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
By now you will all have received your invitation and the relevant papers, either by email or post, to the 75th Annual General Meeting. To see the invitation to the meeting and luncheon is on the BRA Website please click on the link below. QR-Bill BRA AGM 2022 You will also find a link for the QBP’s for Romandie-West and the North-East, on the individual event page, the link will open a PDF with the correct event QR-code for prepayment. In December 2021 we sent out an official letter asking you to pay your yearly subscription for 2022. The result was astounding and by February most of you had paid in. As this proved to be such an effective means we will be repeating it in once again this December. For those members not yet paid up for 2022 you will be receiving a ¨personal¨ reminder in the next few weeks. What a wonderful year this will be for the Queen to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee. In the month of June your local Regions have organised for you the QBP – Platinum Jubilee Celebrations. On behalf of the British Residents’ Association a letter of congratulations has been sent to the […]
Dear Members of the British Residents Association, Spring is in the air and therefore I take this opportunity to take a look back to the past months which have had an impact on our day to day lives. We have lived through several lockdowns due to Covid, which has included periods where it was difficult for our loved ones to visit or for us to travel to the UK. Covid has not gone and will be with us for some time to come but thankfully travel restrictions have been greatly relaxed and with normal precautions, we can travel back and forth to the UK normally again. If you have friends or family visiting you in Switzerland they can always find the latest entry regulations for Switzerland in our travel advice:https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/switzerland/entry-requirements. If you are travelling to the UK, you can find the latest Covid related information here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19. More recent events have pushed our memories of the Coronavirus to the background. Regretfully we are now confronted with a large movement of refugees coming from the war stricken nation of Ukraine into the safe countries in Europe. I know many of you have sought to help. The UK has also opened its […]
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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