Embassy of Switzerland - Foreign Interests Section

Foreign Interests Section
Foreign Interests Section © FDFA

In the absence of diplomatic or consular relations of the United States of America with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Swiss government, acting through its Embassy in Tehran, serves as the Protecting Power of the USA in Iran since 21 May 1980. The Swiss Embassy's Foreign Interests Section provides consular services to U.S. citizens living in or travelling to Iran.


Due to the Coronavirus, the Foreign Interests Section of the Embassy of Switzerland is closed temporarily until further notice.

For inquiries, please send an e-mail to tehran.fi@eda.admin.ch. Only for emergency cases contact the EDA-Helpline in Switzerland: Tel. +41 800 24 73 65


The Foreign Interests Section of the Embassy of Switzerland is receiving numerous enquiries from U.S. citizens, who are currently in Iran or from their concerned relatives and friends asking for assistance in order to return home.

We fully understand your situation, your difficulties and are following the situation closely. We are in touch with the relevant US, Swiss and local authorities on this matter.

The U.S. government does not have diplomatic or consular relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iran.

Based on the mandate of the Embassy of Switzerland and the current instructions given by the U.S. authorities the following applies:

The Department of State’s Travel Advisory for Iran is currently at Level 4- Do Not Travel to Iran due to the risk of kidnapping and the arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens. Those present in Iran should exercise increased caution due to an outbreak of COVID-19.

How will the U.S. assist its citizens wishing to leave Iran? 

The U.S. government has been consistent in recommending its citizens not to travel to Iran.  The United States urges those citizens currently in Iran to seriously consider departing by commercial means.  While the U.S. government has successfully evacuated hundreds of its citizens in recent weeks, such repatriation flights do not reflect our standard practice and should not be relied on as an option for stranded U.S. citizens.

Please consult Tehran Airport website to see available commercial flights:  Tehran Airport - Departures.  We encourage you to contact the airline directly in order to make travel arrangements.  You may also contact the following travel agencies (without any responsibility or guarantee from the Swiss or US Government):

BLUE ROSE No 141, Khorramshahr St., Tehran                                    info@bluerose.ir   www.bluerose.ir   +98 21 43631

EAVAR Sayeh Tower, *8, 3rd Floor, No. 2609 Vali Asr Ave., Tehran    info@eavar.com   www.eavar.com   +98 21 2201 1637

GHOGHNOS No. 1758 Shariati Ave. North Sadr Bridge, Tehran   info@ghoghnos.net   www.ghoghnos.ir   +9821 24 5 25

MARCOPOLO VOYAGE No.1, Mirdamad St., Motahari Ave., Tehran info@marcopolo.ir   www.marcopolotourist.com   +98 21 41613

TECH TRAVEL IRAN 1343 Shariati Ave., Tehran                          info@techtraveliran.ir   www.techtraveliran.ir   +98 21 2289 5299

Please note, that the Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus issued by the White House does not apply to American Citizens or green card holders (US resident). If the American citizen has family members traveling on a US visa, the traveler with a visa is subject to the proclamation if they have been in Iran or China in the last 14 days.  

Anyone coming from an affected area may be subject to a quarantine on arrival, at the discretion of local authorities.  

Preventing the spread of Coronavirus:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Follow local authority instructions.
  • Since the situation may change rapidly, please closely monitor Travel.state.gov and CDC.gov for important information.


Embassy of Switzerland

Foreign Interests Section

Important General Information

U.S. passport holders living in Iran are kindly invited to register at this office and to keep their contact information updated.

The Foreign Interests Section of the Swiss Embassy in Iran cannot perform any U.S. visa, green card or immigration related services. For information on U.S. immigration matters for residents of Iran please check the relevant document under ‘Leaflets’.

The following consular services are provided by the Foreign Interests Section:

  • Renewal of U.S. passports
  • First-time U.S. passport applications (only for individuals under the age of 18) 
  • Lost U.S. passports  
  • Registration of births and deaths 
  • Social security matters
  • Notarizations and authentications

Please check ‘Leaflets’ for additional information and requirements.

Any consular services require a prior appointment. To make an appointment please call the Foreign Interests Section at (+98 21) 2254 2178.
Please make sure to be on time for your appoinment; late arrivals or no shows need to make a new appointment. If you have to cancel your appoinment please inform this section at least 48 hours in advance.
For the collection of issued U.S. passports no appointment is needed.

The processing time from the time of application for routine passport applications is approximately 4-6 weeks and for birth registrations approximately 6-8 weeks.


U.S. Diplomatic and Consular Posts in neighboring countries to Iran (PDF, Page 1, 233.7 kB, English)

U.S. Immigration Affairs (visa, green card etc.)
(PDF, Page 1, 241.4 kB, English)

Notarization / Authentication 
(PDF, Page 1, 241.7 kB, English)

Simplified Renewal of U.S. Passports for Eligible Individuals (PDF, 477.3 kB, English)

Ordinary Renewal of U.S. Passports (PDF, 468.5 kB, English)

Lost or Stolen U.S. Passports - Replacement 
(PDF, Page 1, 247.4 kB, English)

First U.S. Passport Applications for persons born in the U.S. (PDF, Number of pages 2, 326.3 kB, English)

U.S. Passport Application under Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (PDF, Number of pages 2, 325.8 kB, English)

Birth Registration and First U.S. Passport Application for persons born in Iran (PDF, Number of pages 2, 326.1 kB, English)

U.S. Passport Photo Requirements (PDF, Page 1, 261.5 kB, English)

Replace or Amend a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) (PDF, Number of pages 2, 457.7 kB, English)

Report of Death of a U.S. citizen abroad (PDF, Page 1, 235.0 kB, English)

Disposition of Remains Report 
(PDF, Number of pages 3, 111.5 kB)

U.S. Social Security Card - First time application (PDF, Page 1, 285.4 kB)

Lost or Stolen U.S. Social Security Card - Replacement (PDF, Page 1, 238.1 kB, English)

U.S. Social Security Retirement Benefits (PDF, Page 1, 288.4 kB, English)

U.S. Social Security Survivor Benefits 
(PDF, Page 1, 243.7 kB, English)

List of English Speaking Physicians in Tehran (PDF, Number of pages 3, 488.1 kB, English)

Fees for Consular Services 
(PDF, 215.7 kB, English)

Holiday Schedule (PDF, 835.3 kB, multilingual: Farsy, English)

Application Forms