Embassy of Switzerland in New Zealand
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 Embassy in Wellington is also responsible for diplomatic and consular relations with the Republic of Fiji, the Cook Islands, Samoa, the Kingdom of Tonga and Tuvalu as well as for consular relations with Niue and American Samoa.
Certificate of life OASI
The annual verification of the existence of OASI/DI has been modified as per 01.01.2022. The life and civil status certificate will no longer be sent to all the beneficiaries. The concerned beneficiaries will be informed by the Swiss Compensation Office (SCO) and the DI Office for people living abroad (OAIE) by mail. The letter will be sent a month prior to the month when you usually received the life and civil status certificate (e.g. if you received the life and civil status certificate in January, you will receive the letter in December). Please contact us (email@example.com), if you have received neither the letter nor the life and civil status certificate.
Measures and ordinances in Switzerland
The nationwide restrictions and bans have been lifted.
Now that the measures and restrictions have been lifted, individual responsibility is becoming more important. How we protect ourselves and others now depends on our own behaviour: Coranavirus, Protect yourself and others.
Travel to Switzerland
As the COVID-19 entry restrictions has been lifted as per 2nd of May 2022, the usual rules for entering Switzerland do apply.
You will find information about visas, travel documents, etc. here: Visa & entry to Switzerland.
New Zealand citizens do NOT require a visa to enter the Schengen area: Important information for New Zealand passport holders.
Important information for Swiss citizens in New Zealand
We advise all Swiss citizens in New Zealand to comply with the recommendations and regulations of the competent local authorities.
For current and updated information please refer to the following link:
For Swiss citizen not permanently resident in New Zealand: please register with the Travel Admin App.
Swiss travellers - Entering New Zealand/Transit
For the newest information about entering and leaving New Zealand, please consult the following website:
- Ministry of Health: Current COVID-19 situation
- The primary portal to New Zeeland’s COVID-19 information:
Unite against COVID-19
- Immigration New Zealand: Reopening the New Zealand border
New Zealand's borders are reopening throughout 2022:
When New Zealand's borders open.
As per 2nd of May 2022, vaccinated visitors from visa waiver countries (such as Switzerland), and visitors from other countries who already hold a valid visitor visa can enter New Zealand and self-test on arrival.
Please check carefully the entry requirements:
- Visa: New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, Information about NZeTA
- Travel Pass (Covid-19): New Zealand Traveller Declaration (NZTD)
- Vaccination requirements for travel to New Zealand: Unite against Covid-19, Vaccination requirements
- Pre-departure testing requirements: Pre-departure tests to enter New Zealand
Information about transit through New Zealand can be found on the following website: Information about transit.
For all questions regarding entry to New Zealand, please contact Immigration New Zealand directly.
Offers for young people
The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad gives the opportunity to young Swiss living abroad to get to know their home country.
The Foundation for Young Swiss Abroad also has similar offers.
Warning against Ticket Resellers
The Embassy advices to be careful when purchasing online. There are Swiss based operators through which event tickets are being resold, not all of them are serious. However, it is up to the commercial courts to decide whether these business practices are unfair.
If you have any doubt about an online seller, please do an online research.
The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO publishes has published a guide regarding online dealing with goods (in German, French, Italian only).