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Government of Canada services and information in Bern, Switzerland

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Services and information provided to Canadians by the Embassy of Canada to Switzerland, in Bern.

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Adoption and surrogacy

Please consult ch.ch: Adoption - who should I contact?

Refer to International adoption.

Birth abroad

Refer to Birth abroad.

Please consult ch.ch: Birth.

Citizenship services

Complete your citizenship application. All documents submitted in a language other than English or French must be translated by a certified translator. Send your payment confirmation with your application to the consular section of the Embassy of Canada in Bern.

Please provide a fully completed, signed and dated form and a stamped envelope (registered mail – 6 CHF) with your mailing address. All original documents will be returned to you as soon as your application is processed.

The issuance of a Canadian Citizenship Certificate may take up to 12 months. Failure to provide a fully completed application form or the necessary documents may result in the return of your application. We encourage you to provide an email address (Section 7 of the application), if additional information is required. We will contact you upon receipt of the requested Citizenship Certificate(s) regarding pick up or sending per post (in this case a stamped envelope will be requested at that time).

Payment method

Invoices issued upon request
Credit cards : only Visa and MasterCard are accepted

Online payment by credit card

Details Fee (CAD) Fee (CHF)
Application for a Citizenship Certificate for adults and minors (Proof of Citizenship) 75.00 55.00
Application to Renounce Canadian Citizenship 100.00 74.00
Replacement / Update of proof of Canadian citizenship 75.00 55.00
Application for a Search of Citizenship Records 75.00 55.00
Registered mail 7.00 6.00

Marriage abroad

Refer to Marriage abroad.

This information is given on a non-official basis and is subject to change by the Swiss authorities. It is important to note that before a civil marriage can be performed, you must meet a number of legal requirements and submit an application to your local civil register office.

Please be advised that Canadian diplomatic and consular officers are not permitted under the law of Canada to solemnize marriages nor can they allow the solemnization of marriages in the diplomatic/consular premises.

Civil Marriage - Same-Sex Partnership

For Civil Marriage or Same-Sex Partnership a number of original documents must be produced. To obtain a complete list, you should contact the Civil Registry (Zivilstandesamt in German, Office de lEtat civil in French, Ufficio dello stato civile in Italian) of the canton in which you want to get married or – if you are in Canada – the Swiss diplomatic representation responsible for your area.

For Canadian citizens who do not hold a valid Swiss residence permit, you will be asked for a certificate of non-impediment to marriage. As Canadian law neither requires nor provides for the issuance of such a certificate, Swiss authorities frequently accept, as a substitute document, an affidavit or solemn declaration sworn before an official of the Embassy of Canada which confirms your civil status as “not married” and your place of residence. If you require such a document, you must make an appointment and appear in person at the Embassy of Canada during consular office hours with your valid Canadian passport.

Applicable fees can be paid with a credit card (Visa or MasterCard).

For Canadian citizens holding a valid Swiss residence permit this document must be obtained from the local Civil Registry Office.

Religious Marriage

You may also get married in a church, but only after the civil ceremony. For information, contact the church office of your place of residence.

Acknowledgement of Paternity - Naturalization

The same attestation as for civil marriage is required for acknowledgment of paternity and – if you are single - for naturalization. However, in both cases Canadian citizens holders or not of a valid Swiss residence permit must appear at the Embassy of Canada with a valid Canadian passport.

Notarial services

The office provides the following notarial services, by appointment only, to Canadian citizens and, in limited cases, to non-Canadian citizens if the documents are intended for use in Canada. Note: Documents must be in English or French, or accompanied by an official translation in English or French.

Authentication/Attestation (certify the document signature, the position of an official and the seal are genuine):

Certified copy (certify the document is a true copy of the original):

  • Documents presented by a Canadian citizen or a non-Canadian citizen for use in Canada; exceptions apply (fees apply).
  • Government-issued identification requiring a certified true copy (fees apply).

Witness a signature (consular officer witnesses a signature):

  • Documents presented by a Canadian citizen or a non-Canadian citizen for use in Canada; exceptions apply (fees apply).
  • Government-issued identification requiring a witnessed signature (fees apply).

Note: Complete all documents before booking an appointment. Sign all documents in front of the consular officer.

Payment method

Invoices issued upon request
Credit cards : only Visa and MasterCard are accepted

Online payment by credit card

Details Fee (CAD) Fee (CHF)
Administering an oath or receiving a statutory declaration or affirmation. The fee shown is per document. 50.00 37.00
Attesting any document bearing a signature (affidavit, declaration, affirmation, etc.). The fee shown is per document. 50.00 37.00
Authenticating (witnessing) a signature. The fee shown is per document. 50.00 37.00
Authenticating the signature and seal of a foreign authority. The fee shown is per document. 50.00 37.00
Authenticating signatures of Canadian authorities or notaries 50.00 37.00
Certifying a true copy of a document. The fee shown is per copy. 20.00 15.00

Passport services

Refer to our Service fees section to pay online before completing your passport application.

Book an appointment to present your documents in person.

Payment method

Invoices issued upon request
Credit cards : only Visa and MasterCard are accepted

Online payment by credit card

Details Fee (CAD) Fee (CHF)
10-year adult passport (age 16 or over) 260.00 192.00
5-year adult passport (age 16 or over) 190.00 140.00
5-year Child passport (0-15 years of age) 100.00 74.00
Additional fee for replacing a valid lost or stolen passport 45.00 33.00
Registered Delivery 7.00 6.00
A Post Delivery 1.00 1.00
Pay online

Pensions and retirement

Refer to Retiring abroad.

If you are residing in Switzerland, you should submit your pension claim from Canada (including Quebec) to the Swiss compensation Office SCO.

Swiss compensation Office SCO Av. Edmond-Vaucher 18

P.O. Box 3100
1211 Geneva 2

Tel.: +41 58 461 91 11 telephone enquiries: 8h00 to 17h00
Fax: +41 22 795 97 05 / +41 22 795 97 06

www.zas.admin.ch

Same-sex marriage abroad

This information is given on a non-official basis and is subject to change by the Swiss authorities. It is important to note that before a civil marriage can be performed, you must meet a number of legal requirements and submit an application to your local civil register office.

Please be advised that Canadian diplomatic and consular officers are not permitted under the law of Canada to solemnize marriages nor can they allow the solemnization of marriages in the diplomatic/consular premises.

Civil Marriage - Same-Sex Partnership

For Civil Marriage or Same-Sex Partnership a number of original documents must be produced. To obtain a complete list, you should contact the Civil Registry (Zivilstandesamt in German, Office de lEtat civil in French, Ufficio dello stato civile in Italian) of the canton in which you want to get married or – if you are in Canada – the Swiss diplomatic representation responsible for your area.

For Canadian citizens who do not hold a valid Swiss residence permit, you will be asked for a certificate of non-impediment to marriage. As Canadian law neither requires nor provides for the issuance of such a certificate, Swiss authorities frequently accept, as a substitute document, an affidavit or solemn declaration sworn before an official of the Embassy of Canada which confirms your civil status as “not married” and your place of residence. If you require such a document, you must make an appointment and appear in person at the Embassy of Canada during consular office hours with your valid Canadian passport.

Applicable fees can be paid with a credit card (Visa or MasterCard).

For Canadian citizens holding a valid Swiss residence permit this document must be obtained from the local Civil Registry Office.

Religious Marriage

You may also get married in a church, but only after the civil ceremony. For information, contact the church office of your place of residence.

Acknowledgement of Paternity - Naturalization

The same attestation as for civil marriage is required for acknowledgment of paternity and – if you are single - for naturalization. However, in both cases Canadian citizens holders or not of a valid Swiss residence permit must appear at the Embassy of Canada with a valid Canadian passport.

Studying abroad

Refer to Studying abroad and EduCanada.

Visa and immigration services

Voting abroad

Refer to Elections (voting from abroad).

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