Welcome message from the Ambassador

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Alexandre Fasel, Ambassador of Switzerland to the UK © Joana Saramago

It is a great pleasure to personally welcome you to the website of the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom. Here you can find information on all facets of the strong and long-standing diplomatic relationship between the Swiss and the British. As the official representation of Switzerland in the UK, we strive to maintain and develop these ties daily, and to further Swiss interests across these islands.

Whilst the UK has taken the decision to leave the European Union, Switzerland’s strong bilateral relationship with the UK will continue. Until the end of the transition period, which is expected to be on 31 December 2020, the bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the EU will continue to apply to the UK. Switzerland has ensured continuity by successfully pursuing the ‘Mind the gap’ strategy, involving a series of agreements with the UK in the areas of trade, citizens' rights, transport and insurance to ensure our existing mutual rights and obligations continue after the transition period ends.

If you are a Swiss citizen living in the UK without dual British nationality, you must apply for settled or pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 in order to continue living, working or studying in the UK beyond this point. You can find out more information about this on our FAQ page.

With the ‘Mind the gap plus’ strategy we hope to deepen our partnership and develop further agreements across a number of areas of mutual interest. Switzerland's economic relations with the UK are significant. The UK was the sixth most important market for Swiss exports of goods in 2018 and the fifth most important destination for Swiss direct investment. Switzerland was the third most important non-EU market for British services exports in 2018 and the ninth most important foreign investor in the UK. Going forward we aim to further expand our strong partnership in other areas.

To stay up to date on our activities, you are invited to subscribe to our Embassy Newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at london@eda.admin.ch.

Best wishes,

Alexandre Fasel
Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Kingdom