Consular Section

The consular section mainly takes care of the concerns of the Swiss living abroad but also of the citizens of our host country. The main tasks in a Consular section are:

  • Residence registration for Swiss citizens living abroad
  • Passports and identity cards matters
  • Civil status matters (births, marriages, divorces, deaths, adoptions)
  • Helping Swiss tourists in trouble
  • Consular protection (providing help and assistance in case of detention, accidents etc.) to Swiss Citizens
  • Visa and asylum matters
  • Confirmation and legalisation matters
  • Swiss citizenship / naturalization
  • Social welfare for Swiss living abroad
  • Swiss maritime navigation matters

In addition to that, all the administrative work such as finance management, staff management and housing management are part of the duties of a head of the Consular section. Furthermore he is responsible for the safety of the Consulate and Residence (House of the Consul General) and for the crisis management.

Further information: Link to Consular services

Your contacts

Mrs Françoise Killias Zillweger, Head of Chancery
sha.vertretung@eda.admin.ch

Mrs Ruth Bichsel, Head of Visa section
sha.visa@eda.admin.ch