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As of 4 April 2014 the Regional Consular Centre in Pretoria as well as the Consulate General in Cape Town will outsource some part of the visa process to the external service provider TLScontact.
As of that date, the interview appointments and the receipt of the application files will be handled by TLScontact for South African, Lesotho and Swaziland citizens, which have to submit the visa applications at the TLScontact Center.
On 11 October 2011 the Schengen member states introduced the Visa Information System (VIS). The VIS will also be used to store the biometric data (10 fingerprints and the facial image) of the visa applicants.
The Schengen Member States introduced the biometric visa on the 06.06.2013 in the Region of Southern Africa.
Therefore, the biometric data of all visa applicants older than 12 years will have to be registered. All visa clients have to apply in person at the Regional Consular Centre in Pretoria or the Consulate General in Cape Town (please consult the link “where to apply” on our website), where the fingerprints and a photograph are scanned for the central database of the Schengen countries. All the other visa requirements remain the same.
Since the 06.06.2013 visa applications are no longer accepted, if not personally submitted by the applicant.
Due to the additional work process (registering of biometric data), slight delays might occur. Therefore, we urge the visa clients to apply well in advance for their visa. The procedure can be started up to 3 months prior to the commencement of travel.
|General Information||Visa Fees|
|Who needs a visa?||Living and working in Switzerland|
|Where to apply?||Taking up residence in Switzerland|
|Visa Application Form|
Visas issued by representations abroad may be cancelled by the border control if the conditions – on the basis of which it was granted – have changed.
Collection of passports have to be organized by the applicants. Passports can only be collected by a third party upon presentation of the receipt issued by the Regional Consular Centre or a letter of authorisation.
If you do attend an international conference (UN, WHO, IMF, ITU, etc) the visa will be issued free of charge. For more information, please enquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.