Regional Consular Centre Southern Africa

Consular Days in Durban, 25–26 April 2024

To all Swiss Citizens Residing in KwaZulu-Natal

The Regional Consular Centre Southern Africa (RCC) in Pretoria is having Consular Days in Durban on 25–26 April 2024 during which you will have the opportunity to order a new Swiss passport and/or Swiss identity card.

If you are interested, complete your application for a new passport and/or identity card on the following website: www.schweizerpass.ch. Please follow the procedure for Swiss nationals living abroad and indicate the following under "remarks":

--> Consular Days Durban

--> Preferred date for your appointment (25 April or 26 April 2024)

Please understand, however, that it may not be possible to accommodate your preferred date.

For logistical reasons, the requests for appointments will only be accepted until 23 February 2024 the latest. After the deadline, the RCC will contact you in regards to the venue, further procedure and payment instructions.

Please note that this invitation is addressed particularly to holders of Swiss passports which will expire within the next 24 months.

If you wish to receive further information about our consular services, please send us an e-mail to southernafrica@eda.admin.ch.

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.

The "SWI plus" app is now also available for English-speaking Swiss abroad as well as to interested parties, free of charge for downloading from the app stores. The focus is on a daily briefing for the Swiss living abroad with the news of the day especially relevant to them. The focus is on a daily briefing for the Fifth Switzerland with the most relevant news of the day in a compact daily format.

For more information, please visit Swissinfo

SWI plus for Android

SWI plus for iOS

New SwissInTouch App

SwissInTouch is now available for the 780’000 Swiss Citizens living abroad. The application is designed to facilitate dialogue and exchange.

After a test phase, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) launched the SwissInTouch app.

President Ignazio Cassis announced the development of the application last year at the Congress of the Swiss Abroad in Lugano. "As the name SwissInTouch indicates, this new tool is intended to facilitate dialogue and exchange," Cassis cited in his statement.

Swiss citizens abroad will find all the important information from their official representation, the various federal offices or other institutional partners on one platform in SwissInTouch. The app complements existing communication platforms such as the consular services provided locally, the FDFA online desk or the Travel Admin app for Swiss travellers.

Related link and link to the app.

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.

National visa applications for a stay of more than 90 days have to be submitted at the Regional Consular Centre Southern Africa in Pretoria, South Africa.

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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