Irish Citizens who are over 18, and have held an Irish Passport can now apply for their Passport Book and/or Passport Card online.
Our How to Apply for a Passport Guide takes you through each step of your Irish Passport application. You can't apply online but the guide will answer some of the most common questions like:
The Embassy of Ireland in Switzerland can only accept passport applications from residents of Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Algeria. Only applications giving an address in one of the above countries and which have been witnessed in the same country, will be accepted.
Please be aware that applicants may be requested to provide further information and/or attend for interview at the Embassy in Bern.
Infants or very young children who can't support themselves should be photographed lying down on a plain, white surface. No one else should appear in the photo, so make sure that hands or arms used to support the child are not visible.
If you have a disability that prevents you meeting all of these requirements, contact us and we will offer you further advice.
Please note that witnesses must be resident in the same country in which you reside. Embassy Bern will only accept applications from residents of Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Algeria and the witness should therefore be resident in either Switzerland, Liechtenstein or Algeria. Witnesses resident elsewhere, including Ireland, will not be accepted.
A member of one of the professions listed below can witness your passport application form as long as they are satisfied as to your identity and that your four photos are a true likeness of you. Make sure you bring photo identification with you and be aware that the witness may ask you for more proof of identification - this is at their discretion.
Your application form is only valid for six months from the date your witness signs Section 9.
This is an addition requirement for children. Everyone under the age of 18 must have the consent of their parents/guardians to get a passport and this consent (Section 7 of the passport application form) must be witnessed.
The only exception to this is if the applicant is married.
Find out what to do if both parents/guardians are unable to sign Section 7.
If your passport has been lost, stolen or damaged, you must:
If you lose two or more passports, it may restrict the period of validity for your next passport and processing times may take longer.
Do not, under any circumstances, try to travel on a passport that has been reported as lost or stolen.
Payment must be by made by bank transfer. This can be done at any Swiss or Liechtenstein Post Office, by e-banking, through your bank, or into any branch of UBS, using the following details:
Name and address: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dublin
Embassy of Ireland, Kirchenfeldstrasse 68, CH-3000 Berne 6
IBAN: CH19 0023 5235 4157 7301 J
Bank: UBS Switzerland AG, CH-8098 ZUERICH
When making payment, please ensure you enter the name of the applicant on the payment slip.
Cash and cheques are not accepted.
Please include evidence of payment of the appropriate fee with your passport application.
You should send your application form and documents by post to:
Embassy of Ireland
P.O. Box 262
CH-3000 Berne 6
Passport applications can be delivered by post without coming to the Embassy.
We would encourage you to consult the relevant section of our website regarding the service you require before contacting the Embassy. Passport application forms can be ordered online.
If you choose to post your application, we strongly recommend that you use registered mail or a reputable courier service. The Embassy cannot be held responsible for applications or documents lost in transit.
Read all sections of the passport application form to make sure you've filled it out correctly, including photo requirements and how to get it witnessed properly.