Embassy of Switzerland in Tunisia

Embassy of Switzerland in Tunisia
Embassy of Switzerland in Tunisia ©DFAE

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.

The tasks of the embassy

Novel Coronavirus

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the counters of the Chancellery of the Swiss Embassy are only open to the public by appointment. In order to guarantee the respect of security measures and social distancing, only a limited number of people will be allowed simultaneously in the waiting room. This may result in a longer waiting time outside the Embassy, for which we apologize. Accompanying persons will in principle not be accepted. Clients are requested to wear a protective mask throughout their visit to the Embassy. For all consular matters, the Embassy can be reached at any time by e-mail tunis@eda.admin.ch or by phone 71 191 997, Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:00.

Please note that :

Entry restrictions for Switzerland

Since 15 June 2020, the rights of free movement provided for in the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (FMPA) with the EU and the EFTA Convention have been fully restored. Beneficiaries are EU/EFTA nationals and their family members, irrespective of their nationality, as well as third-country nationals if they are posted to Switzerland for a maximum of 90 days by a company established in the EU/EFTA and if they were previously admitted to the regular labour market of an EU/EFTA member state for at least one year. These persons are generally allowed to enter Switzerland.

The Federal Council also took note of the recommendations of the EU Council to lift the entry restrictions due to the coronavirus for 15 states as of 1 July 2020. Switzerland should follow these recommendations as of 20 July for all the countries concerned, with the exception of Serbia. Consequently, the FDJP intends to remove Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, South Korea, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay, as well as the EU states not belonging to the Schengen area (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland and Romania) from the list of countries at risk. China will also be removed from the list in accordance with EU recommendations, provided that reciprocity is guaranteed for persons from Switzerland.

However, there are certain exceptions to the general principle of refusing entry to nationals of non-EU and EFTA states. Further information can be found on the website of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) with answers to questions on entry and residence in Switzerland.

Visas

According to the directives of 20 July 2020, Tunisia is no longer on the list of countries at risk established by the Federal Council and the visa ban for Tunisian nationals has been lifted. It is, therefore, once again possible to enter Switzerland with a Schengen visa under normal conditions.

Appointments for the submission of visa applications can be made with our service provider VFS Global, which is also resuming its activities:

VFS Global
Centre de Demandes de Visa
L’Immeuble Omrane
Rue du Lac Léman
Rez-de-Chaussée
Les Berges du Lac, Tunis 1053

Phone: (+216) 70 14 57 58

E-mail: info.chtn@vfshelpline.com

Website: www.vfsglobal.ch/switzerland/tunisia

Foreign spouses of Slovak citizens can re-apply for Schengen visas at this representation provided they submit the Slovak marriage certificate. The restrictions remain in force for all other applicants and their applications will not be accepted until further notice.

Important :

  • Depending on the development of the global situation related to COVID-19, Switzerland reserves the right to change the list of countries at risk at any time and to issue a new visa ban for third-country nationals.
  • Direct entry from a country that is not deemed to be at risk is possible. On the other hand, entry from a country that is not deemed to be a risk via a country at risk is not possible, as direct entry would be from the country at risk.
  • Where travel medical insurance excludes insurance benefits related to COVID-19, the insurance in question must be refused.

Holders of Schengen type C visas who are unable to use them due to the coronavirus situation

Persons who hold a Schengen type C visa issued by Switzerland but cannot use it due to travel restrictions related to coronavirus may be issued a tax-free replacement visa or a consecutive visa. For this, the following conditions must be met :

  • the applicant must submit a new visa application ;
  • the file must clearly state that it is a replacement trip, i.e. a trip with the same purpose and duration as the trip originally planned;
  • the applicant has valid (new) travel medical insurance;
  • the applicant is not subject to an entry ban;
  • this facilitation applies only to visas issued for travel dates between 15 March and 30 September 2020.

The visa application for these reasons are free of charge, but the fee for the VFS Global service applies.

Study Visa :
Applications for student visas for the September academic year can be submitted to the embassy by appointment (list (PDF, 65.4 kB, English) of documents to be provided).

Visa for marriage in Switzerland :
 
Applications for a visa for the preparation of a wedding in Switzerland can be submitted to the Embassy by appointment. Detailed information and the list of documents to be provided are available under the following link: Marriage and registered partnership

Civil status

The submission of civil status documents for registration in the Swiss registers (birth, marriage, divorce, death) and applications for marriage preparation (order of a certificate of matrimonial capacity) is again possible by appointment.Detailed information and the list of documents to be provided are available under the following links: Civil status affairs and Marriage and registered partnership

Identity documents

Requests for identity documents can again be processed by appointment.

Despite the circumstances, please be assured that we strive to continue to provide you with prompt and quality service and support. However, we hope we can count on your understanding, given the particular situation we are facing.

For information related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Tunisia, kindly consult the information and directives of the Tunisian authorities on the page of the National Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases or on the Facebook page of the Ministry of Health and the recommendations of the World Health Organisation WHO

On state level, the Federal Office of Public Health of Switzerland FHPO informs in regards to the Novel Coronavirus and publishes travel advice accordingly.

The Travel Advice FDFA (in German, French and Italian) offers travelers basic information for travel preparation by informing on possible risks and certain precautions. They are to be considered as a complementary source of information.

Travel Advice for Tunisia (in German, French and Italian)

Travel Advice FDFA, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (in German, French and Italian)

For urgent requests, kindly contact the FDFA Helpline (Tel. +41 800 24-7-365 / +41 58 465 33 33) or contact the Swiss Representation in Tunisia - Tel +216 71 191 997

For further information on the measures taken by Tunisia, a hotline has been opened by the Tunisian authorities: 80 10 19 19 19. In the event of symptoms, call the SAMU (emergency services) on 190.

Accession of the Tunisian Republic to the Apostille Convention

Starting from the 01.03.2019, Tunisian documents must be provided with an Apostille issued by a notary. Legalisation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tunis will no longer be possible from this date.

Civil status affairs
Other legalisations 

Scams for false employment contracts in Switzerland

The Swiss Embassy in Tunisia has noted cases of scams for false employment contracts in Switzerland. In case of doubt, please contact immediately the consular service of the Embassy at the following coordinates:

Welcome

A greeting from the Ambassador

Job vacancies

Local job vacancies and admission requirements for internship programmes

Switzerland and Tunisia

Swiss diplomacy and engagement in the fields of education, culture and the economy

Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

Information on requirements to enter Switzerland and to take residence, procedure to submit an entry visa application, visa application form and fees

Services

Contact the responsible Swiss representation for identity papers, civil status, registration and deregistration, matters of civil status, etc...

International cooperation

Strategy, themes and projects of Swiss foreign policy and cooperation on the ground

Detailed information can be found on the French page.