In all countries in which Liechtenstein does not have any representation its citizens may make use of the relevant Swiss representation for all consular questions. Since 1919 Switzerland, at the request of the Government of Liechtenstein, has been looking after the interests of Liechtenstein and its citizens abroad.
Liechtenstein – Consular services
The interests of Liechtenstein citizens abroad are in principle safeguarded by Swiss diplomatic and consular representations in the same way as those of Swiss citizens. The safeguarding of interests means in particular:
- providing diplomatic and consular protection
- registration of Liechtenstein citizens living abroad
- issuing temporary passports (emergency passports)
- receiving and forwarding requests for passports and identity cards
- dealing with matters concerning civil status
- providing assistance to Liechtenstein citizens in distress
The Swiss representation concerned will be glad to answer your questions.
With the online desk you have the possibility to access consular services, such as registering in the Swiss Abroad Register, notifications of changes of civil status, changes of address.
In 1919, at the request of the Government of Liechtenstein, Switzerland agreed to look after the interests of Liechtenstein and of Liechtenstein citizens abroad. This means that in all countries where Liechtenstein does not have a mission, citizens of Liechtenstein can use the services of the local Swiss mission in consular matters. In the U.S., Liechtenstein is officially represented by its Embassy in Washington, D.C. and it's Mission to the U.N. in New York:
Embassy of the Principality of Liechtenstein
2900 K Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
Ph (202) 331-0590
Fax (202) 331-3221
Embassy of Liechtenstein to the United States of America
Permanent Representative of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the United Nations
633 Third Avenue, 27th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Ph (212) 599-0220
Fax (212) 599-0064
However, citizens of Liechtenstein who need consular services, are required to contact the Swiss representation of their consular district.
The Principality of Liechtenstein is a constitutional hereditary monarchy based on democratic and parliamentary principles. The head of state is H.S.H. Prince Hans-Adam II von und zu Liechtenstein. On August 15, 2004, he invested sovereign rights in his son, H.S.H. Alois von und zu Liechtenstein.
Liechtenstein is to the east of Switzerland, has an area of 160 km2 and a population of 34,000, a third of whom are foreign nationals. The majority of jobs in Liechtenstein are in the service and industrial sectors. Agriculture accounts for only about 1% of employment. The country's main trading partner is the U.S., followed by Germany and Switzerland.