Plan Early

Give yourself a minimum of 4 weeks to plan, as you will need to get authorization from the Federal Department of Justice and Police. Also, the further you plan ahead, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to locate and book the right professionals for your deposition.

Authorization Needed

While taking U.S. depositions in Switzerland is permissible, all voluntary depositions are subject to prior authorization by the Federal Department of Justice and Police. Foreign requests must be addressed to the central authority of the canton where the evidence is to be taken or where the person to be deposed is located. To speed up the process, Swiss authorities recommend that you send a copy to the Federal Office of Justice, International Private Law Unit, 3003 Bern, Switzerland.

Visa Requirements

U.S. passport holders may enter Switzerland for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

Hague Evidence Convention

Switzerland is a member of the Hague Evidence Convention. Find out more about the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters.

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Video tips

Let our experts walk you through the process of setting up a deposition in Switzerland.

How to set up a deposition in Switzerland

Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, gives a few tips on how to set-up a U.S. deposition in Switzerland.

How to swear in a witness abroad

Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, discusses essential tips and know-how to correctly administer the oath during an international deposition.

Case Study: Switzerland

Multi-City Depositions

Challenge
A U.S. law firm needs court reporters, legal videographers, and videoconferencing facilities in multiple cities in Switzerland for a bankruptcy case.
Solution
Optima Juris to the rescue. We mobilized our locally-based court reporters and legal videographers to handle the multiple deposition locations. We also booked the videoconferencing facilities and handled all the logistics. Everything went perfectly and the best part was no stress for our clients.

Expert info, tips & advice

Sharing our over 17 years of international deposition experience with you.

Infographic: 5 Tips for Swearing In a Witness Abroad

Have a witness you need to depose in a foreign country? Wondering how you can administer the oath correctly? There are a number of possible solutions available for swearing in a witness outside of the U.S. Our quick and easy infographic provides some practical suggestions based on our extensive experience scheduling depositions abroad.

Depositions in Switzerland – International Deposition Tips

We’re coming at you with another segment of our International Deposition Tips. In this episode Ian Hardy, CEO and President of Optima Juris, highlights the legalities of setting up an international deposition or arbitration in Switzerland.

First Step to Setting Up a Depo Outside the U.S.

We are very excited to unveil our first video from our brand new video series, International Deposition Tips. The entire Optima Juris team will be sharing insider tips, advice, guides, and information about international depositions in these quick and easy-to-view videos. First up we have Optima Juris CEO, Ian Hardy, explaining the first step to setting up a deposition outside the U.S.

Essential international travel information for Switzerland

Currency

Switzerland uses the Swiss Franc . For more information on currency conversions visit XE. Before you leave, notify your bank, credit card company, or other financial institutions that you are going overseas. Avoid carrying cash and consider using traveler's checks or major credit cards instead (but make sure they are accepted at your destination before departing on your trip).

Weather

For the latest weather information in cities throughout Switzerland visit weather.com.

General tipping

There is no obligation to tip anybody in restaurants, cafés, bars, hotels - or in establishments like hairdressers. If you are satisfied with your meal feel free to round up the amount to the nearest five to ten francs. When in a group leave a larger tip. For a simple coffee or a beer people here will add from .50c to 1fr or so.

Holidays & observances

Imagine your reaction if your deposition had to be rescheduled because of a major local holiday when everything was closed. Don’t let that happen to your depo. You can see a complete list of holidays in Switzerland here: timeanddate.com/holidays/switzerland/.

Health

Check with your physician to see which shots are required and/or recommended for your trip to Switzerland. You can check online resources like the U.S. Department of State Switzerland country page or contact the Switzerland Embassy or Consulate for current entry requirements. The World Health Organization (WHO) can provide their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

Major airports

Basel, EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg, BSL

Bern / Belp, Bern Airport (Bern-Belp Airport), BRN

Geneva, Geneva Airport (Geneva–Cointrin Airport), GVA

Lagos / Lugano / Agno, Lugano Airport (Lugano–Agno Airport), LUG

Port St. Gallen, St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport, ACH

Zürich / Kloten, Zurich Airport (Zürich–Kloten Airport), ZRH

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