Embassy of Switzerland in Sri Lanka

Flights from Colombo to London

Sri Lankan Airlines has planned special flights from Colombo to London on 9th, 11th,  and 12th June 2020.

Tickets can be purchased online directly or by calling the airline's call center on  1979.

Please note that the onward journey to Switzerland has to be organized separately and the ticket of the connecting flight has to be shown at check-in at Colombo airport.

Flight Malé - London 11.06.2020

Sri Lankan Airlines will operate one special flight from Malé to London on 11.06.2020. The flight is open to interested passengers wishing to return to their countries of residence (see below for further information on how to book the flight). Please note that the onward journey to Switzerland has to be organized separately and the ticket of the connecting flight has to be shown at check-in at Malé airport.

Should you no longer be in the Maldives, kindly update your details in Itineris (new: Traveladmin) or TravelAdminApp. Thank you.

Flight Malé - London 28.05.2020

Sri Lankan Airlines will operate one special flight from Malé to London on 28.05.2020. The flight is open to interested passengers wishing to return to their countries of residence (see attachment for further information on how to book the flight). Please note that the onward journey to Switzerland has to be organized separately and the ticket of the connecting flight has to be shown at check-in at Malé airport.

Should you no longer be in the Maldives, kindly update your details in Itineris (new: Traveladmin) or TravelAdminApp. Thank you.

Flight Malé - London 21.05.2020

Sri Lankan Airlines will operate one special flight from Malé to London on 21.05.2020. The flight is open to interested passengers wishing to return to their countries of residence (see attachment for further information on how to book the flight). Please note that the onward journey to Switzerland has to be organized separately and the ticket of the connecting flight has to be shown at check-in at Malé airport.

Should you no longer be in the Maldives, kindly update your details in Itineris (new: Traveladmin) or TravelAdminApp. Thank you.

 

Flights from Colombo to London

 

Sri Lankan Airlines has planned special flights from Colombo to London on 19th, 22nd, 26th and 29th May 2020.

Tickets can be purchased online directly or by calling the airline's call center on  1979.

Please note that the onward journey to Switzerland has to be organized separately and the ticket of the connecting flight has to be shown at check-in at Colombo airport.

13.05.2020 - Available flight from Malé to London via Colombo

*  From Sri Lanka *

Sri Lankan Airlines will operate one special flight to London on 13.05.2020. The flight is open to all passengers wishing to return to their countries of residence. Please note that the onward journey to Switzerland has to be organized separately and the ticket of the connecting flight has to be shown at check-in at Colombo airport.

Please call the airline directly at 1979 (due to the current situation, the call volume is higher than usual), or +94 71 021 0809 for further information (departure time, price, etc.) and to book your seat. Please note that this flight cannot be booked online.

 

*  From the Maldives *

Sri Lankan Airlines will operate one special flight from Malé to London on 13.05.2020. The flight is open to interested passengers wishing to return to their countries of residence (see information below). Please note that the onward journey to Switzerland has to be organized separately and the ticket of the connecting flight has to be shown at check-in at Malé airport. 

19.04.2020: Available flights to Europe

Please note that the following airlines have flights available in the coming days. Passengers have to book the tickets online directly:

 

°   From Colombo:

Qatar Airways (flights available from 20.04.2020. Please check the website for further information on available dates)

Neos Air (flight on 24.04.2020 only): flight to Milan. Passengers have to book the onward journey to their country of residence separately.

 

°   From Malé:

Qatar Airways (flight on 21.04.2020, last one available in the coming days/weeks. Please contact the airline for further information).

Neos Air (flight on 24.04.2020 only): flight to Milan. Passengers have to book the onward journey to their country of residence separately.

 

>>>  If flying from the Maldives, please contact the Embassy promptly for further instructions.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Message from the Ambassador of Switzerland to the Swiss communities in Sri Lanka and the Maldives (06.04.2020) (PDF, 63.2 kB) 

 

The Federal Council has called on Swiss travelers to return to their permanent place of residence in Switzerland or abroad. With increasing numbers of international flights cancelled and travel/ transit restrictions in place, this call has become urgent. For Swiss travelers in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, now is the time to heed this appeal and to contact your airline, travel agency or travel insurance to organize the return journey.

In view of the extraordinary circumstances, we urge non-resident Swiss citizens in Sri Lanka and the Maldives to register on "Itineris" and keep the information updated at all times. This will allow the Embassy of Switzerland in Colombo to contact them when needed.

Return flights to Switzerland

In countries where commercial flights are no longer available, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA has started a program to charter planes for selected destinations throughout the world, in order to help Swiss citizens return to their homes in Switzerland.

At the moment, Qatar Airways is still offering possible flight connections out of Sri Lanka (from Colombo via Doha to Zurich). This information is not exhaustive and may change at any time. Accordingly, the Embassy of Switzerland in Colombo cannot assume any liability in relation to this information and advises travelers to always check with the airline or travel agencies prior to booking a ticket.

Swiss Travelers in Sri Lanka and the Maldives should register on "Itineris" / TravelAdmin App. The data collected will facilitate the evaluation of the presence of Swiss citizens in the respective countries.

PLEASE NOTE that no FDFA special flights from Sri Lanka or the Maldives to Switzerland are planned nor confirmed at this time.

Citizens of Switzerland and Liechtenstein can contact the Embassy of Switzerland in Colombo for further queries.

In an emergency, the FDFA Helpline can be contacted around the clock.

All Swiss citizens in Sri Lanka and the Maldives are advised to follow the instructions and recommendations of the respective local authorities.

 

Important information for Swiss travellers in Sri Lanka and the Maldives 

If you are currently travelling abroad, you are asked to contact the airline immediately for information concerning the return journey to Switzerland. Also make sure you are registered on Itineris or the TravelAdmin App so that you can be contacted by the relevant Swiss Embassy in an emergency.

Furthermore, we would like to inform you that many airlines have reduced their flight operations on certain routes. Airlines usually having scheduled flights from Colombo or Malé to Zurich or Geneva are:

Please contact the airlines directly in order to find out if they are still operational for the flights from Colombo or Malé to Switzerland. 

Also, please visit the following webpages regularly for updates on flights out of Sri Lanka and the Maldives: 

The Embassy of Switzerland in Colombo is in close contact with the Sri-Lankan and Maldivian authorities to find solutions to the concerns of Swiss travelers. The possibilities of the Embassy to support the outward and/or onward journey are unfortunately limited in view of the current global situation.

COVID-19: Important announcement for Swiss citizens in Sri Lanka and the Maldives

The ongoing spread of the new coronavirus has led many governments around the world to take action and stringent measures. 

In Switzerland, the Federal Council has categorized the situation as extraordinary under the terms of the Epidemics Act and enacted a broad set of measures. The Swiss Government calls on everyone to act responsibly and in solidarity. Follow the developments in Switzerland

Many countries have imposed entry and exit restrictions and more and more airlines are reducing their flights. Based on the available information as of now, we can share the following:

Practical advices for Swiss travelers (16.03.2020)

  • Please note that on 16 March 2020, the Swiss government has called on Swiss travelers to return to Switzerland.

  • Swiss tourists are recommended to contact their airline or travel agency for information concerning their return flight to Switzerland.

  • Concerned Swiss citizens shall follow the instructions and directives of the Sri Lankan and Maldivian government and contact the respective national, provincial and local authorities in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

  • The Embassy of Switzerland is in close exchange with the Sri Lankan and Maldivian authorities. Currently, we are in contact with many Swiss and lend support where possible. If you have further questions, please direct your inquiry to colombo@eda.admin.ch or call +94 (11) 269 5117. Further, you may also contact the Helpline of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (Tel. +41 800 24-7-365 / +41 58 465 33 33).

  • For questions in relation to travel plans and travel restrictions, please consult with the national authorities, airlines and travel agencies.

  • For health related questions or needs, please consult with your physician, hospital and the local authorities. For Swiss sources, you may consult information of the Federal Office of Public Health FHPO. The FHPO has a hotline, available 24/7, for your questions: +41 58 463 00 00.

Sri Lanka

Swiss citizens who have arrived to Sri Lanka between March 1 to 15, 2020, have to register with the police authorities. This can be done locally at the police station or by phone by dialing +94 11 244 4480, +94 11 244 4481,+94 11 597 8720, +94 11 597 8730, +94 11 597 8734.

Visa extensions due to COVID19 for tourists stranded in Sri Lanka can be obtained at the Immigration office in Battaramulla. More information (PDF, 779.8 kB, English)

Maldives

The Maldivian authorities have also severely restricted inbound travels. Many flights have been cancelled, although outbound flights are still partially functioning. Swiss tourists are advised to contact the travel agencies and/or the airlines directly in order to have updated information.

For accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19

The authorities in the Maldives have activated a 24-hour toll-free hotline – 1676

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