- Notes from the Federal Palace
New FDFA website
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) launched a new modern and well-structured website in mid-October 2014. At www.eda.admin.ch you will find comprehensive coverage of political issues, information on the consular services of the Swiss representations abroad and on living abroad, country dossiers, FDFA travel information and much more.
The content of the FDFA webpages is now thematically focused on its target groups (Swiss Abroad, Swiss travelling abroad, foreign tourists in Switzerland, media, etc.). Visitors to the website can access the desired content directly via the section headings.
In addition to the FDFA homepage, there are linked websites for specific topics, such as European politics or development cooperation. The modern design is functional and well organised, and a clear visual style presents the FDFA’s commitments in a contemporary way with specifically selected topics.
A webpage for every country
The information on Switzerland’s relations with other countries, emigration and living abroad has been restructured. The activities, responsibilities and services of the Swiss embassies, consulates general, regional consular centres and the development cooperation and humanitarian aid offices have been brought together on one webpage per country.
The following topics appear on every country webpage:
- Travel advice
- Living in …
- Visa and entry into Switzerland
- Switzerland and …
Users therefore obtain direct access to the topics and services of interest to them when visiting the country pages.
“News” contains information from the Swiss representation in the destination country and an agenda with details of events. The Swiss presence and its responsibilities are briefly described under “Representations”. The “Living in …” section is aimed at Swiss citizens residing in the country concerned as well as those who are planning to emigrate.
The wide range of consular “services” is set out in its own comprehensive section. General information is now available in four or five languages (German, French, Italian, English and sometimes Spanish). The “Visa and entry into Switzerland” section takes visitors to the relevant information of the responsible federal authority. “Switzerland and …” provides an insight into the various aspects of bilateral relations between the two countries.
The details of the FDFA’s helpline, which is available to Swiss citizens around the clock, are also easy to find. They are listed in the footer on every page and in the right-hand column on selected pages.
Website visitors can also explore the content using a high-performance search function. Every single webpage is searched in all languages for content-relevant keywords, and search results are displayed based on relevance. The search function is therefore a key tool for accessing the content sought even faster.