In the absence of diplomatic or consular relations of the United States of America with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Swiss government, acting through its Embassy in Tehran, serves as the Protecting Power of the USA in Iran since 21 May 1980. The Swiss Embassy's Foreign Interests Section provides consular services to U.S. citizens living in or travelling to Iran.
Embassy of Switzerland - Foreign Interests Section
IMPORTANT NOTICE regarding limited passport and citizenship services overseas
Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has limited its passport and citizenship service overseas, since early April 2020.
If you have previously applied for a passport or Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), you should expect significant delays in receiving your passport or your citizenship documents.
Due to our mandate we are not able to issue an emergency passport in Iran for an adult or a minor, like U.S. representations. However, please contact us if you urgently need a travel document due to life-or-death emergencies such as serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family that require you to travel. Although this service might take several weeks.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Follow local authority instructions.
- Since the situation may change rapidly, please closely monitor Travel.state.gov and CDC.gov for important information.
Questions regarding assistance in order to return home
The Foreign Interests Section of the Embassy of Switzerland is receiving numerous enquiries from U.S. citizens, who are currently in Iran or from their concerned relatives and friends asking for assistance in order to return home.
We fully understand your situation, your difficulties and are following the situation closely. We are in touch with the relevant US, Swiss and local authorities on this matter.
The U.S. government does not have diplomatic or consular relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iran.
Based on the mandate of the Embassy of Switzerland and the current instructions given by the U.S. authorities the following applies:
The Department of State’s Travel Advisory for Iran is currently at Level 4- Do Not Travel to Iran due to the risk of kidnapping and the arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens. Those present in Iran should exercise increased caution due to an outbreak of COVID-19.
How will the U.S. assist its citizens wishing to leave Iran?
The U.S. government has been consistent in recommending its citizens not to travel to Iran. The United States urges those citizens currently in Iran to seriously consider departing by commercial means. While the U.S. government has successfully evacuated hundreds of its citizens in recent weeks, such repatriation flights do not reflect our standard practice and should not be relied on as an option for stranded U.S. citizens.
Please consult Tehran Airport website to see available commercial flights: Tehran Airport - Departures. We encourage you to contact the airline directly in order to make travel arrangements. You may also contact the following travel agencies (without any responsibility or guarantee from the Swiss or US Government):
Please note, that the Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus issued by the White House does not apply to American Citizens or green card holders (US resident). If the American citizen has family members traveling on a US visa, the traveler with a visa is subject to the proclamation if they have been in Iran or China in the last 14 days.
Anyone coming from an affected area may be subject to a quarantine on arrival, at the discretion of local authorities.
Preventing the spread of Coronavirus:
Embassy of Switzerland
Foreign Interests Section
Any consular services require a prior appointment. To make an appointment please call the Foreign Interests Section.
Please make sure to be on time for your appointment; late arrivals or no shows need to make a new appointment. If you have to cancel your appointment please inform this section at least 24 hours in advance.
U.S. passport holders living in Iran are kindly invited to register at this office and to keep their contact information updated.
The following consular services are provided
The following consular services cannot be provided
The Foreign Interests Section is not authorized to perform any immigration services (visas, green cards etc.).
For information on U.S. immigration matters please refer to the following link
Please feel free to contact us for any further information.