Consulate General of Switzerland in Bengaluru

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

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

The corona virus pandemic (COVID-19) continues to spread around the world and the situation in India is currently very critical. The Consulate General of Switzerland in Bengaluru is constantly assessing the situation.

Some airlines have suspended services to and from India. If your flight has been cancelled please check directly with the airline.

Air France: +91 12 462 33 502,  1800-4192-033

Air India

British Airways

KLM

Lufthansa

On June 23, 2021, the Federal Council decided to lift the entry restrictions for persons from third countries who are vaccinated.

For vaccinated third-country nationals, the regular entry requirements will apply again from June 26, 2021.

Entry restrictions continue to apply to foreign nationals who are not vaccinated and are without rights of free movement, entering from risk countries or regions and who do not belong to any of the exceptional categories of the Covid 19 Regulation 3.

In case of uncertainties about the entry regulations, the Travel Check of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health provides information on whether entry is possible or not.

Since September 13, 2021, there is a COVID certificate requirement for indoor venues and activities

For vaccinated travelers from India the following transitional solution applies:

From the September 20, until October 10, 2021, certificates of vaccinations with the following vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson&Johnson, AstraZeneca and all licensed vaccines such as Covishield, are valid for indoor access without conversion under the following conditions:

  • Human-readable
  • Incl. personal information, vaccine, vaccination country, vaccination date
  • In a Swiss national language, English or Spanish

This is a transitional solution. After October 10, 2021, the vaccination certificates must be converted into a Swiss COVID certificate.

Travelers from India vaccinated with other vaccines than the above mentioned can only obtain a Swiss certificate via regular testing. 

For additional information, please consult the webpages of:

 Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)

 State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).

The Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi is currently accepting all visa categories for persons arriving from third countries like India who can prove they have been fully vaccinated. Booking of appointment is mandatory for all applications. VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. is operational and accepting visa applications at the Centers in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin and Hyderabad.

According to the Indian Government, all international scheduled airlines operations shall remain suspended until further notice.

As per 25.05.2020, for domestic flights new regulation on the check-in procedures have been imposed in order to safeguard traveler’s health. Please check the website of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and follow the instructions given by your airline.

Travelers are advised to check on detailed procedure with the respective airline as well as on quarantine measures or special regulations of the respective Indian States/Union territories in advance. Current information can be found on the websites of the airports or of the Indian Ministry for Civil Aviation.

We ask all Swiss travelers abroad to register their details and place of stay on the "Travel Admin App". This will make it easier for us to contact them. 

For extension of your Indian visa, please go to: indianfrro.gov.in

Vaccination against Covid-19 for Swiss abroad

In principle, Swiss abroad must comply with the vaccination policy of their host country. For logistical reasons, it is not possible for the Confederation to send vaccines used in Switzerland to its representations abroad. For more information, please consult the Covid-19 section of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad webpage (version E / D / Fchapter Vaccination.

Please also follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) travel advice "Focus Corona Virus"

Federal Office of Public Health (Switzerland) 

New coronavirus / Recommendations for travellers (Quarantine regulations)

Federal Office of Public Health (Switzerland)

FDFA Travel Advice, Focus Coronavirus (COVID-19)

World Health Organization WHO

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

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