Consulate General of Switzerland in Cape Town

General information about repatriation flights

For general information and planned repatriation flights, please click here

Life and marital status certificates for the AVS/AHV

For the time being, all life and marital status certificates can be signed by the pensioners themselves and returned by E-mail to the Swiss Compensation Office (SCO) in Geneva without an official stamp: sedmaster@zas.admin.ch; together with a copy of a valid identity document. If you haven't received the life certificate, you may download it here. For further questions, you may also contact the SCO by phone: +41 58 461 91 11.

 

Entering Switzerland – New Quarantine regulations

As per decision of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), travelers entering Switzerland from South Africa (as from 6 July 2020) and Eswatini (as from 23 July 2020) will have to spend 10 (ten) days in quarantine.

For further information please click here.

Visa information regarding entry/travelling to Switzerland

The Swiss Federal Council has decided, that entry at the Schengen external borders is generally restricted (with few exceptions).

For that reason the Regional Consular Centre (RCC) in Pretoria is no longer accepting any Schengen visa applications until further notice. 

New: The State Secretariat for Migration will allow Schengen visas for life partners to travel to Switzerland from 3 August 2020. As the borders to/from South Africa are officially closed, there will be no commercial return flights. The journey back to South Africa will not be granted and this new regulation will not apply.

Interesting links are:

www.sem.admin.ch

www.sem.admin.ch

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.

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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 (PDF, 51.3 kB, English) .

View of the Swiss Consulate General building in Cape Town
Consulate General of Switzerland in Cape Town © Manfred Huegli

The Consulate General in Cape Town is the first point of contact for all consular services for Swiss citizens living in the provinces of the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Western Cape.

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

Visa & entry to Switzerland

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Warning

Instructions relating to phishing data from the Swiss Abroad: Phishing

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 Consulate General 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).