PUBLIC HOLIDAY 

 

  PUBLIC NOTICE  

                 

 

The general public is hereby informed that the Federal Government of Nigeria has

declared Monday 1st of October  2017, as public holiday to commemorate

the independence day of Nigeria.

The Embassy on these days will be closed and resume on Tuesday 2nd  September,

2017.

                                                       SIGNED

                                                               MANAGEMENT 

 

Travel Information

Switzerland remains largely free of terrorist incidents; however, like other countries in the Schengen area, Switzerland’s open borders with its Western European neighbors allow for the possibility of terrorist groups entering/exiting the country anonymously. You should remain vigilant with regard to your personal security. Although there have been no recent terrorist attacks in Switzerland, violence by anti-globalization, anti-Semitic, and anti-establishment (anarchist) groups does occur from time to time.

This violence is typically in the form of property damage and clashes between these groups and the police. The potential for specific threats of violence involving Nigeria citizens in Switzerland is remote but at any time you can be stopped by the police who will ask for your identity, please, kindly cooperate with the police and show your identity.

Public demonstrations occasionally take place mostly in Zurich, Geneva, and Bern. These events are almost always known in advance to the police, who provide appropriate personnel to observe them and maintain order. Such demonstrations rarely turn violent; nonetheless, you should avoid them if at all possible.

CRIME: Switzerland has a low rate of violent crime; however, crimes of all types which may include violence do occur. Pick-pocketing and purse snatching are the most common and frequently occur in the vicinity of train and bus stations, airports, and some public parks, especially during peak tourist periods (such as summer and Christmas) and when conferences, shows, or exhibits are scheduled in major cities. Be especially vigilant in the airports and railway stations in both Zurich and Geneva, as these locations experience multiple incidents of petty theft almost every day.

You should be careful on trains, especially on overnight trains to neighboring countries. Thieves, who steal from passengers while they sleep, can enter even locked sleeping compartments. Thieves have been known to work in pairs to target train passengers; while one member of the pair creates a diversion at a train window or on a platform, the other steals items you have left briefly unattended. 

VICTIMS OF CRIME: If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime in Switzerland, you should contact the local police and the Nigeria Embassy, Bern. 0313842600

The emergency line in Switzerland;

                                      144 for medical/ambulance services;

                                      117 for the police department;

                                      118 for the fire department.


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