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.
“In grateful remembrance of those who gave their lives and suffered for our freedom” In commemoration of ANZAC Day, The British Residents’ Association have sent a wreath, with the above message, to the Australian and New Zealand Consulates-General to be laid at the Commonwealth Grave plot at the St. Martin’s Cemetery in Vevey on the 25 April. Owing to the health risks posed by the Covid-19 pandemic the Australian and New Zealand Consulates-General have written to inform us that they are once again not able to host a public Anzac Day Service. Angela Meier-Jones BRA Chairwoman
HRH Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh 1921 – 2021 The British Residents’ Association of Switzerland would like to convey their deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and her family, on the death of HRH Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all at this very sad time.
Dear All, The Consular Section has been answering many of your questions since the end of the Transition Period and throughout the current Corona pandemic. We would like to summarise the most common enquiries relating to both the UK and Switzerland’s current travel restrictions, Covid-19 measures, entry requirements and quarantine rules as we go into spring and hopefully be able to go out more. Entering the UK: If you are planning to travel to the UK, you should check the current regulations regarding entry, quarantine and other measures that might be in place. Please be aware that these rules can change quickly in the current situation. For further Information please check: gov.uk/uk-border-control Leaving the UK/ Entering Switzerland: The UK has taken a number of measures to combat the pandemic. While the “Stay in the UK” restrictions are in place, you are only allowed to leave the UK if you have a reasonable excuse. Check if this applies to you here: gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-declaration-form-for-international-travel. If you are travelling to Switzerland, you should check our travel advice for the latest guidance: gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/switzerland. For all UK nationals visiting Switzerland, visiting family members or new residents, the entry requirements have changed as well since 1 January 2021. You can […]
Dear BRA Members, Easter Day is a Christian festival which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The holiday falls on 4 April this year and is celebrated across the globe. According to the New Testament, Easter occurs three days after the crucifixion of Jesus by the Romans at Calvary 30 AD. Whatever your religion or beliefs, I, together with the Council, wish you all a very happy, peaceful, enjoyable Easter time. Sadly, once again, social distancing and the dread of a third wave of corona are still keeping us apart and making family or friendly get togethers difficult. Our zoom apéros and book clubs are still in place for April but let’s hope that when the restaurants open again, we can actually meet up. I do know that for May, June and July all the regions have organised events. So, fingers crossed we can get the vaccination programme in full swing and that the numbers of those catching corona decline. Despite the threat of rain at the end of next week the temperature seems to be rising and it really looks as if spring is finally arriving. Some old fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard […]
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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