Consular Services for Foreign Residents of Switzerland
Consular offices provide services for citizens in need, including replacement of lost or stolen passports and help and advice in difficult situations...
All foreign Embassies exist to represent their nation to their host country nationals, providing information and services on trade, tourism and culture in the home state. All Embassies have a Consular Section which exists to provide information and services to its own nationals visiting or living in the host country.
Most country consulates in Switzerland and France request that citizens report their arrival so that their names can be added to a citizens' register.
For Embassy and Consular information for Americans, Britons and Australians living in France, see Citizens Guides for French Residents.
The Embassy of the United States of America in Switzerland has a website with up-to-date information for American citizens living in Switzerland and can provide information on living and doing business in Switzerland. The Embassy can assist with passport, visas and notary services.
- Embassy of the United States of America, Bern
At: Sulgeneckstrasse 19, CH-3007 Bern
Tel (routine calls accepted from 14:00-17:00): +41 (0)31 357 70 11
Tel (after hours Emergency Service only): +41 (0)31 357 77 77
Fax: +41 (0)31 357 72 80
Open: Monday to Friday, 09:00-12:30 and 1:30-5:30
Counter service: Monday to Friday, 09:00-11:30 (appointment only)
The US citizen's service - Consular agency - can assist with passport renewals and the registration of intended residence; registration of births, marriages and deaths; judicial assistance information, information for travellers and more.
- United States of America Consular Agency, Geneva
At: 7, rue Francois Versonnex, CH-1207 Geneva
Mailing Address: c/o U.S. Mission, 11 rte. de Pregny, 1292 Chambésy/GE
Tel: +41 (0)22 840 51 60
Fax: +41 (0)22 840 51 62
Open: Monday to Friday, 10:00-13:00
The Swiss Embassy in the United States is a rich resource of relevant information for Americans planning a visit to Switzerland. It also gives information on legal matters, getting married in Switzerland and more.
- For the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States website: Click here
Voting in US Elections
US citizens living overseas are eligible to vote by absentee ballot in the General Presidential Elections. The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) has complete information and online registration and absentee ballot request forms for the Federal Post Card Application (OFPCA). They provide a toll free number for citizens outside of the US to call for information.
- Toll Free number to call from within France: 0800 917 304
- Toll Free number to call from within Switzerland: 0800 564 294
The British embassy in Berne is responsible for services such as promoting trade and investment opportunities. Parking is available at the Embassy, though only through prior arrangement.
- British Embassy, Berne
At: Thunstrasse 50, 3005 Berne
Tel: +41 (0)31 359 77 00
Fax: +41 (0)31 359 77 01
Open: Monday to Friday, 08:00-12:30 and 13:30-17:00 (Consular hours 08:30-12:30)
The UK government's GOV.UK website provides information online for Britons considering moving abroad and for those already there. It includes tax, health and education advice as well as a section on what to do when returning to the UK.
Note: UK embassies, high commissions and consulates no longer issue passports. This is done centrally at Her Majesty's Passport Office in Durham. Applications for renewal take at least four weeks from the form's arrival by post, but may take longer if further information is necessary. It is advisable not to book travel until they have received their renewed passport.
- To apply for a UK passport while overseas: Click here
It is estimated that almost 5,000 Australians live in Switzerland. The Australian government provides information online for those living overseas (Australians Travelling) and for those returning to the country after time away (Returning to Australia).
The Australian Permanent Mission and Consulate General is based in Geneva.
The Consulate General can provide the following assistance and advice: registration of Australian citizens in Switzerland, registration of births, legal processes, visa and immigration, voting overseas, marriage in Switzerland and consular and visa services on behalf of Papua New Guinea. Appointments are suggested for all Consular services.
- Australian Consulate General, Geneva
At: 2, Chemin des Fins 2, Case Postale 172, 1211 Geneva 19
Tel: +41 (0)22 799 91 00
Fax: +41 (0) 22 799 9178
Open: Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00
The Southern Cross Group is a global organisation that exists to "Promote Mobility in the Global Community", and to communicate with expatriated Australians throughout the world. Their work includes lobbying for changes in laws that improve or simplify the life of Australians abroad. The website has detailed information on the legal and practical aspects of: citizenship, voting, visas, health insurance, taxation and more.