The British Embassy in Berne maintains and develop relations between the UK and Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Find out more on our UK and Switzerland news page.
We provide services to British nationals living in and visiting Switzerland and Liechtenstein.You can access UK government services while in Switzerland.
Visitors to British Embassy Berne
Access to the Embassy is by appointment only. Please call +41 (0)31 359 77 00, which is available 24/7, and follow the prompt for consular assistance.
Due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), we are taking extra precautions. If you are planning to attend an appointment, please let us know in advance if you:
- have been in contact with someone with coronavirus (COVID-19)
- have within the past 10 days returned from an area with increased risk listed here
- are feeling unwell with a cough, difficulty breathing or fever
If any of the above apply to you, reschedule your appointment for a later date.
If you’re travelling in Switzerland, see how to Return to the UK during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. If you cannot return at this time, see how to stay safely in Switzerland during coronavirus.
See also our coronavirus travel advice for all our latest guidance on travel during coronavirus.
If you’re in Switzerland and you need advice which is not covered by reading our travel advice then you can contact us online
If you’re in Switzerland and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +41 (0)31 359 77 00, which is available 24/7.
Get an emergency travel document
If the person needing the emergency travel document is under 16, a parent or guardian should apply on their behalf.
If you are travelling in more than 3 weeks, check if you can get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.
If you are not a British citizen or have not had a British passport before
If you’re not sure, check if you’re a British citizen
If you’re not a British citizen but think you may be eligible, contact us to apply for an emergency travel document.
Other consular services
Notarial and documentary services
We may be able to offer notarial services, including administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit; make a certified copy of a document and witness a signature. See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.
We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Switzerland.
British Embassy Berne
Telephone +41 (0)31 359 7700 (available 24/7)
Fax (general) +41 (0)31 359 7701
Fax (consular) +41 (0)31 359 7765
Out of hours emergencies +41 (0)31 359 77 00
Use our contact form for consular enquiries, including on your rights after the UK’s exit from the EU: