How can I reunite with my partner?
Here are successful stories from couples separated by travel bans
These stories are individual experiences, not official guidelines
Jana and Florence
Canada to Switzerland
Third Country ?
Toronto, Canada & Frankfurt, Germany
December 11, 2020
My girlfriend from Canada and I (from Switzerland) reunited after 9 months of separation.
Before her trip she asked the General Consulate of Switzerland for the ‘Laissez Passer’. Once you send an e-mail to them they will give you a full list of documents you need to provide. She received the ‘Laissez Passer’ within 3 days after sending all the docs.
So last weekend she started her journey from Quebec to Zurich via Toronto and Frankfurt. At the airport of Quebec the Check-In Lady almost did not let her check in because she has not filled out the contact tracing card. Fortunately, the employee printed it out and let her fill it out and continue to check in. She told her to give the contact tracing form to the Swiss authorities upon arrival at Zurich - it was useless, they gave her another card on the plane from Frankfurt to Zurich and she did not hand it over to the customs officer. After that the flights were quite smooth. She had to show the Laissez Passer to the airline employees at the gate. They asked her the reason of traveling and that was it. Arriving in Frankfurt she had to go through customs because of entering Shengen-Area. The customs officer asked her to hand over all the documents that we already provided to the General Consulate of Switzerland to get the Laissez Passer. They asked about our relationship, how long we’ve been together, how long it has been that we have been seperated etc. They let her through. Arriving in Switzerland she did not have to show any documents anymore. The customs officer asked her why she is here, her answer to visit her partner. The officer assumed she was with a man and asked how long she’s been with him. Her answer: Her; for 4 years. The officer seemed to be embarrassed for assuming she was in heterosexual relationship and let her through right away.
It’s been a long journey but we made it to reunite even if it is just for 2 weeks.
I hope this story helps anybody to prepare for an upcoming reunification with their partner.