We maintain and develop relations between the UK and Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The British Embassy in Berne provides services to British nationals living in and visiting Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Our work covers a range of issues including trade, investment and financial co-operation.

Through our public affairs team we offer a wide range of information services to the general public, schools, universities, government departments and the media. Our Science and Innovation (SIN) section works with UK stakeholders, local Swiss partners and SIN colleagues elsewhere in Europe on targeted activities, designed to facilitate science collaboration and R&D business deals.

We provide full consular, nationality and notarial services for the whole of Switzerland and provide an emergency travel document service. We also represent the UK’s interests in Liechtenstein.

You can access UK government services while in Switzerland.

Urgent assistance

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. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Switzerland, call 020 7008 1500.

Get an emergency travel document

You can apply for an emergency travel document if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.

You can only get an emergency travel document if you’ve never had a passport before.

If you have dual nationality, you’ll need to show you’ve explored other options (for example travelling on or applying for another passport) before you can get an emergency travel document.

Apply online for an emergency travel document if you:

  • are over 16 years old and
  • are a British citizen and
  • have previously owned a British passport

Contact us to apply for an emergency travel document if you are:

  • over 16 years old but have not owned a British passport before or
  • not a British citizen or
  • applying for a child under 16 years old

Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to make an appointment to apply for an emergency travel document at the British Embassy Berne.

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.

Consular fees

We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Switzerland.

Our people

David Moran

David Moran

British Ambassador to Switzerland and to Liechtenstein

Contact us

British Embassy Berne

Thunstrasse 50
3005 Berne

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