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I’ve lost my passport or identity card, what should I do?

You must report the loss or theft of your identity document to the police as soon as possible. Before you can apply for a replacement, you must submit a declaration of loss issued by the Swiss or foreign police. An identity document that has been reported as lost is no longer valid and must be returned to the passport authority if found.

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If you lose your passport while abroad

If you lose your passport while in another country, you must also report the loss or theft of the document to the local police as soon as possible. You can apply for a replacement passport at the Swiss embassy or consulate of the country you are staying in.

Even if you don’t need a replacement document, you must report the loss of your identity document to the Swiss embassy or consulate or to the Swiss police on your return to Switzerland.

Procedure for Swiss citizens living abroad

Swiss citizens living abroad must report the loss of their passport to the local police and to the Swiss embassy or consulate in their country of residence.

Temporary passport (emergency passport)

You can apply for a temporary passport in an emergency.