Today it was off to the US Consulate in Zürich. It was time to renew my passport. The directions on the website are good and made it via train and tram in under an hour. Once I got there with all my paperwork, I was informed that the one person who does this was sick. Well, fortunately you can do everything but pay. So I had to pay my 97 francs via the postoffice bank. It takes about 3 weeks to process everything.
It took me a while to understand all of the application processes. Their are two possible forms DS-82 and DS-11. If it is your first time then you must do the DS-11. If not then you can use the DS-82 and do everything by mail. But that means you are without a passport while you wait. No travel, arggh! The website is a bit ambiguous about which form to use if you are overseas and don't want to do it by mail but in person. Well, the answer is you still use the DS-82 form but have to present yourself again at the Consulate to get the new passport when it is ready. This is so they can cancel the old one.
Here is the contact info:
3rd floor, Zurich, Switzerland
Mailing Address: Dufourstrasse 101
CH-8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Direction: Take the Number 4 Tram in the direction of Tiefenbrunnen to the stop Feldeggstrasse".
Tel: 043 499 29 60
Fax: 043 499 29 61
10:00 until 13:00, Monday through Friday.
E-mail: Zurich-CA@state.gov closed on American and Swiss holidays