The Mission wishes to point out to holders of a Kenyan birth certificate that they are not supposed to hand over their original certificate to the Swiss authorities. Particularly the Swiss authorities assume that it is easy to get duplicate birth certificates or to get a more recent one, and tend to keep the Kenyan birth certificate once they have received it.
If the authorities ask for the certificate, or for a more recent one, the Mission can make true certified copies for their use (gratis). The Mission can further issue an attestation which confirms that people born in Kenya are only issued with an original birth certificate once in their life time, and are to keep it with them in all circumstances.
REQUIREMENTS FOR OBTAINING A (DUPLICATE) BIRTH CERTIFICATE
In order to apply for a (duplicate) birth certificate through the Kenya Mission In Geneva, the following are required:
Birth certificate for a Kenyan child born in Switzerland
Birth registration form can be obtain at the Mission)
Copies of relevant pages of parents’ passports and birth certificates, duly certified by the embassy
Copy of child’s Swiss birth certificate, with English translation
CHF 20 processing fee.
Duplicate birth certificate
Photocopy of original birth certificate;
Statement explaining loss of original;
Search form (download from the website or obtain at the Mission)
REQUIREMENTS FOR A KENYAN NATIONAL WISHING TO MARRY A SWISS NATIONAL
COUNTRY OF MARRIAGE:
The Swiss national must have his/her birth certificate, proof of marital status and other relevant documents translated into English, and both the original documents and theirtranslation are to be legalized by the Bern, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Kenyan Mission will subsequently legalize the documents so that they become acceptable in Kenya.
The Swiss national must confirm with his/her local authorities which documents are required by Swisslaw, including the ones mentioned below.
DOCUMENTS REQUIREDBY THE SWISS AUTHORITIES:
Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage
Issued upon request by theSwiss authorities to Kenyans who wish to marry in Swiss to show that they are legally free to marry. Issuance may take several months. In order to apply forthe certificate through the Mission in Geneva, the following are required:
Copy of the valid Kenyan passport.
Copy of the fiancé (e)’s ID card or passport.
Request from the Swiss authorities, or application letter.
Application form, which can be downloaded from the website or obtained at the Mission.
Payment of CHF 130 fee.
The certificate can also be applied for directly from the