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.
Embassy of Switzerland - Foreign Interests Section
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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):
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.
If you wish to do so as a preparation, you can fill in the respective form before you visit this office in order to make sure that you have all the required information at hand. Please note that the forms may not be submitted electronically and that the staff of the Foreign Interests Section will have to issue new applications based on your indications for transmission to the U.S. authorities.