Applying for a DigiD in Switzerland

If you are a Dutch national living in Switzerland you can apply for a DigiD online. But you will need to collect your activation code in person. You can do this at a limited number of embassies, including the embassy in Bern. Pensioners living in Switzerland can apply to the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) for a DigiD.

Applying for a DigiD

You can apply for a DigiD from abroad at Here you will find a step-by-step guide to applying for your DigiD.

Collecting your activation code from a DigiD service desk in the Netherlands

To receive an activation code you must report in person to a DigiD service desk. You can find a list of DigiD service desks in the Netherlands at

Pensioners living abroad

What if you live abroad and receive an old age pension from the Social Insurance Bank (SVB)? Then you can apply to the SVB for a DigiD. You can do this online; you don't need to appear in person.

Do I need to have a DigiD?

DigiD stands for Digital Identity. You use your DigiD to prove your identity on the internet. It assures organisations that you are who you say you are. You don't have to use a DigiD, but many government organisations now work with the DigiD system. These include the Tax and Customs Administration, the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) and the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV). If you have a DigiD you can use the services they provide online. For more information about DigiD visit

Applying for a DigiD from this country or region

Your DigiD in Bern

Be aware! Due to a longer waiting time for an appointment at the consular department, possibly longer than the validity of the so called 'baliecode' for a DigiD. We advise you to first make an appointment through this website before applying for your 'baliecode'. 

Before you can collect your DigiD activation code, you have to go through the DigiD- application process