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Old 06.07.2011, 09:43
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Re: Do I need my passport everywhere?

Yes. It is required to use public conveniences.
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Re: Do I need my passport everywhere?

Why does Egyptian have two red dots on the right hand side of the top box?
Somehow, those two dots were the first thing I saw on this post.

By the way I would never cross any border without my passport.
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Somehow, those two dots were the first thing I saw on this post.

By the way I would never cross any border without my passport.
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its a work visa.. thats not the problem, do I need to carry my passport when im going to other nearby cities or not? can someone PLEASE give me a simple yes or no?
I'll give you a simple "yes".

Reason 1) Swiss authorities are slightly xenophobic, and as most illegal immigrants and criminals (think drug dealers) are reputed to come from southern countries, one is more likely to be picked up by the police and asked for identification.
If you're not carrying an ID, it's a ride to the police station, where you are grounded until your identity is established.

Reason 2) With Schengen and less controls at the border, the border police is enabled to perform person & good checks up to 30km inland from the border. If you are unable to identify yourself - ride to the closest policestation to establish your identity.

Reason 3) If your witness an accident or report e.g. a friends purse being stolen, you will be asked to identify yourself.

I am sorry, especially as Reason 1 sounds very rude and very xenophobic, but then if it consoles you - all three of them happened to me in the past. No 2 at Zurich main station even.
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Re: Do I need my passport everywhere?

Ok thanks for all of your responses. But I`m only travelling to close places nearby to Zuich, so im not crossing borders. As one of you said earlier its a big risk to carry my passport with me incase I lose it (I dont have a permit, its a work visa stuck on the passport). So if the police needs an ID check in for example Luzern, can I tell them that my passport is in Zurich? what will happen then?
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Re: Do I need my passport everywhere?

They might probably hold you until your embassy confirms who you are.
So - carry a passport. Why should you be in risk loosing it? If you are afraid of doing so, carry it in a travel wallet around your waist.

Or alternative what might help speeding up issues: Take a photocopy of your document with you. Though this only _might_ help in speeding up. And as I've said - with a southern look, you'll face a lot of prejudices (possible criminal, fake passport, whatever ghastly thing you can imagine)

@ Cata1yst: The only time my passport (Swiss) disappeared when I had to leave it at the Russian embassy in order to obtain a visa. When I reported it missing, the police station just took note, remarked "there again.." and handed me the confirmation I needed to apply for a new passport.
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Re: Do I need my passport everywhere?

Is a photocopy not good enough? I have a fear of losing my passport and all the paper pushing crap that may ensue. What if i needed to leave the country urgently? Like if my mum was on deaths door? I would have to go to Berne to get my Irish Passport renewed.

A copy of my work permit shows my address etc. on it.

But, if, i was ever arrested - i think all I have to do is give my address and my keys and they can go in there and find my identity hidden in my knicker drawer.

Or wherever. I think behind the litter tray is a good place!!!!

I have never walked around with original passport or permit on me, I have lived here for almost 40 years.

But then - I don't look dodgy.
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Re: Do I need my passport everywhere?

Depends. If the passport is of an "easy to forge" reputation, a photocopy might not be enough. Yet on the other hand, if there is nothing suspicious about the person, the police usually has more pressing matters at hand.

Though you have an independent work permit (document) - while Egyptian's permit is stamped / attached to his passport. I think that is his sorrow. If his passport is stolen, the work permit is gone as well.
I do understand his being anxious about losing his passport.
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Old 06.07.2011, 13:50
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Re: Do I need my passport everywhere?

Is it possible to get a simple ID card here?
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Re: Do I need my passport everywhere?

To my best knowledge, no.

Visitors use a visa in their passport (or for visa-free countries, just the passport).

Permanent residents and others with separate residency permit documents (e.g. C, B, L) are issued the permit, which is currently an annoying little booklet that doesn't fit in a wallet.

Swiss citizens are issued national ID cards, which are wallet-friendly credit card sized.

Residents and citizens can get a Swiss driver's license, which is often accepted as ID, since you can't get it without already having residency or citizenship. But if you're not a driver, you're out of luck.

Did I miss anything?
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To my best knowledge, no.

Visitors use a visa in their passport (or for visa-free countries, just the passport).

Permanent residents and others with separate residency permit documents (e.g. C, B, L) are issued the permit, which is currently an annoying little booklet that doesn't fit in a wallet.

Swiss citizens are issued national ID cards, which are wallet-friendly credit card sized.

Residents and citizens can get a Swiss driver's license, which is often accepted as ID, since you can't get it without already having residency or citizenship. But if you're not a driver, you're out of luck.

Did I miss anything?
The new bank cards at some banks have a photo on them now and are sometimes taken for id
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