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Only a few years ago I worked at the visa section of the US embassy in Bern, and almost every day we had someone arriving with this problem. The local Bern Post Office knew the answer, they do indeed sell a bankers cheque type thing, "Cash International" which is accepted by the US Embassy in Bern. (But most post offices seem to be ignorant of this cheque)

https://www.postfinance.ch/en/priv/p...sh/detail.html

you need to produce a valid ID. It costs CHF 6,--
Thanks for the tip Sbrinz. Does this "Cash International" thing have the required code line at the bottom with the routing, account and transit numbers? I tried to get the embassy staff person to indicate what they actually allowed or give some indication where I could get that payment instrument here in Switzerland, and they would not budge at all. So I don't know if they used to be more flexible or simply aren't saying so over the phone.
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Re: Cashier's Check?

Search for "travelers checks". For instance, you could use Visa Travelers Cheques issued by either BofA of Citicorp.

Or ask your bank
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Re: Cashier's Check?

Was just at the Embassy last month to get an emergency pass for my daughter. No problem with paying. They accept Visa and Mastercard and even Swiss Franks.
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Was just at the Embassy last month to get an emergency pass for my daughter. No problem with paying. They accept Visa and Mastercard and even Swiss Franks.
Yes, but as DNando is in the boonies of the Malcantone, I would guess that they are doing it by mail.

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Old 25.08.2016, 11:15
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Thanks for the tip Sbrinz. Does this "Cash International" thing have the required code line at the bottom with the routing, account and transit numbers? I tried to get the embassy staff person to indicate what they actually allowed or give some indication where I could get that payment instrument here in Switzerland, and they would not budge at all. So I don't know if they used to be more flexible or simply aren't saying so over the phone.
Most of the Embassy staff you have contact with are local employees, and so most have probably never seen what we are talking about. I haven't either, but the description fits the requirements.

The Post Office description is that of a 20th century cheque, it probably has some of the E13B code along the bottom, but as it is intended for international manual clearing purposes you can't bank on it.
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