Embassy of Switzerland in Myanmar

Embassy Premises
Embassy of Switzerland in Yangon © FDFA

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 and economic affairs, development cooperation, education and culture.

The tasks of the embassy

2 special flights to Doha with Qatar Airways

Please find below an information that we have received and could be of interest to you. The Swiss government is not involved in the organization of these flights.

2 special flights to Doha with Qatar Airways.

QR 917 – 6th April – 01:05 AM

QR 917 – 7th April – 01:05 AM

 

Onward journeys to Switzerland or Europe from Doha are possible. It is your own responsibility to organize the journey from Doha to Switzerland.

Promo Code: “TRAVELHOME"

Registration online, directly via Qatar Airways: https://www.qatarairways.com/en/offers/we-will-get-you-home.html

 

Please note that the State of Qatar does currently not require any health certificate to transit through Doha.

Up in the air – and welcome home!

repatriation flight to switzerland
repatriation flight to switzerland ©FDFA

Yesterday evening, the 1st ever direct flight between Yangon and Zurich took off to bring back home 208 Swiss, European and US- and Canadian citizens. A big THANK YOU to Edelweiss, their crew, our incredibly helpful colleagues in Bangkok and Berne, and our European partners in Yangon for this joint effort in the spirit of solidarity and friendship. Special thanks to the Myanmar authorities who made every effort to make the impossible possible.

 

Statement from Ambassadors to Myanmar

1 April 2020

 

On 23 March, the UN Secretary General called for armed groups across the world to implement a global ceasefire. The Ambassadors listed below echo this call. We are deeply concerned about the high level of fighting, casualties and civilian displacement occurring in Rakhine and Chin States, and the threat of further conflict in other areas. The focus of all countries across the world must now be on protecting the most vulnerable communities from the devastating impacts of COVID19. Conflict impedes humanitarian response and prevents assistance to those women, children, disabled, marginalized and displaced who are already the most vulnerable groups during a conflict. Humanitarian access to the conflict areas is vital.


The free flow of information through the internet and the media is also essential. For the sake of families across Myanmar we support all calls for a cessation of hostilities between the Myanmar military and armed organisations, resolution of grievances through dialogue, and a lifting of any internet and media restrictions as well.
COVID19 does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, nationality, religion or social status. We continue to support Myanmar in complete solidarity having seen the impact of this virus on our own countries. At this time of uncertainty and crisis, we have seen communities, government and civil society work quickly and effectively together. We remain committed to supporting all actors in implementing health and humanitarian responses across Myanmar and we encourage cooperation between all stakeholders to join forces in limiting the spread of COVID19.


In solidarity and support,
Ambassadors of Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, United States of America.

COVID-19 Information for Swiss Travellers in the Region

To all Swiss citizens currently traveling in Thailand and in the region: to ensure your return to Switzerland, please make your way to the international airports as soon as possible.

  • For Thailand: Bangkok and Phuket
  • For Cambodia: Phnom Penh
  • For Lao PDR: Vientiane
  • For Myanmar: Yangon
  • For Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur

With the increased number of flights leaving Thailand and the region being canceled and the increased measures taken by the Government to avoid the spread of COVID-19 throughout the country, reaching these airports as soon as possible might allow you to seize any new opportunity to fly out of the country.   

Furthermore, be aware that transit through Switzerland (airport and land) is still possible. 

We call on all Swiss travelers in the region to register on the Travel App (Itineris) – for those who haven’t done it yet.

COVID-19

We call on Swiss citizens currently traveling in the region to return to Switzerland as soon as possible, and organize their journey via a commercial flight. Otherwise, there is a risk that you might get blocked in the country you are currently in for the near future.

Returning to Switzerland

For return flights, first and foremost contact the airline, your booking office (travel agency) or your travel insurance company. Please note that the flights routes to Switzerland are currently strongly reduced, and therefore we strongly recommend you to book a seat as soon as possible. If you already have a return ticket confirmed, we advise you to keep this ticket, but check with your airline to see if there is an earlier date to which you could rebook your ticket. Please note that it is also worth looking at routes landing in neighboring countries of Switzerland (Germany, France) and to go back to Switzerland by land.

We are aware that the airlines are currently under great stress as they receive a large number of requests. Therefore, we advise you to book your tickets online rather than per telephone or at a counter.

Please note that the Embassy is not able to provide you with information regarding flights. In case you need support, you can contact the Embassy via e-mail at bangkok@eda.admin.ch or per telephone at +66 2 674 6900 / EDA Helpline: Tel. +41 800 24-7-365 or Tel. +41 58 465 33 33.

If you are currently travelling in Myanmar as a tourist or on a business trip (not meant for permanent residents), please register on Itineris/Travel Admin App (www.itineris.eda.admin.ch) so that you can be contacted by the relevant Swiss Embassy if necessary.

Once you have returned to Switzerland please delete your trip in the App.

Further recommendation for travelers returning to Switzerland:

As domestic travel might become increasingly difficult in the coming days it could make it more difficult to reach an international airport, therefore we advise you to move your current location as soon as possible to a city where international flights are still available for the time being.

  • For Cambodia and Laos this would be the capital, for Myanmar it is Yangon.
  • For Thailand (Bangkok or Phuket), whichever is closer to your current location

Otherwise you might get blocked at your current location.

Additionally, Myanmar is strengthening its national measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We recommend to all Swiss tourists and nationals who are currently in Myanmar to strictly follow the information, recommendations and measures of the Myanmar authorities.

More information on the situation and measures in Myanmar here:

Ministry of Health and Sports

Ministry of Information

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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.

Press release State Secretariat for Migration

Information regarding the COVID19 situation and travel advice

Other relevant sources of information here:

World Health Organization WHO

International Air Transport Association, IATA

Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand

Infoline Coronavirus: +41 58 463 00 00

Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 17.03.2020 (PDF, 245.5 kB, English)

Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 20.03.2020 (PDF, 335.1 kB, English)

Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 21.03.2020 (PDF, 208.4 kB, English)

Additional precautionary restrictions for travelers from all countries visiting Myanmar of 23.03.2020 (PDF, 835.2 kB, English)

Communication of the Swiss Embassy to the Swiss citizens residing in Myanmar of 25.03.2020 (PDF, 250.3 kB, English)

Urgent Information to Swiss Travelers in Myanmar of 29.03.2020 (PDF, 327.0 kB, English)

 

For security reasons, each visitor has to present a valid ID document with photo. It’s requested to enable you to reach the Embassy’s floor.

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