Information for the Swiss abroad regarding Covid-19 vaccine
Dear Swiss Compatriots
Please be informed that the import of vaccines is governed by the legal framework of the respective host country. A vaccine must be approved by the health authorities of the host country and can only then be administered to the population through the designated - officially approved - distribution channels (doctors, hospitals, laboratories etc.). It is therefore not possible at present in South Africa to order a vaccine from Switzerland and then distribute it through the Embassy or Consulate General to the Swiss residents in South Africa.
Swiss nationals abroad not covered by a Swiss health insurance policy should contact their local health insurance provider to find out about the vaccination policy in their host country. Swiss nationals insured under the Swiss compulsory health insurance (basic insurance) with a Swiss provider can be vaccinated in Switzerland; please contact directly your health insurance provider and/or General Practitioner (doctor) in Switzerland.