Birth

Registration of Birth

You wish to report the birth of a child.

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There are certain rules governing the granting of Swiss nationality to a child. The following qualify as Swiss at birth (SCA; CC 141.0):

  • the child of a married couple of whom at least one  parent is Swiss.
  • the child of a Swiss woman who is not married to the child’s father.
  • a foreign child in its minority (born after 1 January 2006) whose Swiss father is not married to the foreign mother acquires Swiss nationality as if from birth once paternity has been confirmed.

Swiss identity documents and foreign residence permit

A regular Swiss identity document can only be issued once the birth of the child has been registered in the Swiss civil status register, or rather once the child’s Swiss nationality has been confirmed. In urgent cases, please contact the competent Swiss representation.

Passport and identity card

Regarding the foreign residence permit for the child, please refer to the competent foreign authority.

Authorisation to enter and take residence in Switzerland for foreign children (family reunification)

For foreign children who are joining their parents residing in Switzerland, please refer to the information on the following webpage:

National visa for a stay of more than 90 days

Birth abroad

Registration in the Swiss civil status register (Infostar) of a birth which has occurred abroad requires submission of the documents listed on this webpage to the Swiss representation competent for the country in which the birth has taken place.

There is no fee for the registration in question.

Birth in Malta - Married parents

  • Full Att ta' twelid / Act of birth of the child
  • Copy of child’s passport or identity card, if available

Please note:

All certificates of civil status issued in Malta have to be provided with an apostille from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Valletta.

Most certificates of civil status can be requested with apostille online visiting the website of the Ministry for home affairs:

Certificates of civil status

The Swiss Embassy in Rome will  only accept original documents (no photocopies) and only documents not older than six months.

Birth in Malta - Unmarried parents

  • Full Att ta' twelid / Act of birth of the child

Of the Maltese parent*

  • Full Att ta' twelid / Act of birth 
  • Free Status Certificate or affidavit regarding the marital status at the time of the birth of the child
  • Photocopy of passport or identity card
  • If divorced: Divorce decree stating entry into force date and Att taz-zwieg / Act of marriage
  • If widowed: Att ta' mewt / Act of death of the deceased spouse

* If the foreign parent is not a Maltese national, please contact the Swiss Embassy in Rome for information concerning the documents required

Please note:

All certificates of civil status issued in Malta have to be provided with an apostille from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Valletta.

Most certificates of civil status can be requested with apostille online visiting the website of the Ministry for home affairs:

Certificates of civil status

The Swiss Embassy in Rome will  only accept original documents (no photocopies) and only documents not older than six months.

Birth in Switzerland

In the case of a birth in Switzerland, parents registered with a Swiss representation abroad are under an obligation to report the birth of the child. They must submit the following document (as hard copy or in electronic form) to enable the representation to update its register of the Swiss Abroad:

  • photocopy of the birth certificate of the newborn  or of the Swiss family certificate

There is no fee for the registration in question.