Demonstration Alert

Location: Bern, Switzerland Events: Several demonstrations, both organized and spontaneous, are expected to occur in Bern on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Saturday, October 16, 14:00 – 15:30 “Against Corona Measures” demonstration, held at the Waisenhausplatz. A couple of hundred peaceful demonstrators are expected to attend. Saturday, October 16, 15:00 – 16:30 “Against the killing of …

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Demonstration Alert

Location:        All cantons in Switzerland and Lichtenstein Events:         Several demonstrations, both organized and spontaneous, are expected to occur throughout Switzerland over the weekend.  Recent events show that unplanned demonstrations can also occur without warning. Actions to take:         Exercise vigilance and heightened situational awareness over the coming days ·         Stay alert in public places, …

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Weather Alert – Severe Flooding

Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Weather Alert – Severe Flooding   Location: Switzerland   Event: Emergency services in numerous cantons across Switzerland are dealing with significant flooding issues. Severe flooding has been reported in Bern, Zurich, Basel, Uri, Vaud, Luzern, and elsewhere throughout Switzerland. Travel routes across the country have been affected. Within Bern, locations near …

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Demonstration Alert

Location:  Zürich, Switzerland   Events:  Zürich Police have notified the Embassy that a demonstration against U.S. policy in Cuba will occur on Thursday, June 17. The demonstration will begin mid-afternoon in downtown Zürich and culminate in a march to the U.S. Consular Agency in Zürich for a rally to be held from 5:00 PM to …

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Demonstration Alert

Location:        Zürich, Switzerland Events:         Zurich Police have notified the Embassy that a demonstration by Kurdish groups will occur on Thursday, May 27. The demonstration will begin midday in downtown Zurich and culminate in a march to the U.S. Consular Agency in Zurich for a rally to be held from 3:30 PM to …

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Message for U.S. Citizens About Passports: U.S. Embassy Bern (May 25, 2021)

Location: Switzerland and Liechtenstein Event: U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports. If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021 You qualify for …

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Demonstration Alert

Location:        Waisenhausplatz, Bern, Switzerland Events:         Saturday, May 22, beginning at 2:00 PM, local authorities expect demonstrators to gather on Waisenhausplatz to demonstrate against the Israeli – Palestinian conflict. Officials expect up to a couple hundred demonstrators to attend. Please be advised that there may be an increased police presence in the area …

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Demonstration Alert

Location:        Zürich, Switzerland Events:         Zurich Police have notified the Embassy that a demonstration against U.S. policy in Cuba will occur on Monday, May 17. The protest will begin midday in downtown Zurich and culminate in a march to the U.S. Consular Agency in Zurich for a rally to be held from 1:00 …

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Protest Alert

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland Location:        Bern, Switzerland Events:        The Swiss Government has notified the Embassy that a demonstration against U.S. counterterrorism policy in Turkey will occur on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The protest will take place at 3:00 pm at the Kapellenstrasse, near the U.S. Embassy. Local authorities are expecting up …

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May DayDemonstration Alert

U.S Embassy Bern, Switzerland Location:    Bern, Zurich, and possibly other cities in Switzerland Event: May Day demonstrations, both organized and spontaneous, are expected to occur throughout Switzerland in recognition of International Workers’ Day today, May 1st. Bern authorities have advised a demonstration is planned for 2:00 PM at Zytglogge. While this demonstration is not …

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Protest Alert

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland Location:        Zurich, Switzerland Events:         Zurich Police have notified the Embassy that a demonstration against U.S. counterterrorism policy in Turkey will occur on Thursday, April 29. The protest will begin at 2:00 PM in downtown Zurich and culminate in a march to the U.S. Consular Agency in Zurich. Local …

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Updated Travel Advisory: U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Switzerland, April 22, 2021

Do not travel to Switzerland due to COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for the Switzerland due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. Visit the Embassy’s  COVID-19 page  for more information on COVID-19 in Switzerland. Read the  country information page . …

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Demonstration Alert

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland Location:        Bern, Switzerland Liestal, Switzerland Events:         Demonstrations are expected to take place on Saturday, March 20, 2021 beginning at noon to 6.00pm, Bundesplatz, Bern and noon to 6.00pm, in Liestal.  The demonstrators intend to protest against ongoing COVID-19 mitigation measures.  Actions to take:         Exercise caution Stay alert in public places, including schools, …

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Demonstration Alert

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 22, 2021)  Location:        U.S. Embassy, Bern and Downtown Bern Events:         Tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, January 23, 2021, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM, local authorities expect up to 5 demonstrators to gather outside of U.S. Embassy Bern in support of Wikileaks founder Julian …

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Demonstration Alert

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (February 19, 2021) Location:        U.S. Embassy, Bern Events:         Planned demonstrations, regarding support of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange are scheduled for Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 2:00-3:00pm outside the U.S. Embassy, Bern. As with all such gatherings, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational …

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Demonstration Alert

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 22, 2021)  Location:        U.S. Embassy, Bern and Downtown Bern Events:         Tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, January 23, 2021, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM, local authorities expect up to 5 demonstrators to gather outside of U.S. Embassy Bern in support of Wikileaks founder Julian …

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Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)  

Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)  Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19.     Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 8, 2021)  Location:        U.S. Embassy, Bern Events:         Planned demonstrations, regarding support of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange are scheduled for Friday, January 8, 2021 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM and Saturday, January 9, 2021, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM outside the U.S. Embassy, Bern. As with all such gatherings, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (December 3, 2020)

Location:        Switzerland and Liechtenstein countrywide Event:             During the holiday season, security measures in Switzerland and Liechtenstein remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by violent extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Violent extremists continue to focus on locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (November 20, 2020) Location:        Bundesplatz, Bern Events:         Planned demonstrations, against ongoing COVID-19 mitigation measures are scheduled for Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 1:00 PM at the Bundesplatz. It is possible that other unplanned demonstrations also related to the ongoing COVID-19 measures could form at the Bahnofplatz and occur at …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (November 4, 2020)   Location:        Throughout the city of Bern Events: A demonstration, which calls for peace throughout the U.S. election process is planned for November 4–6, 2020 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Waisenhausplatz. It is possible that other unplanned demonstrations also related to the U.S. elections …

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Demonstration Alert

Subject:          Demonstration Alert:  Bern – Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Location:        Bern, Kornhausbrücke, Zytglogge, and Bundesplatz Event: Protestors and activists are chaining themselves together and targeting public transit routes, including Kornhausbrücke, Zytglogge, and Bundesplatz. Details are evolving, the groups are moving, and police are on the scene attempting to disperse the crowds. We anticipate traffic disruptions …

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Travel Advisory for Switzerland – Level 3 – Reconsider travel (August 7, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland   Reconsider travel to Switzerland due to COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for the Switzerland due to COVID-19. Improved conditions have been reported within Switzerland. Visit the Embassy’s  COVID-19 page  for more information on COVID-19 in Switzerland. Read the  country information page

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Demonstration Alert U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (June 12, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland   Subject: Demonstration Alert U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland   Location: Basel, Bern, Zurich, and various other locations in Switzerland (12 June 2020)  Event: Numerous demonstrations are being planned over the coming weeks in various locations in Switzerland over concerns about racial discrimination and civil rights in the United States.  Some events are …

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Demonstration Alert U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (June 5, 2020)

Subject: Demonstration Alert U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (June 5, 2020)   Location:  Geneva and various other locations in Switzerland   Event: Numerous demonstrations are being planned for the next week in various locations in Switzerland over concerns about racial discrimination and civil rights in the United States.  Some events are expected to attract large crowds. Demonstrations …

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Demonstration Alert U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (June 5, 2020)

  Subject: Demonstration Alert U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (June 5, 2020)   Location: Geneva and various other locations in Switzerland   Event: Numerous demonstrations are being planned for the next week in various locations in Switzerland over concerns about racial discrimination and civil rights in the United States.  Some events are expected to attract large crowds. …

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein

  Subject: Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (May 8, 2020)   Location:  Switzerland and Liechtenstein   Event: Update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Enroll in  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive health and security updates and to ensure the State Department can locate you in an emergency. Please continue to monitor …

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern (March 20, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland    Subject:Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern (March 20, 2020) Location:Switzerland and Liechtenstein  Event: On March 19, 2020 the Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Alert – Do not travel The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern (March 16, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland and Liechtenstein (March 16, 2020) Location: Switzerland and Lichtenstein Event: Effective March 16, 2020, U.S. Embassy Bern has suspended routine consular services.  The embassy will also be closed on March 17 and resume limited operations on March 18.  Emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passport issuance, continue to be available. Please …

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Warning – Avoid Nonessential Travel – CDC Travel Notice Level 3, Widespread Ongoing Transmission

  CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the specified countries in Europe, including Switzerland and Lichtenstein. For a full list see:  What countries are included in this notice Europe is experiencing widespread ongoing transmission of  respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) . Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease. Travelers should avoid contact with …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Location: Switzerland and Liechtenstein   Event: On March 13, 2020 the Federal Council provided the following information: With immediate effect, Switzerland is temporarily reintroducing border controls at all of its borders.  U.S. citizens entering Switzerland will have to present a valid U.S. passport. The Federal Council recommends that the public, particularly people over 65 years …

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Closure Alert – Consular Agency Zurich

Subject: Closure Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland   Location: U.S. Consular Agency Zurich, Switzerland   Event: The Consular Agency in Zurich will not offer regular public hours from March 16 until April 3.  U.S. citizens requiring assistance can contact the American Citizens Services Unit in U.S. Embassy Bern.  To schedule an appointment, please …

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Demonstration Alert

Subject: Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland   Location: Bern, Lucerne, Zurich, Davos, and possibly other cities in Switzerland   Event: Planned and unplanned demonstrations are expected to take place in a variety of locations in the lead up to the 2020 World Economic Forum which will take place January 20 – 24, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 7, 2020)

Subject: Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 7, 2020)   Location: Switzerland and Liechtenstein   Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as …

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