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.
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, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Swaziland, 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, as well as for Namibia.
Information can be found on the websites concerned:
Swiss diplomacy and engagement in the fields of education, culture and the economy
VISA - Introduction of outsourcing process
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 (Phone: 021 410 01 18).
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.
Communication with you is important, and in this respect the Internet and e-mail are increasingly becoming the quickest and most reliable ways to contact you. We would like to be able to communicate with you and inform you quickly and easily about matters that could be of major importance.
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).