Regional Consular Centre Southern Africa

Air France / KLM repatriation flights from Johannesburg - 5th & 7th of June 2020

KLM on the 5th of June to Amsterdam; flight number KL506

Air France on the 7th of June to Paris; flight number AF645

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Lufthansa Repatriation Flight from Cape Town - 08.06.2020

For further information and reservations please click here

Important communication

The Swiss Regional Consular Center (RCC) in Pretoria and the Consulate General in Cape Town will resume their regular consular activities from the 2nd of June 2020. Please check the exact opening hours for Swiss citizens or consular affairs.

For Swiss passports, please check and submit your applicaton on www.schweizerpass.ch; the appointment for the recording of biometric data will take place directly via the corresponding application.

Immigration South Africa

If you are a Swiss citizen in South Africa and your visa is expiring, please visit the South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Website for information on extending your visa. We are unable to extend your visa or contact DHA on your behalf.

Visa information about entry/travelling to Switzerland

On 18 March 2020, the Swiss Federal Council decided, that entry at the Schengen external borders is generally prohibited with few exceptions. Switzerland follows the practice of the other Schengen states. Until 15th June 2020, Switzerland will also no longer issue Schengen visas. National visas will also only be issued in exceptional cases, for example to family members of Swiss citizens with a right of presence in Switzerland who require a visa and to specialists from the health sector.

For additional information, please consult the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM 

COVID-19, Travel

The Federal Council calls on Swiss tourists and business travellers to return to Switzerland as soon as possible and to organize their journey independently. It cannot be ruled out at this point in time that flight connections to and from South Africa could be affected due to the travel ban issued by the local authorities. Please note that Switzerland is on the South African and WHO list of high risk countries. We recommend that you contact your airline and/or travel agency urgently.

Further, we 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.

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.

More information on the situation and measures in South Africa

Department of Health

National Institute of Communicable Disease

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

Other relevant sources of information are

Infoline Coronavirus Switzerland: +41 58 463 00 00

Show solidarity and take the necessary precautions and measures to protect yourself and others.

More information and explanatory videos  

Support letter - Entry or return to the residence countries (Switzerland) for South African citizens

The Embassy of Switzerland are aware that South African Authorities currently require from their own nationals who want to leave the country a 

“…  Proof that confirms your admissibility in the form of a letter from the embassy or other diplomatic / consular representative of your country of normal residence, confirming your right of residence in that country and that you are permitted to return thereto under the current circumstances.  If returning by road or connecting flights, the proof submitted to us needs to include each transiting countries permission for your travel.”

Please note that the Swiss representation abroad are not in a position to issue such letters of admissibility. However, for serving the purpose, you may find the confirmation useful, which you can download here .

Important information for Swiss nationals living abroad

In order for us to provide you with the latest information from Switzerland at all times, please always inform us of all address changes (including e-mail addresses) through the online desk or by sending an email to southernafrica@eda.admin.ch.

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:

Services – South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mauritius
Visa – South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mauritius

Angola
Malawi
Mozambique
Namibia
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Services

Contact the responsible Swiss representation for identity papers, civil status, registration and deregistration, matters of civil status, etc...

Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland

Information on requirements to enter Switzerland and to take residence, procedure to submit an entry visa application, visa application form and fees

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