Message from the BRA Chairwoman

On the 9 April HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, sadly passed away. What a remarkable man he was. In November 1997 at a lunch at Banqueting House in London the Queen said in her speech honouring her husband “He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and […]


“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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Message from the BRA Chairwoman

Time to update the letter on the Website. With such lovely weather today it didn’t take me long to find the appropriate picture depicting the present situation of snow in the mountains and flowers in the valleys. Probably a bit early to get the deckchairs out but it certainly cheers one up after the long […]

Happy New Year! and Information for UK nationals

Her Majesty’s Ambassador, Jane Owen, and everyone at the Embassy wishes you and your loved ones all the best for the New Year! As the Brexit Transition Period comes to an end on the 31st of December, we will continue to work hard to ensure that you have the information you need about living in Switzerland. […]

December Message from the Chairwoman

Dear Members, Sadly, we are not much further with the Corona situation since the last time I wrote to you with the BRA news. We have to inform you that our Secretary, Heidi Bigmore has resigned, it has not been an easy time for any of us. We would like to thank Heidi for her […]

Message from Ambassador Jane Owen

Dear friends, As we all turn our eyes to the festive season, I wanted to wish all members of the British Residents’ Association a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year.  I hope you have the chance to enjoy some time – either in person or virtually – with your families and friends, and […]

UK State Pension and Benefits post Brexit.

The BRA Council thought it would be useful to publish the following extracts from the UK government’s website They concern the UK State Pension and Benefits payable to UK expats living in Switzerland.  ““Living in the EEA or Switzerland by 31 December 2020 If you are a UK national living in an EEA state or Switzerland by 31 […]