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Old 26.08.2011, 20:09
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I just checked into the Sheraton in Zurich for a night out with hubby and I was told by the receptionist I needed a passport to be able to check in any hotel in Switzerland. I have left my husband to argue with her when he arrives as I know he only has his swiss driving license with him too. Our passports are in our home as it didn't occur to me I would need more than a photo id ( which she wouldn't accept) is she just being a frosty pants or should I of brought our passports ?? in case it makes a difference he is Swiss and I am from the UK...

and should I not bother to unpack
Yeah, driver's licenses aren't considered official ids the same way that they are in the states. When you travel around, you're supposed to have either the official Swiss ID (national identity card) or your passport. But, I recently found myself only with an American driver's license in Italy (husband left our passports at home!) and the hotel owner didn't seem to care at all. But I did have a scanned copy of my passport on my PC with me.
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Old 26.08.2011, 20:10
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Re: do I need to have a passport for a hotel stay ?

ha ha ha ! This whole farago has paid for your dirty weekend
I had one ruined in similar circumstances some years ago.
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Old 26.08.2011, 20:13
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LOL. The only thing you ever need for a dirty weekend at a swank hotel are ID, credit card & toothbrush.
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Old 26.08.2011, 20:13
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Re: do I need to have a passport for a hotel stay ?

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Ultimately, you need a valid ID:

a) Passport

b) Residency Permit

c) SWISS drivers license (foreign don't count, except perhaps EU)

d) ID card (Swiss or other)

Tom
On the end ,I think your better off,if you stay in the park for the night

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Old 26.08.2011, 22:08
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Re: do I need to have a passport for a hotel stay ?

ok so after all the earlier stress... hubby arrived at 6.30 pm, said ' I need a key for room *** and I hear there was problem earlier when my wife arrived...' they replied with ' no we don't think so. Here is your key have a good evening'
So no one has any ID details from either of us... apart from the credit card we paid with. No one took my DL details because they weren't relevant.....
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Old 27.08.2011, 11:26
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You will need a residence permit. I'm not sure if there is a formal difference between a permit and a visa; I think of a permit as being a longer term item.

My process was to get an entry visa (good for 6 months) pasted into my US passport at my local Swiss consulate, and then to register with the town hall when I arrived. That first bit had to be done outside of Switzerland. A few weeks after arrival, my permit arrived in the mail. It looks (and seems to work) just like you'd expect a id card to. My immigration was employer sponsored though, so there might be some differences.

I expect that you'll need to show your marriage certificate, provide a Swiss standard passport photo and so on. I'd email the Swiss consulate in NY, or wherever you live, 6 months in advance of your move, just to be careful. In my experience, Swiss bureaucracy works fine if you start early and ask nicely what is required.

Ah, here we go...
The relevant Swiss embassy webpage seems to be here and the "Family regroupment" visa requirements on the right seem to be telling. Good luck!
Thanks for this but as a Brit I am not sure I need to follow this criteria....... I will investigate a bit further ....
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Old 27.08.2011, 11:31
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Thanks for this but as a Brit I am not sure I need to follow this criteria....... I will investigate a bit further ....
LOL. Dream on sister!

As you are married to a Swiss and are an EU citizen (a Brit cuts no more ice than EU), things will be straightforward, but you will still need an Ausweiss B to start and then after 5 years a C and apply for Swiss citizenship if you are serious about staying...
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Re: do I need to have a passport for a hotel stay ?

As did my British OH when we came to live here 2 1/2 years ago (I am Swiss).
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LOL. Dream on sister!

As you are married to a Swiss and are an EU citizen (a Brit cuts no more ice than EU), things will be straightforward, but you will still need an Ausweiss B to start and then after 5 years a C and apply for Swiss citizenship if you are serious about staying...


to be honest I didn't read it ll as it appeared to apply to US citizens....

I was thinking about applying for the Swiss passport but not sure there will be a real advantage..... I'll think further. We have already been married 6 years so I could of applied as we live outside CH...... I'll think about it when I have learnt some german to be able to answer the questions.....

I have more that enough other things to think about at the moment.... where to live, building a new home, buying a place in London..... swiss passport is very low down on my list....
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to be honest I didn't read it ll as it appeared to apply to US citizens....

I was thinking about applying for the Swiss passport but not sure there will be a real advantage..... I'll think further. We have already been married 6 years so I could of applied as we live outside CH...... I'll think about it when I have learnt some german to be able to answer the questions.....

I have more that enough other things to think about at the moment.... where to live, building a new home, buying a place in London..... swiss passport is very low down on my list....
Changing your location on your profile... I know. Lots of things on that to do list.

Hope you have a great weekend & start the to do list on monday!
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Changing your location on your profile... I know. Lots of things on that to do list.

Hope you have a great weekend & start the to do list on monday!
but my location is still NY... am just in CH at the moment.....until next year... I know my friends joke that I have been on holiday for 8 years....and I have several 'addresses' and have lived in 4 countries in 6 year.... but my mail address is currently the US... so wherever I lay my hat and all that... .. am looking forward to explaining the last 8 years addresses and my lack of employment to the local authorities here ... not !!!
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Re: do I need to have a passport for a hotel stay ?

I'm just trying to figure how far we could hear the laughter if I used my Swiss driver's license as a photo ID anywhere in the USA. But then, since it is one of the old, folding, kind, it causes laughing fits even when I have to use it just as what it is, namely a driver's license. It's that "Hey Chuck, come here, this is something you must see" kind of thing.
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Old 29.08.2011, 22:57
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I'm just trying to figure how far we could hear the laughter if I used my Swiss driver's license as a photo ID anywhere in the USA.
Been there, done that, no problem.

What they DIDN'T like was my US PASSPORT as ID!

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