Presentation of the NGO ServiceThe NGO Service assists those international non-governmental organisations (NGO) already based in Geneva as well as those interested in establishing an office in the region. It provides information, guidance and support.

The Service is overseen by the Presidential Department of the Republic and State of Geneva, and acts as an interface between the Geneva authorities and NGOs. It works in collaboration with the United Nationsthe Swiss Confederationthe city of Geneva, and any other stakeholder involved in the participation of civil society in the discussions and activities of International Geneva.

The NGO Service provides support in the following areas:

Creation - Transfer
How to create an NGO or open an office in Geneva?

Advice on drawing up statutes 

What are the registration requirements for NGO in Switzerland?

How to seek exemption from taxes as a non-profit organisation? 

Work permit
Information about work permit application process

Information about visa application process 

Office space
Are you looking for an office space?

Conference rooms
Are you lookig for a conference room?

Information about State of Geneva funding opportunities

frequently asked questions

What is the definition of an international non-governmental organisation (NGO)?

Who can become a member?

What is the civil liability of the association?

What should be in the minutes of the constitutive general assembly?

What should be in the minutes of an ordinary general assembly?

How to write minutes?

How to develop a business plan?

What does Swiss labour law say?

What are the accounting requirements?

Are the Swiss Gaap RPC standards obligatory in Switzerland?

Is an NGO subject to VAT?

Which social insurances are obligatory in Switzerland?

What insurance coverage must an NGO have?

How to protect the name, abbreviation and logo of a Swiss NGO?



Monday to Friday
9am - 12 am / 2 pm - 4 pm
T +41 22 546 14 10

It is highly advisable to make an appointment well in advance


NGOs can publish online, free of charge, their job, internship and volunteer opportunities