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September 24, 2023

Going to Switzerland

Going to Switzerland: How to Plan your Final Exit is a hands-on, practical guide to help foreigners plan for an assisted death in Switzerland.

This new book provides a step-by-step guide that explains why it is that non-Swiss nationals can get help to die in terms of Swiss law.

Going to Switzerland explains:

  • differences between the clinics who offer services to foreigners
  • various application process, qualification criteria (especially as it pertains to a mental health diagnosis, including dementia/ Alzheimer’s)
  • who gets the ‘green light’ and why
  • different methods of death used by the different groups
  • the differences in acceptance policies between the various clinics

For family and friends, the book details what to expect before, during and after an assisted death in Switzerland, as well as explaining cremation, death certificates, clinic costs.

Going to Switzerland provides invaluable background reading for anyone contemplating making a final trip to Switzerland.

The book has been written to tie in with the Application Assistance & ID/ Accompaniment Programs offered by Exit International at



Book Contents

  • Introduction
  • Dying in Switzerland
  • The Swiss are Different
  • Swiss Law on Assisted Suicide
  • How Assisted Suicide Doctors Operate in Switzerland
  • Recent Changes to the Medical Guidelines
  • Swiss Legal Summary
  • The Different Swiss Organisation
  • Dignitas
  • EX International
  • Lifecircle & the Professor David Goodall Story
  • Pegasos & the Laura Henkel Story
  • How to Apply to Die in Switzerland
  • Introducing Professor Sean Davison
  • Exit Application Assistance Program (AAP)
  • Exit ID & Accompaniment Service
  • Going Together
  • Green Lights & Getting Accepted
  • A Word about Mental Health
  • Preparing to go to Switzerland
  • The 2 Sisters
  • Talking about Plans with Family & Friends
  • What to Expect at a Swiss VAD
  • Final Paperwork
  • Family, Friends & your Posthumous Identification
  • Timing of your Death
  • Oral or Intravenous Drugs: It’s not Your Choice
  • Where does the Death take Place?
  • Before you Die
  • After you have Gone
  • Death Certificates, Cremation & Body Repatriation
  • Costs
  • Refund Policies
  • Introducing the Sarco
  • Conclusion
  • Support Exit International

Need to Know

  • No age restrictions or ID requirements apply to either version of this book
  • Both books are 62 pages in length. The Exit print edition is full colour


  • US$40 Exit Members/ PPeH Subscribers online / $45 print (exc shipping)
  • US$60 Public / $65 (exc shipping)

Other Details

  • The online edition is sold as a 24-month subscription & is a continually-updated publication.
  • Note – a black/white print edition is now available on Amazon globally