Death

The relevant authorities do not automatically submit documents regarding a death to the Swiss representations abroad. It is therefore essential that the necessary documents are transmitted to the competent Swiss representation in order to have the various Swiss registers updated free of charge.

Registration of a death

The death of a Swiss citizen should be registered with the Swiss authorities. For this purpose, please forward a death certificate *(assento de óbito or certidão de narrativa completa de registo de óbito)  issued by the “Conservatória do Registo Civil” of the main town in the district where the person died.

If the deceased was a recipient of a Swiss Old Age or Invalidity pension, please notify the Regional Consular Center as soon as possible by phone, fax or e-mail.

* the document cannot be older than six months and must be first legalized by the Ministry of Justice (Ministério da Justiça, Direcção dos Registos e Notariado) and then by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Maputo (Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros e Cooperação – MINEC).

Death abroad

To register a death abroad in the Swiss civil status register (Infostar), the following documents and information generally have to be submitted to the competent Swiss representation:

  • death certificate - original
  • Swiss identity documents (passport & identity card) for cancellation – at the written request of the family, the cancelled documents can be returned as mementos (please specify this when submitting the documents)
  • address and contact details of the surviving relatives

Death in Switzerland

The competent Swiss representation must also be notified of the death in Switzerland of Swiss Abroad or their foreign spouses, in order to update the personal details in the register of the Swiss Abroad. The following documents and information have to be submitted to the competent Swiss representation:

  • photocopy of Swiss death certificate (original not required)
  • Swiss identity documents (passport & identity card) for cancellation, if they have not been cancelled already by a passport office in Switzerland – at the written request of the family, the cancelled documents can be returned as mementos (please specify this when submitting the documents)
  • address and contact details of the surviving relatives