The functions, rights and duties of a consulate are settled in the International Consulate Agreement of Vienna. There it is also clearly stated that the guestland has to agree with the establishing of the consulate as well as with the person of the consul, respectively the honorary consul. In Switzerland a resolution of the Federal Councilor is needed.
The consuls (= professional representatives of the respective country, as well as the honorary consuls = representatives honoris causa, without an equivalent status of a civil servant) are on a par with each other. The consulate shall above all assist its fellow-countrymen in trouble, that is, to ensure that they will be treated according to the national and international laws and agreements. So you have to inform the consulate when in Switzerland a citizen of Estonia has been arrested by which cause whatever. Then is the consul legitimated and obliged to visit the prisoner and to secure that he will obtain his lawful legal protection.
The abolition of the mutual visa obligation between Switzerland and the Baltic States has reduced the working amount of the consulates. The remaining consular affairs like certifications and administrative regulations of estonian documents have been settled in detail between the Consulate, the Embassy in charge (in Brussels) and the Consular Department of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tallinn.
The Consulate of the Republic of Estonia in Stäfa / Zürich is endeavouring to assist the numerous Estonians in Switzerland, the residents as well as the travelling. Don’t hesitate to contact us!
With kind regards
The Honorary Consul
You may contact the Consulate as follows:
Office hours: Mo, Tu, Thu, Fr, 09.00 - 11.00 h
Tel. 044 926 88 37
Fax 044 926 88 38
or by the contact form
The Consulate in Stäfa is competent for the cantons Aargau, Appenzell-Ausserrhoden, Appenzell-Innerrhoden, Basel-Landschaft, Basel-Stadt, Bern, Glarus, Graubünden, Luzern, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Schaffhausen, Schwyz, Solothurn, St. Gallen, Thurgau, Uri, Zug and Zürich.
The Consulate in Geneva is competent for the cantons Fribourg, Geneva, Jura, Neuchâtel, Vaud and Valais.
The Consulate in Lugano is competent for the canton Ticino.
The Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in Brussels is competent for all aspects in the whole of Switzerland.