Partner authorities

The Swiss Border Guard carries out its responsibilities in coordination and cooperation with domestic and foreign partner authorities. These include joint inspections and operations, mutual support, information exchange, and joint training.

The Swiss Border Guard's cooperation takes place at three levels:

  • Regional
  • National
  • International

Regional cooperation

The Swiss Border Guard is strongly established in the border regions of Switzerland and operates around the clock: in static operations at Border Guard Posts, in mobile operations in in-between territories, in the border region, in cross-border trains, on border waters, and at airports.

National cooperation

As a national body, the Swiss Border Guard works closely together with its domestic partners.

At the national level, cooperation is with federal authorities such as the Federal Office of Police (fedpol), the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) or the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products (Swissmedic).

At the cantonal level, cooperation is primarily with cantonal police corps.

On the request of the border cantons, the Swiss Border Guard also carries out police tasks in the border region within the framework of its core customs tasks. The powers of the law enforcement authorities and the police, both at the federal and cantonal level, remain unaffected.

In its police work, the Swiss Border Guard also relies on agreements with the cantons. These agreements govern the allocation of powers among the partners.

International cooperation

The Swiss Border Guard executes international treaties and agreements with the neighbouring countries of Germany, Austria, Italy, France and the Principality of Liechtenstein.

The Swiss Border Guard also supports international organisations such as the United Nations (UN) and the European border security agency FRONTEX. With its FRONTEX operations, it makes a contribution to protection of the Schengen external border. This also benefits Switzerland.