Embassy of Switzerland in Russia

The embassy premises in Moscow
Embassy of Switzerland Moscow © 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.

Advise on travelling to Russia

Travelling to Russia is not recommended.

If you are a Swiss national in Russia and your presence is not absolutely essential, the FDFA recommends you to leave the country temporarily and by your own means. 

There are no more direct flights between Switzerland and Russia. International air traffic is restricted. Cash withdrawals are only possible to a limited extent. If you wish to leave the country, use available commercial means of transport. Information on flight options can be obtained from travel agencies and airlines. It cannot be ruled out that further flight connections will be reduced or discontinued. Leaving the country is an individual decision.

Russia classifies Switzerland and other countries which imposed sanctions against Russia as "unfriendly states". Countermeasures by Russia against Switzerland and Swiss nationals cannot be ruled out.

Anyone who spreads information about the Russian army that the Russian government considers as false, or calls for sanctions against Russia, can be punished with imprisonment.

In case of difficulties, contact the FDFA Helpline or the Swiss Embassy in Moscow. Please inform one of these offices when you leave the country.

FDFA Helpline

Embassy Of Switzerland in Russia

Travel advice for Russia

Coronavirus: Update of the travel restrictions

Travelling to Switzerland

The entry restrictions currently in place for Switzerland will be officially lifted from 2 May 2022. As of that date, the usual rules and visa conditions for entering Switzerland will apply. 

Further updated information on entry rules is available via the following links: Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).

For further information on travel restrictions worldwide, please check the FDFA travel advice


Travelling to Russia (no quarantine)

The Russian Government has decided that until further notice:

Russian borders are partly open (tourism, for travelling on business, education and medical purposes). International commercial air traffic from and to Russia is temporarily restricted.

According to the government decree of 1 August 2020, Swiss nationals and people with a residence permit for Switzerland are excluded from the restrictions to enter Russia. They can now enter Russia by airway either directly from Switzerland or through one of the countries which also resumed flights with Russia. The official list of these countries can be found on the website of the Russian Federation in Russian. Information in English is also regularly updated on the website of Aeroflot.

The Russian travel restrictions also do not apply to diplomatic and consular staff in Russia and their families, to professional drivers of international shipping and bus companies, to crew members of airlines, maritime and river vessels, to liaison staff of international railways, to official delegation members, to holders of diplomatic, service and regular private visas attending funeral services of immediate relatives, and to persons holding permanent residence in Russia.

To enter Russia, foreign nationals are obliged to provide a medical certificate in English or Russian of a negative test for the coronavirus (PCR test) that is no more than 48 hours old before their arrival in Russia. This certificate has to be presented at the airline's check-in counter at the airport of departure.

For more information, please consult the Consulate of Russia in Switzerland.

Due to the current situation, Swiss nationals may extend the validity of their residence permit or visa in Russia, if these have expired. To do so, please consult the nearest office of the Main Directorate for migration of the Russian Ministry of the Interior.

If you contract the COVID-19 during your stay in Russia and overstay your visa due to the subsequent quarantine, you may need an exit visa. In this case, please contact the nearest office of the Main Directorate for migration of the Russian Ministry of Interior. The Embassy cannot assist you in obtaining the visa. 

We remind you that it is necessary to respect the sanitary measures in force in your place of stay and to follow the evolution of these measures. The following websites will inform you about the measures in place:

We kindly ask all Swiss nationals or residents in Switzerland, who currently travel in Russia, to register on the Travel Admin application.

For specific questions regarding the current situation, please contact the Embassy of Switzerland in Russia: moscow@eda.admin.ch

Services and visa

All consular services and visa support for residents of the countries listed below are provided by the Regional Consular Centre Moscow. Information can be found on the websites concerned:

Russia – Services
Russia – Visa

Uzbekistan
Belarus

Welcome

A greeting from the Ambassador

Embassy’s tasks

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.

Switzerland and Russia

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

Newsletter

The Swiss embassy publishes a newsletter containing information on culture, science and politics

Partners

List of partners supporting our projects.