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Passports & identity cards

Everything that relates to identity documents is the responsibility of the Swiss representation where the Swiss citizen is registered.

It is necessary to distinguish between a passport application and the recording of biometric data. A passport application must always be submitted to the relevant Swiss representation. However, the recording of biometric data can be carried out by any Swiss representation, and in exceptional cases, by the issuing authority of a Swiss canton. The prerequisite for this is that the competent representation and the cantonal authority concerned have agreed to this procedure in advance (application). Further information is available in the information leaflet of the EDA Helpline in German or French.

Detailed information on ID cards and passports for Swiss citizens abroad is available on the website of the Consular Directorate of the EDA.