A Message from the Ambassador to Swiss in the UK
Swiss Embassy in London: Message from Ambassador Alexandre Fasel
Dear compatriots and friends,
In the last couple of months the world has changed beyond recognition, in a way that was unimaginable until recently. The coronavirus pandemic has served as a harsh reminder of humanity’s vulnerability, in a globally connected world where we’ve seen the tragic and devastating consequences of a virus that does not respect national borders. Whoever we are and wherever we are in the world, we have all been touched by the effects of the virus in some way and only together will we overcome it.
Whilst we are all adjusting to the new world that coronavirus has brought, living life in lockdown and missing our friends and families, we are also seeing the best of our common values of togetherness, solidarity and wanting to support each other. That’s why, as tough as things may feel currently, I know that ultimately we will all get through this crisis together and emerge on the other side with renewed hope and optimism for the future.
As an Embassy we have continued to support our citizens throughout the current crisis. Over the last weeks we’ve helped numerous people stuck in emergency situations, in need of support or simply with questions that needed answering, through our dedicated helpline, via email or in person with an appointment. We have also set up a webpage dedicated to coronavirus on our Embassy website providing useful, reliable and up-to-date information sources if you have any queries or concerns.
We have also been conscious of the need to reach out to our citizens in the UK, many of whom have now been living under lockdown for many weeks. With this in mind, our Culture Department has launched the Connec+ initiative to help people stay connected at this challenging time. As part of this initiative, online cultural content is being shared in a weekly newsletter and on the Embassy’s social media accounts for as long as social distancing rules remain in place in the UK.
You can sign up to receive the newsletter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A set of postcards with information about COVID-19, the Swiss Benevolent Society’s helpline, cultural activities, art and poetry has also been sent to Swiss households as a physical gesture of support and solidarity at this challenging time.
Even though the coronavirus has turned society upside down in many ways, at the same time life does and must continue as much as possible. I’d therefore like to take this opportunity to issue a friendly reminder: if you are a Swiss citizen living in the UK without dual British Swiss nationality, you must apply for settled or pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 in order to continue living, working or studying in the UK beyond that point.
You can find out more information about this on our Embassy website (www.eda.admin.ch/london/brexit). We continually update our FAQs to reflect the latest developments so please visit our website in the first instance with any questions you may have.