Living abroad

Stays abroad

Things to bear in mind when travelling abroad or going to another country to learn a language, study or work as an au pair


Checklist, country-specific information and details regarding employment and retirement abroad.


Swissemigration provides you with documentation and general advisory services on individual countries and specific topics.

Services for Swiss nationals abroad

Need help in an emergency? Looking to report a change in civil status? The FDFA provides information and consular services to Swiss nationals living abroad.

Returning to Switzerland

Information for the Swiss Abroad about returning to Switzerland

Swiss Abroad

Swiss citizens not residing in Switzerland officially become ‘Swiss Abroad’ when they register with their local consular representation

Rights and obligations of Swiss nationals abroad

The laws and obligations that apply to Swiss nationals who live and travel abroad

Structure of the state and current-day politics

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