Consulate General of Switzerland in Montreal
In view of the current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Consulate General had to adapt its activities and reduce public access until further notice to comply with social distancing measures.
Personal visit to the Consulate General
Consular services are available by appointment only. Please make sure to book an appointment by email prior to visiting the Consulate General.
Only people (no accompanying persons) with an appointment may enter the building. As per Quebec’s governmental regulations, wearing a mask is mandatory.
Traveling to Switzerland
As of July 20th 2020, the normal entry requirements apply to any person entering Switzerland directly from Canada as well as from the countries listed on: Entry restrictions. Transit throw a risk country before entering Switzerland (e.g. London, UK) is not allowed.
Follow the recommendations of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA: What does the FDFA advise?
Please note that the airlines themselves decide on the conditions by which they carry passengers. The Swiss authorities have no influence over their decision. We therefore recommend that you ask the airline concerned about the conditions that they apply before booking your flight.
Quarantine in Switzerland
Travelers from Canada do not have to go into quarantine in Switzerland, unless they have been to a high-risk country within 14 days prior to their trip to Switzerland. Quarantine in Switzerland is 10 days. For additional information, please refer to the webpage of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH): Isolation and quarantine.
Persons over the age of 12 must wear a mask in trains, trams and buses, as well as on mountain rail, cableways, and on lake and riverboats, throughout the country. Further obligations may apply depending on the canton.
Traveling to Canada
For information on Canadian measures regarding the conditions of entry and stay in Canada, please visit: Government of Canada.
The practical aspects of the implementation of these measures fall within the competence of the Canadian authorities.
Life certificate for the Swiss pension AHV/AVS
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swiss Compensation Office (SCO) in Geneva is now accepting the life certificate, filled out and signed by the insured person, together with a copy of a valid identity document (with photo). The documents can be sent to Consulate General of Switzerland in Montreal, which will then forward them to the competent office in Geneva.
A scan of the life certificate (both sides) along with the copy of a valid identity document (with photo) can also be sent directly to the SCO.
In Switzerland, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) informs in regards to the Novel Coronavirus and publishes travel advice accordingly.+++
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More information: Press release of the Federal Council (19.03.2020)
President of the Swiss Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga: National Day 2020 greetings for the Swiss abroad
Allocution du 1er août 2020 de la Présidente de la Confédération Simonetta Sommaruga
Allocuzione del 1° agosto 2020 della Presidente della Confederazione Simonetta Sommaruga
Discurso del 1° de Agosto 2020 del presidente de la Confederación Simonetta Sommaruga
Celebrating August 1st differently
This ist the first year the FDFA launches a digital Celebration of the Swiss National Day online: Mission August 1st. The multilingual and interactive website – developed jointly by Presence Switzerland together and the Consular Directorate – works as a virtual meeting place for the Swiss abroad, along with lovers of all things Swiss, where they can celebrate August 1st together and share their favourite moments online.
As of July 27th, you will find a wide range of ideas and some inspiration for your very own Swiss National Day Celebration: www.missione1agosto.org
Swiss Canadian Benevolent Society (SCBS): Scholarships 2020/2021
The SCBS awards scholarships in the amount of CAD 1,000 each, to students of Swiss nationality or of proven Swiss origin residing in Quebec. These scholarships are attributed to selected applicants, enrolled or considering enrollment in a post-secondary program, in the field of their choice, in a recognized educational institution.
Interested individuals may request an application form from the SCBS by email and must submit the completed form directly to the SCBS by August 31st 2020.