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.
Condolence Book at the Embassy in Bern
A book of condolence will be available to sign at the embassy in Bern for those wishing to pay their respects. They are open every day from: 10h00 – 12h00 hours and from 14h00 – 16h00 Until Sunday the 18th September 2022
HM Queen Elizabeth II 1926 – 2022 The British Residents’ Association of Switzerland would like to convey their deepest condolences to King Charles III and his family, on the death of his beloved mother, HM Queen Elizabeth II. May she rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all at this very sad time.
Message from the BRA Chairwoman
Our AGM went off well with no hitches and it was lovely to be “live” again and to welcome so many of our Members to the Casino in Bern. The Platinum Jubilee Celebrations for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II were all a great success and very well attended. The Embassy sent a representative to each Celebration. Thanks to the interest shown by advertising we have acquired quite a few new Members. A lot of people will be away over the summer months and of course the weather will probably get hotter, but all the Regions have managed to organise events for you all to participate in. On the 15 October we are holding our National Luncheon in the Central Region. We will be in the beautiful Palais DuPeyrou in Neuchâtel. Last year the National Lunch was held in Lugano, under the Ticino & Grisons Region and next year we will be in a different Region again. The moving around of the Autumn Lunch in different BRA regions is proving to be very popular with BRA Members and gives them the chance to visit a different part of Switzerland. Hopefully as many of you as possible will join us. In 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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