Ambassador Markus Leitner © FDFA

Dear visitor,

In 1919, Switzerland opened a Consulate, its first diplomatic presence, in Iran. Long before, Swiss merchants, watch makers and travelers had established economic ties between Iran and Switzerland. In addition, the first Swiss-Iranian Friendship and Trade Agreement dates back to 1873.

Diplomatic relations have always gone beyond the bricks and mortar of an Embassy building. This is particularly true today when the worldwide web and social media present new opportunities to foster diplomatic relations. As you explore the website of the Embassy of Switzerland in Iran, you will discover the broad range of services that Switzerland offers to its Swiss citizens as well as the large number of areas of cooperation between Iran and Switzerland.

During the Presidential visit to Iran in February 2016, Switzerland and Iran agreed on a road map to strengthen our bilateral relations even further. The new framework document structures our cooperation in fields such as economy, environment, human rights, education, nuclear safety, research, innovation, finance, and science. I am convinced that the implementation of this plan in the upcoming years will provide new opportunities for both, Iranians and Swiss, to increase our mutual understanding, to boost political, economic and cultural exchange and to tighten our bilateral relations. 

In the absence of diplomatic and 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. 

I invite you to find out more about Switzerland, our relations with Iran and the various activities of this Embassy. Please contact us to share your ideas how we can deepen further our relations with Iran: tehran@eda.admin.ch

Markus Leitner