Coronavirus Travel & General information on the current Coronavirus situation in South Africa
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The offices of our external service provider VFS Global in Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban will reopen as of 5th July 2021. Kindly contact VFS Global directly for booking an appointment.
Fully vaccinated persons with a recognized vaccine residing in South Africa, Eswatini and Lesotho: You can submit your visa application through our external service provider VFS Global as of 5th July 2021 with appointment.
Persons residing in South Africa, Eswatini and Lesotho who do not meet the vaccination requirements (not fully vaccinated or vaccine not recognized): entry into Switzerland is only possible if you fall under a case of special necessity. Kindly send an email to inquire about your situation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only once you have received a confirmation email from the Visa Section that you do qualify for a case of special necessity you can submit your visa application through the external service provider VFS Global with appointment.
Important: Please note that the Schengen visa processing time will take 15 calendar days (as per Visa codex Chapter II Art. 9 and Chapter III Art. 23) commencing from the date of submission at VFS Global. Kindly take note that expediting the Visa processing time is not possible. If the scheduled entry into Switzerland is less than 15 calendar days from the date of submission, applications will unfortunately not be accepted by VFS Global.
Further, kindly take note that during the processing time of visa applications at the Embassy of Switzerland in Pretoria, no information / updates / outcome of applications (entry requests) can be provided (neither via email nor by phone).
Who can enter Switzerland
Even if you are arriving from a high-risk country, you can still enter Switzerland if you meet at least one of the following requirements:
Authorised / recognized vaccines for entry into Switzerland are:
You must be able to prove that you meet the abovementioned requirements.
To see what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland, consult the online Travelcheck. Please do not forget to fill in the following entry form before travelling to Switzerland.
Please note that the airlines themselves decide on the conditions on which they carry passengers. If this is relevant to your situation, please ask the airline concerned about the conditions that they apply.
If you still have questions, please read the FAQs of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) carefully.
Please refer to the following website for more information regarding the FOPH (Federal Office of Public Health) regarding sanitary protocol when entering Switzerland (Entry form, PCR test, quarantine, etc).
Various regulations apply for entering Switzerland. A basic distinction is made between citizens of the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries and those of other countries. The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) is the responsible authority in Switzerland.
Since Switzerland’s adherence to the Schengen and Dublin agreements came into force (12 December 2008), Swiss representations abroad are able to issue certain categories of visa, depending on the length of stay and purpose of the journey in Switzerland. Please select one of the following options.
On 11 October 2011 the Schengen member states introduced the Visa Information System (VIS). The VIS will also be used to store the biometric data (10 fingerprints and the facial image) of the visa applicants.
The Schengen Member States introduced the biometric visa on the 06.06.2013 in the Region of Southern Africa.
Therefore, the biometric data of all visa applicants older than 12 years will have to be registered. All visa clients have to apply in person according to the information published on where to apply.