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:

  • the child of a married couple at least one of whom 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.

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.

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 to enable the representation to update its register of the Swiss Abroad:

  • original of the birth certificate of the newborn Swiss infant or of the Swiss family book or certificate

There is no fee for the registration in question.

Registration of birth in the UK

In order to register the birth of a child who has one Swiss parent, the following document is required:

  • certified copy of an entry of birth (original document), newly issued (within 6 months). Photocopies or short birth certificates not mentioning the parents' names cannot be accepted.

In order to register the birth of a child of a Swiss mother or father who is not married but where the father or mother has acknowledged the child, the following additional documents have to be presented:

  • full birth certificate of the foreign father or mother, newly issued (within 6 months)
  • if applicable: divorce decree, marriage certificate or death certificate of former spouse of the foreign father or mother, newly issued (within 6 months)
  • passport of the foreign father or mother (will be returned immediately)
  • completed questionnaire to be obtained from the Regional Consular Centre or downloaded:

    Unmarried Parents Questionnaire (PDF, Number of pages 5, 137.9 kB)  

Please note that children born before 1 January 2006 to a Swiss father not married to the mother did not acquire Swiss citizenship by birth but will have to apply for naturalisation under Article 58c.

The documents of civil status will be translated, legalised and forwarded to the Swiss authorities which will retain them.

Non-registered Swiss nationals

Non-registered Swiss nationals wishing to register the birth of their child/children should also provide copies of their Swiss passports or identity cards, together with the non-resident form.

Non-resident form (PDF, 77.5 kB)

Failure to register children before the age of 22 will lead to the loss of their Swiss citizen­ship.

Delays in the registration of the birth of a child can cause inconvenience in the issuing of Swiss documents.