Passport and identity card

Passport control at Zurich airport
(Photo: Keystone/Ennio Leanza)

Swiss citizens have a passport and an identity card.

The Swiss passport

Apply for a passport and/or an identity card

Do you require a passport and/or an identity card?

The Swiss passport

Prices, validity and delivery times

How long are the documents valid and how much do they cost?

The Swiss passport can be readily removed from a pocket

What to do if you lose your passport or identity card

Have you lost your passport or identity card, or have either of them been stolen?

The Swiss passport fits nicely into the breast pocket

Swiss living abroad

Are you living abroad and would you like to order a passport and/or identity card?

The provisional passport beside the standard Swiss passport

Temporary passport

Do you need to travel at short notice, or do you require an emergency passport?

Registering biometric data for the Swiss passport

Biometric passport and data security

How is your data protected?

Travellers are advised to enquire at the appropriate embassy or consulate about the provisions for entering or transiting a country.

You can find helpful information on the FDFA website about travelling abroad, entry procedures and the security situation in various countries.

FDFA travel advice 

For questions about ordering a pass-port/an identity card or what to do if you lose your passport/identity card contact the passport office in your canton of residence.

For general questions about the Swiss passport or identity card you can send us an e-mail or call us on 0800 820 008. The line is open from 9 to 11 a.m. and calls are free of charge.

Further information

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Statutory provisions

Place of origin

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