Embassy of Switzerland in Kenya
Travelers arriving from Switzerland entering Kenya by air:
Please see the relevant web page of the KCAA "Kenya Civil Aviation Authority".
Covid-19: Regulations for air travelers entering Switzerland
Entry rules change frequently due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. It is advised to check the newest sanitary rules by using the Travelcheck to check whether and under what conditions you are allowed to enter Switzerland.
Non-vaccinated third-country nationals who want to enter the Schengen area from risk countries or regions will be refused entry to Switzerland for temporary stays without gainful employment of up to 90 days within a period of 180 days - apart from certain exceptions (hardship cases). Tourism and visiting stays are particularly affected.
Everyone entering Switzerland must present a completed entry form (rare exceptions may apply, please refer to art. 3 of the COVID-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport). It is important to fill out the electronic entry form on a computer or smartphone at the earliest, 48 hours before the travel, in order to receive a QR code by email. This code needs to be kept at hand for inspection upon arrival in Switzerland. The controlling authority can impose a fine if the entry form is not completed or if the information provided is false.
The following provisions also apply to people who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID and regardless of what country they enter from.
On Boarding: On boarding, everyone aged 16 and over intending to enter Switzerland by air or bus must be able to show the negative result of a PCR test (performed no more than 72 hours prior to boarding) or a rapid antigen test (performed no more than 24 hours previously). If you cannot show such a test you will not be allowed to board the aircraft or vehicle. Note: For people entering Switzerland from a country with a variant of concern, the test requirement on boarding already applies to those aged 6 and over.
On Entry to Switzerland: On entering Switzerland, everyone aged 16 and over must be able to show the negative result of a PCR test (performed no more than 72 hours prior to entry) or a rapid antigen test (performed no more than 24 hours previously). Anyone unable to present a valid negative test, must take a test immediately on arrival (PCR or rapid antigen test).
After Entering Switzerland: Are you not vaccinated or recovered? Then you must take another PCR test or rapid antigen test between the 4th and 7th day after entry. This applies to people age 16 and over. For people entering the country and leaving before day 7 (and staying for 6 nights), another PCR or rapid antigen test is not obligatory but recommended. The test result and the number of the entry form or a copy of the contact card must be notified to the canton. Have you received a negative test result? In this case you must report this to the canton in the form of a COVID test certificate. Have you received a positive test result? In this case, notify the canton of the test result. Contact details for the cantonal authorities are listed further down this page.
There are currently no countries on the list of countries with a variant of concern. There is thus no quarantine requirement for people arriving in Switzerland at present.
Information regarding Covid-19 vaccinations for Swiss citizen living abroad:
Swiss Covid certificate for persons vaccinated abroad:
Holders of an "EU Digital COVID Certificate" or a certificate compatible with the "EU Digital COVID Certificate" do not need to apply for a Swiss Covid certificate. These certificates are recognized in Switzerland. Anyone who does not have a corresponding certificate can apply for a Swiss Covid certificate if he/she was vaccinated abroad with a vaccine that is approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). These are the following vaccines:
- Comirnaty® / BNT162b2 / Tozinameran (Pfizer/BioNTech).
- Spikevax® / mRNA-1273 / COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna)
- Vaxzevria® / AZD1222 / Covishield™ (AstraZeneca)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
The prerequisite for this is that the person lives in Switzerland, is staying in Switzerland or intends to enter Switzerland. The vaccination carried out abroad and the stay in Switzerland must be sufficiently documented and the person must be able to identify him/herself. Detailed information can be found on the website of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
For vaccines on the "WHO Emergency Use List", a Swiss Covid certificate may be issued. Detailed information can be found on the website mentioned above.
Vaccination for the Swiss Community Abroad
Swiss citizens abroad - with and without compulsory health insurance (basic insurance) in Switzerland - and their close family members living in the same household without Swiss citizenship (life partners, children, parents, parents-in-law) can be vaccinated in accordance with vaccination recommendations when staying in Switzerland. The implementation of the vaccination is regulated by the cantons. Information on whether and how interested persons can register for vaccination can be obtained from the cantonal offices.
There are no plans to supply the Swiss abroad with vaccines from Switzerland.
For additional information see also the web page of the Federal Office for Public Health (FOPH)
- Infoline Coronavirus: +41 58 463 00 00 (daily 6 am to 11 pm Swiss time).
- Infoline for persons entering Switzerland: +41 58 464 44 88 (daily 6 am to 11 pm Swiss time)
- Infoline Covid-19 vaccination: +41 800 88 66 44 (daily 6 am to 11 pm Swiss time)
Please consult the information on the web page of the Organization of the Swiss Abroad for further reference.
Information on Swiss COVID-Certificate
As the official representation of Switzerland, the Embassy covers all matters concerning diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Kenya, as well as Switzerland and Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda. It represents Swiss interests in the areas of political, economic and financial affairs, science, education and culture. It delivers consular services to citizens of Switzerland and other countries. It implements the cooperation strategy for the Horn of Africa.
In order to fulfill these tasks, the Embassy operates in four Divisions. Find out more about the work of each one of them.