Activities as host state

Privileges and immunities

The Mission's Section of Privileges and Immunities is responsible for applying the system of diplomatic benefits to the international community and its registration service issues FDFA legitimation cards.

Practical Manual of the regime of privileges and immunities and other facilities

This manual was created to explain the system of privileges and immunities to the permanent missions, international organisations and their staff members.

Privileges & immunities: frequently asked questions (FAQ)

A FAQ (frequently asked questions) has been prepared to answer the questions that are usually asked about the regime of privileges, immunities and facilities applicable to permanent missions, international organisations, as well as to the staff and members of their families.

Security and general affairs

The Section for Security and General Affairs deals with requests from international organisations and permanent missions regarding security. It facilitates the issuing of visas for International Geneva and deals with disputes.

Manual: Visas

Information on visas is provided to those expected within the context of International Geneva.


The Swiss Mission is the first point of contact for IOs and PMs in Geneva. It receives and directs cybersecurity-related requests from the international community to the authorities and specialized partners.

Real estate and framework conditions

The Section for Real Estate and Framework Conditions provides operational support for all real estate matters related to the presence in Switzerland of international organisations, permanent missions and their personnel.

Manual: Real estate

This manual provides relevant information to foreign States or members of personnel of permanent missions and international organisations who would like to aquire a property in Switzerland