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 competent authority in Switzerland has decided on a flight ban from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe, with exceptions, providing special authorizations are granted. In line with this decision, Swiss International Airlines and Edelweiss will continue their operations until further notice and transport only the following passengers on its flights from South Africa to Switzerland:
- Swiss nationals
- Holders of a valid Swiss residence permit (L, B, C, Ci, F and FDFA legitimation card)
- Holders of a Visa Type D issued by Switzerland
- Nationals of an UE or Schengen member state
- Third country nationals holding a valid residence permit in an UE or Schengen member state, returning to their country of residence
- Holders of a Certificate of Entry (Laissez-passer), issued by a Swiss Representation abroad (e.g special necessity case)
For all non-Schengen/UE citizens, transits through Switzerland are for the moment not permitted.
Passengers flying from South Africa directly to Switzerland with Swiss International Airline or Edelweiss, must follow the requirements of the airlines when boarding the aircraft and of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH when entering and remaining in Switzerland.
Important: Everyone entering Switzerland must present a completed entry form (rare exceptions may apply, please refer to art. 3 of the COVID-19 Ordinance on International Passenger Transport). It is important to fill out the electronic entry form on a computer or smartphone at the earliest 48 hours before the travel in order to receive a QR code by email. This code needs to be kept at hand for inspection. The airline can refuse your check-in and controlling authority can impose a fine if the entry form is not completed or if the information provided is false.
Other passengers who are seeking advice or have booked with another airline, should in the first instance contact the relevant airline, travel agency or the travel insurance concerned for further information.
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Please note conditions can change quickly and at any time. Please verify the requirements with your airline, your travel agent and the destination country before travelling. This Embassy is committed to regularly publish the latest information but cannot assume any liability.
General information on the current Coronavirus situation and measures in South Africa
Recommended links are:
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.
Information can be found on the websites concerned:
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.