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International / Visits – Useful information

Are you planning a business trip abroad on behalf of the federal authorities? Is your enterprise hosting an international business delegation on behalf of the government? If so and if classified information is being exchanged in the process, the following protective measures must be observed.

Before classified information with international partners can be exchanged or access to special facilities and restricted zones granted, Switzerland and the partner country must arrange specific protective measures. These protective measures are regulated by national legislation and their application si regulated in agreements on the protection of classified information.

Below you will find further information on:

If you are planning a business trip abroad and your host requires a request for visit authorisation, please contact the Cyber, IT and IT Security Division CII via your security officer.

Please ensure that you select the correct form for the country concerned. You will find further information on this the «Request for visit: Instructions » document.

Important: Please ascertain the anticipated level of classified information involved from your host beforehand.

If your host has classified the visit at the CONFIDENTIAL security level or above, all visitors (including foreign nationals) must hold valid personnel security clearance issued by the federal authorities.

Only required and encrypted information may be taken abroad and must be adequately protected by personal safekeeping or in your carry-on luggage.

A: Contractors abroad

If you are a Swiss company wishing to contract work with classified military content to a contractor abroad, the process is as follows:

  1. Contact the Swiss national security authority (CII).

  2. The CII uses the standardised FSCIS (Facility Security Clearance Information Sheet) to ascertain from the other country’s national security authority the security status of the foreign contractor in question.

  3. The foreign national security authority informs the CII whether the foreign contractor has Facility Security Clearance.

  4. The CII deals with all further steps in the process.

The foreign contractor must be domiciled in a country with which Switzerland has an agreement on the protection of classified information (see below).

B: Clients abroad

If you are a Swiss company which has been requested by a client abroad to carry out work with classified content, the process is as follows:

  1. The foreign client contacts the Swiss national security authority (CII) via their country’s national security authority.

  2. Your company’s security status is ascertained using the standardised FSCIS (Facility Security Clearance Information Sheet).

  3. The CII informs the potential client’s national security authority whether your company has Facility Security Clearance.

  4. The CII deals with all further steps in the process.

 

Before you invite a foreign delegation to Switzerland for a military purpose, please contact Military Protocol.

If the visit requires access to classified information at the CONFIDENTIAL or SECRET level, the visitors must complete and submit a request for visit to the CII.

List of countries that have an information security agreement with Switzerland, and if applicable the relevant text parts:


Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport Cyber, IT and IT Security Division CII
Maulbeerstrasse 9
3003 Bern
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+41 58 484 61 21

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Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport

Cyber, IT and IT Security Division CII
Maulbeerstrasse 9
3003 Bern