The Privileges and Immunities Section manages the registration of arrivals/changes/departures of embassy and consular staff, issues FDFA legitimation cards, handles the opening and closing of consular posts, conducts personnel checks, handles the exequatur procedure for heads of consular posts and the agrément of military attachés.
It ensures the application of the privileges and immunities regime provided for in the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations, and monitors compliance in terms of privileges and immunities, legal status, reciprocity, violations of Swiss law, prevention of abuses, and debt collection.
Together with the competent authorities, it coordinates security, customs and tax privileges, legal issues, property issues, visa requests in accordance with Article 98 of the Foreign Nationals and Immigration Act (FNIA) and Article 38 of the Ordinance on Entry and the Granting of Visas (EGVO), CD/AT/CC vehicle registration, and access to the Swiss job market for people who enjoy privileges in Switzerland.
The section also processes requests for the cancellation of official foreign passports, requests for new specimen passports, and forwards specimen signatures and seals of foreign representations to the Federal Chancellery.
It is also responsible for drawing up and administering the Directory of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps in Switzerland as well as providing information on privileges and immunities online for diplomatic missions and consular posts in Switzerland, their staff, families and private household employees.