Manual: Private employees - Private Household Employees Ordinance of 6 June 2011

On 6 June 2011 the Swiss Federal Council (Swiss Government) adopted the Private Household Employees Ordinance (PHEO). This ordinance sets out the conditions of entry into Switzerland, of residence and of working conditions for private domestics employed by members of the staff of diplomatic missions, of permanent missions, of consular posts and of international organisations.

This ordinance entered into force on 1 July 2011 and replaced the Directive of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of 1 May 2006 on the hiring of private servants.

The permanent missions and the international organisations have been informed about this in a circular verbal note dated 8 June 2011 from the Swiss Mission. Embassies and consular posts have been informed in a circular verbal note dated 8 June 2011 by FDFA Protocol.

This ordinance is addressed to employers who wish to engage a private employee with a legitimation card and to those who already have one working for them, and to the private employees themselves.


Information Note for the private household employee (in several languages)

An information Note, translated in several languages, which is a summary of the Ordinance, has been prepared for the private household employee.


Information Sheets on Insurances

Application forms requesting the exemption from AVS

Specialist contact

Permanent Mission of Switzerland to UNOG
Office of Privileges & immunities
Rue de Varembé 9-11
P.O. Box 194
CH-1211 Geneva 20
Tel. +41 (0)58 482 24 24
Fax +41 (0)58 482 24 37