Embassy of Switzerland in Morocco

Embassy of Switzerland in Rabat © FDFA
Embassy of Switzerland in Rabat © FDFA

CORONAVIRUS - General information

Gradual opening of the Embassy to the public

As part of a gradual easing, this Embassy is gradually opening its counters by appointment only and with the compulsory wearing of a mask. The number of available appointments had to be reduced in order to avoid excessive attendance and to comply with health regulations. This may cause a delay in scheduling your appointment. Anyone without an appointment will not be received. Thank you for your understanding.

Depending on the category of your request, you will find below the procedure to follow to obtain an appointment:

Chancellery

(identity documents, civil status, etc...)

From 24.6.2020, gradual opening for questions relating to Swiss passports only.

From 29.6.2020, treatment of other issues.

Please request an appointment by email at: rabat.chancellerie@eda.admin.ch

Visa

Request for a stay longer than 90 days :

As of 22.6.2020 and until further notice, only visa applications for a stay of more than 90 days (national type-D visa, e.g. for studies in Switzerland, return visa) will be accepted. Please request an appointment by email at: rabat.rdv@eda.admin.ch
To proceed with the withdrawal of a national type-D visa, on the basis of an authorisation already granted by the competent authorities in Switzerland, please send your request to: rabat.visa@eda.admin.ch for an appointment to be arranged.

Request for a stay of less than 90 days :

The processing of visa applications for a stay of less than 90 days (Schengen visa type C, e.g. for tourism, private or professional visits) remains suspended until further notice. No appointments are currently being made. For more information, please visit the website of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM.

 

CORONAVIRUS - News Flash

Updated on 11.06.2020

  • The Government of Morocco decided on 9 June 2020 to extend the state of health emergency and containment until 11 July 2020. 
  • At the same time, phase 1 of the de-confinement has started in some areas of the country. You will find more information here and in the official table in the appendix (PDF, 297.1 kB, multilingual: French, English, Italian, German). To know the situation in your place of residence, it is recommended to refer to the local authorities of the region in question.
  • The granting of authorization for the departure of repatriation boats and aircraft is the exclusive competence of the Moroccan authorities. Apart from these cases, the borders are closed.
  • The embassy is in regular and direct contact by email with Swiss citizens or foreign nationals with a residence permit in Switzerland who need help to return home. If you have not yet made yourself known, you can do so at rabat@eda.admin.ch. Irrespective of the possibility of returning home, the FDFA will continue to provide support to persons stranded in the world within the framework of consular protection, to which every Swiss citizen abroad is entitled in case of distress.

Informations for Swiss visitors still in Morocco

Since mid-March, 16 flights organized by the Embassy have taken off from Morocco allowing many compatriots to return to Switzerland. However, some compatriots are still in Morocco. This is a very stressful situation in a rapidly changing context. We understand and share your concerns.
All the latest information is communicated by email. We are in contact with all the people already announced. If you are not yet registered, we invite you to register on Itineris and to immediately get in touch with your embassy rabat@eda.admin.ch with the following information:
1. Last name, First name :
2. Passport number :
3. Date of birth :
4. Telephone number :
5. Email :
6. Location :
7. Remarks :
Your indications will allow us to keep the list of people waiting for a return up to date and to elaborate solutions. Alternatively, let us know if you have decided to stay.
On this basis, we will contact you individually to follow up on your case. In general, however, we would like to remind you that it is expected that the persons concerned will first of all take independent steps to find alternative solutions with the help of their own travel insurance, airline and tour operator. According to the Swiss Abroad Act, Swiss nationals cannot claim the right to an organised departure from a crisis zone or situation.

Information for Swiss campers in Morocco

  • Several ferry companies, GNV, Baleária, La Méridionale, make punctual regular trips to Europe. Tickets can be purchased on the companies' websites www.balearia.com , www.gnv.it and www.lameridionale.fr and by phone: + 39 010 209 45 91 and +212-539 934 463 for the Baleária- Tangier Med office. Check the websites of the shipping companies regularly to keep up to date and not miss any opportunities.

  • Transit through France and Italy to return to Switzerland requires a travel certificate which will be requested during police checks. These documents, available on the internet, are to be filled in by yourself. Click here for Italy and here for France. For Spain, you will find attached a certificate  (PDF, 324.8 kB, multilingual: French, German) from the Swiss Embassy in Madrid (PDF, 324.8 kB, Multilingual: French, German) which should make your journey easier.

  • Persons entering Morocco with a vehicle may, in an emergency, exceptionally leave the country by plane. However, they must present themselves at the airport with all the vehicle papers and sign the commitment form which will be handed over at the airport in order to pick up their vehicle later. (see following document : Moroccan Customs (PDF, 1.8 MB, French) /pages: 7 and 8).

  • Only motorhomes, which have a booking confirmation can, travel in Morocco to go to the car parks of the ports. On request by email rabat@eda.admin.ch, the embassy will issue travel certificates which, together with your reservation, should facilitate - without guaranteeing them - journeys to Tangier and Nador. The car park in front of the ferry port is only open to motorhomes with a booking confirmation.

  • The Moroccan authorities have set up for camper vans already blocked at the border of Ceuta and Melilla, sanitary stations equipped with showers, shower and water rooms, in the car park of Tanger Med, Tangier city, Ksar Sghir and in Oued Laou.

Information on the situation in Morocco

  • On 20 March 2020, a state of health emergency was declared. It is in force until 10 July 2020. At the same time, phase 1 of de-confinement has begun in some areas of the country. You will find more information here and in the official table in the appendix (PDF, 297.1 kB, multilingual: French, English, Italian, German). To know the situation in your place of residence, it is recommended to refer to the local authorities of the region in question.

  • The Moroccan state has decided the obligation to wear a mask outside as of Tuesday, April 7, 2020, and any offender is punishable by one to three months in prison and a fine of 300 to 1300 dhs.

  • Taking into account the covid-19 pandemic, the Moroccan authorities have decided that the tourists still blocked in Morocco who are exempt from visa and whose stay will exceed 90 days, as well as the tourists whose visa will expire, will be considered in a regular situation, until the normal resumption of air, sea and land traffic. The same applies to foreign nationals staying in Morocco whose residence permits are expiring. Border crossing facilities will be granted by the Moroccan authorities at the time of departure.

  • For any question relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in Morocco, we invite you to respect the instructions of the local authorities (Ministry of Health) and the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • At the federal level in Switzerland, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) informs the population about the current situation related to the new coronavirus COVID-19 and publishes recommendations for travellers to third countries.

  • The FDFA's Travel Advice aims to draw their attention to the basic principles for preparing their trip abroad, informing them of the potential risks and indicating the precautionary measures to be taken. It complements other sources of information.

  • The Swiss Embassy in Rabat does not provide medical advice. In case of health problems, please consult a doctor and, if necessary, contact the toll-free number set up by the Moroccan authorities: 0801 0047 47.

  • If you have any questions, please visit our website. We also answer your e-mails sent to rabat@eda.admin.ch, especially regarding consular matters. Since the beginning of the crisis, we have been making regular updates on this page. We also recommend that you consult the "Travel advice" published on the Embassy's website as well as the FDFA website.

  • The Embassy's team continues to work tirelessly to find solutions for Swiss tourists who are still stranded. We would like to thank all those who write to us and ask questions. We do our best to answer your messages and to guide you accordingly. Finally, the FDFA Q&A is also a source of answers to your questions and the FDFA Helpline, a resource in case of emergency: +41 800 24-7-365 / +41 58 465 33 33.

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

Switzerland and Morocco

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

Services

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Visa & entry to Switzerland

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News

Local and international news and events related to the country

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