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Yvonne Baumann
Yvonne Baumann © FDFA

Dear Visitor,

Allow me to warmly welcome you to the webpage of the Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt. It is my pleasure to introduce you to the work of our Swiss representation.

It is a privilege for me to be able to represent Switzerland in a historically and culturally rich context, such as Egypt’s. The opening of the Embassy in Cairo 65 years ago, was only one of many milestones marking a fruitful and prosperous relation between our two countries and peoples.

On the political level, the relations between Switzerland and Egypt cover a wide area of topics, which are regularly addressed in political consultations and during visits at ministerial or technical levels. Our two countries have a mutual interest in peace promotion, conflict prevention, sustainable economic development, social cohesion, managing migration, as well as tackling climate change.

Economically, Egypt is Switzerland’s largest export market in Africa and the fourth most important bilateral trading partner in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region. The Swiss-Egyptian economic connections date back further than the opening of the Embassy. The first Swiss trade representation in Egypt was established in 1909. A relationship of more than a century is a testament to the proximity of our two countries and economies. There are also around 70 Swiss companies and affiliates established in Egypt that we closely interact with through SWISSCHAM

Switzerland also has strong cultural exchanges with Egypt, covering the fields of music, theater, plastic arts, cinema, and archeology. The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia maintains a liaison office in the Embassy which supports and disseminates Swiss arts and culture and promotes cultural outreach in the Arab region. We always try and adapt our activities in order to be in line with the restrictions of the ongoing pandemic.

Egypt plays a critical role for peace and stability in the region. The Cooperation Programme for the period 2021-2024 underlines Switzerland’s long-term commitment to Egypt. To commemorate the longstanding partnership of over 40 years of international cooperation between the two countries, considerable results were highlighted in the fields of human rights & governance, sustainable economic development, technical and vocational training, water, wastewater, solid waste management, urban planning and the protection of vulnerable population, such as migrants and refugees, particularly women and children.

Among the important tasks of the Embassy are the services provided through the consular and the visa sections. You will find all information pertaining to such matters on this webpage. You will as well find the contact details of the Swiss Honorary Consulate in El Gouna. Through these entities, the Embassy maintains its relationship with approx. 1,500 members of the Swiss community residing in Egypt. I am also glad to see that more and more Swiss tourists are visiting this beautiful country with its unique cultural heritage.

I invite you to visit our Embassy’s social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter) to obtain more information about our activities and plenty of other topics which might be of your interest.

Dear visitor, I hope that this webpage provides you with the information you need. Do not hesitate to contact the Embassy and send us your questions, comments and suggestions. Thank you very much for your interest and for your visit.

Warmest regards,

Yvonne Baumann, Ambassador of Switzerland to Egypt