Since March 2010, biometric passports only have been issued. The passport has an in-built chip containing the electronic fingerprints and image of the holder. This makes the document more difficult to misuse or forge. Thanks to its biometric passport, Switzerland can co-operate closely with its European partners in the Schengen area. Your data are stored on the chip, which is embedded in the document cover. The data cannot be altered without going unnoticed. That means if you lose your document or it is stolen, it is safe from misuse. Your data can only be accessed using a scanner, which transmits the data encrypted. Your fingerprints are specially protected: they may only be accessed by countries that have the same data protection standards as Switzerland. This applies also to other agencies that check your identity.
The international symbol for biometric passports:
How long does it take? 5
working days. The pick-up receipt will state the date as of when you can collect your passport. You have 3 months to collect your passport. After that the passport will be destroyed. Would you still like a passport after these 3 months have elapsed? Then you have to apply and pay for it again.
Do you need a new passport urgently? Indicate during your appointment that you would like to use the expedited procedure. You will then be able to collect your passport more quickly than if you would use the regular procedure. If you submit the application before 14.00 hrs., you can pick up your passport after 2 working days. For example: if you submit it Monday before 14.00 hrs. you can collect it on Wednesday.