Death

The relevant authorities do not automatically submit documents regarding a death to the Swiss representations abroad. It is therefore essential that the necessary documents are transmitted to the competent Swiss representation in order to have the various Swiss registers updated free of charge.

Death abroad

To register a death abroad in the Swiss civil status register (Infostar), the following documents and information generally have to be submitted to the competent Swiss representation:

  • death certificate - original
  • Swiss identity documents (passport & identity card) for cancellation – at the written request of the family, the cancelled documents can be returned as mementos (please specify this when submitting the documents)
  • address and contact details of the surviving relatives

Death in Switzerland

The competent Swiss representation must also be notified of the death in Switzerland of Swiss Abroad or their foreign spouses, in order to update the personal details in the register of the Swiss Abroad. The following documents and information have to be submitted to the competent Swiss representation:

  • photocopy of Swiss death certificate (original not required)
  • Swiss identity documents (passport & identity card) for cancellation, if they have not been cancelled already by a passport office in Switzerland – at the written request of the family, the cancelled documents can be returned as mementos (please specify this when submitting the documents)
  • address and contact details of the surviving relatives

Registration of death in the UK

In order to register the death of a Swiss citizen or of the spouse of a Swiss citizen the following document is required:

  • certified copy of an entry of death (original document); photocopies cannot be accepted.

If it proves difficult to provide an original document which cannot be deposited permanently with the Swiss authorities, the Regional Consular Centre can make a copy and return the original.