Passport and identity card

As of 1 March 2010 Switzerland issues, beside the identity card, only biometric passports containing a chip with a photo of the face, two digital fingerprints and a digital signature. This biometric data is logged directly at a processing centre. In Switzerland this is the passport office of the canton of residence of the applicant. Abroad the processing center is the Swiss representation at which the applicant is registered.

Passports issued prior to the date mentioned above remain valid until the date of expiry. Certain countries may set specific conditions for entry to their territory. Please be sure to seek information on the entry conditions in good time at your travel agency or the relevant foreign representation (embassy or consulate).

All persons requesting the issue of a Swiss identity document have to apply and, after an agreed appointment, appear in person at the processing centre for the biometric data capture. Minors and persons under guardianship must be accompanied by their parents or by their legal guardian. A divorced parent who has sole parental custody must present an official document to that effect. In the case of joint parental authority, if the two parents are unable to attend together, the absent parent must provide written authorisation for the issuing of the child’s passport or identity card.

Since the production of Swiss identity documents is centralised in Switzerland, you should check the expiry date of your current travel documents in order to allow sufficient time when applying for new documents.

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Mobile recording of biometric data

We are pleased to inform you that consular staff of the Regional Consular Centre (RCC) Nordic and Baltic Countries in Stockholm will be visiting the following cities in April 2018 to collect your biometric data for travel documents:

Helsinki:               Tuesday/Wednesday, April 10/11, 2018
Copenhagen:       Tuesday/Wednesday, April 17/18, 2018
Oslo:                     Tuesday/Wednesday, April 24/25, 2018

If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, you must contact the RCC in Stockholm by e-mail to In order to enable us planning our service, please inform us about your preferences for the appointment (place and time) indicating a mobile phone number until January 31st, 2018 at the latest. You will then receive further instructions.

Please note that this offer is intended primarily for individuals whose identity documents expire within 12 months from April 2018.