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PREPARE MY FRENCH VISA APPLICATION


In this section you will find out where and how to apply as well as the costs of your visa application. You will also be able to find the requirement and to download the list of documents.

Do I need to come in person? Read more

All applicants 12 years and older must appear in person to submit their applications and biometric data at our branches. However if all of the below conditions apply to you, you do not need to appear in person and you can have a third party submit your application on your behalf.

  • You are applying for a short stay Schengen visa
  • You have already obtained a previous Schengen visa within the last 59 months (Just under 5 years)
  • Your biometric data (fringerprint and photo) have been taken for this previous visa
  • You have a copy of your previous Schengen visa, on which the remark VIS appears. Please refer to "How to read my visa".

If all of the above apply, you can use the service of a third party. If you use a third party to submit your application on your behalf, please make sure to add the proxy letter carefully completed and signed by yourself.

Your attention is especially drawn to the fact that your application will be refused if the conditions detailed above are not met.

Please note that this is not a guaranteed process. The French Consulate reserves the right to request new biometric data collection if the biometric data collected in the previous application is not re-usable.

Read about where to apply

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Which country has the authority?

The authority of a specific country to issue a visa is defined in the Schengen rules. There are three rules that you must take into consideration:

  • Schengen Rule 1 :
    If you intend to visit only one Member State of the Schengen area, you must contact the consulate of this Member State.
  • Example: An applicant wishes to travel to France and spend their entire holiday in France, the French Consulate for which Capago is an Approved Intermediary must deal with the application

  • Schengen Rule 2 :
    If you are visiting two Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the consulate of the country where you will be staying longer or where the main purpose of the trip is taking place.
  • Example: An applicant wishes to travel to France, Italy and Spain. The applicant will spend 4 days in France, 2 days in Italy and 3 days in Spain, the French Consulate must deal with the application. Unless the main purpose of the trip is the business meetings in Italy which makes Italy competent to process the application.

  • Schengen Rule 3 :
    If you want to visit several Schengen countries for an equivalent duration of time, you must apply for a visa at the consulate of the country of your first point of entry.
  • Example: An applicant wishes to travel to France, Germany, Netherlands and Slovenia. They intend to spend two days in each Member State but they will enter Germany first on arriving in the Schengen zone; this applicant then has to apply at the German Consulate which will be his first port of entry.

If you find out that you must apply through Italy please go on our Italian website. If you must apply through France please find out where to apply.

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Where to apply for my visa in South Africa?

Once you know that you must apply for a Schengen visa issued by France you need to establish where to apply in South Africa.


Applicants for a short or long stay visa for France, regardless of their place of residence in South Africa, may now apply at any of the three CAPAGO centres in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.


Visas will then be processed and issued by one of the two French Consulates (Cape Town or Johannesburg).

You will find directions to our visa application centers on ourcontact page.
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French Consulates’ 3rd party State representation in South Africa

In South Africa, the French Consulates of Johannesburg and Cape Town represent other 3rd party states, namely Monaco, Djibouti and Togo.


Any person(s) of South African nationality and those legally resident in South Africa who intend to visit Monaco, Djibouti or Togo for any purpose and require a visa to enter these countries will need to submit their visa applications with a Capago Visa Application Centre of their choice.

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French Consulates' extended representation in South Africa

In South Africa, the French Consulate of Johannesburg is also responsible for Zambia and Namibia.


Any person(s) of Zambian and Namibian nationality and those legally resident in Zambia and Namibia who wishes to apply for a DROM-CTOM Visa or a Long Stay visa will need to submit their visa applications with the French Consulate in Johannesburg.

Any person(s) of Tswana nationality and those legally resident in Botswana who intend to visit France or DROM-CTOM will need to submit their visa applications with with the French Consulate in Johannesburg. Please consult the website of the French Consulate General in Johannesburg for the latest information.

For any query you might have about this, please send an email to visas.johannesburg-fslt@diplomatie.gouv.fr.

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Consulate processing time

The processing time for a Schengen short-stay visa or a long stay visa always varies depending on the number of requests and the time of the year. The processing time for a file is at the sole discretion of the French consulate

The timeframes below are an indication but are not guaranteed. It is the responsibility of the travelers to submit their applications long enough in advance to be sure to get the visa on time.

We recommend filing applications at least 15 days before the date of travel for a short-stay visa and at least one month before departure for long stays.

Applications can NOT be lodged earlier than three months before the departure.

Indication of the processing time from the 1st of January 2014:
  • For a short stay visa :

    A South African passport holder and borns in South Africa who apply with all required documents will now see their short-stay Schengen visa delivered in 48 hours: 2 business days from the time the application is lodged at Capago in Cape Town and Johannesburg until the passport is made available for collection.

    For the Durban branch, the 48-hour period does not include the transfer from Durban/Johannesburg/Durban.

    Longer for non-South African and dual nationalities passports holders. (minimum delay : 10 working days)

  • For long stay or a national visa :

    at least two weeks after the submission of a complete application at a Capago centre

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Capago appointment duration

The processing time for an application always varies depending on the number of appointments and the time of the day. The timeframes below are an indication but are not guaranteed.

We recommend coming at least 15 minutes before the time of the appointment and to plan for 1 hour to submit your application and get your biometric data collected.

It may happen in peak season (April to June) that appointments are delayed. Should it be the case you will be notified upon your arrival by the receptionist.

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Consulate and Capago Fees

The Consulate fees are set in euros and the rand values are subject to changes based on the exchange rate. Therefore the rand value of the fees might change between the date you book your appointment and the date of actual submission of application. This rule applies as well for the Capago service fees (27 euros).

You might therefore be requested to make a small aditional payment or on the contrary receive a small refund on the day of your appointment.

Fees updated 16th of July 2017, including VAT
Schengen Visa Short Stay Adult ( over 12 years )
• Consulate Fees : 905 ZAR • Capago Fees : 407,24 ZAR
Schengen Visa Short Stay Minor ( 6 - 12 years )
• Consulate Fees : 527,90 ZAR • Capago Fees : 407,24 ZAR
Schengen Visa Short Stay Minor ( under 6 years )
• Consulate Fees : Free • Capago Fees : Free
Schengen Visa Short Stay for specific nationals (1)
• Consulate Fees : 527,90 ZAR • Capago Fees : 407,24 ZAR
Schengen Visa TOM / C.TOM(2)
• Consulate Fees : 135,75 ZAR • Capago Fees : 407,24 ZAR
Schengen Visa International Organisation holding agreement with The French Government
• Consulate Fees : Free • Capago Fees : 407,24 ZAR
Schengen Visa Educational Trip
• Consulate Fees : Free • Capago Fees : 407,24 ZAR
Schengen Visa Adoption by French
• Consulate Fees : 226,25 ZAR • Capago Fees : 407,24 ZAR
National Visa Long Stay
• Consulate Fees : 1493,20 ZAR • Capago Fees : 407,24 ZAR
National Visa Long Stay French Spouse
• Consulate Fees : FREE • Capago Fees : FREE
National Visa Long Stay Student
( validated by Campus France )
• Consulate Fees : 1493,20 ZAR • Capago Fees : 407,24 ZAR
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Additional Services

In addition to processing your visa application Capago offers a range of additional services which can be selected when applying. The prices of those services are not subject to the exchange rate.

Premium lounge : 600 ZAR
Our Premium Lounge is designed to provide a stress-free, smooth, administrative process for your visa application. You will benefit from a personalized attendance by a dedicated visa agent throughout the process. You will have :

  • 100% professional guidance.
  • High quality of comfort
  • Delicious Pastries (Only in Johannesburg)
  • Choice refreshments including freshly brewed coffee; fresh juices;(Only in Cape Town and Johannesburg)
  • Free wifi
  • Entertainment through our multimedia facilities

Delivery service : 220 ZAR
Passport delivery service at a PostNet branch nearest to you through our Postnet Partner.

ID Photos : 90 ZAR
Capago provides photos which are 100% compliant with the Schengen Requirements and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Standards, printed on quality gloss paper using Biometric technology. (Only in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg)

SMS visa application tracking : 25 ZAR
You will receive an SMS notification everytime your application is moved

Copies : 3 ZAR per page
You can print and copy documents from our visa application centers

Transfert Fee (Durban) : 150 ZAR
A fee will be charged for every file submitted in Durban to cater for the transfer between Durban branch & the Consulate in Johannesburg

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Payment methods

The following methods of payment are accepted:

  • Electronic transfer bank to bank - EFT (Recommended)
  • Cash deposit at any FNB branches (Capago does not accept cash at its premises)
  • Debit or credit card on premises (No American Express nor Diners)

Please note that an administration fee of 2.5% will apply to all payments made to Capago International, not including EFT's.

We recommend that you process your payment before your appointment via EFT. You will receive a booking confirmation with your tracking number. You will be able to access an estimate of the fees on your booking confirmation page. When making your payment please use the below informations:

  • Bank name: FNB (First National Bank)
  • Branch code: 250655
  • Account number: 62330755523
  • Reference: Please use the tracking number sent to you via email
Read about documents requirements

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Requiered Documents

Find out which type of visa you need to apply for and download the corresponding checklist. You need to collect all the documents listed on our checklists. Make sure you classify all the documents in the order described in the first page.

Access all the checklists