Embassy of Switzerland - Foreign Interests Section

Foreign Interests Section ©FDFA
Foreign Interests Section ©FDFA

In the absence of diplomatic or consular relations of the United States of America with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Swiss government, acting through its Embassy in Tehran, serves as the Protecting Power of the USA in Iran since 21 May 1980. The Swiss Embassy's Foreign Interests Section provides consular services to U.S. citizens living in or travelling to Iran.

Important General Information

U.S. passport holders living in Iran are kindly invited to register at this office and to keep their contact information updated.

The Foreign Interests Section of the Swiss Embassy in Iran cannot perform any U.S. visa, green card or immigration related services. For information on U.S. immigration matters for residents of Iran please check the relevant document under ‘Leaflets’.

The following consular services are provided by the Foreign Interests Section:

  • Renewal of U.S. passports
  • First-time U.S. passport applications (only for individuals under the age of 18) 
  • Lost U.S. passports  
  • Registration of births and deaths 
  • Social security matters
  • Notarizations and authentications

Please check ‘Leaflets’ for additional information and requirements.

Any consular services require a prior appointment. To make an appointment please call the Foreign Interests Section at (+98 21) 2254 2178.
Please make sure to be on time for your appoinment; late arrivals or no shows need to make a new appointment. If you have to cancel your appoinment please inform this section at least 48 hours in advance.
For the collection of issued U.S. passports no appointment is needed.

The processing time from the time of application for routine passport applications is approximately 4-6 weeks and for birth registrations approximately 6-8 weeks.


Application Forms

The following forms have been adapted for the specific use with the Foreign Interests Section of the Embassy of Switzerland in Iran. If you wish to do so as a preparation, you can fill in the respective form and print it out before you visit this office in order to make sure that you have all the required information at hand. Please note that the forms may not be submitted electronically and that the staff of the Foreign Interests Section will have to issue new applications based on your indications for transmission to the U.S. authorities.