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Regional Consular Centre Southern Africa
c/o Embassy of Switzerland
225 Veale Street
Parc Nouveau
New Muckleneuk 0181
South Africa

Postal address:
Regional Consular Center Southern Africa
c/o Embassy of Switzerland
P.O. Box 2508
Brooklyn Square 0075
South Africa


Tel: +27 (0)12 452 06 62 (Visa)
Fax: +27 (0)12 346 26 05 

Consulate General of Switzerland
c/o Embassy of Switzerland
Nr. 1 Thibault Square
26th Floor
(Cm. Long Str/Strijdom)
Cape Town 8001, South Africa

Postal address
Consulate General of Switzerland
P.O. Box 563
Cape Town 8000, South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)21 400 75 00
Fax: +27 (0)21 418 36 88 


Information biometric visa

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Introduction of outsourcing process

As of 4 April 2014 the Regional Consular Centre in Pretoria as well as the Consulate General in Cape Town has outsourced some part of the visa process to the external service provider http://www.tlscontact.com/za2ch 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, who have to submit the visa applications at the TLScontact Center (Phone: 021 410 01 18).

Introduction of biometrics

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.

Important notice

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  pre.visa@eda.admin.ch.