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 UK nationals living in and visiting Switzerland and Liechtenstein. You can access UK government services while in Switzerland.

Read the latest information on the rights and status of UK nationals living in Europe and our practical guide to Living 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.

Urgent assistance

If you’re travelling in Switzerland, see our Switzerland Travel Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19).

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

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.

Apply online for 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 UK national or have not had a British passport before

If you’re not sure, check if you’re a UK national

If you’re not a UK national 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.

Consular fees

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

Our people

Jane Owen

British Ambassador to Switzerland and to Liechtenstein

Contact us

British Embassy Berne

Thunstrasse 50
3005 Berne

+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:

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