Embassy of Switzerland in Israel

Coronavirus

Consular Services

Given the current circumstances, the Embassy of Switzerland and its consular services are operating at a reduced schedule. Consular services will continue to be available for urgent and essential cases only. In order to follow the recommended measures of social distancing, please limit your visits to the Embassy to appointments that have been scheduled in advance.

Please contact us by e-mail to schedule your appointment: telaviv@eda.admin.ch

We are currently unable to serve walk in visitors.

Enquiries regarding visas, entry into or transit through Switzerland and mandatory quarantine regulations must be made in writing and may be addressed to: telaviv.travel@eda.admin.ch

 

Coronavirus / Travel restrictions

Switzerland

Israel was removed from Switzerland’s ‘quarantine list’ (list of states and areas with an increased risk of infection) as of 29 October 2020. The quarantine obligation for travelers from certain states and areas has been in force in Switzerland since July 2020. You will find all the information on the OFPH website.

Please note that the other entry requirements remain unchanged and you are permitted to enter Switzerland if you are

  • a Swiss citizen;
  • or a person with rights of free movement; The entry into Switzerland or a country within the Schengen area;
  • or a person who holds a valid  passport of any country together with one of the following document:
    • a valid residence permit, i.e. a Swiss residence permit (L / B / C / Ci     permits);
    • an FDFA legitimation card;
    • a national visa issued by Switzerland;
    •  
  • a person who is travelling via Switzerland please contact the border control of the airport concerned.

Should you not be in possession of one of those documents listed above, kindly contact the Swiss Embassy in Tel Aviv.

From 3 August 2020, persons who have a life partner in Switzerland are also entitled to enter Switzerland, provided they can prove this relationship. Further information can be found on the information sheet "Information sheet for life partner and close acquaintance (PDF, 49.0 kB, English)"

Consult the website of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM before your journey where you will find FAQs on entry restrictions and exceptions, freedom of movement and visas.

Israel

Due to the global COVID-19 situation, travelers without Israeli citizenship or residence in Israel are not allowed to enter Israel. Exceptions are possible under certain conditions. (see website of the Israeli migration authorities).

From 23.12.2020 at 22:00, all persons entering Israel must go into quarantine for 14 days in a hotel assigned by the competent Israeli authorities.

Please note that all travelers must complete an online form from the Israeli Ministry of Health before flying to Israel. Foreign travelers must also apply for an entry permit from the Israeli mission abroad responsible for their place of residence. An online form must also be completed before leaving Israel. The Israeli Ministry of Health provides information on its website about the current entry regulations.

The Israeli Ministry of Health hotline +972 (0)8-6241010 is available from 08:00-21:00 (Israel Standard Time) for questions about the new coronavirus.

For information on the availability of flights to and from Israel, please refer to the website of the Israel Airports Authority.

Please register on the Travel Admin app of the FDFA.

 

  • If you do not feel well and/or develop symptoms of the virus (fever, cough, runny nose, head and chest pains), you are requested to immediately contact the MADA (Magen David Adom) services at the phone number 101.
  • Maintain a high level of hygiene and avoid hand shaking.
  • Document the course of your travel in Israel.
  • Other measures have also been issued.

For more details on travel restrictions and quarantine procedures, please refer to the website of the Ministry of Health of the State of Israel.

The Israeli Ministry of Health Hotline +972 (0)8-6241010 is available between 08:00 through 21:00 (Israel time) for questions about the novel coronavirus.

Israel Airports Authority provides useful information on flights still operating from and to Israel.

General advice

We also recommend that all Swiss nationals in Israel follow the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (Switzerland), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the FDFA travel advice “Focus Corona Virus (2019-nCOV)”:

For urgent questions, please contact the FDFA Helpline (Tel. +41 800 24-7-365 / +41 58 465 33 33).

Embassy Tel Aviv © FDFA
Embassy Tel Aviv © 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, economic and financial affairs, legal arrangements, science, education and culture. 

The tasks of the embassy

Welcome message

A greeting from the Ambassador

Switzerland and Israel

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

Services

Contact the responsible Swiss representation for identity papers, civil status, registration and deregistration, matters of civil status, etc...

Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

Information on requirements to enter Switzerland and to take residence, procedure to submit an entry visa application, visa application form and fees

News

Local and international news and events related to the country