The Arab world

In this section, you will find general information on the Arab countries as well as useful addresses such as embassies, consulates, representations in Switzerland and the latest news about Covid-19.
A profile for each country will give you an economic overview as well as detailed data and statistics.

The countries

Under “more information”, you will find for each of the 22 countries a general presentation, their economic situation and indicators (such as GDP, growth rate, etc..), bilateral treaties (in particular for tax matters and foreign investment), sectors of interest for Swiss companies, business climate, etc.

More detailed information for each country is reserved for our members. Members can find links to business organizations, such as chambers of commerce and other organizations.
We offer the possibility to add new useful addresses of organizations of interest for trade and economy.

Algeria

Bahrain

Comoros

Djibouti

Egypt

Irak

Jordan

Kuwait

Lebanon

Libya

Mauritania

Morocco

Oman

Palestine

Qatar

Sudan

Saudi Arabia

Somalia

Syria

Tunisia

United Arab Emirates

Yemen

League of Arab States

Algeria

Covid Information

News from March 20, 2022:
Vaccinated persons must have a certificate of vaccination not more than 270 days (9 months) prior to arrival.
Unvaccinated persons must have a negative PCR test result ≤ 72H prior to arrival.

To know the last regulations, please contact the embassy for more information (click here)

EMBASSY OF ALGERIA

74, Willadingweg
3006 Berne
Tél: 031.350.10.50
Fax: 031.350.10.59
E-mail: info@ambassade-algerie.ch
E-mail consular department : consulaire@ambassade-algerie.ch

PERMANENT MISSION OF ALGERIA TO THE UNITED NATIONS

308, route de Lausanne
1293 Bellevue / Genève
Tél: 022.959.84.84
Fax: 022.774.30.49
E-mail: contact@mission-algeria.ch
Website: http://www.mission-algeria.ch

ALGERIAN CONSULATE

308bis, Route de Lausanne
1293 Bellevue / Genève
Tél: 022.774.19.19/.11
Fax: 022.774.19.06
consulat-algerie@consulat-algerie.ch

Kingdom of Bahrain

Covid Information

Bahraini authorities have ended restrictions on entry into Bahrain as of February 20, 2022. However, some airlines may still require a negative PCR test for boarding. It is therefore advisable to check with the airline in advance.
It is recommended to install the application “BeAwareBahrain” before departure, in order to have your European vaccination certificates recognized.
Since March 29, 2022, wearing a mask is no longer mandatory, neither in public places nor outside.

To know the last regulations, please contact the embassy for more information (click here)

GENERAL CONSULATE OF THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN

CP 39
Chemin Jacques-Attenville 1
1292 Chambésy / Genève
Tél: 022.758.96.40
Fax: 022.758.96.51
E-mail: consulat@bahrain-mission.ch

PERMANENT MISSION OF THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN

84, avenue Louis-Casaï (1st Floor)
1216 Cointrin / Genève
Tél: 022.758.96.40
Fax: 022.758.96.50
E-mail: info@bahrain-mission.ch
Website: http://www.mofa.gov.bh/geneva
Postal Address:
P.O. Box 39
1292 Chambésy

Union of the Comoros

Covid Information

Since June 13, 2022
Vaccinated persons: the RT-PCR test is no longer mandatory.
Non-vaccinated persons: the presentation of a proof of a negative RT-PCR test of less than 72 hours is mandatory.
– Exit from the territory:
For vaccinated persons: the RT-PCR test is no longer mandatory provided the destination country does not require it as a travel health document.
For non-vaccinated persons: presentation of a negative RT-PCR test less than 72 hours old is required as a travel health document, regardless of the destination.
– In country, barrier measures :
Wearing a mask is mandatory: During gatherings in closed places, in pharmacies and medical laboratories, in check-in rooms and waiting rooms of ports and airports.

To know the last regulations, please contact the embassy for more information

PERMANENT MISSION OF THE UNION OF THE COMOROS

23, avenue de France
1202 Genève
Tél: 022.733.68.66
Fax: 022.733.55.29
E-mail: missioncomores.onug@gmail.com

Djibouti

Covid Information

Travelers to and from Djibouti who are older than 11 years of age must have a negative PCR test that is less than 72 hours old.
Testing is mandatory regardless of vaccination status. A new test is mandatory upon arrival at the airport (25 euros).
Any traveler who enters Djibouti and presents a positive test will be put in isolation for 10 days. Foreign travelers will be accommodated in a hotel at their own expense.
Upon arrival in Djibouti, any traveler who has not been vaccinated and who tests negative will be subject to a mandatory quarantine at home. The duration of the quarantine is not specified at this stage. as possible.

 For more information : Ministry of Health

PERMANENT MISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF DJIBOUTI

15 chemin Camille-Vidart
1202 Genève
Tél: 022.749.10.90
Fax: 022.749.10.91
E-mail: mission.djibouti@djibouti.ch
Website: http://www.djibouti.ch

Egypt

Covid Information

Vaccinated persons: except for children under 12 years of age, must present proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Vaccination must be completed 14 days prior to travel.
Non-vaccinated persons or those who have received only the first dose of a two-dose vaccine must present a negative PCR or antigenic test performed less than 72 hours before entering Egypt, except for children under 12 years of age.

To know the last regulations, please contact the embassy for more information:  click here

EMBASSY OF THE ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT

61, Elfenauweg
3006 Berne
Tél: 031.352.80.12 & 031/352.80.13
Fax: 031.352.06.25
E-mail: embassy.bern@mfa.gov.eg

PERMANENT MISSION & CONSULAT OF THE ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT

Route de Lausanne 261
1292 Pregny-Chambésy / Genève
Tél: 022.731.65.30
Fax: 022.738.44.15
E-mail: egyconsul-geneve@bluewin.ch & mission.egypt@bluewin.ch

COMMERCIAL OFFICE

Route de Lausanne 261
1292 Pregny-Chambésy / Genève
Tél: 022.731.65.30
Fax: 022.738.44.15

Iraq

Covid Information

No specific information

To know the last regulations, please contact the government of Irak for more information:  click here

PERMANENT MISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRAQ

8, impasse Colombelle
1218 Grand-Saconnex / Genève
Tél: 022.918.09.80
Téléfax: 022.733.03.26
E-mail: iraq.unog@mofa.gov.iq & jnvrep@mofa.gov.iq
Website: http://www.mofa.gov.iq/geneva

EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRAQ

6, Elfenstrasse
3006 Berne
Tél: 031.351.40.43
Fax: 031.351.83.12
E-mail: bernemb@mofa.gov.iq
Website: www.mofa.gov.iq/bern

Jordan

Covid Information

To enter Jordan, you need the following document:
A QR code obtained by registering and filling out the form on the Visit Jordan website ;
The figures of COVID 19 contamination being very low, the Jordanian authorities have completely abolished the obligation to wear a mask and to control the doses of vaccine.

For more information, contact Jordanian Government : Flying to Jordan or Ministry of health : Corona Updates

EMBASSY OF THE HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN

3, Thorackerstrasse
3074 Muri bei Berne
Tél: 031.384.04.04 – 031.384.04.06
Fax: 031.384.04.05
Email : info@jordanembassy.ch & berne@fm.gov.jo

PERMANENT MISSION OF THE HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN

PERMANENT MISSION OF THE HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN
37-39, rue de Vermont
1202 Genève
Tél: 022.748.20.00
Fax: 022.748.20.01
E-mail: info@jordanmission.ch
Postal Address:
P.O. Box 1716
1211 Geneva 1

Kuwait

Covid Information

Since May 1, 2022, access to Kuwait is possible without any health restrictions.

To know the last regulations, please contact State of Kuwait : COVID 19 Updates

EMBASSY OF THE STATE OF KUWAIT

19, Brunnadernrain
Bärenplatz, 19 C.P.
3006 Berne
Tél: 031.356.70.00
Fax: 031.356.70.01
E-mail: info@kuwaitembassy.ch

PERMANENT MISSION & CONSULAT OF THE STATE OF KUWAIT

2, avenue de l’Ariana
1202 Genève
Tél consulate: 022.918.01.30
Tél mission : 022.918.01.00
Fax: 022.740.21.55
E-mail: info@kuwaitmission.ch & consulate@kuwaitmission.ch
Website: http://www.kuwaitmission.ch

Lebanon

Covid Information

Vaccinated persons: who have received two or three doses of a Covid-19 vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine within the last 6 months are exempt from presenting a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result.
Non-vaccinated persons: must present a negative PCR or rapid antigenic test result with QR code, which is collected no earlier than 48 hours.

To know the last regulations, please contact Ministry of Public Health or the Embassy

EMBASSY OF LEBANON

20, Thunstrasse
3074 Muri-bei-Berne
Tél: 031.950.65.65
Fax: 031.950.65.66
E-mail: ambalibch@hotmail.com

PERMANENT MISSION OF LEBANON

58, rue de Moillebeau
1209 Genève
Tél: 022.791.85.85
Fax: 022.791.85.80
E-mail: lebanon@lebmissiongva.org

Lybia

Covid Information

Fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to present a negative PCR test. In case of symptoms, rapid tests will be performed upon arrival.
The vaccination schedule is considered complete if the last dose was given more than 14 days ago and the booster dose was given less than 6 months ago.
Travelers whose vaccination schedule is not complete are subject to a PCR test less than 72 hours old and to a 10-day confinement, reduced to 5 days in case of a negative test on day 5.

EMBASSY OF LIBYA

2, Tavelweg
3006 Berne
Tél: 031 350 01 22
Fax: 031 351 13 25
E-mail: libyanemb_bern@yahoo.com & consulate.libya@bluewin.ch

PERMANENT MISSION OF LIBYA

25, rue de Richmond
1202 Genève
Tél: 022.959.89.00
Fax: 022.959.89.10
E-mail: mission.libye@bluewin.ch

Mauritania

Covid Information

Since April 26, 2022

Vaccinated persons: Presentation of proof of complete vaccination, at least two doses (at least 2 weeks old for the last one).
Non-vaccinated or incompletely vaccinated persons: proof of a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old is required.
Upon arrival: non-contact temperature test (thermal camera or thermo flash).
Foreign passengers arriving without a COVID-19 RT-PCR test and a vaccination certificate are not allowed to enter Mauritania.
If signs of COVID-19 are present on arrival, the traveler will be treated according to local health protocol and a standard diagnostic test (RT-PCR) will be performed:
The traveler with a positive test will observe a controlled quarantine of 10 days, in a place at his expense. His care and follow-up will be provided free of charge by the services of the Mauritanian Ministry of Health. A control RT-PCR test will be performed on the 10th day before leaving the quarantine.
The traveler with a negative test is committed to self-containment for 10 days.

PERMANENT MISSION & CONSULAT OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF MAURITANIA

Avenue de France 23
1202 Genève
Tél: 022.906.18.40
Fax: 022.906.18.41
E-mail: mission.mauritania@ties.itu.int & mission.mauritania.geneva@gmail.com
And info@mauritania-geneve.ch
Website : http://www.mauritanie-geneve.ch

Morocco

Covid Information

Since May 26, 2022

Presentation of  a valid vaccination pass or a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old must be presented before boarding and a passenger health form must be downloaded before the trip (it is also distributed on board planes and ferries).

To know the last regulations, please contact National airports office : Airport News – Covid 19

 

EMBASSY OF THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO

42, Helvetiastrasse
3005 Berne
Tél: 031.351.46.30 – 031.351.03.62
Fax: 031.351.03.64
Email : sifamaberne2@bluewin.ch
Website: https://www.diplomatie.ma

PERMANENT MISSION OF THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO

18a, chemin François-Lehmann
1218 Grand-Saconnex
Tél: 022.791.81.81
Fax: 022.791.81.80
E-mail: maroc@mission-maroc.ch
Website: http://www.mission-maroc.ch

Oman

Covid Information

Since May 22, 2022, access to Oman is possible without any health restrictions.

To know the last regulations : Ministry of Health or Oman Airports

PERMANENT MISSION OF THE SULTANATE OF OMAN

3A, chemin de Roilbot
1292 Chambésy
Tél: 022.758.96.60
Fax: 022.758.96.66
E-mail: missionoman@bluewin.ch

Palestine

Covid Information

No specific information.

PERMANENT MISSION OF THE STATE OF PALESTINE

Avenue Edmond-Vaucher 10A
1203 Genève
Tél: 022.796.76.60
Fax: 022.796.78.60
E-mail: palestine.un@bluewin.ch
or Postal Address:
P.O. Box 236
1211 Genève 28

BUREAU DE REPRESENTATION DE PALESTINE

34, Lombachweg
3006 Berne
Tél: 031.352.14.07
Fax: 031.352.14.09
E-mail: chemb@mofa-gov.ps
E-mail: gdpalestine@swissonline.ch

Qatar

Covid Information

Two types of classification, i.e. standard measures on the one hand and measures applying to a red list of countries on the other

Standard : Fully vaccinated / recovered : negative RT-PCR is required. Exempted from quarantine.

Unvaccinated / Non-Immune : Must submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result obtained no more than 48 hours before the time of departure from the country of origin. 5 days Hotel, or Home quarantine for those with first-degree relatives.

Red : Fully vaccinated / recovered : Must submit a negative pre-travel PCR lab result obtained no more than 48 hours before the time of departure from the country of origin​.

Unvaccinated / Non-Immune : No entry

For more information 

EMBASSY OF THE STATE OF QATAR

c/o Hotel Schweizerhof Bern
Bahnhofplatz 11
CH-3000
Bern – Switzerland
Tél: 031.313.72.82 – 031.313.72.09
Fax : 031.313.72.09 – 031.313.71.04
Email: bern@mofa.gov.qa

PERMANENT MISSION OF THE STATE OF QATAR

27-29, avenue de Bouchet
1209 Genève
Tél: 022.798.85.00
Fax: 022.791.04.85 – 022.929.89.51
Email: geneva@mofa.gov.qa – mission.qatar@ties.itu.int

Saudi Arabia

Covid Information

1. Negative PCR or antigenic tests are no longer required for entry into Saudi Arabia, except for specific restrictions related to the pilgrimage (see news section).
2. All travelers over 12 years of age must have a complete vaccination schedule and be able to present a certificate of vaccination. Vaccination must have been done with one of the vaccines recognized by Saudi Arabia, namely:
Two doses of Pfizer BioNTech or Comirnaty or Oxford AstraZeneca or Covishield or SK Bioscience or Vaxzevria or Moderna or Spikevax or Sputnik V or Covaxin or Covavax
Or 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson (or Janssen)
Travelers should receive a booster dose no later than 8 months after the second injection to have a complete vaccination schedule.
Note: Cure of COVID 19 does not exempt cured travelers from justifying the complete vaccination schedule described above.

Vaccination certificates must be registered within 72 hours before arrival in Saudi Arabia. It is imperative to present a certificate of vaccination, translated into English or Arabic, For the non-residents – click here – 

All travelers with short-stay visas must have medical insurance to cover COVID-19-related medical expenses and be able to present it upon arrival.

For more information : Ministry of Health

EMBASSY OF THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

64, Kirchenfeldstrasse
3005 Berne
Tél: 031.352.15.55/.56 or 031.313.12.20
Fax: 031.351.45.81
E-mail: chemb@mofa.gov.sa or saudia.be@bluewin.ch

GENERAL CONSULATE OF THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

263, Route de Lausanne
1292 Chambésy / Genève
Tél: 022.758.97.97
Fax: 022.758.97.37
E-mail: saudiarabia@bluewin.ch & saudiamission@bluewin.ch
E-mail: chcon@mofa.gov.sa

PERMANENT MISSION OF THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

263, Route de Lausanne
1292 Chambésy / Genève
Tél: 022.770.07.00
Fax: 022.758.00.00
E-mail: saudiarabia@bluewin.ch & gassgemi@mofa.gov.sa

COMMERCIAL OFFICE

82, rue de Lausanne
1202 Genève
Tél: 022.741.56.56
Fax: 022.741.56.50
saudiamission@bluewin.ch

Somalia

Covid Information

 

Travelers entering Somalia must be able to present a certificate less than 96 hours old indicating that they have tested negative for COVID-19.
Travelers leaving Somalia must also present a test that was conducted less than 72 hours prior to boarding and was negative.

Please also refer to the website of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (Eda.admin.ch) for further information regarding travel safety in Somalia.

 

PERMANENT MISSION OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF SOMALIA

64, rue de Monthoux
1201 Genève
Tél: 022.731.54.50
Fax: 022.731.84.12
E-mail: genevasomalia@gmail.com & genevamission@mfa.gov.so

Sudan

Covid Information

Since April 20, 2022, access to Sudanese territory is possible with
– a certificate proving vaccination with one of the recognized vaccines (one dose of Johnson’s vaccine or two doses of the other vaccines, valid for 14 days after the last vaccination), provided that the date of vaccination is less than 8 months;
– a certificate of negative PCR test, valid for 72 hours from the date of sample collection, issued by a laboratory approved by the authorities of the country of origin and written in Arabic or English;
And, in any case, fill out the COVID-19 tracking form on the plane.

For more information : embassy of Sudan in Geneva and for further information regarding travel safety in Sudan : Eda.admin.ch

 

PERMANENT MISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SUDAN

51-53, avenue Blanc (3rd Floor)
1202 Genève
P.O. BOX 335 1211 Genève 19
Tél: 022.731.26.66 – 022.731.26.63
Fax: 022.716.16.70
E-mail: mission.sudan@bluewin.ch & mission@sudanmission.ch
Website: https://www.sudanmission.ch

Syria

Covid Information

No specific information.

Please also refer to the website of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (Eda.admin.ch) for further information regarding travel safety in Syria.

PERMANENT MISSION OF SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC

International Centre Cointrin (ICC)
Bloc D (7th Floor)
20, route de Pré-Bois
1215 Geneva 15 Aéroport
Tél: 022 715 45 60
Fax: 022.738.42.75
E-mail: missionsyria@bluewin.ch
Postal Address:
P.O. Box 1903
1215 Geneva 15

Tunisia

Covid Information

Since May 27, 2022:
– Vaccinated travelers over the age of 18 must:
presentation of proof of complete vaccination against Covid-19 ;
and upon arrival submit to random screening tests. If positive, apply a 5-day self-isolation, which may be extended to 7 days if symptoms develop.
– unvaccinated or with an incomplete vaccination schedule:
present a negative Covid-19 PCR test, bearing a QR code, performed less than 48 hours before the first boarding or a negative antigenic test (TDR-Ag), bearing a QR code, performed less than 24 hours before the first boarding (self-tests are not recognized) ;
– submit to random screening tests upon arrival.

For more information : discovertunisia.com 

 

EMBASSY OF TUNISIA

63, Kirchenfeldstrasse
3005 Berne
Tél: 031.352.82.26
Fax: 031.351.04.45
E-mail: at.berne@diplomatie.gov.tn

PERMANENT MISSON OF TUNISIA

58, Rue de Moillebeau
1209 Genève
Tél: 022.749.15.50
Fax: 022.734.06.63
E-mail: at.geneve@diplomatie.gov.tn
Postal Address:
P.O. Box 262
1211 Geneva 19

CONSULATE OF TUNISIA

63, Kirchenfeldstrasse
3005 Berne
Tél: 031.352.82.26
Fax: 031.351.04.45
E-mail: at.berne@diplomatie.gov.tn

United Arab Emirates

Covid Information

Since February 26, 2022:

The following rules apply at the airport of departure for all international travellers to the UAE:

  1. Those who are vaccinated against COVID-19, must present the vaccination certificate containing a QR code. They are not required to present a negative result of RT-PCR test for COVID-19 at the airport of departure.

     

  2. Those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19, can either present a valid, negative result of an RT-PCR test conducted within 48 hours before arrival, or present a recovery certificate (containing a QR code) from COVID-19 issued within 30 days before departure, if they were previously infected with the virus.

To know the last regulations : U.A.E Government

PERMANENT MISSION OF THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

56, rue Moillebeau
1209 Genève
CP 373 /1211 Genève 19
Tél: 022.918.00.00
Fax: 022.734.55.62
E-mail: mission.uae@ties.itu.int or genevaunprm@mofaic.gov.ae ( visa.geneva@mofa.gov.ae)
Website: http://www.uae-mission.ae/ch

EMBASSY OF THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Schwarztorstrasse 31 – first floor –
3007 Berne
Tél: 031/312.17.10
Fax: 031/311.80.92
E-mail: bernemb@mofaic.gov.ae

COMMERCIAL OFFICE

Director of the UAE Office to the WTO in Geneva
50, rue de Moillebeau
1209, Genève
Tél: 022.869.00.00
Fax: 022.733.20.88
E-mail : uae-wto@economy.ae

Yemen

Covid Information

No specific information.

Please also refer to the website of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (Eda.admin.ch) for further information regarding travel safety in Yemen.

EMBASSY AND PERMANENT MISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF YEMEN

19, chemin du Jonc
1218 Le Grand-Saconnex / Genève
Tél: 022.799.05.10
Fax: 022.798.04.65
E-mail: mission.yemen@ties.itu.int

League of Arab States

PERMANENT DELEGATION TO THE UNITED NATIONS

9, rue du Valais (5th Floor)
1202 Genève
Tél: 022.732.30.30 – 022.732.30.38
Fax: 022.731.69.47
E-mail: delegation@bluewin.ch
Website: http://www.lasportal.org