South African Embassy Bern

Welcome to our Embassy Website

Important Announcement:

Please note that the Embassy will be closed for festive holidays, as from 24th( at 10:00) of December 2015 and will re-open on the 04th of January 2016. 


Important Announcement when travelling with minor children

As from 01st of June 2015 the South African government have implemented the following changes, when travelling with minors (children under the age 18). These requirements do not apply to Travellers who are in transit to neighbouring countries.

For an Affidavit template print here, the affidavit can be signed at your local Notarbüro for a small fee or at the South African Embassy for free. Please note that certification of documents is on Fridays only and all visits are by appointment. To make an appointment call 031 350 13 13.

For the children who are born in Switzerland an english birth certifate ( Geburtsurkunde CIEC) can be obtained from your local Kreisbüro/Commune.


Remembering Dr Ruth Mompati

Dr Ruth Mompati, sadly passed away on Monday, the 11th of May 2015.

President JG Zuma designated the funeral of Dr Ruth Mompati as a Special Official funeral and she was buried on  Saturday, May 23rd 2015. Dr Ruth Mompati was the first South African Ambassador to Switzerland after the first democratic elections in 1994.

To read more about the legacy that Dr. Ruth Mompati left behind, visit or visit the SABC website to see how the funeral proceeded.


Ambassador Claudinah Ramosepele

South African Embassy Bern, Switzerland




South African Embassy
Alpenstrasse 29
CH-3006 Bern
PH +41(0)31 350 13 13
FX +41(0)31 351 39 44
Emergency PH +41(0)79 652 56 85

Embassy office hours
Monday – Thursday:
08:00 – 12:30 / 13:15 – 17:00
Friday: 08:00 – 14:00

Consular office hours
Monday – Friday:
08:00 – 12:00
Visits by appointment only