Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt
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.
COVID-19, new travel regulations to enter Switzerland since September 20, 2021
Persons from third countries and Schengen Area, who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or who can prove with a certificate that they have recovered from COVID-19 in the 6-months previous to entering Switzerland, can enter Switzerland.
As of September 20, 2021, persons wishing to enter Switzerland who are neither vaccinated nor cured will be required to present a negative test (antigen or PCR), regardless of their place of origin and the means of transportation used to enter Switzerland. These people will have to be re-tested in Switzerland after four to seven days in Switzerland.
Also, all persons wishing to enter Switzerland - whether vaccinated, cured, or tested negative - will be required to fill out an entry form, regardless of their means of transportation (Passenger Locator Form, SwissPLF).
Cross-border workers, service providers, persons in transit through Switzerland, and persons domiciled in border regions are exempt from the negative test requirement and from completing the entry form. Children under the age of 16 are exempt from the testing requirement.
Issuance of COVID certificates:
In addition, as of September 20, all persons who have been vaccinated abroad with a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA list) and who are domiciled in Switzerland or who enter Switzerland, can obtain a Swiss COVID digital certificate recognized in the Schengen area. In addition, for a limited group of people (permanent or temporary residents in Switzerland) certificates are also issued for vaccinations on the WHO list. Until October 10, 2021, as a transitional measure, all foreign vaccination certificates (e.g. WHO vaccination certificate) are valid for access to facilities or events requiring a certificate. More information
The following vaccines are accepted for entering Switzerland:
- Pfizer/Pfizer/BioNTech (BNT162b2 / Comirnaty® / Tozinameran)
- Moderna (mRNA-1273 / Spikevax / COVID-19 vaccine Moderna)
- AstraZeneca (AZD1222 Vaxzevria®/ Covishield™)
- Janssen / Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
- Sinopharm / BIBP (SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell))
- Sinovac (CoronaVac)
For more information about vaccines please visit the under mentioned internet sites:
These rules do not apply for travelers, who are entering Switzerland from a country with the new Delta variant.
Entry restrictions continue to apply to foreign nationals, who are not vaccinated and are travelling from Egypt. For persons who are not vaccinated but allowed to travel to Switzerland under exceptional circumstances, the following rules applies:
- You need to present a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours) or a negative rapid antigen test (not older than 48 hours) before boarding. (read more)
- You need to fill in an entry form before you cross the border. (entry form)
To see what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland, please consult the online Travelcheck
Important: Please be informed that it is not the FDFA’s responsibility to issue confirmations for medical certificates and the Embassy does not translate COVID test results nor medical certificates. The representations abroad do not provide information on the provisions of the exemptions from the testing and quarantine obligation.
Operations demanding personal presence at the Embassy consular counters will be available on appointment only. Inquiries and appointment requests can be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com.
The visa section is open by appointments for applications of Schengen visa (type C) and national visa (Type D). Inquiries and appointment requests are to be submitted via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
VFS Global accepts visa applications (Schengen visa type C) of fully vaccinated persons, from Tuesday, July 6, 2021. For information and appointment, please visit their internet site.
Entry restrictions continue to apply to foreign nationals, who are not vaccinated and are travelling from Egypt.
Other inquiries and appointment requests can be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com or by phone call during opening hours: Sunday to Thursday from 9am until 3.30pm (+20 2 2575 8284 or exceptionally, if you do not get through, at the following mobile number +20 1090424904 except public holidays).
Outside of these hours, Swiss citizens can call the FDFA helpline +41 800 24-7-365 / +41 58 465 33 33 in case of an emergency.
Please consult our embassy webpage, Facebook page, and Twitter account; and follow updates on the website of the Egyptian Ministry of Health as well as the website of the Federal Office for Public Health.
We remain here for you and stay safe.
Interesting links are:
The Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland has launched the SwissCovid App which can be downloaded and which complements conventional contact tracing in Switzerland.
Travel Admin App
The FDFA calls on all Swiss nationals travelling abroad to register on the "Travel Admin App" in order to keep up to date with the latest developments in the country of their current stay. All those who have already returned to Switzerland should delete their travel registration.
COVID-19, travel regulations to enter Egypt
Those who have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days before arrival in Egypt are exempted from the requirement to provide a negative PCR test, although holders of vaccination certificates are not exempted from taking a rapid coronavirus test on arrival if they are traveling from countries affected by mutations of the virus.
For people, who recovered from COVID-19, Switzerland provides a COVID Certificate after one vaccination. It considers these people fully vaccinated. The COVID Certificate states that 1/1 dose has been given. The Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt has heard of cases where a PCR test was still required with these types of COVID Certificate.
Please be informed that it is not the Embassy’s responsibility to issue or translate medical certificates. Passengers are advised to contact their airline directly to verify if they carry all the necessary documents with them.