveling in the region to return to Switzerland as soon as possible. Otherwise, you might get blocked in the country you are currently in for the near future.
List of Airlines still operating flights out of Thailand
Travel Admin App: please register! if you are currently travelling in the region as a tourist or on a business trip (not meant for permanent residents), please register on the Swiss Travel Admin App (Itineris) (https://www.itineris.eda.admin.ch) so that you can be contacted by the relevant Swiss Embassy if necessary. Please make sure that the date of your trip are up-to-date and once you have returned to Switzerland, please delete your trip in the App.
Effective from 1-30 April – international transit is not permitted
Following the regulations imposed under the State of Emergency (see below in “Main measures implemented in the context of the State of emergency”), international transit to Thailand is not permitted during 1-30 April, and maybe further extended in alignment with the State of Emergency. During which period, foreign nationals can only enter the Thai border if they are members of the diplomatic community, international organizations, or work permit holders, all of which will be required to present the fit-to-fly health certificate to enter.
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.
State Secretariat for Migration (SEM): FAQ on refusal of entry, free movement of persons and suspension of visas from SEM
State of emergency in Thailand
A state of emergency has been declared throughout the country and is in force from 26 March to 30 April 2020. Numerous measures have been imposed since 26 March throughout the country. These change very regularly. We therefore invite you to follow any new developments in the media and on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand.
We recommend that all tourists and Swiss nationals currently in Thailand strictly follow the information, recommendations and measures of the Thai authorities. If you reside in Thailand, we strongly advise you to stay in your place of residence or to return there as soon as possible.
Main measures implemented in the context of the State of emergency:
- A curfew is imposed nationwide from this Friday 3rd of April 2020 until further notice every night between 22:00 and 04:00.
- During the curfew every night from 22:00 to 04:00, you are to remain in your house / place of residence.
- Violators will be subject to a jail term of up to 2 years and/or a fine of up to 40'000 THB.
- Exemption: travel of medical or bank personnel, transport of essential products, people commuting to work in late shift, and people travelling to and from the airport. A certification or a document explaining the need to travel is required.
- Please note that to comply with this measure, all public transportation systems (nationwide) will be operating every night only until 21h30 (see below for more details about transportation).
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Closure of all land, sea and air borders.
- Prohibition of entry into the country for foreigners, with some exceptions such as diplomats and holders of work permits. However, they will have to present a "fit to fly" medical certificate.
- Thai nationals are allowed to return but must present a "fit to fly" medical certificate as well as a letter from the Thai Embassy of the country in which they are staying. If Thai nationals are infected with COVID-19, they will be refused entry into the country.
- Restriction of movement within the country (more than 300 military checkpoints with temperature control).
Closing of all non-essential stores and services:
- Only essential services remain open (restaurants with delivery service, online delivery service, supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, hospitals, etc.).
- For Bangkok, and in some provinces (subject to respective governors’ discretion), all stores including 24-hour convenient stores and street vendors are closed from 24:00 (midnight) – 05:00 until further notice.
Transport restrictions and measures:
- Trains throughout the country: the majority of trains will be suspended as of 1 April.
- BTS, MRT and Airport Link in Bangkok close at 21:30, obligation to wear a mask
- Public buses in Bangkok close at 21:00, obligation to wear a mask, practice social distancing
- Bus in Bangkok: obligation to wear a mask, practice social distancing
- Boats in Bangkok: no longer operate on weekends, obligation to wear a mask, practice social distancing.
- Domestic flights: most of the domestic flights are suspended until the end of April.
Phuket (specific information): Phuket is closing all land and sea entry and exit points in its province. It is only possible to travel in and out by air between April 10, 2020 and April 30, 2020. Please see the official provincial announcement for more details. Information has reached us that passengers flying from Phuket international airport can present their flight documents at checkpoint and will be allowed to enter the province
Chiang Mai: During 2-30 April, all foreigners entering the province will be quarantined for 14 days at the state facilities, or at home if they have residences in Chiang Mai.
- Ban of sharing unverified information on Covid-19 (“fake news”)
- Ban of large gathering or holding rallies or demonstrations
Delaying Entry to Thailand until after 15 April
The Thai Government has requested all travelers to delay their travel to the country until after 15 April to allow preparation for thorough screening and state quarantine facilities for large influx of Thai returnees. The request applies to all travelers.
Information regarding the COVID19 situation and travel advice
- FDFA Travel Advice, Focus Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), in English, German, French, Italian.
- Swiss Federal Office of Public Health for the current situation and measures in Switzerland.
- Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health of Thailand for the situation and measures in Thailand
Other relevant sources of information here:
Infoline Coronavirus: +41 58 463 00 00
List of some Hotels near Suvarnabhumi Airport
Messages from the Ambassador to the Swiss citizens residing or traveling in the region
Video message 5 of the Swiss Ambassador about repatriation flights from Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar to Zurich for Swiss travellers (31.3.2020), available on our Facebook page here.
Video message 4 of the Swiss Ambassador about repatriation flights from Thailand to Switzerland for Swiss travellers (27.3.2020), available on our Facebook page here.
Video message 3 of the Swiss Ambassador to the Swiss citizens travelling and residing in the region (25.3.2020) available on our Facebook page here.
Video message 2 of the Swiss Ambassador to the Swiss citizens residing in the region (23.3.2020) available on our Facebook page here.
Video message 1 of the Swiss Ambassador to the Swiss currently traveling in the region (22.3.2020) available on our Facebook page here.
Limitation of consular services in Bangkok
COVID-19 : temporary limitation of our consular services in Bangkok due to the current situation. Thank you for your understanding.
More information here: Limitation of consular services in Bangkok
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.
Services and visa
All consular services and visa support for people resident in the countries listed below are provided by the Regional consular center Bangkok. Information can be found on the websites concerned: