Embassy of Switzerland in Morocco
CORONAVIRUS - General information
Gradual opening of the Embassy to the public
In connection with the current health crisis, access to the counters is by appointment only and with a mask being worn. The number of available appointments has had to be reduced to avoid excessive use and to comply with health regulations. This situation may cause a certain waiting time to obtain your appointment. Only people with an appointment will be received. Thank you for your understanding.
Depending on the category of your request, you will find below the procedure to follow to obtain an appointment:
- Chancellerie (identity documents, civil status, etc...)
Please request an appointment by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Request for a stay longer than 90 days:
Applications for visas for a stay of more than 90 days (national type-D visa, e.g. for studies in Switzerland, family reunification, re-entry visa) are accepted. Please request an appointment by email at email@example.com
To withdraw a national type-D visa, on the basis of an authorisation already granted by the competent authorities in Switzerland, please send your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org, so that an appointment can be arranged.
Application for a stay of less than 90 days:
The processing of visa applications for a stay of less than 90 days (Schengen visa type C, e.g. for tourism, private or professional visits) remains suspended until further notice. No appointments are currently being made. The reopening date is not yet known. Please check this site regularly to follow the evolution.
Please also consult the document FAQ-Visas_COVID19
Restrictions on entry into Switzerland
Concerning entry restrictions for non-Schengen and third-country nationals, as well as the opening of borders with all Schengen states, please consult the website of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM. Persons benefiting from the free movement of persons may enter Switzerland.
The Federal Council has also taken note of the recommendations of the EU Council on the lifting of entry restrictions due to the coronavirus for 15 states, including Morocco (see SEM press release). The decisive factor is the person's place of residence and not his or her nationality. Switzerland will follow these recommendations as of 20.7.2020.
As of 6.7.2020, anyone crossing the border from certain areas at high risk of infection must be quarantined for 10 days. Once they have entered Switzerland, they must report to the cantonal authorities. The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has drawn up recommendations for travellers and a list of risk areas, which it updates regularly. Morocco is not on the list valid as of 6.7.2020 and a resident must not register with the cantonal authorities.
quarantine. This list can be modified by the Federal Council and must be consulted before each trip. It is available here in the Federal Council's Covid-19 Ordinance.
It should be noted that the wearing of masks is mandatory on all public transport.
As for the reopening of Morocco's borders, the modalities of entry and exit from the territory are the responsibility of the Moroccan authorities.
CORONAVIRUS - News Flash
Updated on 07.08.2020
- The Government of Morocco decided on 7 august 2020 to extend the state of health emergency until 10 September 2020. All the tourists blocked so far in Morocco will have to have left the territory by this date or to have regularized their situation with the police. Otherwise they risk a fine.
- Since 15 July 2020, the Moroccan authorities have proceeded to a partial opening of the borders to allow the return to Morocco of their own nationals and foreigners with residence permits in Morocco. At check-in, travellers must present a negative PCR test and a serological test within 48 hours, then undergo a clinical examination on arrival in case of symptoms. However, children under 11 years of age are exempt.
- This operation will also make it possible to leave Morocco for Moroccans residing abroad and foreigners resident or non-resident stranded in Morocco. New students admitted to foreign schools and Moroccan citizens obliged to travel abroad for health reasons will have to obtain special authorizations from the competent services in order to leave the territory.
- For more information, please consult the Facebook page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad, you can also contact this Ministry at the following numbers:
- Call Centre: +212 537 66 33 00
- Crisis Unit: +212 666 89 11 05/+212 662 01 34 36/+212 537 67 62 18
- This operation will rely mainly on air transport, which will be provided exclusively by RAM and Air Arabia.
- Ferry boats will also be scheduled, but exclusively from the port of Sète (France) and Genoa (Italy) to the exclusion of any other port. Details of the sea connections have not yet been announced.
- It appears that other Embassies also offer return flights, such as the French Embassy for example. Please check directly with the Embassies concerned.
Information on the situation in Morocco
- On 20 March 2020, a state of health emergency was declared. It is in force until 10 September 2020. At the same time, the Moroccan State decided the obligation to wear a mask outside as of Tuesday, April 7, 2020, and any offender is punishable by one to three months in prison and a fine of 300 to 1300 dhs.
- Granting of the authorization for the departure of boats and repatriation planes is the exclusive competence of the Moroccan authorities.
- In view of the covid-19 pandemic, the Moroccan authorities have decided that tourists still stranded in Morocco who are exempt from visa requirements and whose stay will exceed 90 days, as well as tourists whose visas will expire, will be considered in a regular situation, until the normal resumption of air, sea and land traffic. The same applies to foreign nationals staying in Morocco whose residence permits are expiring. Border crossing facilities will be granted by the Moroccan authorities at the time of departure.
- For any question relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in Morocco, we invite you to respect the instructions of the local authorities (Ministry of Health) and the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO).
- At the federal level in Switzerland, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) informs the population about the current situation related to the new coronavirus COVID-19 and publishes recommendations for travellers to third countries.
- The FDFA's Travel Advice aims to draw their attention to the basic principles for preparing their trip abroad, informing them of the potential risks and indicating the precautionary measures to be taken. It complements other sources of information.
- The Swiss Embassy in Rabat does not provide medical advice. In case of health problems, please consult a doctor and, if necessary, contact the toll-free number set up by the Moroccan authorities: 0801 0047 47.
- If you have any questions, please send us an email at email@example.com, especially regarding consular matters. We also recommend that you consult the "travel advice" published on the Embassy's website as well as the FDFA website.
- The Embassy's team continues to work tirelessly to find solutions for Swiss tourists who are still stranded. We would like to thank all those who write to us and ask questions. We do our best to answer your messages and to guide you accordingly. Finally, the FDFA Q&A is also a source of answers to your questions and the FDFA Helpline, a resource in case of emergency: +41 800 24-7-365 / +41 58 465 33 33.
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, financial and legal affairs, as well as science, education and culture.
Detailed information can be found on the French page.