Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

ALERT - COVID-19 Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, New Zealanders overseas need to take steps to stay safely where they are and shelter in place....Read more

ALERT - COVID-19 Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, New Zealanders overseas need to take steps to stay safely where they are and shelter in place....Read more

  • Reviewed: 19 March 2020, 14:10 NZDT
  • Still current at: 22 September 2020

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
There have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Switzerland.

Local authorities in countries and territories with confirmed cases of COVID-19 may impose containment measures including travel restrictions and quarantine requirements to prevent the spread of the virus.

Such measures may be imposed at short notice and specific details may change rapidly, including where and to whom they apply to and for how long. All travellers should stay informed of measures being taken by authorities in the areas they are travelling to. We recommend that all travellers consult the official website or the nearest embassy or consulate of your country or territory of destination to find out about any border controls and other measures that may apply to you.

For information on countries and territories which have COVID-19 related border restrictions affecting foreign nationals, including travellers in transit, please check the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website before you travel.  IATA provides a comprehensive list of all countries and territories that have imposed COVID-19 related border restrictions and is being continually updated.

As part of its response to managing the COVID-19 outbreak, the New Zealand Government has some temporary travel restrictions in place in New Zealand. Please refer to the New Zealand Ministry of Health website for up to date information.

For further travel advice and information about COVID-19, please see our webpage here. We encourage all New Zealanders living and travelling overseas to register with us.

Terrorism
There is an underlying threat of terrorism in Switzerland. Terrorist groups, including those based in Syria and Iraq, continue to make threats to conduct attacks in Europe. 

New Zealanders in Switzerland are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising vigilance in public places.

Crime
Petty crime such as bag snatching and pickpocketing occurs in Switzerland with reports increasing, especially in larger cities, in tourist areas, at airports and on public transport. Petty crime mainly occurs at railway stations and on trains. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings.

Civil unrest
Demonstrations and protests occur occasionally in Switzerland and may disrupt local public services and transport. New Zealanders are advised to avoid all demonstrations, protests and large public gatherings as even those intended as peaceful have the potential to turn violent with little warning.

General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Switzerland should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place. You should check your policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend undertaking in Switzerland, such as adventure sports.

New Zealanders in Switzerland are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips


The New Zealand Embassy Berlin, Germany is accredited to Switzerland

Street Address Atrium, Friedrichstrasse 60, 10117 Berlin, Germany Telephone +49 30 206 210 Fax +49 30 206 21114 Email nzembber@infoem.org Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/germany Hours Mon - Fri 09.30 - 1300, 1400 - 1600 Note For consular assistance in Switzerland, Telephone: +41 22 929 0350

New Zealand Consulate-General Geneva, Switzerland

Street Address 2 Chemin des Fins, Grand Sacconex, Geneva, Switzerland Postal Address P O Box 334, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland Telephone +41 22 929 0350 Fax +41 22 929 0377 Email mission.nz@bluewin.ch Hours Mon - Fri 0930 1130 hrs

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Germany

Street Address
Atrium, Friedrichstrasse 60, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Telephone: +49 30 206 210

Fax: +49 30 206 21114

Email: nzembber@infoem.org

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/germany

Hours: Mon - Fri 09.30 - 1300, 1400 - 1600

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