Registration of Death

In order to register the death of a Swiss citizen or of his/her foreign spouse the following document is required:

  • Original of full death certificate (photocopies cannot be accepted)

Please note:

All certificates of civil status issued in Malta habe to be provided with an Apostille from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Valletta.

All documents cannot be older than six months.

All original documents (photocpies cannot be accepted)

Most of the certificates of civil status can be ordered online under the link of the Ministry for home affairs, public registry:

Certificate of civil status

Death in Switzerland

The competent Swiss representation must also be notified of the death in Switzerland of Swiss Abroad or their foreign spouses, in order to update the personal details in the register of the Swiss Abroad. The following documents and information have to be submitted to the competent Swiss representation:

  • photocopy of Swiss death certificate (original not required)
  • Swiss identity documents (passport & identity card) for cancellation, if they have not been cancelled already by a passport office in Switzerland – at the written request of the family, the cancelled documents can be returned as mementos (please specify this when submitting the documents)
  • address and contact details of the surviving relatives