Registration of Birth

In order to register the birth of a child of a married couple of whom at least one is Swiss, the following document is required:

  • Original of full birth certificate (photocpies or short versions of birth certificates not mentioning the parent's names cannot be accepted)

In order to register the birth of a child of a Swiss parent who is not married to the foreign spouse but he/she has acknowledged the child, the fallowing additional documents habe to be presented by the foreign spouse:

  • Original of full birth certificate
  • Original of certificate of residence or affidavit
  • Original of certificate of civil status
  • Original of certificate of citizenship
  • If applicable: original of divorce decree and marriage certificate mentioning the dissolution of the marriage (in English), or death certificate of former spouse.
  • Photocopy of passport 

Please note:

All certificates of civil status issued in Malta habe to be rpovided with an Apostille from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Valletta.

All documents cannot be older than six months.

All original documents (photocopies cannot be accepted)

Most of the certificates of civil status can be ordered online under the link of the Ministry for home affairs, public registry:

Certificate of civil status

Swiss identity documents and foreign residence permit

A regular Swiss identity document can only be issued once the birth of the child has been registered in the Swiss civil status register, or rather once the child’s Swiss nationality has been confirmed. In urgent cases, please contact the competent Swiss representation.

Passport and identity card

Regarding the foreign residence permit for the child, please refer to the competent foreign authority.

Authorisation to enter and take residence in Switzerland for foreign children (family reunification)

For foreign children who are joining their parents residing in Switzerland, please refer to the information on the following webpage:

National visa for a stay of more than 90 days