The Swiss Abroad Act governs consular protection for Swiss nationals abroad who require emergency assistance or are situated in a crisis or disaster area. It specifies the assistance that is provided to Swiss nationals domiciled in Switzerland and, to a certain extent, to Swiss nationals living abroad.
Consular protection is also available to legal entities, subject to certain conditions. However, there is no legal entitlement to consular protection. Cases are always assessed on an individual basis.
The Swiss Abroad Act governs additional consular services of which Swiss nationals living abroad make particular use, e.g. authentication of documents and confirmations.