As the official representation of Switzerland, the embassy covers all matters concerning diplomatic relations between the two countries. It represents Swiss interests in the areas of political, economic and financial affairs, legal arrangements, science, education and culture.
Embassy of Switzerland in South Africa
The Embassy of Switzerland recommend to all Swiss nationals who are currently travelling or living in South Africa to follow closely the information and recommendations of the local authorities as well as of the World Health Organisation WHO.
On state level, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health has information about the new coronavirus and publishes updates of the current situation and measures to be taken. Relevant sources of information are "Infoline Coronavirus Switzerland": +41 58 463 0000
IMPORTANT: If you are currently travelling abroad, please make sure you download the EDA Travel Admin App and register or update your travel plans and contact details. By doing so you ensure that you can be contacted by the relevant Swiss representations if necessary.
For general Visa information regarding entry/travelling to Switzerland and entry requirements for transit air travel, please click here.
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More information on the situation and measures in South Africa
The government of South Africa lowered the lockdown alert for South Africa to level 1 on the 20.09.2020. COVID-19 health and safety protocols must be followed at all times, including observance of guidelines for social distancing of 2 meters, sanitation and hygiene, and use of appropriate personal protective equipment, like cloth face masks, as determined by the South African National Department of Health. For detailed information please visit the Government of South Africa’s Covid19 Risk Adjustment Strategy.
As of 19.10.2020 Switzerland has been removed from the high-risk country list by the South African government in light of the #COVID19 pandemic.
As of 01.10.2020 travel into and out of South Africa is allowed for business, leisure, and other travel. However, types of travel are restricted to and from certain countries that are considered high risk. As international commercial flights resume, please do not plan travel to South Africa until you contact the South African Embassy in Switzerland or in the country your are currently in to determine entry restrictions.
For foreigners present in South Africa, the South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) announced new directives extending the validity of legally-acquired visas or permits that expired after 15.02.2020 through to 31.01.2021. Holders of such visas are permitted to remain in the country under the conditions of their visas until the end of January 2021. Those wishing to be repatriated to their countries within this period can depart without being declared “undesirable persons.” Under Alert Level 1, DHA has resumed visa services, including applications submitted through VFS Global, for certain visa categories found in this announcement. Please note that it is incumbent on the individual to contact DHA for details about the visa extension process.
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COVID-19 General Hotline for the public: +27 800 029 999 / National Health and Laboratory service COVID-19 Hotline: +27 82 883 9920
WhatsApp Coronavirus Support Line from the National Department of Health: +27 60 012 3456
Services and visa
All consular services for the South African provinces of Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North-West and Free State, as well as for the states of Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, have been provided by the Regional Consular Centre Southern Africa in Pretoria, which is attached to the local Embassy of Switzerland.
The Consulate General in Cape Town continues to be responsible for the South African provinces of the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Western Cape.
All Visa applications are handled by the Regional Consular Center Southern Africa in Pretoria.
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Visa applicants, which have to submit their visa application at the Regional Consular Centre (RCC) in Pretoria, are required to prior schedule an appointment. Therefore please call the Visa Section from Monday to Thursday from 14:00 to 15:30. No walk in clients.
Banking Fraud: Warning to Swiss Bank Account Holders
Swiss citizens living in South Africa have lately become victims of banking frauds. The perpetrators get access to details from Swiss or Liechtenstein banking accounts (names, addresses, signatures, credit balance, etc.) and use this information to forge orders to transfer money to bank accounts in Asia. To prevent such cases, the Embassy of Switzerland recommends Swiss or Liechtenstein bank account holders to be vigilant with their banking identity details and to request their bank not to send correspondence via postal service and not to process any written money transfer order without prior consultation of the bank account owner via the telephone number that is lodged with the bank (not the one on the instructions).
Scam: Fraudulent Contractor
The Embassy of Switzerland in Pretoria has become aware of a scam including a fraudulent contract of the company Fibre Ring and Youth Empowerment Project, based in South Africa making reference to the official Swiss Representation in South Africa. Neither the Swiss Embassy in Pretoria nor the office of the Swiss Development Cooperation based in Harare do host any connection with this contractor.