Federal Office of Justice

Country Notes

General Information

The course and duration of a repatriation procedure depends to a large extent on the legal system of the requested state. In some cases, the procedure can be both lengthy and expensive.

The following country notes are based on experiences that the Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) has had as the Swiss Central Authority responsible for the handling of international child abduction cases. Here you will find information regarding the possible problems that you may encounter before, during and after a repatriation procedure abroad. We make no claims as to the completeness or accuracy of the information in each case. Our aim is to provide the public and the authorities with an idea of the possible difficulties associated with repatriation procedures.

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