Consulate General of Switzerland in Bengaluru

Building of the Consulate General and swissnex India in Bengaluru
Consulate General of Switzerland in Bengaluru © FDFA

COVID-19

There is an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 around the world, with confirmed cases in India also. Please note that in order to prevent the spread of the virus, the Indian authorities have issued far-reaching travel restrictions for travellers. If you have any travel plans, please refer to the travel advisories of the Indian Authorities:

We recommend to all Swiss nationals in India to follow the information and recommendations of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Bureau of Immigration, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland. You may also contact the Embassy of India in Bern in case of any questions. The airlines provide information about the flight connections. Please also consult the “Focus novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)” in the FDFA´s travel advice:

Bureau of Immigration

Embassy of India in Bern

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India

The Helpline Number (MoHFW) for coronavirus: +91-11-23978046

If you are currently travelling abroad, please also make sure you are registered on https://www.itineris.eda.admin.ch (travel admin) so that you can be contacted by the relevant Swiss embassy if necessary.

Recommendations for Swiss tourists

Given the uncertainties caused by COVID-19 the Swiss government on 16 March 2020 has recommended that all Swiss nationals or persons residing in Switzerland travelling abroad do return swiftly to Switzerland. They are requested to organize their departure and return travel, if necessary with the help of a travel agency or transport company.

Please be aware that organizing the return travel is each tourist’s personal responsibility. In doing so, detours and additional costs may occur and must be accepted. There is no legal entitlement to an organized departure (evacuation), even in a crisis situation.

Citizens of Switzerland and Liechtenstein can contact the Embassy in New Delhi or the Consulate General in Mumbai.

As per the 'Annexure to the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs dated 24.03.2020', India is under lockdown with effect from 25.03.2020 for 21 days for the containment of COVID-19 Epidemic in the country.  

The Indian government has decided that from March 22nd, 2020 no international commercial passenger flights will be allowed to land in India until further notice.  Domestic flights have ceased operation from midnight 23.59 on March 24th, 2020. All other transport services remain suspended except the transport carrying essential goods and the transport with fire, law and order services. 

Additionally we recommend to all Swiss tourists to consult the following websites:

World Health Organization WHO

Federal Office of Public Health (Switzerland)

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

Helpline FDFA:
+41 800 247 365
+41 58 465 33 33
helpline@eda.admin.ch 

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