Passport and identity card

Passport and identity card applications

The Regional Consular Centre London continues to experience very high demand for new passports/ID cards. We strongly recommend that you start the application process early, as it may take longer than usual to renew your Swiss identity documents.

The new Swiss passport and/or ID card will be valid from the date of issue, not the date of expiry of the current passport/ID card.

Booking any trips abroad while you do not hold a valid passport/ID card is at your own risk.

A Swiss passport and identity card
The personal information stored on biometric passports is recorded at the representation. © Keystone

Swiss citizens are entitled to a passport and an identity card. The current biometric passports contain a chip on which your fingerprints and an image of your face are stored electronically. All Swiss travel documents are produced in Switzerland.

You can apply online for your passport and identity card. Once your application is reviewed, you receive an invitation to record your biometric data at the competent Swiss representation. Be sure to check the expiry date on your current passport and identity card and leave enough time to order new ones.

Loss or theft

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

Temporary passport

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

Fees

How much does an identity document cost?