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The current security situation in the country
Visa application procedure and applicable regulations in Switzerland
Risk of abduction in the Sahara and neighbouring regions
There are many options for extended stays abroad, including further education (vocational and language schools), traineeships, university studies, travelling around the world, etc.
How many Swiss nationals live in the country and what they do
Companies and businesses that have operations in the country
Consulates, embassies and contacts in Switzerland
Step by step preparation to emigrate
Have a look at our publications and statistics on the topic of living abroad
Swiss nationals who live and travel abroad are subject to which national laws and obligations?
Swissemigration provides you with documentation and general advisory services on individual countries and specific topics
Useful information for returning Swiss nationals
Get together with other Swiss nationals living abroad
A selection of websites explaining how Switzerland is structured and how it functions, providing you with the information you will need to form an opinion and exercise your political rights from overseas
Contact the responsible Swiss representation or consulate when you want to register or unregister as a resident, when you need a new passport, have moved or wish to apply for citizenship. The entire selection of services offered can be found in the dropdown menu to the right. The contact details of the responsible Swiss representation are shown on the corresponding page.
Swiss citizens who get into difficulties abroad, also can ask for advice and help from the Swiss representative.
The magazine for the Swiss Abroad appears six times a year and provides information about what is happening at home and the activities of Swiss associations abroad. It also answers administrative questions.
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With the online desk you have the possibility to access consular services, such as registering in the Swiss Abroad Register, notifications of changes of civil status, changes of address.
Zermatt, 6 October 2014 – The president of the Confederation inaugurated "Pointe Dunant", in honour of Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross and first Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Geneva, 3 October 2014 – The President of the Confederation, Didier Burkhalter opened the “House of Peace”. The building is home to a number of institutions active in the areas of peace and security policy.
The responsible Swiss representation provides information on visa requirements and how to submit a visa application. You will also be given more details about travelling to and staying in Switzerland.
Visa & entry to Switzerland
From issuing passports to matters concerning civil status, all FDFA external representations offer a variety of services to Swiss citizens living abroad.
The FDFA provides information on security-related issues concerning politics and crime in the country. The travel advice assesses possible risks and recommends preventative measures.
You will receive information on emigration, staying in the country, and everything you need to know about returning to Switzerland.
Here you will find an overview of Switzerland's commitment to diplomacy, education, culture and the economy in the country.
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The responsible representations implement the strategic goals of Switzerland's international cooperation and carry out related projects.
The Swiss representations abroad provide information primarily in German, French, Italian, English or Spanish. Please choose a language:
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