- Reviewed: 19 March 2020, 14:10 NZDT
- Still current at: 29 March 2020
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com Hours Mon - Fri 0930 1130 hrs
See our regional advice for Europe
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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Germany
Atrium, Friedrichstrasse 60, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Telephone: +49 30 206 210
Fax: +49 30 206 21114
Hours: Mon - Fri 09.30 - 1300, 1400 - 1600