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.


ANNOUCEMENT

                                                                                 TO ALL MEMBERS OF STAFF

                                                                                  AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC

  

                                                                                          CIRCULAR

 

          I am directed to inform the Staff and General Public that the Swiss authority has declared

Tuesday 24th and Tuesday 31st December 2019 as have days in preparation for Christmas and New Year.

Therefore, the Embassy will be closed at 12noon on these days. Also Wednesday, 25th and

Thursday 26th December, 2019 and Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd January 2020 has been

declared Public Holidays by the Federal Government of Nigeria in observance of the Christmas, Boxing day

and New Year celebration.

          The Embassy will remain closed on these days and resume normal duties on

Friday, 27th December, 2019 and Friday 3rd January 2020 respectively.      

 

Signed

 

Management

Embassy of Nigeria 

Bern.

 

 

 

 

The Federal Government has declared Monday as Public Holiday to mark the 2019 Eid-ul-Mawlud in commemoration of the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad. Mr Mohammed Manga, Director Press and Public Relations of the Ministry of Interior, announced this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Therefore, the  Embassy of Nigeria, Bern will not open to the public on 11th November, 2019 - (Click for more Info) >



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