Birth in Japan
If your child is born abroad, this must be entered in the Swiss civil status register. This updating of the register is free of charge.
Please submit the following documents to your Swiss representation:
- Original birth certificate of your child (Shusshou Todoke Juri Shoumeisho /出生届受理証明書)
- Original official decree establishing filiation or recognition of paternity (Ninchi Todoke Juri Shoumeisho /認知届受理証明書)
If you (a parent) do not hold Swiss nationality and are not yet registered in the Swiss civil status register, please submit the following:
- Original birth certificate (Shusshou Todoke Juri Shoumeisho /出生届受理証明書)
- Original civil status record at the time of your child's birth:
- Certificate establishing that they are unmarried (Dokushin Shoumeisho /独身証明書)
- Divorce decree that specifies when it entered into force (Rikon Todoke Juri Shoumeisho /離婚届受理証明書)
- Death certificate of deceased spouse/partner (Shibou Todoke Juri Shoumeisho /死亡届受理証明書)
- Original certificate of current residence (Jyuminhyou /住民票)
- Copy of passport
The documents will be first translated and notarized by the Embassy, then forwarded to the home municipality of the newborn for registration.
Please indicate the name of the child as well as the names of the parents of the non-Swiss parent in alphabet on a separate paper for the translation.
Attention: All Japanese documents must be apostilled (The Hague Convention of October 05, 1961). The apostille is issued free of charge by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan (en)