Passport Applications

Passport applications from Canadians in Switzerland and Liechtenstein are processed by the Embassy of Canada in Bern. Canadians travelling or residing in the Canton of Geneva have to contact the Permanent Mission of Canada in Geneva for passport and consular services.

Passport applications may be submitted up to one year prior to the expiry of your passport. If you wish to apply more than one year before the expiry date of your current passport, please contact us before submitting your application.

Passports: Renewal Application Process

Steps to follow when applying for a Canadian Passport in Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Step 1: Completing your passport application

Download the forms for Canadians abroad from Passport Canada and complete them carefully according to the instructions. You may also obtain a form in person at any Government of Canada office abroad.

All documents submitted as part of passport application in a language other than English or French must be translated by a certified translator. More information.

Step 2: Payment options

PAY ONLINE  before you apply for the following passport services :

  • Regular adult passports (5- and 10-year validity)
  • Child passports (5-year validity)
  • The administrative fee for replacing a valid lost or stolen passport ($45)

Step 3: Submitting your application

Please send your completed forms, photos and required supporting documents by registered mail or bring them in person during our consular opening hours, to:

Embassy of Canada
Consular Section
P.O. Box 234
3000 Bern 6
Switzerland

Please make sure you have carefully read the instructions regarding your passport application before sending it to us.

Processing times


To avoid delays, make sure your application is complete. Incomplete applications, missing documents, or photographs that do not meet the current standards will delay the issuance of your passport and could result in your application being rejected.

Once we accept your application as complete including the payment, a passport is issued within the standard processing times established by Passport Canada.

We recommend you to apply for a new passport at least six weeks before planned travel.

Passport Delivery or Pick-up

Once your new passport has been received at our office, you may pick it up in person or designate a third party to do so on your behalf by presenting a written authorization.

If you wish to have your passport delivered by registered mail to your address, you will need to include a stamped envelope with your passport application.

Urgent applications

If you are in Switzerland or Liechtenstein and require a passport quickly due to exceptional circumstances, please contact us for more information about the requirements for a Temporary Passport.

Lack of Proof of Citizenship

If you are not eligible for the Simplified Renewal Application Process, you must submit a proof of Canadian citizenship with your general passport application. However, there are application scenarios where this is not possible, if it is case, please contact us for more information.

Guarantor

If you are not eligible for the Simplified Renewal Application Process, you must have your general passport application signed by an eligible guarantor. If you are not in a position to have an acceptable guarantor sign your passport application and photo, the Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor is required and must be sworn to or declared before, and signed by, a person authorized by law to administer an oath or a solemn declaration. A qualified official includes a Canadian or British diplomatic or consular representative or a qualified local official. In Switzerland or Liechtenstein any Notary Public or lawyer can offer this service.

It is important to note that the standard processing times are not applicable when you submit the Declaration in lieu of guarantor with your passport application and therefore you may expect additional delays in obtaining your new passport.

Important: A person listed as a reference on the Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor cannot be listed as a reference on the passport application.