Marriage and Dating Agencies Dealing with Countries Outside Switzerland

The professional placement of foreign nationals for purposes of marriage or forming partnerships requires a licence.

Since 1 January 2000, the professional placement of foreign nationals in Switzerland or Swiss nationals abroad for purposes of marriage or forming partnerships requires a licence.

Professional marriage and dating services have been defined as services provided in return for fees, irrespective of the question whether such activities are performed on a full-time or part-time basis, regularly or irregularly, on a self-employed basis or on behalf of a third person, with or without advertising.

The responsible authority in the Canton of Basel-Stadt is the Office of Economy and Labour, Utengasse 36, 4005 Basel. Please contact us to obtain or order further information (licence application DOC, 77 KB, in German only).

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