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.
The Embassy strives to provide the Swiss citizens with the most recent information. However, please note that regulations can change quickly and sometimes without prior notice.
The Embassy is aware of the difficult situation that many of our citizens currently encounter. We are making every effort to respond to your inquiries quickly. For any consular assistance please contact us by calling during working hours on weekdays (+64 4 472 15 93) or by writing an e-mail anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to make an appointment.
Please also consult this website for new information regularly.
The Swiss government recommends that Swiss travellers abroad return home as soon as possible. There are different commercial flights available from New Zealand (Qatar, Emirates, Singapore Airlines). Please check with the airline directly or get in touch with your travel agent.
We advise all Swiss citizens in New Zealand to comply with the recommendations and regulations of local authorities and the Department of Health. Please keep yourself updated.
New Zealand’s border is closed to most travellers and entry is strictly controlled. All arrivals are tested for COVID-19 and a 14-day managed quarantine or isolation is mandatory. Please consult the Website of Immigration NZ Covid-19 regularly for updates and current information.
Healthline – 0800 611 116
New Zealand Tourism: Travel Alerts 100% New Zealand
Please also follow the travel advice "Focus novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)” of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) (Travel Advice "Focus novel Coronavirus") and the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
Focus novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)
Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)
New Zealand: Alert Level
Please refer to New Zealands official website Unite Against Covid-19 for current information on the Alert Levels in effect.
Quarantine requirements in Switzerland
Please note that people arriving from certain countries are required to self-isolate.
For further information and a list of the relevant countries, please consult the website of the Federal Office of Public Health: www.bag.admin.ch and refer to the below paragraphe "Important Information Visa for Switzerland".
Important information "Visa for Switzerland"
It is no longer be possible to enter Switzerland from a high-risk country on a transit flight via a non-high-risk country. However, passengers travelling from a non-high-risk country will be able to enter Switzerland even if they have a stopover in a high-risk country, provided they do not leave the transit area of the airport.
In principle, the country of direct entry into Switzerland is determining. However, if entry by air is via one or more transit airports (without leaving the international transit zone of the airport), the country of entry is not the transit country but the country of the original departure. Persons travelling from high-risk countries wil be denied entry to Switzerland.
Please refer to the Presse release for details, including persons travelling from New Zealand.
A current list of high-risk countries can be obtained here
Please note that visas for Hungary are not processed until further notice.
All foreign nationals who are holders of a valid Swiss residency permit / D-Visa / "Assurance of residence permit" (NZ citizens only, see here) can enter Switzerland.
Swiss citizens, citizens of EU/EFTA countries as well as British citizens can enter Switzerland at any time.
For updates on high-risk countries and the general
situation please refer to the website of the State Secretariat for Migration , in particular the Covid-19 FAQ on entry and stay in Switzerland, the exceptions and suspension of visas.
Persons arriving or returning to Switzerland from certain countries may
be required to go into quarantine. For further information, please consult the website of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH, Helpline FOPH: +41 58 464 44 88 (6am-11pm).
The mandatory quarantine requirement does currently not apply to
transit passengers who have spent less than 24 hours in a country or area
with an increased risk of infection. Further exceptions are set down in Article 4 of the Covid-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport Measures.
The wearing of masks on public transport is compulsory. A mask must also be worn in aircraft. The measure affects all scheduled and charter flights that take off or land in Switzerland, regardless of the airline.
Updates on the Novel Coronavirus in Switzerland can be found on the websites of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (newsfeed of the FOPH) and the Department of Foreign Affairs, travel advice, "Focus Corona Virus".
Immigration NZ / Transiting through NZ
Swiss Citizens transiting through New Zealand to retun home do not require a transit visa as long as they have a confirmed flight out of New Zealand within 24 hours to a port which wil accept them. In most cases transit passengers must hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before travel. Please see Information about NZeTA for further detail.
Please consult the website of Immigration NZ before travelling as requirements can change without prior notice.
Airlines operating flights out of New Zealand
Please find below information for flight options/transit. We recommend you get in touch with the relevant airlines or your travel agency to secure a return flight.
Transit through Singapore Changi Airport from selected cities in New Zealand to any destination in the SIA Group Network has become available. Singapore Airways
Qatar Airways is currently offering flights from Auckland via Brisbane as well as different locations in Australia ("We will get you home": Qatar Airways). Please consult the airline's website for more information.
For detailled information please visit the website of the Australian Government:
Transiting Australia (this includes advice on visa requirements and criteria for transit exemptions)
Emirates is operating flights departing Auckland to Dubai (via Melbourne) with next day connecting flights to Zurich.
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).