ADVISORY

ADVISORY

1. Be careful about passports/valuables

Indian nationals visiting Switzerland are advised to be extremely careful about their passports/valuables, as there has been a considerable increase in passports/valuable being lost/stolen in trains/trams/stations/airports recently in Switzerland, which not only puts them in great difficulty, but is also a security risk. 

2. People with medical conditions may negotiate their Insurance policies carefully:
The cost of Medical treatment in Switzerland is exorbitantly high. People are advised to properly check their insurance policies before traveling to Switzerland. If they have any pre-existing ailment, which may render them ineligible for an insurance, they should seek clarification from the Insurance Company, as the insurance companies decline to settle the claims on this pretext later, even though they may have issued the insurance policy, putting the individual at considerable financial risk. Even common ailments, like diabetes & high BP, have been cited as reasons for declining the claims. Recently, in a few cases, the cost of treatment went as high as US$ 100,000, without positive results. The patients were repatriated through air ambulance which cost between US$ 50,000 - 70,000/-. Such huge expenditures may wipe out one's entire life's hard earned savings.

3. Regarding correct website for e-Tourist Visa
It has been brought to our notice that a number of fake visa websites are being operated on the internet, claiming to provide e-Tourist Visa services to visa applicants desiring to travel to India. In the recent past, there have been an increasing number of complaints relating to fraud perpetrated by these websites. In order to mislead applicants, some of these websites have created images and homepage templates mimicking the Government of India websites for e-Tourist Visa applicants. It may kindly be noted that only repeat only Indian Government website dealing with e-Tourist visa is www.Indianvisaonline.gov.in. No other website belongs to the Government of India and therefore should not be relied on for e-Tourist Visa services. Our home page and page on Consular Services already contain the link to the official page.

4.FRAUD CALLS
Calls allegedly on behalf of Embassy of India Bern & the Consulate General of India in Geneva have been made, using official numbers, to several members of the Indian community seeking personal details, residence status in Switzerland, etc. Members of the community are advised to ignore such calls &report name & telephone number of caller to the Consulate General immediately. The Embassy of India Bern has already alerted the Swiss authorities regarding such calls.