COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein

For all Alerts and Messages from the U.S. Embassy Bern, please click here COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR SWITZERLAND AND LIECHTENSTEIN   Country-Specific Information: The measures put in place to address the spread of the coronavirus have, for the most part, been lifted. These are subject to change, and we recommend confirming directly with Swiss authorities for the most …

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (July 6, 2020)

Subject: Health Alert: COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (July 6, 2020)     Location:  Switzerland and Liechtenstein     Event: Latest update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The Department of State and the CDC advise U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  Please see the …

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (June 29, 2020)

Subject: Health Alert: COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (June 29, 2020)     Location:  Switzerland and Liechtenstein     Event: Latest update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The Department of State and the CDC advise U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  Please …

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (June 15, 2020)

Subject: Health Alert: COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (June 22, 2020)     Location:  Switzerland and Liechtenstein     Event: Latest update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The Department of State and the CDC advise U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  Please see the …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (June 19, 2020)

UPDATE: The police activity in central Geneva has ended. The area is once again open for traffic, but expect delays due to the previous road closures. Subject: Security Alert: Increased Police Activity in Geneva – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (19 June 2020)   Location: Jardin Anglais/Mont Blanc Bridge area in central Geneva   Event: …

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (June 15, 2020)

Subject: Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (May 29, 2020)     Location:  Switzerland and Liechtenstein     Event: Latest update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The Department of State and the CDC advise U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. …

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COVID-19 – FAQ

International commercial flight options currently exist in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Switzerland and Liechtenstein at this time.

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Consular Services – Appointments

U.S. Embassy Bern has suspended many routine consular services. At this time, we can only offer limited services for U.S. citizens and only emergency services for visa applicants. Please see below for more information on the services that we can provide.   Please also review the security notice   Services for U.S. citizens American Citizens Services (ACS)  …

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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 …

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (June 8, 2020)

Subject: Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (June 8, 2020)     Location:  Switzerland and Liechtenstein     Event: Latest 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 the Embassy’s  COVID-19 information page

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (May 29, 2020)

Subject: Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (May 29, 2020)     Location:  Switzerland and Liechtenstein     Event: Latest 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 the Embassy’s  COVID-19 information page

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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 (May 22, 2020)

Subject: Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (May 22, 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 the Embassy’s  COVID-19 information page  and …

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (May 15, 2020)

Subject: Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (May 15, 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 the Embassy’s  COVID-19 information page  and …

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (May 8, 2020)

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 …

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (May 1, 2020)

For all Alerts and Messages from the U.S. Embassy Bern, please  click here  Subject: Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (May 1, 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 …

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (April 24, 2020)

For all Alerts and Messages from the U.S. Embassy Bern, please  click here  Subject: Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (April 24, 2020)   Location:  Switzerland and Liechtenstein   Event: Update for U.S. citizens regarding COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  ( STEP ) to receive health and security updates and …

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (April 17, 2020)

For all Alerts and Messages from the U.S. Embassy Bern, please  click here  Subject: Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (April 17, 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 …

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (April 9, 2020)

For all Alerts and Messages from the U.S. Embassy Bern, please  click here Subject: Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (April 09, 2020) Location:  Switzerland and Liechtenstein Event: Daily 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 …

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (April 6, 2020)

For all Alerts and Messages from the U.S. Embassy Bern, please  click here Subject: Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (April 06, 2020) Location:  Switzerland and Liechtenstein Event: Daily 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 …

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (April 3, 2020)

For all Alerts and Messages from the U.S. Embassy Bern, please  click here Subject: Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (April 03, 2020) Location:  Switzerland and Liechtenstein Event: Daily 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 …

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (April 2, 2020)

For all Alerts and Messages from the U.S. Embassy Bern, please  click here Subject: Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (April 02, 2020) Location:  Switzerland and Liechtenstein Event: Daily 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 …

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (April 1, 2020)

For all Alerts and Messages from the U.S. Embassy Bern, please  click here Subject: Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (April 1, 2020) Location:  Switzerland and Liechtenstein Event: Daily 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 …

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (March 31, 2020)

For all Alerts and Messages from the U.S. Embassy Bern, please  click here Subject: Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (March 31, 2020) Location:  Switzerland and Liechtenstein Event: Daily 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 …

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (March 30, 2020)

For all Alerts and Messages from the U.S. Embassy Bern, please  click here Subject: Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (March 30, 2020) Location:  Switzerland and Liechtenstein Event: Daily 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 …

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Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (March 27, 2020)

For all Alerts and Messages from the U.S. Embassy Bern, please  click here  Subject: Health Alert – COVID-19 Information for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (March 27, 2020)   Location:  Switzerland and Liechtenstein   Event: Daily 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 …

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Smart Traveler Enrollment Program – STEP

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Receive important information from the U.S. Embassy Bern about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans. Help the U.S. Embassy contact you …

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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 …

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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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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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Proclamation – COVID-19 – Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants

The World Health Organization has determined that multiple countries within the Schengen Area are experiencing sustained person-to-person transmission of SARS CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19. Presidential Proclamation 9984 restricts and suspends the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Schengen Area (which includes Switzerland and Lichtenstein) …

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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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Security Alert: U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (November 27, 2019)

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (November 27, 2019) Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern (November 27, 2019)   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 …

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Demonstration Alert – Geneva Airport

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (November 15, 2019) Subject: Demonstration Alert for Geneva Airport on November 16, 2019 – U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland   Location: Geneva Airport   Event: Media reports indicate a potential demonstration by environmental groups at Geneva Airport starting at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 16.  Travelers should anticipate …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (November 08, 2019) Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Demonstration Alert for Bern and other locations on November 8, 2019   Location: Bern and possibly other cities in Switzerland   Event: Demonstrators will gather in Bern and possibly other cities on Saturday, November 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (October, 25, 2019) Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Demonstration Alert (October 25, 2019)   Location: Bern and possibly other cities in Switzerland   Event: Kurdish groups have announced plans to demonstrate in downtown Bern on Saturday, October 26, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.  Planned and unplanned demonstrations …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (October 11, 2019) Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Demonstration Alert   Location: Bern, Zurich, Geneva, and possibly other cities in Switzerland   Event: Kurdish groups and anarchist groups have announced separate plans to demonstrate in Bern, Zurich, and Geneva over the next few days.  Planned and unplanned …

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Joint Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) FAQ

The 2010 Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, known as FATCA, created new reporting requirements for taxpayers with specified foreign assets. Visit the Joint Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from the Department of the Treasury, the Department of State, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Social Security Administration for more information: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/while-abroad/Joint-Foreign-Account-Tax-Compliance-FATCA-FAQ.html 

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Security Alert – for France on July 19, 2019

Subject: Security Alert for France on July 19, 2019   Location: Paris, Marseille, and other major cities including but not limited to Lyons, Montpellier, Nice, and Toulon.   Event: Large gatherings in major French cities are expected on Friday, July 19, 2019 following the Africa Cup of Nations final soccer match between Algeria and Senegal.  …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert for Geneva on June 29, 2019 i Embassy Bern, Switzerland Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Demonstration Alert for Geneva on June 29, 2019   Location: Geneva: Place des Nations and Avenue de Bude   Event: Police expect up to 10,000 demonstrators and counter-demonstrators to gather in Geneva on Saturday, June 29, between 9:00 …

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AlertSwiss App

Disaster can strike at any time. Luckily, there is Alertswiss , a mobile app developed by the Federal Office for Civil Protection to help you plan for and stay safe in an emergency while in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. With Alertswiss , you receive alerts, warnings and information in real time. So that you always know exactly and …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (March 13, 2019) Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Demonstration Alert   Location: Geneva, Lausanne, Fribourg, Neuchatel, Sion, and Jura, Switzerland (Possibly other cities)   Event: Planned demonstrations related to climate change are expected to take place in a variety of locations around Switzerland on Friday, March 15, 2019 …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 30, 2019)   Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Demonstration Alert   Location: Bern, Fribourg/Freiburg, Zurich, Luzern, Geneva, Delemont, Neuchatel, Biel/Bienne, Solothurn, Basel, St. Gallen, Bellinzona, Lausanne   Event: On Saturday, February 2, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Klimastreik Schweiz, Greve du Climat Suisse, and Sciopero per …

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Updated Security Alert

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 23, 2019)   Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Updated Security Alert: All Clear in Geneva – Explosion Linked to Electrical Junction Box Failure   Location: Areas surrounding the U.S. Consular Agency Geneva, Rue François-Versonnex 7, CH-1207 Geneva, Switzerland   Event: Geneva Police have confirmed that the …

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Security Alert

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 23, 2019)   Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Security Alert   Location: Areas surrounding the U.S. Consular Agency Geneva, Rue François-Versonnex 7, CH-1207 Geneva, Switzerland   Event: There are reports of an explosion in the area around the Consular Agency. Avoid the area and seek shelter …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 11, 2019)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 11, 2019)   Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Demonstration Alert   Location: Bern, Geneva, 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 2019 World Economic …

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Weather Alert – High Avalanche Danger (January 9, 2019)

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 9, 2019)   Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Weather Alert – High Avalanche Danger   Location: Switzerland and Liechtenstein Alpine Regions   Event: The Swiss Weather Service and the European Avalanche Warning System report a significant increase in avalanche danger as a consequence of fresh snow …

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Top Tips for Americans Visiting Switzerland

Top Tips for Americans Visiting Switzerland Check your passport validity: You will be denied entry into Switzerland if your passport is expired or is expiring soon.  To enter Switzerland or the Schengen area, your passport must remain valid for 90 days after your planned date of departure from the Schengen area.  Before leaving the U.S., …

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U.S. Global Entry Program to Start in Switzerland February 1, 2017

January 11, 2017, Bern – The U.S. Embassy in Bern and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcome the Swiss Federal Council’s decision to finalize the implementation of our December 2015 agreement to expand the U.S. Global Entry program to interested Swiss citizens.  Frequent travelers who enroll in the trusted traveler program will benefit from faster and easier entry …

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