Founded in 1946, the British Residents’ Association of Switzerland (BRA) is a non profit organisation, for British, Commonwealth and Irish Citizens.
The Association organises numerous cultural, recreational, and social events in each of its regions for the benefit of its members.
The BRA also promotes friendship between its members and the people of Switzerland, helping the membership to know Switzerland’s different regional cultures and assisting them to integrate into Swiss life.
We look forward to meeting you soon at one of our regional events.
Message from the BRA Chairwoman
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR GREETINGS The Council of the British Residents’ Association of Switzerland hope that you all have a safe and relaxing holiday season. We have had more than our share of challenges this year, so are wishing you peace and hope at Christmas and a New Year full of better days. Thank you all for supporting us and remaining such true and loyal Members. Angela S. Meier-Jones Hon. Chairwoman British Residents’ Association of Switzerland
Dear All, With COVID-19 still affecting and dominating our daily lives, and vaccination certificates now being compulsory for most indoor events in Switzerland, we would like to provide some clarification on the use and exchange of COVID-certificates, including such ones that have been issued outside of Switzerland. Additionally, we have some good news to share on a new social security agreement between the UK and Switzerland. COVID certificates If you have been vaccinated abroad, e.g. in the UK and are in possession of a NHS vaccination certificate, you can apply for a Swiss COVID certificate if you were vaccinated with a vaccine that is approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). This concerns the following vaccines: Pfizer/BioNtech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca. You must be resident in Switzerland, staying in Switzerland, or intend to enter Switzerland (i.e. tourism) in order to exchange your foreign certificate for a Swiss one. You must also be able to provide sufficient evidence of the vaccination performed abroad and your stay in Switzerland, and be able to prove your identity. The cantonal health authorities are responsible for exchanging and issuing Swiss COVID certificates. To be issued with a COVID certificate, you should contact the […]
Passports If you are wishing to renew your passport you must contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office directly. The British Embassy is not involved in the passport application process. All applications must be completed either online or via downloading a form and sending it back to the UK. Renewing your Passport: To renew your passport online please see here and follow the steps provided: gov.uk/renew-adult-passport To renew your passport using a paper application form you can: Go to a Post Office that has a Check and Send service (when in the UK) or call the Passport Advice line: +44 (0)300 222 0000 It costs £85. You can pay by either: debit or credit card – fill in the form in the application pack – or cheque made payable to ‘Her Majesty’s Passport Office’. You’ll need 2 new and identical printed photos of yourself. To contact HMPO please see here: gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-passport-office or call via +44 (0)300 222 0000
Around Europe, all countries have been implementing measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection. Please click on the blue link below to find the latest restrictions introduced by the Swiss Federal authorities. New coronavirus Remember: Your local canton or commune might introduce further measures which affect you. Please check with your local authorities what is the up to date information in your region.
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