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Liechtenstein
Principality of Liechtenstein
Last Updated: June 19, 2017
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Embassy Messages

Bern

 

Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

At least 90 days on the date of departure from the Schengen area

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

1 page

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Not required for stays of less than 90 days

VACCINATIONS:

No legal requirement

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

No restrictions. Liechtenstein Customs exercises the right to question the importation of currency.

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

No restrictions. Liechtenstein Customs exercises the right to question currency upon departure.

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Bern

Sulgeneckstrasse 19
3007 Bern, Switzerland
Telephone: + (41) (31) 357-7011 (2 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Emergency after-hours telephone: + (41) (31) 357-7777
Fax: + (41) (31) 357-7280
Email: BernACS@state.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USBotschaftBern/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/USEmbassyBern

The American Citizens Services section of the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy provides routine and emergency assistance to U.S. citizens.  The Embassy requires appointments for routine consular services.  Additional information is available through the U.S. Citizen Services page on the Embassy’s website.  Please schedule an appointment through the online appointment system for U.S. Citizen Services.

U.S. CONSULAR AGENCIES

There are two part-time consular agencies in Switzerland.  They provide limited services to U.S. citizens.  Please visit our website for more information on available services.

U.S. Consular Agency – Geneva
Geneva America Center, Rue Francois-Versonnex 7, 1207 Geneva
Mailing address: P.O. Box 5266, 3001 Bern, Switzerland
Telephone: + (41) (22) 840-5160 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Fax: + (41) (22) 840-51 62
Email: Geneva-ca@state.gov

U.S. Consular Agency – Zurich
Zurich America Center
Dufourstrasse 101
8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Telephone: + (41) (43) 499-2960
Email: Zurich-ca@state.gov.

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Liechtenstein for information on U.S. - Liechtenstein relations.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visit the Embassy of Liechtenstein website for the most current visa information.

Liechtenstein signed the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Liechtenstein for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the period of your stay. You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. For additional details about travel to and in Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.

HIV/AIDS restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Liechtenstein.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue to plot possibley near-term attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks. However, all European countries are potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.

Liechtenstein remains largely free of terrorist incidents. However, like other countries in the Schengen area, Liechtenstein’s open borders with its neighbors allow may permit terrorists to enter and exit the country anonymously.

We urge U.S. citizens to remain vigilant about their personal security and to exercise caution.

When traveling or living in Liechtenstein, you should:

  • Be aware of your local security situation, and take appropriate steps to bolster your personal safety. 
  • You should monitor media and local information sources, Bern’s Safety and Security webpage, and use updated information to plan your travel and activities.
  • Address specific safety concerns to Liechtenstein law enforcement authorities who have responsibility for the safety and security of all residents and visitors to Liechtenstein.

Know that peaceful demonstrations and large events can become confrontational.

  • You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
  • Large public gatherings can affect all major incoming arteries to the city where they occur.
  • Demonstrations in one area may lead to additional public rallies or demonstrations in other locations.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy.

Report crimes to the local police at 117, and contact the U.S. Embassy at +41 31 357 7 011, or after-hours at +41 31 357 77 77. Contact 118 for fire services and 144 for health emergencies. Contact 112 for general emergencies. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms  
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide contact information for Liechtenstein’s Victim’s Assistance
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support if you are destitute
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you face expulsion, arrest, or prison. 

Furthermore, some laws are prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Faith-Based Travelers: See the following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Liechtenstein. Anti-discrimination laws protect the LGBT community in Liechtenstein.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance:  Experts estimate that 50% of public buildings are wheelchair-accessible. A new law in Liechtenstein requires all new buildings and restaurants to be wheelchair-accessible.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

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Health

Excellent medical care is widely available. Doctors and hospitals often require payment in cash at the time of service.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not cover overseas care. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most health care providers overseas accept cash payments only.  See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Government of Liechtenstein to ensure the medication is legal in Liechtenstein.  Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations: Be current on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

 

Road Conditions and Safety: In Liechtenstein, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States.

Although many roads are mountainous and winding, Liechtenstein road safety standards are high. In some mountain areas, snow chains are mandatory in winter. Road travel may be more dangerous during summer, winter holidays, the Easter break, and the Whit Sunday weekend (in late spring) because of increased traffic.

If you drive to Liechtenstein from Switzerland or Austria, you must purchase and display a motorway sticker, or you will receive large on-the-spot fines in those countries. Travel on expressways (indicated by green signs with a white expressway symbol) requires purchase of a “Vignette,” a sticker which you must display clearly on the car’s windshield. Buy vignettes at gas stations, Post Offices, and some shops and kiosks.

Traffic Laws: Should you witness, or be involved in, a road traffic accident, call 117 for Police emergency. 112 is the European-wide general emergency number, equivalent to 911 in the U.S.

Public Transportation: Public transportation in Liechtenstein is excellent. An extensive bus network connects the capital, Vaduz, with bus and railway stations in Sargans and Buchs (St. Galen), Switzerland, and in Feldkirch, Austria.

See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of Liechtenstein’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight: Because there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Liechtenstein, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not evaluated the government of Liechtenstein’s Civil Aviation Authority compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

 

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Bern

Sulgeneckstrasse 19
3007 Bern, Switzerland
Telephone: + (41) (31) 357-7011 (2 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Emergency after-hours telephone: + (41) (31) 357-7777
Fax: + (41) (31) 357-7280
Email: BernACS@state.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USBotschaftBern/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/USEmbassyBern

The American Citizens Services section of the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy provides routine and emergency assistance to U.S. citizens.  The Embassy requires appointments for routine consular services.  Additional information is available through the U.S. Citizen Services page on the Embassy’s website.  Please schedule an appointment through the online appointment system for U.S. Citizen Services.

U.S. CONSULAR AGENCIES

There are two part-time consular agencies in Switzerland.  They provide limited services to U.S. citizens.  Please visit our website for more information on available services.

U.S. Consular Agency – Geneva
Geneva America Center, Rue Francois-Versonnex 7, 1207 Geneva
Mailing address: P.O. Box 5266, 3001 Bern, Switzerland
Telephone: + (41) (22) 840-5160 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Fax: + (41) (22) 840-51 62
Email: Geneva-ca@state.gov

U.S. Consular Agency – Zurich
Zurich America Center
Dufourstrasse 101
8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Telephone: + (41) (43) 499-2960
Email: Zurich-ca@state.gov.

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

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Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
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Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None N/A N/A
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available. Birth certificates (Geburtsschein) are obtainable by all persons born in Liechtenstein from the Zivilstandsamt in Vaduz.

Death Certificates

Available. Death certificates (Todesschein) are obtainable from the Zivilstandsamt in Vaduz.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available. Marriage certificates (Eheschein) are obtainable by all persons married in Liechtenstein from the Zivilstandsamt in Vaduz.

Certificate of Eligibility To Be Free To Marry

Available. Certificate is obtainable from the Zivilstandsamt in Vaduz.

Divorce Certificates

Available. Divorce certificates (Scheidungsurteil) are obtainable from the Fuerstlich Liechtensteinische Landgerichtskanzlei in Vaduz.

Adoption Certificates

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Identity Card

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Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available. May be obtained at the Fuerstlich Liechtensteinische Landgerichtskanzlei in Vaduz. The record is known as Auszug aus dem Strafregister.

Court Records

Available. May be obtained at the Fuerstlich Liechtensteinische Landgerichtskanzlei in Vaduz. The record is known as Rechtskraftbestaetigung eines Gerichtsurteils.

Military Records

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Passports & Other Travel Documents

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Other Records

Family Record

Available for citizens of Liechtenstein only. Obtainable from the Zivilstandsamt in Vaduz.

Visa Issuing Posts

Bern, Switzerland (Embassy)

Visa Services

IV and NIV applications for nationals of Liechtenstein are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 331-0590 (202) 331-3221

New York, NY (212) 599-0220 (212) 599-0064

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Bern
Sulgeneckstrasse 19
CH-3007 Bern, Switzerland
Telephone
+(41) (31) 357-7011
Emergency
+(41) (31) 357-7777
Fax
+(41) (31) 357-7280
Liechtenstein Country Map

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Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Country Information

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Embassy Messages

Bern

 

Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

At least 90 days on the date of departure from the Schengen area

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

1 page

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Not required for stays of less than 90 days

VACCINATIONS:

No legal requirement

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

No restrictions. Liechtenstein Customs exercises the right to question the importation of currency.

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

No restrictions. Liechtenstein Customs exercises the right to question currency upon departure.

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Bern

Sulgeneckstrasse 19
3007 Bern, Switzerland
Telephone: + (41) (31) 357-7011 (2 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Emergency after-hours telephone: + (41) (31) 357-7777
Fax: + (41) (31) 357-7280
Email: BernACS@state.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USBotschaftBern/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/USEmbassyBern

The American Citizens Services section of the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy provides routine and emergency assistance to U.S. citizens.  The Embassy requires appointments for routine consular services.  Additional information is available through the U.S. Citizen Services page on the Embassy’s website.  Please schedule an appointment through the online appointment system for U.S. Citizen Services.

U.S. CONSULAR AGENCIES

There are two part-time consular agencies in Switzerland.  They provide limited services to U.S. citizens.  Please visit our website for more information on available services.

U.S. Consular Agency – Geneva
Geneva America Center, Rue Francois-Versonnex 7, 1207 Geneva
Mailing address: P.O. Box 5266, 3001 Bern, Switzerland
Telephone: + (41) (22) 840-5160 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Fax: + (41) (22) 840-51 62
Email: Geneva-ca@state.gov

U.S. Consular Agency – Zurich
Zurich America Center
Dufourstrasse 101
8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Telephone: + (41) (43) 499-2960
Email: Zurich-ca@state.gov.

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Liechtenstein for information on U.S. - Liechtenstein relations.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visit the Embassy of Liechtenstein website for the most current visa information.

Liechtenstein signed the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Liechtenstein for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the period of your stay. You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. For additional details about travel to and in Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.

HIV/AIDS restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Liechtenstein.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue to plot possibley near-term attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks. However, all European countries are potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.

Liechtenstein remains largely free of terrorist incidents. However, like other countries in the Schengen area, Liechtenstein’s open borders with its neighbors allow may permit terrorists to enter and exit the country anonymously.

We urge U.S. citizens to remain vigilant about their personal security and to exercise caution.

When traveling or living in Liechtenstein, you should:

  • Be aware of your local security situation, and take appropriate steps to bolster your personal safety. 
  • You should monitor media and local information sources, Bern’s Safety and Security webpage, and use updated information to plan your travel and activities.
  • Address specific safety concerns to Liechtenstein law enforcement authorities who have responsibility for the safety and security of all residents and visitors to Liechtenstein.

Know that peaceful demonstrations and large events can become confrontational.

  • You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
  • Large public gatherings can affect all major incoming arteries to the city where they occur.
  • Demonstrations in one area may lead to additional public rallies or demonstrations in other locations.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy.

Report crimes to the local police at 117, and contact the U.S. Embassy at +41 31 357 7 011, or after-hours at +41 31 357 77 77. Contact 118 for fire services and 144 for health emergencies. Contact 112 for general emergencies. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms  
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide contact information for Liechtenstein’s Victim’s Assistance
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support if you are destitute
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you face expulsion, arrest, or prison. 

Furthermore, some laws are prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Faith-Based Travelers: See the following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Liechtenstein. Anti-discrimination laws protect the LGBT community in Liechtenstein.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance:  Experts estimate that 50% of public buildings are wheelchair-accessible. A new law in Liechtenstein requires all new buildings and restaurants to be wheelchair-accessible.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

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Health

Excellent medical care is widely available. Doctors and hospitals often require payment in cash at the time of service.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not cover overseas care. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most health care providers overseas accept cash payments only.  See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Government of Liechtenstein to ensure the medication is legal in Liechtenstein.  Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations: Be current on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

 

Road Conditions and Safety: In Liechtenstein, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States.

Although many roads are mountainous and winding, Liechtenstein road safety standards are high. In some mountain areas, snow chains are mandatory in winter. Road travel may be more dangerous during summer, winter holidays, the Easter break, and the Whit Sunday weekend (in late spring) because of increased traffic.

If you drive to Liechtenstein from Switzerland or Austria, you must purchase and display a motorway sticker, or you will receive large on-the-spot fines in those countries. Travel on expressways (indicated by green signs with a white expressway symbol) requires purchase of a “Vignette,” a sticker which you must display clearly on the car’s windshield. Buy vignettes at gas stations, Post Offices, and some shops and kiosks.

Traffic Laws: Should you witness, or be involved in, a road traffic accident, call 117 for Police emergency. 112 is the European-wide general emergency number, equivalent to 911 in the U.S.

Public Transportation: Public transportation in Liechtenstein is excellent. An extensive bus network connects the capital, Vaduz, with bus and railway stations in Sargans and Buchs (St. Galen), Switzerland, and in Feldkirch, Austria.

See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of Liechtenstein’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight: Because there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Liechtenstein, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not evaluated the government of Liechtenstein’s Civil Aviation Authority compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

 

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Bern

Sulgeneckstrasse 19
3007 Bern, Switzerland
Telephone: + (41) (31) 357-7011 (2 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Emergency after-hours telephone: + (41) (31) 357-7777
Fax: + (41) (31) 357-7280
Email: BernACS@state.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USBotschaftBern/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/USEmbassyBern

The American Citizens Services section of the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy provides routine and emergency assistance to U.S. citizens.  The Embassy requires appointments for routine consular services.  Additional information is available through the U.S. Citizen Services page on the Embassy’s website.  Please schedule an appointment through the online appointment system for U.S. Citizen Services.

U.S. CONSULAR AGENCIES

There are two part-time consular agencies in Switzerland.  They provide limited services to U.S. citizens.  Please visit our website for more information on available services.

U.S. Consular Agency – Geneva
Geneva America Center, Rue Francois-Versonnex 7, 1207 Geneva
Mailing address: P.O. Box 5266, 3001 Bern, Switzerland
Telephone: + (41) (22) 840-5160 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Fax: + (41) (22) 840-51 62
Email: Geneva-ca@state.gov

U.S. Consular Agency – Zurich
Zurich America Center
Dufourstrasse 101
8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Telephone: + (41) (43) 499-2960
Email: Zurich-ca@state.gov.

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

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Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
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J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
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Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None N/A N/A
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available. Birth certificates (Geburtsschein) are obtainable by all persons born in Liechtenstein from the Zivilstandsamt in Vaduz.

Death Certificates

Available. Death certificates (Todesschein) are obtainable from the Zivilstandsamt in Vaduz.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available. Marriage certificates (Eheschein) are obtainable by all persons married in Liechtenstein from the Zivilstandsamt in Vaduz.

Certificate of Eligibility To Be Free To Marry

Available. Certificate is obtainable from the Zivilstandsamt in Vaduz.

Divorce Certificates

Available. Divorce certificates (Scheidungsurteil) are obtainable from the Fuerstlich Liechtensteinische Landgerichtskanzlei in Vaduz.

Adoption Certificates

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Identity Card

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Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available. May be obtained at the Fuerstlich Liechtensteinische Landgerichtskanzlei in Vaduz. The record is known as Auszug aus dem Strafregister.

Court Records

Available. May be obtained at the Fuerstlich Liechtensteinische Landgerichtskanzlei in Vaduz. The record is known as Rechtskraftbestaetigung eines Gerichtsurteils.

Military Records

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Passports & Other Travel Documents

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Other Records

Family Record

Available for citizens of Liechtenstein only. Obtainable from the Zivilstandsamt in Vaduz.

Visa Issuing Posts

Bern, Switzerland (Embassy)

Visa Services

IV and NIV applications for nationals of Liechtenstein are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 331-0590 (202) 331-3221

New York, NY (212) 599-0220 (212) 599-0064

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Bern
Sulgeneckstrasse 19
CH-3007 Bern, Switzerland
Telephone
+(41) (31) 357-7011
Emergency
+(41) (31) 357-7777
Fax
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Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.