Schengen Visas For South Africans, Some Basic Info

Simply getting your passport stamped seems to be becoming a thing of the past (photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ikkoskinen/)

Over time it seems that two terms are quickly becoming dirty phrases, and even more so when they are combined: “Schengen Visa” & “South African Passport”. For those of us unlucky enough to possess only the unfortunate green book, we know all too well the mission it has become to get to Europe for any reason – increasingly too, we are being made to appear in person at consulates some of which are over 1000km away (if you live in Cape Town) to give biometric data or be interrogated by a self-important government official. Below is a brief summary of how things currently work at the various European consulates who are part of the Schengen agreement, sadly the information can go out of date within no time, so we still advise to fill out a visa inquiry form (Click here) for the most up-to-date expert info.

Some general rules of thumb for South African passport holders going to Schengen Europe:

  • you can’t apply more than 3 months in advance for the visa
  • you need a detailed daily itinerary
  • you need decent travel insurance (the insurance we offer is more than sufficient)
  • you need to have flight tickets to Europe
  • you need to have enough money (as stipulated by the specific consulate) for the duration of your trip
  • the maximum length of a visa granted is about 30 days, it may be longer, it may be shorter, this is up to the consulate you apply through
  • you always apply through the country you are spending the longest time in on that trip, if you are spending equal time in more than one, the country you enter first issues the visa
  • the visa costs 60 Euros payable in Rands to the embassy directly (check with them for their rate of exchange)

Austria:

Available in Cape Town, Joburg and Durban, you have to apply in person at the following addresses, click the “VFS” link in each of them for the individual application centre’s website:

Cape Town:

VFS
Office 504, 5th Floor, 47 On Strand
Strand Street, Cape Town
021 423 0233

Durban:

VFS
Swift Center, 565 Corner of Peter Mokabe & Crescent Road
2nd Floor, Suite 8, Morningside Durban
031 207 6331

Joburg:

VFS
2nd Floor, South Block
Thrupps Centre, 204 Oxford Road, Sandton
011 268 2276

Belgium:

Available in Cape Town and Joburg only – you have to apply in person. The Belgian consulate accepts no cash payments of visa fees and provides bank details for a deposit of fees instead.

Cape Town consulate info, including contact details and application process. This consulate accepts no appointments for consultation and services customers on a first come, first served basis.

If you apply through the Johannesburg Consulate yourself, you will need to make an appointment by calling 082 828 0256 between 14:00 and 15:00 weekdays only.

Czech Republic:

Available in Pretoria ONLY – you’ll need to appear in person and you have to prepay for you visa by depositing money into their account. If you do not live in Gauteng, you may now apply through one of the following agency: Visas International. Click here for Visa information.

Denmark:

Available in Pretoria via VFS which costs an extra R250, at the Durban consulate (please make an appointment by calling 031 202-9396/7/8) and at the Cape Town consulate (no appointment necessary), the Danish Embassy no longer allows one to apply through visa agencies.

Estonia:

The Estonian Embassy won’t issue any visas in South Africa, you need to apply through the Swedish Embassy.

Finland:

Available in Pretoria and Cape Town – you should still be able to apply for a visa through an agency.

France:

Available by appointment only in Johannesburg through Copago and Cape Town by calling 086 7 444 003 – you will need to appear in person to give biometric data. Be careful, waiting times for French visa appointments are often extremely long and consular officials are notoriously pedantic and unhelpful, you must have everything in the best order possible before submission.

Germany:

Available in Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban.

Durban: You need to apply through the consulate in Durban who forward your application to Pretoria (there is a charge for this) you must apply in person, unless you have visited the schengen area at least twice in the last two years.

Cape Town & Pretoria: you need to book an appointment online or by calling 0861 00 22 45 at a fee of R75 for an appointment should you not want to use a visa agency.

Greece:

Available in Pretoria, Joburg, Durban & Cape Town – they should still allow you to apply through a visa agency. This is one of the easiest Embassies/Consulates to apply through.

Hungary:

Available in Pretoria only – applicants must appear in person unless they use an accredited agency. The Hungarian Embassy also issues visas for Latvia and Lithuania for South African Passport holders only.

Iceland:

Represented by Denmark

Italy:

Available in Pretoria, Joburg and Cape Town – applicants must appear in person, individual consulates MAY waiver this depending on the distance the applicant lives from the respective consulate. Check out our specific Italian Schengen Visa blog post for more info.

Latvia:

Apply through Hungary Embassy.

Lithuania:

Apply through Hungary Embassy.

Luxembourg:

Apply through Belgian Consulate.

Malta:

Apply through the Italian Consulate.

Netherlands:

Available in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town – applicants must apply in person for the visa unless they have visited the Netherlands in the last 3 years. Appointments must be made online unless the applicant is elderly and has no access to a computer where they must be made telephonically.

Norway:

Available in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town – extra fees are levied for applicants applying through Durban (about R220) or Cape Town (about R300) for couriering. You can still apply through a visa agency.

Poland:

Available in Pretoria – you can still apply through a visa agency if you live anywhere else in South Africa.

Portugal:

Available in Pretoria, Joburg and Cape Town – first time applicants must appear in person, for others it may still be okay to use a visa agency. Cape Town may insist you appear in person each time, unless you live far away – this is at their discretion.

Slovak Republic:

Available in Pretoria only, you should still be able to use a visa agency for this application.

Slovenia:

It may be possible to apply through German consulate.

Spain:

Available in Pretoria and Cape Town, there are often delays in obtaining a visa through Spain, do applying in advance is strongly advised.

If you use the Pretoria consulate, it must be your closest consulate, you may appear in person or use a visa agency to do the application on your behalf.

If you use the Cape Town consulate, it must be your closest consulate, you must appear in person if you live within 400km of Cape Town and make an appointment to do so on (021) 422-2415. If you do not, you may apply through a 3rd party like a visa agency.

Sweden:

Available in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town, those of us in Durban and Cape Town will need to pay extra courier fees (R300) as the visa is issued only in Pretoria, you should still be able to apply through an agency for this visa. The visa is not payable in cash for Sweden and money must be deposited into their account if you do the application yourself. Visa applications for Sweden are often delayed too so applying in advance is advised.

Switzerland:

Available in Pretoria and Cape Town – applicants will likely have to apply in person and collect documents themselves, unless they have visited Switzerland in the last 2 years.

NB: Please bear in mind that this information above is for South African passport holders and is intended for blog and informational purposes only which acts as a rough guide. This information can change without any notice whatsoever. For precise and accurate information click here to fill out a visa inquiry form and speak to the experts.

The above information was updated as of 10 December 2010. If you have any questions, please ask in the comments below and we’ll see if we can answer them!

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Italy Visa Application

UK Visa Application

Denmark Visa Application


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Our Readers Comments

  1. If one wants to go to europe for a yaer or two for casual work, what are the options/requirements?

  2. Dear Sir or Madam
    I would like to apply for a Schengen visa for France please guide on how I live in Cape Town

    • Hey Antoinette! The best way to be guided on this is to click on the link at the bottom of the above post. Fill in your details and someone will contact you with more info and some help on how to go about it.

  3. Hey my friends family live in amsterdam and they have invited us to cum and stay there in december without having to pay for anything.what will i need for the visa how do I go about applying?How long will it take?

  4. Hey Courtney! For visas where you are hosted by another person in an EU country, each country has different forms which you need to fill in. If you’re applying for the first time for a Dutch visa, you’ll need to get in touch with them directly as you’ll need to apply in person, for more info, visit here: http://southafrica.nlembassy.org/Products_and_Services/Consular_services/Visa

    If you’ve had a Dutch visa before, you can apply through a visa agency, just fill out your details here and a consultant from the agency will get in touch : http://www.travelstart.co.za/visaEnquiryForm.jsp

    Hope this information helps 🙂

  5. Hi Nick,

    As a South African passport holder, is it possible to get an extended visa?

    I am applying for a work away program where I get hosted and ‘work’ for bed and board. I would like to go to Spain for 3 months, then move onto France for 3 months, then Italy etc.

    Is this even possible?

    Wha’s the easiest way?

    Shot for the help

  6. Hi Chris!

    Extended visas are not always possible, it’s a tough one, you usually need a very good reason. Your visa is usually just for the amount of days you’re scheduled to be in the country for, any more than that is quite lucky to get. A visa for up to 3 months may be awarded by a consulate/embassy – based on the perceived trustworthiness of the travellers intentions – it’s entirely at the embassy’s discretion though.

    If you’re going for work and you apply on that basis with all the relevant documentation required, they will likely give you the 3 month visa. Working in the EU is very difficult for South Africans as we don’t have a reciprocal agreements with them.

    We know a fair bit about visas but are not the experts by any means, I would suggest contacting a visa agency who deal with complex visa requests on a daily basis to get their advice and see if they can help you submit the best possible application. I would recommend using Visa Express, they have helped countless clients of ours out: http://www.visa-express.co.za/

    Shout if you don’t manage to reach them!

    Nick

  7. Thanks alot man. I appreciate the help.

    I will definitely contact them and will keep you posted.

    Cheers

    Chris

  8. Hi Nick your blog is very helpful.
    I am one of unfortunate green passport holder who came from Indonesia 🙂
    I hope you would help me to give advice?
    One of my friend in Norway invited me to stay in Norway about 3 months.
    He already sent a Guarantee Form & Invitation Letter which stamped & signed by the Norway Police.
    I heard that for a tourist who get a sponsor then he/she still must provide 25 EURO per day X duration of stays. Which means I must provide 25 EURO X 90 days in my account. Is that true?
    What is the best reason when the Embassy asked about my intention to get 3 months visa?
    Its not usual for an employee like me in Indonesian company to get off days for about 3 months. 🙂
    In fact, I just want to go travel around Norway with my friend. Never had any intention to stay illegally.
    Thank you very much Nick.
    Do have wonderful day and sorry for long message with bad English

    • Hey Andy! Don’t stress about your English, it’s perfect 🙂

      If you’re travelling from Indonesia, it’s hard to be sure my info will be accurate for you there, but, it would stand to reason that it’s similar. They generally do require you to have the full amount of money stated, but in my experience, if someone has gotten all the supporting documents, they are a bit more lenient.

      I had this when I visited Germany, I had a friend get all the invitation documents from the local authorities and then the consulate actually told me that I didn’t need so much money with me if I had this document. Things may have changed now though.

      Make sure you have a GOOD reason to come back home, like a stable job from an impartial party (ie not family).

      With regards to what to tell the consulate, I would recommend two things, 1) be honest, 2) be prepared.

      Tell them the truth about what you’re wanting to do, if you’re dishonest, they will find out.

      Have a plan of what you’re wanting to do and see when you’re in Norway, show that you’ve taken into account how much train tickets, accommodation, activities etc etc cost. Make a list of sights and activities you want to see. Show you’re really interested in Norway, pick out a few favourites you’re genuinely interested in and find out stuff about it. e.g. a museum with specific exhibits you want to see.

      While the embassy reserves the right to accept or refuse the application, they’re much more likely to accept your application if you’ve done everything they say and you’ve been honest and shown a genuine interest as a tourist to their country.

      Hope this info helps?

      🙂 Nick

  9. Big thanks, Nick 🙂
    Its really help!
    And I am fascinated by your quick response!
    I will tell my friend about your advices and will update soon here
    Now I think I must go to South Africa 🙂
    Het ‘n lekker dag, Nick!

  10. Hi Nick, sorry to disturb again.But I believe you’re the expert 🙂
    I got a promo ticket from Indonesia to Paris and Paris to Oslo.
    If I get a single entry visa, can I enter Paris for few hours, walk around the city and continue a night flight to Oslo?
    If I departure from Oslo to Paris and Paris to Indonesia (as the promo fare applied for round trip ticket only) will I permitted to use a single entry visa?Or should I tick “multiple entry visa” when I apply the visa?
    Thank you for your kind help.
    Do have a wonderful weekend.

    • Hi Andy,

      as far as I am aware, you’ll need a multiple entry visa to do that. I would suggest asking your local French consulate what they think, but I suspect it will be up to the immigration officials at the airport. I would suggest ticking multiple entry visa, the worst that can happen is they say no and only give you a single entry. 🙂

  11. Just to help any fellow travellers seeking a Swiss Schengen from Pretoria – the process is very time consuming: – things to note – the office opens at 9am, they let in 10 people at a time. I arrived at 6:45am and was #10. I reached the counter by 11am (Various agency reps with 20+ applications hog the process). When I got outside there were 100+ people – and – my application was refused as even tho’ I’m flying into and out of Geneva and staying in Switzerland I will be one day longer in France. I am totally bumbed . . . 🙁

    • Wow! Sorry to hear what a bad time they gave you. Thanks for he heads up, this will definitely be useful for other travellers to Switzerland.

      So from your experience would you recommend using a visa agency rather than doing it yourself?

  12. Hi Nick,

    Fantastic advice you’re giving! In February, I want to go skiing in Austria for 35 days- I have a hotel reservation that will be confirmed for that length; travel insurance (including wintersport insurance), plane tickets etc. The only problem I’m forseeing is my bank statements- I have specifically asked my employer to hold back my salary so that I can save money for this trip. How do I explain this to the embassy? I know that you have to provide three months bank statements? If you could advise on this, that would be appreciated.

    • Hi Josie! Sounds like a fantastic trip you’re planning!

      The answer to your question really just: “documentation, documentation, documentation”. The EU are a pedantic bunch, but they’re not unreasonable, so if you could get a letter from your boss explaining this (signed, addressed and dated), it would help a great deal.

      What will also help is your forex statement showing how much you’ve purchased for your trip, with sufficient funds for your stay (the embassy will tell you how much you need to have per day). Or your credit card statement if you’re taking that as your spending money, the same as above applies.

      The EU wants to know two things from you with these documents: from your bank statements, to know if you have a reason to return to your country and from your forex and insurance that you will not be a burden on the state when you’re visiting.

      Hope this helps? 🙂 Nick

  13. Thank you Nick; that does help! I had to phone the visa hotline to schedule an appointment today- the troubling bit is that they do not tell you how much euros you need to cover your trip (I know that the Netherlands specify 35 euros a day.) So- I’m going to make sure I have an allowance of about 40 euros a day? Also- I will pay my hotel upfront (before I take this trip.) I’ve had such bad experiences with Schengen visas before; I’m incredibly stressed! It doesn’t help that I have to phone an expensive hotline for advice; and that they do not really advise to start with. So- will make sure I have a good letter from my employer stating that I will return to my job; hotel confirmation- allowance for my ski pass; 40 euros a day allowance and hopefully that will be adequate. Also- I’ve considered indicating the student debt that I am paying off. That might be a bit much- but I’m really worried that they might decline my visa. I have been granted a Schengen Visa in the past- but my very first one was declined due to miscommunication with the person who advised me at the embassy. That was almost three years ago ; I’m hoping it doesn’t count against me too much. Thank you so much for the great advice; it’s kind of hard to come by!

    • Hey Josie, I think if you’ve had a visa approved before (and it was the last one), they should be a bit more open to your application. The fact that you’ve got so much prepaid also counts in your favour, so the 40 Euros should be plenty. It’s not like you’re arriving in the country looking for a place to stay and have no idea what there is even to do there.

      You sound like you’ve got it all figured out though, despite the useless hotlines these embassies insist on having! Well done!

      Good luck with your appointment, in my honest opinion, you’ll have no problems!

      Nick

      ps, you’ve probably found this page already, but check it out for the Austrian embassy’s visa requirements: http://bit.ly/eBeXOV

  14. Thank you for the positivity and quick responses Nick; it’s appreciated. Let’s hope that you’re right and that I get that visa! I will keep you posted!

  15. Hi Nick,

    Thanks for all the info. If one has received a schengen visa through one consulate(Germany for example) and then wish to travel to France within 18 months of the initial Schengen visa. Does one still have to apply in person ? We are in the Durban area and I’m trying to avoid a trip, with associated costs, with the whole family to JHB.

    Thanks
    Deon

    • Hi Deon,

      I can totally understand your concerns, it’s a terrible schlep to make each time for the visa. Certain embassies will make an exception in certain circumstances, this is unfortunately not a rule but entirely at their own discretion.

      I’m just double-checking the German Visa info and it seems you can submit your application in Durban and the consulate will courier it to the Embassy in Pretoria on your behalf – I’ll amend the info above. This would mean you may only need to apply in person for the French visa – even this they may exempt you from (as mentioned above) at their discretion.

      I suggest applying for the German visa, click here for details: http://bit.ly/ebglpw and then when it’s 3 months before the French trip, contact them on (011) 778-5600 , they may be unhelpful so if you’re having no luck, contact a visa agency like Visa Express on 0861 289 270 to see if they have any tricks they can use.

      Hope this helps!

  16. Hi Nick,

    One can, most definately apply for the German(Schengen) visa in Westville, Durban. The staff there are very helpful. We did this, this year – kids in tow. Hence the question about applying in person at another consulate. One has to apply at the consulate where your longest stay in the Schengen states is going to be. For the German application if you travel again within 18 months to Germany you don’t have to apply in person. I was hoping to find out if this rule applied to other consulates and they would see we had a
    schengen visa approved 18 months before and allow us to courier the application. FYI the online application form for this visa was very useful (not working at the moment), you could save your application to afile and re-open later to add more info and then print it out neatly. Lots of info for German Schengen Visas here: http://www.germanconsulatekzn.co.za/visas.htm

    Thanks again for your help – Germany seems to be the best option.

    -Deon

  17. Sorry – see your link is the same 🙂

  18. Hi Nick- gave in my application this morning (Austrian Embassy)- let’s hope it’s successful. Will know in a week; the suspense is killing me, but I will keep you updated!

  19. Hi- I will be going to Italy end of January for 2 weeks and have been issued with a 6 month mulitiple entry tourism visa. Will I still be able to use the visa for the rest of the 6 months ie visiting the UK, or will I have to apply for another visa?

    • Hi Gary, the visa for Italy is only valid for schengen states (like Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Switzerland etc etc) The UK does not fall under these schengen states, so you’ll need a different visa for them. A 6 month visa is rare for the EU, so check the restrictions printed on it and find out from the Italian consulate who gave it to you all the in’s and out’s to make sure you aren’t denied entry at any point – there may be special criteria for being allowed in.

      Hope this helps!

  20. Hi Nick, thanks for your prompt response, sorry I had a little bit of a blonde moment there with the UK visa…There are no restrictions printed on the visa, it just says multiple entry, torism and valid until July 2011. I just wanted to know if I decided to go to Paris for example before the end of July whether or not I would need another visa.
    I must also state that the Italian Consulate in Cape Town was an absolute pleasure to deal with, I couriered all our documents and had the visas in four days.

    • Hi Gary! I don’t think my response to your post went through! Let’s try again.

      Great to hear the Italian Consulate is such a pleasure to deal with! And yes it’s fine to visit any Schengen state while you have a valid Schengen visa (for that dates you’re travelling). Hope you have a fantastic trip!

  21. Nick, the most beautiful words I’ve ever heard: “enjoy your trip”. If you submit all of the correct documentation to the Austrian Embassy; they are surprisingly lenient. They’ve even given me a longer time period than I have requested (16 days longer.) Thank you so much for all of your advice. End of this month, I will be in Austria; skiing and enjoying gluhwein!!

    • Hey Josie! So glad I could help. I’m so envious of your exciting trip! Hope you have an amazing one, take loads of photos!!

  22. Hi Nick! How long does it take to get a visum for Italy for South Africans (CT office). Thanks

  23. Hi Nick
    really helpful page.

    Here’s my question. I want to volunteer for 3 months on a tourist visa( Italy, Greece and Spain), but don’t think that’s allowed. Would I have to apply for a work permit.(the organization is workaway.info)

    Thanks a milion

    • Hi Lisa! Glad you found it helpful!

      Work permits for the EU are very difficult to come by. Thea reason is that if you’re going to earn money in the EU, the company employing you needs to prove that there is no one else available in the EU who could have done your job. To be honest, it might be easier to get a visa for volunteer work rather than for employment. You’d probably need to get some sort of guarantee of sponsorship/enrollment at an NGO of sorts though. This is not a type of application I’ve yet encountered, I would suggest contacting a visa agency like visa express on 0861 289 270 for their advice. If you don’t manage to get an answer there, chat it over with the various consulates to work out who to apply through.

      Hope this helps!

  24. Hi Nick,

    My Dad is going to visit my Sister in Scotland, they would like to go to Spain for a holiday. Do we apply for a Schengen visa while he is still in South Africa or does he apply in Scotland? The reason for my question refers to one of the general rules of thumb – “◦you always apply through the country you are spending the longest time in on that trip, if you are spending equal time in more than one, the country you enter first issues the visa” I’m not too sure that they will have anough time to get a visa once he is in Scotland.

    I would really appreciate your feedback on this!
    Thanks!

    • Hi Pietro,

      the rule about the country longest stay applies only when the choice is between two Schengen countries, eg Spain and France or Germany and Italy etc etc. Scotland is not part of the Schengen countries as it’s part of the United Kingdom. Your dad will need a visa for the UK as well as a Schengen visa for Spain. Both of these he needs to apply for in South Africa before he departs.

      Hope this helps?

      Nick

  25. Nick, my dad resides in PE and is coming to visit us in the UK for 3 months. We would like to take him to France, Amsterdam etc, but nothing is in concrete. He is not young and unable to schlepp around SA to embassies!

    Do you know whether it is possible for him to apply for the necessary visas once in London, at the London embassies?

    Ta

    Kim

    • Hi Kim! Sounds like a great trip you’ve got in the pipeline! The general rule with visas is that you should apply in the country of which you are a resident, in your dad’s case, South Africa. They don’t allow visa applications from a country you are not residing in. You also, for Schengen visas need to have your whole trip pre-planned. I would suggest that your father contact the Dutch Embassy for advice on what to do, they are the most understanding of the European embassies when it comes to dealing with the needs of elderly travellers. Try contacting them on (021) 421-5660 or kaa@minbuza.nl with your concerns and ask if they are able to advise what can be done and if they can issue a visa without the entire trip having been paid up-front as you are supporting him in his travels.

      Hope this helps 🙂

  26. Hi Nick

    We’re planning a trip to Europe later this year ,visiting multiple countries. I’ve done some reading on Schengen Visa’s and how they are obtained (documention needed etc). I’ve also read a lot of stories of where visa’s were declined without a reason given. My question is what would be the reasons a Schengen Visa would be declined.Criminal Record, Bad Debt etc or could it be as easy as not filling out the documentation correctly?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Cyrus, sound like quite an exciting trip you;ve got planned!

      The reasons Schengen visas are declined are usually due to a concern that the consulate has that you don’t have a reason to return to your country eg no job to return to, little money in your home country, concern with the law etc etc. OR they are concerned that you will be a liability to their country, eg use that country’s free medical system or cause trouble there – eg known criminal record. I believe that they are now required to tell you why you were declined. It is very rare that one is declined the visa after application. Most consulates are very explicit about what you need in order to apply and in most occassions will not accept an application if it does not meet the requirements.

      Basically if you have sufficient money in the bank in SA, proof that you have a job/profitable business to return to, sufficient medical insurance and no history of causing trouble with the law, you should be okay to get the visa.

      Hope this helps!

  27. hi rick. this is simin. im iranian student in india im doing my master of mba here. i want go to visit my boyfriend in italy for my holyday. my boyfriend send me invitation letter with full support.for every thing.they send banking account. thirse house document and thire id proof. and i got noc from my university and 2 statment of bank in india during these times i was been.also medicin insurance. i want know how much i have chance to get visa from italy embassy in mumbai.im 30 years old. thanks.

    • Hi Simin, I’m afraid it’s hard for me to say how the consulate in India will work, I’ve only got experience of the consulates here in South Africa. Generally though, the requirements should be very similar. If you’ve got all the correct documentation, especially enough proof that you are definitely coming back to India, you should be okay. I would suggest contacting them or asking them when you arrive, explaining that you definitely want to come back to finish your studies and can they tell you if you have the right docs to get the visa. Just be honest with them, if you try to hide anything or they think you are trying to hide something they will definitely reject the visa. I’m sorry I couldn’t have a more concrete answer for you, I wish you the best of luck with your application.

  28. Hi Nick, I’m a South African currently working in Korea, so would apply for a shengen visa at the French Embassy over here. I would just like to know if it is really necessary to have flight tickets when applying for the visa, since I don’t want to book flights and then I don’t get the visa. Another thing, I’m planning on visiting a few of the other Shengen countries as well. Do I need to give a daily itinerary for all the countries I plan on visiting and provide them with my hotel reservations for all the countries?

    I would really appreciate your advice and assistance.

    Diana

    • Hi Diana, Thanks for getting in touch! For the schengen visa, as far as I am aware, you will always need to have puchased a ticket before applying for a visa. My tip here is to book a ticket with Lufthansa, they often allow refunds (even if only partial) in the case of a rejection of visa.

      For the itinerary, you would need to show some sort of plan. Basically the embassy will want to see that you have more than enough money not to be a burden to them. This is why they want to see proof of accommodation and transport etc etc. If you have enough money and enough proof you’re returning to Korea at the end of the trip, they may be more leniant. I would suggest discussing this openly with the consulate before hand to get their advice and to show that you are a genuine traveller.

  29. Hi Nick, I am South African and going on a cruise in June. My friend, who is a crewmember on the ship can sign me on for free and I just have to pay my airline ticket. The ship will be visiting Spain (5 different citiesin 5 days), Italy (3 different cities in 3 days), France (1 day, 1 city) and then finally Gibraltar.

    I did a little research and I understand I will need a multiple entry Schengen? Is that correct? Also, what type of Visa do I need for Gibraltar. Some websites say we don’t need a Visa, other websites say we need a UK visa, and others say you can just stay on the ship and have no Visa. I believe some website may be outdated, so I don’t know what the correct info is. I’m really afraid to be rejected for the Schengen Visa!

    • Hi Anja! Sounds like an exciting trip you’ve got planned! This is one instance when I suggest asking the cruise ship company and not the consulate – the reason being is that many cruise ship companies have arrangements made with border control for ports of entry which are different to the regular rules. Ship companies often stand surety for their passengers. Worst case scenario is that you will need a UK & Schengen visa, but hopefully the Ship Company bypasses this for you 🙂

  30. Hi, thanks for your quick reply!
    So, after contacting the travel agency I found out…if you are South African and visiting Gibraltar with a cruise shipe, then there is a little loophole! If you are staying for less than 24hrs and entering and leaving the port of Gibraltar by the same ship, then you don’t need a visa!

    • Excellent news Anja! Sorry for only replying now! Enjoy the trip, sounds like a blast! 🙂

  31. Hi Nick
    I was asked by my work to travel to Switzerland for 5 days. However my own personal accounts are a bit of a mess at the moment – going through some financial trouble. Needless to say the company will pay the flights, accommodation, meals etc as we will be travelling on their behalf. Will my VISA be declined because of my personal affairs?

    • Hey Heinrich! rules are a bit different for work trips thankfully! If your company or the company in Switzerland says they’re going to pay for and support you, you may not need to provide bank statements. Have a look at this link below from the Swiss consulate: http://bit.ly/gVOWOP 🙂 Nick

  32. hi nick
    my boyfriend is going to work in france and he and his company would like to send me over in september but they will only fly us back together after the 15th of december. so is there anything i can do so i am able to stay longer plans are to leave on the 30 of august so i’m there in time for my birthday.
    Also i will not have much money with me as my boyfriend will pay for everything, will there be a problem with that? the comany also pays for a lot so i’m not sure what to do? help please
    many thanx
    lauren

    • Hi Lauren! I’ve not had much experience of these sorts of visas, but I have heard of this happening before. Generally if you are going over as someone’s partner and the company is paying for you etc, they act as surety and sponsorship for you meaning that the consulate looks to them and their records rather than you and yours when granting the visa. I would suggest contacting http://www.visaexpress.co.za who may have a bit more experience in this matter for them to advice and perhaps assist if they can.

  33. Dear Nick

    I will be spending around 10 days in Spain, from 20 – 31 August 2011, then travel to the USA as exchange visitor until 15 December 2011, and from 5 January 2011 to 5 March 2011 I will be spending time in the Netherlands.

    I obviously won’t have time do apply for my Schengen visa to the Netherlands when I return from the USA since it is over christmas, and I’ll only be here for two weeks.

    Can I apply for a long term Schengen visa to cover both my trips to Spain and the Netherlands? If so, at which embassy should I apply, since I’m first going to Spain, but spending a longer time in the Netherlands?

    Thanks
    Regards
    Melanie

    • Hey Melanie, this is a very unusual situation indeed! I have heard of consulates making special arrangements for people before though. You’re going to have to ask the consulate directly for help with this one as they, if they’re going to assist, will have to make a unique plan for you. Unfortunately I can’t say whether this will happen or not, they will have review your situation carefully and weigh up whether or not to make an exception for your plans – to be honest, it’s not unheard of, especially if you’ve been to schengen states and in particular the Netherlands before. Hope this helps, even if only a little 🙂

  34. Hi Nick, I’m planning to go to London in October to visit family. I figured while I’m there i might as well see a bit of Europe, so I’m planning to go stay at a hostel in Amsterdam and then I plan to take a train trip with a europerail pass to Rome where I also plan to stay 2 days at a hostel. I just wanted to make sure, should I get my visa at the Dutch embassy, as this is my first entry and do I first need to book my accommodation and train,bus,plane ticket from London to Amsterdam before I can apply?
    Thanks

    • Hi Marco! Okay, the rule is that you should apply through the embassy/consulate of the country where you are staying the longest, this will even include travel time in some cases. If your time is equal in both, the first country of entry is the one to apply through, if you can, try make one stay obviously longer than the other, it will help prevent you being sent from consulate to consulate (I have heard of this happening before). You will need to apply for the Schengen visa from here in South Africa and you will need to have everything sorted out before you travel including – transport from London to the Netherlands, transport from the Netherlands to Italy and transport from Italy back to the UK, as well as your accommodation in each country, travel insurance and sufficient spending money (about R400 per day minimum). Hope this all helps 🙂

  35. Hi there

    Wow – what an awesome site! There is so much info on the internet, hard to sift through and figure out what the rules are.

    I will be in the UK in late July and wanted to find out if it’s possible to go over to Europe for a few days.

    I live in the Eastern Cape and I really don’t want to apply in person for a Schengen visa, have already spent a fortune on the holiday and the extra cost of flights to CT / Jhb / Pta and the time involved are just not in my budget or schedule right now!

    Are there still any countries for which you DON’T have to apply for the visa in person? I.e. send documents through an agency or something like that?

    If yes, can you recommend a good, reliable agency?

    Your advice would be most appreciated!

    Thanks a million,
    Sam Arnold

  36. Does your office only assist citizens of South Africa

    • Hi Vimbai! Thanks for getting in touch! We don’t assist with visas directly, but refer you through to http://www.visa-express.co.za , they are able to assist with a number of different passport holders. I hope you don’t mind my guessing, but I assume, by your name, that you are a Zimbabwean passport holder? Usually Zimbabwean passport holders have to appear in person at the consulate/embassy when applying for Schengen Visas though. I hope this helps!

  37. Hi Nick! Im planning to go to Spain to do a 1month course. The docs I got from flight center for the visa says I must have a certain amount in my bank account 3 months or something like that. I am being hosted by the company and food is supplied while I am there. Does this condition not then fall away? I am just awaiting the invitation letter from the company.

    Thanks
    Deon

    • Hi Deon! They should take some consideration for that. They just need to see that you’ve had an active bank account for some time – this apparently tells them you’re legit. As far as I am aware, you need 3 months bank statements and the last statement should reflect sufficient money for your stay. You’ll need to show how that money will be available to you when you travel, eg credit card statement with sufficient limit on it or proof of foreign exchange purchased. If you’re sponsored, I don’t think the requirement for money will fall away entirely, you may just need less money, I’d check with the consulate directly since your situation is a rather different one. With visas, I always recommend over-catering for the requirements if possible, never try to get away with just the bare minimum as you never know what the person handling your application might think of you and if they feel suspicious in the slightest, they are well within their right to deny your visa.

      Hope this helps!

      Nick
      http://www.travelstart.co.za

  38. Hi Nick,

    My boyfriend and I were invited to our fiend’s wedding in Germany. He faxed us the invitation letters, our tickets and return are paid for, my boyfriend prepaid for our accommodation, I have travel insurance .. my problem is that I work on a commission basis and did not make commission on this month. So my bank account will reflect no income for the month of August. Do we deposit the necessary amount into my account or can I my boyfriend write a letter saying that he is sponsoring our trip?

    • Hi Rachel! Okay, the thing they are really wanting to see here is that you are a stable human being (have a bank account for a while), it’s understandable that in commission jobs that some months one doesn’t earn. It would be better, from my understanding of how these guys think, that you had the money deposited by your boyfriend into your account for your trip. While all consulates work differently, I believe using a technique the British consulate have used in the past may work. Have a letter ready (in case they ask) from your boyfriend, dated and signed, stating that he has given you the money for your trip, it is a gift and he does not expect it back.

      I would also suggest that before applying, you contact the German consulate/embassy and explain your situation very honestly and frankly. They’re not the most friendly of consulates but they will give you very direct and to the point advice. Be sure to get the name of the person you speak to (likely to be “Vrau” something or other!) in case there are queries. Hope this helps 🙂

  39. Dear Nick,

    If you wouldn’t mind helping me on this one please.
    I’m South African, but I live in US and I would like to go to Hungary for 2 weeks without going to South Africa. How can I apply for a Hungarian visa from here?

    I am greatful for any help that you can provide.

    All the best,
    Tatum.

    • Hi Tatum! Thanks for getting in touch! Usually, if you’re a resident, student or have a work permit for the US you can apply through your local Hungarian consulate for the Schengen visa from there, you shouldn’t need to come back to South Africa – if you’re just visiting the US and don’t have the documentation necessary to allow you to reside in there you’ll need to return home to apply for the visa from SA. Hope this helps!

  40. Hi, Thank you for an awesome site. I travel for work and my company usually takes care of all our immigration needs for work. However, I am currently in South Africa only for 6 days and the next few months I will be travelling to China and Russia and I know it is really difficult to obtain a schengan visa when you are not in your home country esp in China and Russia. I have a break of a few days in early December and would like to go to the EU for a break particularly Italy or Greece. Which EU embassy does tourists visas in the shortest time? I am currently in Durban. I have been to the EU many times and had many tourist and work permits. Thank you for your help

    • Hi Vanessa! Thanks for getting in touch. I would think Greece would be your best bet at that time of the year – it’s not very popular with tourists in December and so the waiting time should be minimal then. Italy can be busy throughout the year, though it doesn’t necessarily mean you’d struggle with the application. Both consulates are in Joburg, though the Greek consulate you can still use a visa agency for, you don’t need to apply in person like the Italian consulate requires. The only issue is that you usually cannot apply more than 3 months in advance for your visa. Technically the Italian consulate has a track-record of being faster, but I would contact the Greek consulate directly and chat with them about options for you and if they will be able to make a plan. You can reach them on (011) 214-2300/2309 Hope this helps!

  41. we are going to europe (visiting a couple of countries). Do we get a Schengen visa that allows entry into all the countries? Where do we get it from? This is our first time overseas so we are novices!

    • Hi Alison, sorry for the late reply! The way the Schengen visa works is you get one visa (you must ask for a multiple-entry visa) which allows you entry into all the states belonging to the Schengen Area, these are as follows:

      Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

      You get the visa from the embassy/consulate of the country you spend the longest amount of time in. If you go to the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), you will need a separate visa for that country (about R950). Hope this helps 🙂

  42. Someone told me that you need a transit visa for both Austria and Germany if you are routed Johannesburg-Frankfurt-Vienna-Croatia.

    The idea is NOT to leave the airports in Frankfurt or Vienna.

    Is that true?

    • Hi Joe, it’s correct, you do need a transit visa if you’re flying like that. If you touch two countries in the Schengen area (http://bit.ly/a2strN) even if you’re not leaving the airport, you’ll need a Schengen visa. The reason is because when you fly between Frankfurt and Vienna it counts almost as a domestic flight as it’s within the Schengen area, so essentially you leave the international transit area and enter the “domestic” area for that flight and can then easily enter Europe without a visa – which obviously they don’t want. Hope this helps 🙂

  43. Hi Nick,
    I am a South African with a UK working visa and South African passport (basically, I’m not a British citizen).

    I would like to use my weekends to travel to Europe every now and then, but I am concerned that I will need to apply for a Schengen visa everytime I decide to make such a trip. Is this true?

    Basically, could you confirm that despite the fact that I have a UK working visas, I will still need to apply for a Schengen visa everytime I travel to continental Europe?

    Thanks for the help and have a good day.

    • Hi Yaser. This is a tough one to advise on as so much has changed in the visa world since the days of South Africans on working holiday visas living in the UK (We used to deal a lot more with visas like this – or at least would have friends and colleagues who had). I can give you info based on my general understanding though.

      You will likely have to apply for a schengen visa each time you go over to Europe, but you should be able to apply for it in the UK since you have a work permit for that country (unless they have changed this recently). If one has been to Europe many times, the embassies do offer you a long stay visa sometimes, or rather a multiple entry visa valid over a long period – this, I believe, is at the discretion of the embassy concerned.

      Hope this helps!

  44. Hi Nick,
    I’m a South African and planning to go to Holland at the end of the year. I was there last year for the whole year but I went through an Aupair-agency so they organized all the paper work. I checked out the website of the Dutch Consulate in Cape Town and didnt realize that Im going to need Health insurance. How does this work exactly? I found a website: http://www.aonstudentinsurance.com and they offer very cheap health insurance. Is it possible to buy through them or would you suggest another way? Im only going for 5weeks and Im a student so i have limited budget.

    Thanx!

    • Hi Lindi! Sounds like a great trip planned. The insurance you need has to cover at least €30,000 covering repatriation whether you are alive or dead and from any European country. The cover must cover hospitalisation and it’s advisable that it cover 3rd party damages too should you be the cause of an accident.

      That website you sent me seems to be for cover if you are a student. I would strongly advise getting South African based travel insurance as this shows the embassy you will be repatriated back to South Africa in the case of injury or death.

      I’d suggest getting in touch with our consultants on travelbar@travelstart.com to enquire about insurance, you’ll need to tell them where you’re travelling from, exactly which countries you’ll be in, date of departure from SA and date of arrival back in SA. Also include your age as rates can be dependent on age.

      Hope this helps 🙂

  45. If I am going to France to live with a host family, and I am still a student, am I allowed to use someone else’s credit card statements to apply for my visa? I will be using my dad’s credit card when I am abroad.

    • Hi Christine! Sounds like a cool trip you have planned.

      As far as I know you’re not allowed to use your dad’s credit card, not for the visa and not for purchasing at all. Despite the fact that he’s your dad, in the eyes of the law it’s still fraud as it’s not your card and you cannot sign on his behalf. He’d need to get a card in your name joined to his card I think.

      A better alternative would be for your dad to deposit money into your account, sufficient for your living expenses. For a visa like this I’d strongly recommend dealing closely with a visa agency or the consulate for their advice, they should have provisions for travellers in your situation and should be able to advise exactly which financial requirements you could provide.

  46. Hi Nick.

    I just have one quick question regarding an invitation letter. My boyfriend and I are planning on visiting my folks in Germany. In order to apply for a visitor visa he needs an invitation letter from my folks. I assume it has to state that we will stay at their place for the duration of our trip at no cost. Which other information are required? Do my folks also have to attach a copy of their ID?

    We will spend 2 weeks in Germany and 1 week in London. I guess we will need the same kind of invitation letter from our friend in london?

    I would be so thankful if you could give me some advise.

    Best regards
    Andrea 🙂

  47. Hi Andrea, your parents will need to provide a Verpflichtungserklärung from the Ausländerbehôrde which they will have signed, the original must be sent from Germany to accompany the application. Your folks will need to fax an invitation letter from Germany which they’ve signed as well. That letter can state that he is staying with them for the duration of his stay in Germany. I would say that including certified copies of ID’s with the Verpflichtungserklärung could definitely help.

    Hope this helps 🙂

  48. Hi Nick
    I`m going to europe in December on a contiki tour and need to apply for a french schengen visa. How soon (the time frame) can I apply for the visa?

    • Hi Jamey! Thanks for getting in touch. You can apply for a Schengen visa from 3 months before your departure up until 14 working days before departure. Hope this helps!

  49. hi nick
    ,I would like to get a schengen visa for Belgium .and i would like you to give me some information about the visa.besides this I’m not a citizen for south africa,I’m a student @ Damelin college.My uncle invited me to spend my new year in belgium,so i would like you to give me some information about it.i hope ypu understand my english,,hope to hear you soon bye

    • Hi Arao, you should be able to apply for this visa from South Africa if you’re a student here, but in your case this is a special application. I would strongly suggest contacting a visa agency for help with it to make sure you get the best shot at getting it right the first time and don’t waste money doing the application over and over again. I suggest http://www.visaexpress.co.za is a good place to start, they can help you with your application and submission where possible too 🙂

  50. Hi Nick!
    I absolutely love this site- so much useful information.
    I have a few questions for you as well:

    My boyfriend invited me to visit him in Spain (he is Spanish and lives in Madrid) this Christmas. He has already bought the tickets and all, and now I need to get all the requirements for the Schengen.

    I hold a Zimbabwean passport, but live and work in SA. I hold a work permit- so I’m hoping that this will suffice as “proof of permanent residency”?

    Can you suggest decent travel insurance? Also, since he invited me, I won’t necessarily have daily itinerary for the 10days I will be there- what becomes of this requirement?

    My boyfriend is hosting me, and he will be paying for everything, or at least, most of my expenses. Do I need his bank statements, together with my own? Or do I need to only provide my own? And since he’s paying, I’m hoping the “financial means” requirement will be lowered?

    Finally- is there a risk in stating I’m visiting my boyfriend, lest they think there might be a possibility I never return or something? I’m playing devil’s advocate…

    Any infomation you provide will be greatly appreciated Nick!!
    Thanks in advance! 🙂

  51. Hi Nick, Thanks for this awesome site. Helped me with lots of questions. I do have one though. My brother is working in Spain and has requested for us to go and visit him in June next year for a week or two. About 9 years ago a was convicted of a criminal offence but since then have been clean. Do they consider people with records at all if you have pulled yourself together or ar they like America where they will not let you in?

    • Hi Kez! Thanks for getting in touch! I don’t see anywhere on the application form where one needs to state past criminal offences. I would think though that if the offence was very serious it may be on some sort of international record where embassies would have access to that kind of info. In that case it might be up to them as to whether or not they allow you in. They do consider applicants with criminal records from my knowledge, so it’s worth a try, just bear in mind that if they deny your visa, you don’t get your money back, also you may not get much of a refund on your tickets either. The airline who’s most lenient with refunds in case of denied visas is Lufthansa, so maybe get in touch with our consultants about booking a ticket like that. You can reach them travelbar@travelstart.com 🙂 Nick

  52. Thanks Nick! Your site and comments are fantastic!

  53. G’Day Nick
    We are going to UK to visit our Children and grandchildren in June 2012 for 3 months. While we are there we would like to go across to Netherlands to visit my sister for a few days, what would our procedure be to get a shengen visa, and how much would it cost please.
    Regards
    Dave

  54. Hi Nick. My family and i are planning a trip through europe next year. Our itenary: 2 nights in london, 6 nights in spain, 4 nights in italy, 2 nights in france and then back to london to catch our flight home to south africa. I am very confused with regards to the visa’s, do we apply for uk visa’s (transit visa/visitor visa/etc) as well as schengen visa and do you know the fees of each.
    Thank you Veronica

    • Hi Veronica! Yes it can be quite confusing! Right, lets try make this simple for you. Spain, Italy & France are all part of the Schengen Visa area, meaning you apply for 1 visa for all of them. The embassy/consulate of the country you apply to is the country you’re spending the longest time in, in your case, that’s Spain. That visa should be around R592 (it fluctuates depending on exchange rate)

      For the UK, you’ll need to apply for a visitors visa as well. That currently costs R1022. For more info and to apply for this visa visit: http://www.vfs-uk-za.com/ .

      So, to wrap up, you need 2 visas each, one for the UK and one for the Schengen States which you will apply for through the Spanish consulate/embassy.

  55. Hi,
    I’am going to visit my son in UK and while there, we want to visit my daughter-in-law’s parents in Poland.(She is a Polish citizen). Please advise me on applying for Schengen visa (maybe we’ll visit more countries, for day or 2day trips). I’am from Port Elizabeth, and would like to know what to expect once my on-line application is done. Can’t find ANY PE AGENT, to assist me with this. Where do I go from here?? Thank, Nick Paul!!!

    • Hi Estelle! You’re going to have to apply for two visas, one for the UK and one for the Schengen states. FOr the UK visa, you have to apply via VFS here: http://www.vfs-uk-za.com/ it costs a little over R1000 for that visa and you can apply in PE.

      For the Polish visa, you’ll have to apply via: https://secure.e-konsulat.gov.pl/ I see that the Polish Embassy does handle applications which come via couriers (in some instances, particularly if you’ve been to a schengen state in the last 2 years). In this case I would suggest contacting a visa agency to ask if they can assist, try http://www.visaexpress.co.za 🙂

  56. Hi Nick, my friend and i, are going on Contiki and we will be spending the most amount of days in France so hence we need a schengen Visa from the French consulate, i unfortunately live in Durban and told that i have to go to Pretoria to apply for this Visa. Is this true? if not, is there any other way i can apply for it? through a agent or so, based in Durban?

    • Hi Jerome! It seems it’s indeed true for the moment that you need to apply in person in Johannesburg. However, the handling company for French Visas (Copago – http://www.myeuropevisa.com/FR-ZA/) has offices they’re planning to open in Durban for their handling of Italian visas, I’m not sure if there’s a plan in place for those offices to handle French visas as well. Since they’re handling the visa, it’s best to get in touch with them on 087 751 3800.

  57. Hi Nick, I have never travelled overseas before, I live in Durban and I have to visit France on business. I dont know how it works, how soon can I get a Visa? Because the business meeting is urgent.

    Kind Regards
    Menzi

    • Hi Menzi, certain consulates do have a facility for urgent visa applications, this is the handling company for French Visas, you will need to get in contact with them to organise it: http://www.myeuropevisa.com/FR-ZA/ you may need to go to Johannesburg to apply though!

  58. Hi Nick

    Myself(Kegan) and my partner(Jineane)are excited about the idea of working abroad for a year. We have to choose a location which will cater for our separate professional needs but Visas is our main concern.

    Is there a list of countries which allow attainable working visas for south africans?

    just for a year or less.

    Main thanks in advance

  59. I am in need of some serious advice on traveling Abelard. Europe mainly. I would like to have no set plans so that I can be free to move around at will. I am 61 years old but not afraid to travel alone.
    I want to spend some time in Italy researching my family roots. At this stage I don’t have a contact person for an place to stay. But I will be booking a stay in Italy. Then I would like to go to Belgium. Been there before and my cousin lives there and is a citizen.
    I would also like to go to Germany to follow up more family research. Holland is another port of call. France is also on the agenda.
    I. Would like to leav south Africa say mid March and returning June.
    As you can see a lot of plans but very lost.
    Do hope to hear from you
    Regards
    Yolande

    • Hi Yolande! That sounds like quite an adventure you’ve got planned. It’s rare to see Schengen visas issued for that length of stay, but not unheard of. The obvious solution would be to get your visa via the Belgian consulate and get your cousin to help you with an invitation. You’ll likely need to show that you and he have enough money for the duration of your stay. Ask for a multiple entry visa too as you’ll be visiting other schengen states while living in Europe. I would seriously consider getting advice from a visa agency who have a lot of experience in these matters, try http://www.visaexpress.co.za

  60. Hi Nick,
    I’m organising visas for my colleagues who will be visiting Spain in January. The web is a bit confusing with applying for a visa. If I’m correct, they need to have a Shengen visa, right? They will be going for business, so they still need to have the normal Shengen like for a general visit? Also, must they go into the consulate office to apply for a visa, because I saw another website that said, as from May 2011 you are only allowed to apply via an agency. Don’t know if they were only trying to make money. Please can you help?
    Thanks,
    Ilanda

    • Hi Ilanda, so sorry for the delay in response. For some reason your comment only showed up now. Sincerest apologies! I suspect by the above info that you’ve likely travelled already! I hope you travelled safely!

  61. Which schengen visas can be issued in Durban without a extra fee ?
    How can i get a 5 year multi entry schengen visa ? requirements.

    • Hi Khalil! From my information, the following embassies have consulates in in Durban, this should mean you don’t get charged an extra fee:

      Denmark: (031) 202-9396/7/8
      Germany: (031) 266-3920
      Netherlands: (031) 266-9291

      Hope this helps 🙂

    • Hi Nick

      You a star. Thanks so much for the info.
      One more question
      Which consulates grant the longest schengen visa?
      Schengen visa can be granted up to 5 years ( multi entry 90 days).
      I applied for 5 years with the portugal embassy and was granted only a 6 month schengen visa.
      I wonder what documents they need for a 5 year schengen multi entry ?
      Regards

  62. I am a South African working in the UK on a Ancestral Visa. I want to visit Europe from the UK. Where can I apply for a Schengen visa?

    • Hi Steve, to my knowledge, if you’re on an ancestral visa, the rules for travelling to Europe have not changed. You can apply for a Schengen Visa from the UK – you’ll apply through the consulate of the country where you will be spending the longest time.

  63. My husband and i are planning to Europe next year. Our plans are something like this: from SA fly to London then take the train to Paris. From there its Switzerland, Venize, Bolonge, a few other places then end up in Rome then back to London. We have not finalised anything but its something like that. How will the Schengen visa work. Will i need a visa for London and europe? What will the cost be plus minus? thanx for the help.

    • Hi Monica. Wow! Sounds like an amazing trip, I am VERY jealous!

      Okay for this trip, you’ll need 2 visas each, one for the UK and one for the Schengen States. Your UK visa will likely be in the region of R1000-R1100 per person, the Schengen visa will be between R600-R700 per person. These all depend on exchange rates.

      For the UK visa, you apply via: http://www.vfs-uk-za.com/

      For the Schengen visa, you’ll apply through the country where you are spending the most time – it sounds like it will be Italy in your case. If that’s the case, you will apply here: http://www.myeuropevisa.com/

      Hope this helps!

  64. Hi Nick, i live in Switzerland and my aunt is visiting me in March 2012. During this time i would like to take her to London and then we come back to Switzerland. My question is, does she need to apply for a multiple entry visa as she will be leaving Switzerland for London and then back to Switzerland again. Its been less than 2 years since she was last here, so I’m assuming that she can still apply whilst living in Durban. As far as i know the rules haven’t changed or has it?

    • Hi Michelle, she’ll need to apply for a multiple entry Schengen visa as well as a UK Visa. As far as I know, form Durban she can still apply through a visa agency who will courier her passport up to Pretoria etc to apply for the visa (try http://www.visaexpress.co.za ) to see if they can help or advise on the best way to do it. For the UK visa, she can apply in Durban through http://www.vfs-uk-za.com 🙂

  65. Hi Nick. My friends and I are planning to road trip in Europe starting from Amsterdam then flying to Portugal and driving back through Spain, France and Belgium and finally back to Amsterdam. We plan to do this in 2 1/2 weeks. The concern is, we don’t want to book accommodation as we want it as unplanned as possible. How will this affect and how we obtain Multi entry visa and is this possible.

    • Hi Nikhail, thanks for getting in touch. For your visa and for them to know which consulate you should apply through, you’re going to have to show how long you’ll be in each country, to do this, you’ll likely need to show where you’ll be staying.

      I have two suggestions:

      1) is that you get all your transport booked, ie, all your flight tickets and your car hire. Then book accommodation is a couple of spots eg, some nights in Portugal, some in Spain, some in France and some in Belgium, much of the accommodation allows you to cancel without a fee or with a minimal fee. Make sure that at least one country sticks out as the longest – I suggest France or Spain and then apply with all the confirmations and cancel what you don’t need once the visa is approved.

      2) Book flights into and out of the Netherlands, ask for a multiple entry visa and prebook accommodation in the Netherlands for the duration of your stay. Don’t mention the road trip or the flight to Portugal. Once you have your visa, you can cancel the accommodation you don’t need and travel as you please through the other countries.

      My advice is based on previous experiences and experiences of others I know who’ve applied, so I really do suggest you get advice from a visa agency like http://www.visaexpress.co.za they may be able to help you apply and paying their extra service fees may save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

  66. hi there i am living in the uk have a sa passport me and my husband who is a british citizen would like to visit lithuania for a friends birthday, would probably be staying with my friends mother there what visa do i need and how do i apply for it, can you please help and advise me, would be from 28 april till 1st may 2012, thank you

    • Hi Elske! Thanks for getting in touch. You’ll need a schengen visa for Lithuania. If you have a work permit of leave to remain in the UK or a study permit for the UK, you should be able to apply for a visa through the Lithuanian Embassy in London, click here to see more on where to go and what to bring with you: http://uk.mfa.lt/index.php?-1264736895 🙂 Nick

  67. Hi Nick,

    I’m SAfrican, living in the States – have greencard, and still SAfrican citizen. Anyhow – headed to SA for 3 week visit this coming May – flying back through Amsterdam and would like to spend 3 days seeing Amsterdam/Paris before heading back to the States. Do I just need the Schengen visa? And if so, where do I apply for it here in States. Do I need to book hotel, etc so at time of applying for visa, I can show them my flight time, where I will be staying in Amsterdam & Paris? How long does the visa process take? Thanks.

    • Hi Tracy, thanks for getting in touch. You’ll need to apply for a Schengen visa if you’re not a US citizen with a US passport. You’ll apply at your nearest Embassy/Consulate. It will help if you can make sure you’re definitely staying in one country longer than the other (eg 2 nights in Amsterdam and 1 in Paris or vice versa), you’ll apply to the consulate/embassy of the country you’re spending the longest time in. You’ll need to have prepaid accommodation and show prepaid transport from Amsterdam to Paris when applying. You’ll also need to show sufficient travel insurance for your trip. The visas usually take a few days here in South Africa, I’m not sure how efficient the consulates are in the States so it’s hard to say how long it will take. Budget on around 1 month to be safe, though I’m sure they’ll be quite efficient. Hope this all helps!

  68. Hi Nick – I am a South African Citizen and am going to England late April on a sports visitors visa. I will be in the UK for 4 moths and am keen to tour Europe especially Italy whilst there. The problem is that I need to apply for both Visas(UK sports and Italian) but there wont be enough time as I will be in South America in April until I leave for the UK. Is there any way I can get a Schengen visa while in the UK? Also I am keen to go to Italy for a week then back to England for the weekend to play cricket then go for another week to France and Spain. How do I go about that? Is that the multiple entry visa that I would require? Thanks very much.

    • Hi Lloyd, sorry for the delay in responding, I was quite sure the response had gone through last week. It seems it hasn’t though! Good news is that you can often apply for long-stay schengen visas (Continental Europe) if you can prove you’ve got a trip planned later in the year, that way you apply for 1 visa and you’re done for both trips.

      The rules for Schengen visas is that you have to apply in your home country, unless you have leave to remain in or work in the UK. Your visa situation is very unique so I suggest contacting a visa agency for their advice (many of these agencies no longer deal with French, Spanish or UK visas, but they may have some advice for you. Contact visa express on 0861 289 270 or ROSA visas on 086 123 VISA (8472) to see if they can give you advice.

  69. Hi Nick. We are travelling to Italy and France in April and are in the process of gathering the Visa documents. We will be applying for the Schengen Visa for Italy. One of the requirements is proof of residence. We are 4 adults travelling and all live in the same household. The utility bill is sent to my Dad and is under his name. I need to know if they accept a Bank Statement with the physical address on it as proof of residence. If not, then would they accept a sworn affidavit on the residential address or a letter from my Dad saying that we live in the household? My second question is around the Proof of funds. Do we have to supply all the info on proof of funds, i.e. foreign exchange receipt, Bank statement, etc, or would one of these be sufficient?

    • Hi Antonella, if you’re travelling with your dad it should be fine. He my need to write a letter stating that you all live with him. You could also get a police affidavit for each of you stating that you live at that address, your dad may need to be present for that.

      The banks statement usually serves to prove that you have stable accounts in South Africa with sufficient flow of money, this can be used to proof of sufficient funds for the trip, but the most solid proof is still proof of purchase of foreign exchange as well.

  70. Hi there. My 18-year-old son has an ancestral visa and is working in England as a gap student. He wants to travel on a Europe tour June/July, for which he will require a Schengan visa. Does he pay for this? I am a British Citizen and was told that if he had been applying in South Africa the usual visa fee does not apply. Is this true? Will it be the same in England when he applies there?

    • Hi Jill, if he’s there on a South African passport he will require a schengen visa and he will have to pay for it (about 65 Euro). To my knowledge the only time the visa fee doesn’t apply is if the traveller is a spouse of an EU citizen. He will need to enquire with the consulate of the country he is planning to spend the longest time in on his trip to continental Europe.

  71. Hi Nick

    I am going to London, Paris and Croatia. Is Croatia included in the Schengen visa, if so how do I go about this?

    • Hi Nikki, thanks for getting in touch. Croatia is not part of the Schengen agreement, but if you have a valid Schengen visa which is valid till after you are due to leave Croatia, you will be fine. So, my suggestion is to have some of your travels in Schengen states before and after your trip to Croatia (even if it’s just a night extra after you leave Croatia). This should mean you have the right to visit Croatia without any problems.

  72. Hi Nick!

    A couple of my friends and I are headed to Europe this August on a Contiki tour. We know we require a Schengen from the French Embassy. However we are also spending a night in Monaco during the tour. I noticed that Monaco is not a part of the Schengen zone. So we need 2 visa’s then even though its just a night?

    Thanks in advance man!

    • Hi Bhavna! That sounds like a great trip! Your Schengen visa covers entry into Monaco as well, so long as you apply for a multiple-entry visa. I hope this helps!

  73. I’ve suddenly decided to travel to Europe in May. I need my passport for application for a visa, but I’ve started digging around today and can’t find it anywhere. Can I get a visa on `n temporary passport?

    Regards,
    Ivan

    • Hi Ivan, I’m afraid you can’t get a visa for Europe on a temporary passport, but home affairs has been pretty jacked up as of late. If you apply now, you may well get your passport within 2 weeks which will still leave you with enough time to get a visa for Europe. Hope this helps!

  74. Hi Nick,

    Planning on heading to the South of France and possibly stopping off in a a few other places in Europe on the trip. The French visa requirements ask that you have proof of accommodation for the entire stay (possibly 3 months!) which is almost impossible as I was hoping to only book a few nights and then see where about I felt like heading to next. Any ideas/help around this would be much appreciated.

    • Hi Jared! Thanks for getting in touch. Yes, the consulates are getting very strict about showing where you’ll be staying the whole trip. The way many get around this is by booking accommodation for the duration of their stay in 1 place. They provide this proof of accommodation with their application. Once they have the visa, they cancel the accommodation they don’t need – most places will give you a refund if you cancel more than 2 weeks before check-in (sometimes minus a small admin fee). Make sure you apply for a multiple entry visa though, this will allow you to travel more freely throughout Europe when you’re there.

      Hope this helps!

  75. Hi Nick

    Myself, husband and daughter have booked and paid to travel to the UK to visit his family. I’m on a SA passport and have already obtained my UK visa.

    I want to apply for a Schengen visa as we may want to travel to Greece/Spain or Portugal once we are there – depending on what holiday deals we can get. So how do I go about it?

    • Hi Stacy! Thanks for getting in touch. You’ll need to make plans for that trip to continental Europe before you depart for the UK as you will have to apply for that visa from South Africa. You’ll need to provide all the details documented in the above article eg proof of travel to and from Europe, proof of accommodation for the duration of your stay, travel insurance, proof of funds etc etc. Unfortunately you can only apply for a visa from the UK if you are a resident there.

      I hope this helps 🙂

  76. HI Nick,
    We were planningon travelling to London and Paris in April, but after realised we need an unabridged birth certifiacte and realising the wait is FOREVER we canned the Paris idea as the visa process it way too long.
    Thinking of just flying via Dubai now and stopping tehre for a few days – any idea how that visa process works and cost?

    Also, my mom is travelling to London as well, and doesnt work. I will be submitting my bank statements etc with her application, as her ‘sponsor’. But she has her own bank account as well – do you know how much cash she is supposed to have as proof of her ability to supoprt herself. also, you mention best is still proof of purchase of forex?

  77. Hi
    We are going to Spain for a 50th Birthday at the end of April until the 15th May and had flights booked through Iberia who have now cancelled all flights to SA from May and have rerouted us through the UK. We now have to apply for a UK transit visa. We have also been invited to Greece in June (flying via UK) and I want to know if we get a 3 month Spanish visa will we be able to use that for Greece as well? Also does a UK transit visa give us 48 hrs in the UK to sightsee? any help will be great.

    • Hi Lisa, thanks for getting in touch. I imagine you’re very frustrated about now with this whole Iberia thing!

      When applying for your Spanish visa, write a letter detailing your intentions to travel to Greece in June, give as much info as possible (if you have dates etc etc). This is only a request and they have every right to say no, but one of my colleagues did exactly this and they gave him one valid for 6 month to allow him to make 2 trips to Europe – though his application was through the Italian Consulate in Cape Town.

      The transit visa unfortunately only allows you to enter the UK to transit – not to leave the airport for any reasons other than transit. If you had a tourist/visitors visa you would be allowed to leave the airport.

      I hope this helps!

  78. Hi Nick,
    My brother lives in Sydney Australia, but still holds a South African passport. He needs a Schengen Visa to visit family in Norway in May. He has a letter from a relative in Norway stating that he will stay with them. He has a transit stop in Frankfurt, 8 days in Norway, then another transit stop in London on the way back. How should he go about it?

    • Hi Jean,

      thanks for getting in touch. If your brother is an Australian resident, he should be able to apply for the necessary visas from Australia, from the sounds of it, the majority of his stay is in Norway, so he will need to apply through the Norwegian consulate there.

      Frankfurt is in Germany and Germany & Norway are in the European Schengen Area which means he gets one Schengen visa which covers both countries. For the UK, usually he would need a visa, but according to the rules for transiting the UK, there is an exception if you are only transiting the UK and hold a valid visa for Australia and are travelling to Australia. I would suggest he double-checks this with the local UK high commission too.

      Hope this helps!

  79. Hi Nick. I am travelling to Germany (Berlin ) via Heathrow. I have a Schengen VISA ( expiry 2014) buit my UK VISA expires in this month. Do I need a current UK VISA if I am just going to be in transit though HEATHROW ( Stop over )

    Thx in advance.

    • Hi Petro. For normal South African passports, you need a transit visa for the UK unless your journey is to the USA or Canada (when other special requirements need to be met). If you’re travelling to Germany and have a valid visa, you will still need a transit visa for the UK, it costs R600 odd and you need to apply via VFS here: http://www.vfs-uk-za.com/

  80. Hi Nick

    i will be in the 3 days in Paris and 10 days in the Spain when i leave for Europe in July.

    i would like to know what the Spanish requirement is around the money for the duration of the trip is?

    your help will be great.

    • Hi Faizel! Thanks for getting in touch. You will probably need about R500 per person per day for the duration of your trip, providing that your accommodation is all paid for already.

  81. Hi Nick

    To apply for the schengen visa one of the requirements are that you need proof of accomodation.
    what if the accomodation was booked in another indivdual name that is also travelling, should this be a problem and will it be a allowed.

    The reason i ask is that we going in a group of 8 people but im going to the spanish Visa application on my own.
    please advise me on this?

    • Hi Faizel, sorry for the delay in responding to you, for some reason my previous response does not seem to have saved.

      This should be allowed so long as that the rest of your travel requirements coincide with what this person booked. It will definitely help if you all apply at the same time. If the person who booked is able to get an invoice from the hotel company reflecting that you are one of the people booked in, that will help too. Alternatively they may write a letter stating that they have booked this on your behalf and that you are staying at this hotel with them.

  82. Hi

    I am traveling all over africa and then spending a few days in Paris. However I will not have enough time to apply for my Shengen Visa before departure date from Johannesburg. Will I be able to apply for a shengen visa from the DRC of Guinea as I am spending more than 5 days on those countries….?

    • Hi Jacques, thanks for getting in touch. Unforunately you will need to apply for the Schengen visa from a country where you have residency – according to my knowledge there is no other way around this.

      You will need to contact the French visa handling service via http://www.myeuropevisa.com (they are the official visa handling agency) in order to ask if there is any way around this, but to my knowledge there is not.

  83. Hi Nick we have been invited to take part in a Festival in Macedonia(Skopje) and Croatia.We have been searching for Macedonia embassy but we struggled.Although we received great news that we only need Schengen visa to enter both countries.Now we are struggling to find an agent for visas.Can you help us.

    • Hi Mario, thanks for getting in touch.

      There are two ways of getting a visa for these countries. You can either apply to them directly to get your visa or you can use an existing Schengen visa.

      The issue with getting the visa directly from their embassies is that there is no Macedonian Embassy in South Africa for you to apply through.

      I suggest going the second route and using a European country to apply through. This means having a stay in one or more of the Schengen states before and after your trip to Macedonia and Croatia (to be safe).

      I recommend doing something similar to this:

      Fly from SA to Greece, spend 2 nights, travel to Macedonia, spend time in Macedonia and travel to Croatia, spend time in Croatia, travel to Italy, spend 1 night there and travel back to SA.

      What this does is make the European consulate you apply through (in the above example, Greece) give you a visa valid from when you enter the EU (Greece) to when you leave the EU (Italy). This visa is then valid for the duration of your stay.

      Macedonia require the Schengen visa to be valid for a minimum of 5 days beyond your departure from Macedonia. Croatia require you to have about R1000 per day available to you or R500 (if you have confirmed accommodation or an invitation letter) for the duration of your stay there.

      It is a complicated system – so I suggest dealing with a visa expert directly on this. I can suggest ROSE Visas who have offices all over South Africa. Follow this link to their contact details: http://www.roseadmin.co.za/index.php?mod=3&action=show&articleid=81

  84. my boyfriend is from south africa and he is currently in the US visiting me. My job is taking me to Europe via private yacht. They understand my relationship and will let my boyfriend do the crossing with us as there will be no guests onboard. The problem we are having is where to get his shengen visa from in the US as we are leaving in a week to cross the Atlantic. Any ideas where a south african can apply for a shengen visa in the United States?

    • Hi Trista! Thanks for getting in touch. This is a really tough one. Unfortunately the rules state that he needs to return to SA unless he has residency in the US. I would check with the local embassies of the countries you’re looking at going to for them to advise if there is any way of getting around this. Perhaps there are some concessions which can be made since you’re going by sea, technically as crew.

  85. Hi Nick,

    Thanks for your efforts in putting together this blog!

    I noticed that you have info on schengen visa’s, when entering Italy first. Now, we are planning on going on a cruise around the Mediterranean for 7 days, starting in Italy. We’ll be making several stops in the various cities/countries. It’s a package which a friend of mine arranged from Australia. I will sort out my own visa, since I live in the UAE, but I would like to help my parents with the process.. and they live in DURBAN. Do you know whether they can now apply for the visa’s within Durban (I noticed your blog on this topic was in 2010, so maybe things have changed since).

    Many thanks for your assistance!

    • Hi Lou! No problem 🙂 If the most part of the journey will be spent in Italy they can apply through the Italian Embassy’s handling office (Copago) in La Lucia, more info here: http://bit.ly/zUu9Yl . For more info on how to apply and what they’ll need etc, visit http://www.myeuropevisa.com

  86. Hi Nick

    I am a South African citizen living in the UK on a UK ancestral visa. I plan to go on a holiday for 3 months throughout Europe, i will in Italy for the longest period of my vacation.
    Am I able to apply at the consulate in London and are the requirements i.e. documents the same as if i was applying in SA?

    Thank you for the assistance

  87. Hi Nick,

    Myself and hubby will be travelling to UK in July from the 4th to the 10th of July however on the 9th of July we want to take a train (Eurostar) to Paris for a days’ trip (Guided tour of Paris), so will leave in the morning and return in the everning to London.

    How do I go about applying for a Schengen Visa, and what supporting documents would they need. I have an idea about the UK Visa as this will be the second time applying for it.

    • Hi Moipone! Thanks for getting in touch. You will need to apply via http://www.myeuropevisa.com They should not require you to have accommodation booked if the trip is just for the day, they will require you to have all the rest of the requirements filled though.

  88. Hi Nick,

    My daughter and i have booked a trip through europe in july, however i am currentlt living in malawi. I tried to apply for my spanish schengen visa however the german embassy through which i needed to apply closed down and have not made any suggestiions as to which embassy will be issuing the schengen visa’s. I hold a south african passport. Do i have to fly all the way to south africa or zimbabwe to apply for this schengen visa in person or can i fedex my passport and documents. Its quite costly to fly to SA than back to Malawi for 2 months and back to SA in july. please help me, i’m really stuck and very worried as everything has already been paid for, and i can only apple for my UK visa once i apply for my schengen visa as the uk embassy needs proof that i will be leaving the country as stated on my itenarary.

    • Hi Claudine! Thanks for getting in touch. I’ve been trawling around to find any alternative Schengen state embassy in Malawi and came across some info. Some of the info still refers to the German Embassy in Lilongwe, so I am not sure how up to date it is, though this is from the European Union’s Official website. There’s an address for the French Embassy there too, see it here: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/malawi/eu_travel/embassies/index_en.htm . It seems there is also a Norwegian Embassy in Lilongwe, so it may be possible to apply through them, find their details here: http://www.norway.mw/ .

      Generally when one is applying for a visa in a country where one is not a citizen, one needs to appear in person. Most of the EU embassies require you to appear in person even if you are a citizen though!

      Hopefully this info helps!

  89. Hi Nick,
    I’m about to immigrate to Canada.
    I’m traveling from South Africa through Amsterdam in transit, then on to Canada.. I have a Canadian permanent residence visa and South African passport, do I need a transit visa to go through Amsterdam?
    Thanks

    • Hi Cindy!

      For this trip you won’t need a transit visa for the Netherlands 🙂

  90. Hi Nick

    I would like to travel to Hungary this year to visit a penpal.
    In your writeup on Hungarian visa applications,you say a person would have to have an interview in Pretoria(I live in Hermanus..)That is unless that person uses an accredited agent(your link has been hacked — doesn’t work).

    Do you know of any reasons for a Schengen visa relying on an invitation(from her, to me) to fail? Travel agents in Hungary told my friend not to even bother inviting me, as there was no chance for approval.

    I’m at a bit of a loss for what to do now.

    I did the 2yr working/holiday UK trip through OVC a few years ago, and that was also based on an invitation from a friend in the UK.
    Can the EU be that different?

    I’d appreciate any advice.
    Thanks
    Emile

    • Hi Emile!

      Thanks for letting us know about the link. We have started working with ROSE visas who have proven very reliable. I would suggest working with them to help you get this visa, to get in touch with them, follow this link: http://www.travelstart.co.za/visas.jsp

      It’s very strange that they say it’s not possible to use an invitation letter as every other EU country allows this, so it should be okay. I would suggest speaking to ROSE visas and getting their assistance, the guys there are very experienced with these sorts of things!

  91. Hi Nick, We are three sisters travelling to Europe for 19 days in June 2012. Two of us live in Cape Town, the third in Port Elizabeth.

    We need to arrange our visas. We are flying into Prague for 3 nights then travelling to Vienna for 3 nights (with a 4th night in Vienna at the end of our trip) after staying in Slovenia for 2 nights before entering Croatia for 9 nights.

    As we live in Cape Town we are wanting to avoid travelling to Pretoria and are wanting to apply for a multiple entry Schengen Visa with the Austrian Embassy for the full 19 days based on the fact that we are staying longer in Austria than Prague or Slovenia. Will this work? Will there be any snags for the PE sister?

    Thanks for any help you can give.

    • Our query (above) from 17 April shows it is still awaiting moderation. ! Is there a chance we could get a reply sometime soon? Thanks

    • HI there!

      Thanks for getting in touch. So the longest stay in a Schengen state will be in Austria, meaning you apply through the Austrian consulate. Your Schengen visa will count for all the countries on that list.

      There are application centres in Cape Town, Joburg and Durban but unfortunately not any in PE. I believe though that PE residents can apply through the honorary consulate in PE, more info on that here: http://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/embassy/pretoria/the-embassy/austrian-representations.html

  92. Hi Nick,

    we are travelling to Switzerland for 2-3 weeks. we would like to be able to cross over into the neighbouring countries like France. what kind of visa will we require. also, we are based in PE – anyway this can be done from PE?

    • Hi Melissa!

      You will need to get a Schengen visa from the Swiss consulate/embassy. They don’t have an office in Port Elizabeth but you can apply through a visa handling agency (I believe). We use ROSE visas and I suggest contacting them via this link for more assistance: http://www.travelstart.co.za/visas.jsp

  93. hi there

    Please let me know if kids are required to have UK visa’s for a short stay?

    thanks

  94. Hi Nick
    I see you are the go-to guy. I see it is you need 300000Euro travel insurance for going to Spain. I am with a medical aid which covers the basics, and was wondering what/where the best place would be to get travel insurance which would fulfill the Shengen visa requirements.
    Thank-you

    • Hi Mark,

      thanks for getting in touch. There are a number of places you can go for travel insurance. We offer very comprehensive travel insurance underwritten by Regent Insurance which is accepted by the EU for Schengen visas, it’s also at a very reasonable price. I would suggest getting in touch with our consultants for a quote on travelbar@travelstart.com with the dates you’re leaving and returning to SA with the countries you are visiting on that trip and they will quote you.

  95. Hi Nick

    I am so confused, I know you can help!
    So this is the story. My daughter and I are South African currently living in Portugal-we have a 1 year multiple entry visa …we have applied for residence here and have it.
    My daughter will be going to south africa for the summer holidays. She will be travelling with her SA Passport. The most affordable flights means that she will have to stop over in London for a few hours. Do I have to apply for a UK Transit Visa or not? If so, how?

    Thanks so much
    Janine

    • Hi Janine!

      This is a tough one! According to the info I have at my disposal, there is a chance she won’t be required a visa but this is only in the instance that the immigration authorities grant her permission. I would suggest contacting the British High Commission in Lisbon here: http://ukinportugal.fco.gov.uk/en/ to get the answer from the horse’s mouth!

  96. Is it possible to get a reply to our query from 17 April (above) ? Still shows as “comment awaiting moderation”……

  97. HI I have 2 questions I have a Polish passport and my wife doesnt but we both want to go to Poland what does she need for the visa if she will be traveling with me and if she needs an itinerary how detailed should it be?

    • Hi Jez,

      yes she will need a visa for Poland, though as your wife, she should get this free of charge.

      She shouldn’t need a very detailed itinerary, I would suggest checking with the Polish consulate what their requirements are for spouses of EU citizens, it should be more relaxed. 012 430 2631/2

  98. Hi Nick
    Very informative page. i am looking to travel to Holland (amsterdam and oegstgeest)and Paris in July for 3 weeks. How much would my Visa cost and would the Shengen be sufficient enough to travel in Holland and France in those 3 weeks.
    Keep up the great work.

    Kind Regards
    Brett

    • Thanks Brett!

      Appreciate the feedback!

      Both France and the Netherlands are part of the Schengen area so it will be one visa for both countries. The visa costs about 65 Euros, payable in Rands at the consulate you are applying through. The consulate will give the current rate when you apply. You will apply through the embassy/consulate of the country you are spending the longest time in. for France: http://www.myeuropevisa.com , for the Netherlands, see: http://southafrica.nlembassy.org/services/consular-services/visa/visa.html

  99. I’m about to go work in the Netherlands and was wondering whether I would be able to apply for these Visas when I’m there? I’ll be going over on a Highly Skilled Visa which the company is applying for, but when I’m there I’m hoping to make the best of it and see some other countries as well. What are the rules if I apply from there or do I have to do it all before I go, which wouldn’t make much sense seeing that I’ll be staying in the Netherlands.

    • Hi Jaco!

      thanks for getting in touch. I have not had much experience with work visas, but as far as I am aware, if you are given right to work in the EU, you can travel freely there as well. I would check what it says on the actual visa (as often endorsements are printed on it) and if it doesn’t specify there, check with the consulate who issued the visa for their guidance.

      If you still need to apply for visas, it should be okay to do so from the Netherlands as the visa gives you right to reside in that country.

  100. Hi Nick

    Thanks for the great site. I currently reside in the UK on a South African passport. My partner and I wish to travel to Turkey 31 May 2012. Our flight to Turkey has a stop over in Amsterdam. Our return flight to the UK has a stop over in Paris.

    Would we need some sort of transit visa / schengen visa for these two stop overs?

    Thank you,
    Maxine

  101. Hi Nick

    Do i have to schedule appointment at the Danish Embassy in Cape Town when applying for Schengen Visa.

  102. Hi Nick,

    I am a South African with our lovely little green book… Plus a British ancestral visa. I’m currently working in England but want to travel through Europe starting in August. I do not yet have set travel plans but had this reasation that I will need a schengen visa, right? How should I go about applying from over here? How long might it take? And how set do your travel plans have to be? I am planning to go on an organized tour of the major European countries in September but was hoping to not have to make definite plans for all of my travels right now.

    Would love some advice!
    Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Ruth,
      I am also from SA and have to go though the same. Unfortunately i cant assist you, coz this is a learning curve for me as well. I’m touring Europe in Sept and am also booked on a Mediterainean cruise , depart from Venice( 7 day cruise) hope fully we meet soon. I am actually looking for a companion to join me on this Ocean Liner as my friend is unfortunately writing exams during that time and had to cancel. This cruise is paid for and all meals and entertainment is free onboard.
      Kind regards,
      Wensley

  103. Hi Nick,
    Thanks for this amazing blog. I am writing on behalf of a friend who feels lost in a heap of beaurocracy and is desperate. I am trying to help her. Please can you assist with exactly what she needs to do and what she will need. She is flying with her two children (aged 10 and 6) to the UK, flying to Italy on the same day, back to the UK 10 days later and leaves the UK back to SA 10 days after that. She has had a problem with her passports as they have been lost twice and also since her children are adopted her youngest’s name change has not been completed properly thus delaying the passport application even further. All of this has led to her not yet applying for the Visas for her and her kids yet. With the trip exactly a month a way, what exactly does she need/have to do to get her Visas sorted in time? She basically needs a step for step checklist of “what to do”.. Can you help? It would be so appreciated – she is in such a state. Thank you so much, Tiffany

  104. Hi Nick,

    I am planning on traveling to the UK and then Austria. Unfortunately this has come at incredibly short notice. I only have time to apply for one or the other. If I travel to the UK on a tourist VISA, is it possible whilst there to then apply for a Shengen VISA to Austria?

  105. Hi Christine, appointments are not necessary for the Danish visa if applying in Cape Town. You will need to appear in person though, details of the consulate below:

    Telephone No : (021) 715-7019
    Fax No : (021) 712-8707
    Street Address : 5 Tokai Road, Tokai, Royal Danish Consulate
    Postal Address : P.O. Box 482, Constantia, Cape Town 7848
    Email address : dancon.cpt@woodahl.co.za
    Web Address : http://sydafrika.um.dk

  106. Hi Nick

    My boyfriend and I are going tobe visiting his family in Sweden for two weeks at the end of the year (Dec/Jan). We will be in Sweden for the majority of the time so I know i have to apply to the Swedish consulate for the Schengen. My questions is, our flight flies from CT – Amsterdam – Stockholm, we will be at Amsterdam airport for 10 hours between flights, can we exit the airport to do some sightseeing?

    Thank you.

  107. I need Swedish visa + flights for traveling end June of first week in July. I would like to spend 25 to 30 days there, visiting my boyfriend. 🙂

  108. i am visiting my daughter in the uk and we would like to travel to paris for about three days during that trip. we have no travel itinery as yet. It would most likely be arranged while I am there> How would I go about applying for a visa?

  109. Hi Nick, We are starting our adventure overland travel 1st July 2012, from Durban2africa2europe. Can u assist us to obtain Visas for both British and Multiple Schengen. However the problem we have we arrive 4 months later at first Schengen country after driving thru africa. I understand Multiple Schengen are valid for 3 months from date of issue, British visa we can apply for 12 months. Our friends in Germany has given us an invitation letter for 6 months as we will spend mostly time with them, then also travel to various other schengen countries. Amongst other countries Bulgaria falls under EU Memberstate, what does this mean? It looks like the only way to overcome the visa issue is to leave our vehicle in Turkey then fly back to SA and apply for both the visas or do you have another way out. Your comments are most appreciated. There is no flight tickets, as we will travel with our 4×4.
    Warm Regards
    Charlotte

  110. hi there

    planning a trip to Amsterdam for 10 day Europe tour and was told i require a Dutch and German Schengen visa. the question i have, is how much money exactly should one have in the bank account? or how willi know how much before going to the embassy in Cpt?

  111. Hi Nick…I’ve booked flights to Malta Departing 2nd August…..Where do i go to and apply for a schengen visa for both my wife and I? Can i book an appointment online? It use to be at the Italian Embassy is that still the place i would need to go to? I have all the invites etc from the people we will be visiting and staying with. Appreciate your assistance.
    Thanks….Eugene.

  112. Howzit Nick

    My appointment with the Belgium Consulate is next week Monday. I am applying for my Schengen VISA… My plan is to backpack through Europe for 90 days… Will they need a detailed day to day itinerary? This will be difficult…

  113. Thank you for this post!I am having trouble with applying for a Schengen visa from Australia. Do you perhaps know of any agencies in Aus that can assist me in my application through entry in Greece so that I do not have to appear in person? (this is impossible for me at this poiny) My tickets are all booked to fly to Sweden in a few weeks.

    Any information you might have will be very helpful!

  114. Hi Nick

    I would like to apply for a Schengen visa for France please guide on how ,I live in Durban

    • Hi , I wonder if you can help me ,
      I live in Cape Town and am on leave in Midrand Jhb,at the moment .
      Can I apply at the consulate here in Pretoria ,
      Thank you
      Kind regards
      Linda

  115. Hi Nick Paul

    Just a quick question….
    I am on a South African passport. But living in Australia. We are at our house in London for 3 months NOW i want to pop over to France…. My husband is working on the Tour de France. Is it at all possible? My husband is on a Aussie passport and got a resident visa for the UK. Is there anyway i can get a Schengen visa even if I have to travel via Belguim or Nedherlands.

  116. Hi Nick,

    Quick question: I have a plane ticket (KLM special) leaving on the 21st of July. However, I can only apply for my Dutch visa on the 6th of July (because that’s when the paperwork will be complete.) I will be applying in Pretoria and I have had a Schengen Visa before. Will they allow me to apply at such a late date (it basically gives me two weeks- not working days.) I know that minimum processing time is 2 working days. I’m just wondering.

  117. Hi Nick

    Ive just returned from Berlin… im aware that i can only return again in 6 months or should i say apply for another schengen visa in 6 months time but wanted to know if its at all possible for me to apply for a 2 year working visa and if so what do i require? im a 33 year old South African female and only have a SA passport…

    Kind Regards
    Kim

  118. What about a visa for Croatia? Do I need a seperate visa for Croatia if I have a Schengen tourist visa. Apparently there is no need for one before Croatia becomes a member of the EU? Is this true? We travel early September 2012.

  119. hi

    i have a query i would like to go backpacking through europe i intend landing in germany and spending most of my time in germany although i dont mind providing a proposed itenary will i be allowed to make alterations to that itenary also what will happen if i go to a country and decide to spend more time than i planned in that country or make a change to my itenary. As i am staying in hostels and visiting many countries quite informally will i be forced to stick to the itenary please advise thanks your’ll are doing great work and i mean that

  120. I have just bought tickets to Greece from travel start , how is the easiest way to apply for visas? I have a South African passport.

  121. Hi

    I am very lost in the world of VISAs…. I am flying on the 27th of Dec from JHB to Geneva via Frankfurt. Then I will travel to France by road to a ski resort.
    On my way back I will fly from Geneva to JHB via London. Sjoe…

    What VISA’s do I need?

  122. We will be in Switzerland from 04-07 December 2012 and in Paris France from 07-14 December 2012. I presume that I must apply for a Schengen Visa at the French Consulate. We are a family of four. Kindly direct me to the easiest procedure to follow for application of these visas.

    Thank you.

  123. I am travelling to Italy and Bulgaria on my Schengen visa. Do I need a visa for Yugoslavia if travelling by car from Bulgaria or Hungary ?

  124. My mother stays in Mossel Bay and needs a Canadian and Shengen Visa to visit my sister staying in Canada. May she apply in Pretoria or does it have to be Cape Town. I stay in Pretoria and it will be much easier to assist her.

  125. I am applying for a schengen visa through the Netherlands consulate for my 11 year old son. Does he need to appear in person when we apply?

  126. Hi.
    How strict are Germany student
    visa laws. USA is impossible. What exactly do they need for that? Is it possible to go as a visitor n then change my visa when I get there? I’m a Zimbabwean with a south African work permit and also a unisa student. Can I qualify for that visitor’s permit?
    Hope you can help.
    Thanks

  127. Hi,

    I’m hoping to apply for a traveling program that visits cities in France, Morocco and Spain. (starting in Paris). What kind of visa’s do I need to apply for and approx. how long do they take to issue?

    The program begins on 6 Jan so I’d just like to see if its an actually possibility that I will get my visa’s in time before I actually apply, so please let me know as soon as you are able!

    Thanks,
    Shaakira Vania

  128. Thanks for the great article! Just a quick question: I will be studying in the UK for the next 3 years on a Tier 4 student visa. I would like to travel around Europe during this time.

    Would I be able to apply for a Schengen visa while I’m in the UK as a South African citizen? Or would I need to make this application from South Africa?

    Thanks so much!

  129. I am a South African passport holder and will be sailing on the QE 2 from Cape Town to Southampton in April. It is possible to get off the ship in Walvis Bay, Madeira, Spain and Portugal – all one day visits during day light hours.
    I am also planning to travel London – Paris – Dubai at the end of the trip.
    In terms of a Shengen visa, how shall I go about covering myself for Spain, Portugal, France? The first country of entry would be Spain, then back to the ship – then Portugal. After spending 10 days in Britain, I would like to go accross to Paris for a couple of days before flying to Dubai.
    Can you give me some advice?
    Many thanks
    Heather Storer

    • Hi Heather,

      You will need a Schengan visa- you always apply with the country you spend the most amount of time in. If you have more than one country with the same time then it is the first Schengan country you enter.
      You will need a Dubai Visa and a UK visa in addition to the Schengan visa.
      When applying for all visa’s you will need confirmation of the cruise as well as it’s itinerary, your e-tickets and travel insurance. For a complex itinerary like this it is best to use the services of a specialist visa company as sometimes cruise passengers are covered under a Ships Captain Visa.

      I would also suggest that you ask the company you booked your cruise through if they have any further info on visas for that particular cruise.

      For specialist assistance you can contact Rose Visa’s can be contacted on:
      Tel: 086 123 VISA (8472)
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosejnb.co.za
      Regional Manager: Jean Bothma

      Aaron

  130. Hi there!

    I am a South African passport holder living and working in Chile. My Chilean boyfriend and I are planning on travelling around Europe for about 4 months next year. He is lucky, because he doesn’t need any visas. I, on the other hand, will require a Schengen visa, as well as one for the UK, Russia, and Morocco. We have planned an itinerary, but have not booked any flights yet. Also, we will be staying in hostels or couch surfing, so we won’t have proof beforehand of any accommodation. I’m sure I can’t be the first person who has ever planned to travel on a shoestring budget around Europe, doing it alone and not through a travel agency! I am just a bit overwhelmed by the visa situation and am worried about my applications being rejected because we don’t have flights and hostels reserved. But, due to the nature of our trip, this is practically impossible! Please, any tips or advice you or anyone else can offer would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanking you in advance for any info you can provide!
    Cheryl 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl,

      You will need to check the visa requirements for each country you are visiting with the respective embassies in Chile. Some countries are stricter than others so best to contact them as soon as possible.
      Sounds like a great trip – good luck and enjoy!

      Aaron

  131. My Husband South African and I m Citizen of Lithuania and got European passport. We traveling From Spain- Barcelona, then France-one day, Italy 3 days, Croatia 1 day and Spain back. What Schengan visas he would need?
    Please can you advise to us

    Zivile Du Preez

    • Hi Zivile,

      For a Schengen visa you always apply with the country you spend the most amount of time in, in this case Italy. If you have more than one country with the same time then it is the first Schengan country you enter.
      As Croatia is not part of the Schengen area your husband will also need to apply for a separate Croatian tourist visa.

      For specialist assistance please contact ROSE Visa’s:
      Tel: 086 123 VISA (8472)
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za
      Regional Manager: Jean Bothma

      Aaron

  132. Hi Nick my husband has a Portuguese passport , I have South African passport, we want to go to the U.K in August, and from there a couple of days in France and Belgium, Austria, do I apply to the U.K for my visa ? And when traveling to the other countries do I need additional visas . Who would you recommend to handle this for me ?

    • Hi Audrey,

      You will need to apply for separate UK & Schengen visas as the UK is not part of the Schengen Area.
      For a Schengen visa you always apply with the country you spend the most amount of time in. If you have more than one country with the same time then it is the first Schengan country you enter.
      For assistance with a visa application please visit: http://www.travelstart.co.za/visas.jsp

  133. How much would a visa be per person wanting to travel a few countries in Europe?

    • Hi Danie,

      For countries part of the Schengen area the cost of a visa is EUR 60, the cost in Rands depends on the current exchange rate. If you plan on visiting countries not part of the Schengen area, such as the UK, you will most likely require additional visas and the cost varies from country to country.

      For assistance with your visa application please visit: http://www.travelstart.co.za/visas.jsp

  134. Hi Aaron

    Can I apply for a short stay Schengan Visa to Malta and iItaly on a temporary pasport?

  135. Good afternoon Nick. I will be traveling to the Netherlands for the 3rd time and have my visa. My mom is 72 and cannot travel unaccompanied from Port Elizabeth to the Emabasy in Cape Town or Pretoria. Is there any other way we can assist her with getting a visa? This will be her first. She so wanna be there when her granddaughter gives birth.

    • Hi Wanda,

      I suggest you contact ROSE visa services to enquire as to your options: 086 123 8472
      If you would like to contact the Dutch Embassy in Pretoria their phone number is: 012-425 4500

  136. Hi there, i worked in austria on schengen visa for about 1 year 2005/2006, then came home for family responsibility. Now i am considering to go back but might get a job in one of the schengen states. How difficult will it be to get a schengen visa this time around since i was successful on my first attempt last time.

    • Hi Jason,

      The success of your visa application will really depend on the specific type of visa you are applying for and the regulations of country to which you are making the application. Work permits are rather different from tourist visas so I suggest contacting the relevant embassy for more information.

  137. Does anybody know how to get a visa to go to Moldova?

    • Hi Quintonn,

      The South African Department of Foreign Affairs (http://www.dfa.gov.za/foreign/bilateral/moldova.html) has posted the following information:

      “Citizens of countries, in which Moldova does not have representation, may get visas (as an exclusive case) at international border crossing offices (airport of Kisheneu, border crossing offices at Khul and Lieushen, near Romania).
      Entry visas to Moldova may be issued in the following European cities: Rome, Paris, Budapest, Brussels, Frankfurt, Sofiya, Bucharest, Moscow, Kyiv, Minsk, Warsaw, Washington, Beijing, Tel-Aviv, Ankara.
      Time of issue: 3-4 days
      Price: USD 40
      Urgent: 1 day, USD 60.
      The following documents are needed: valid passport, invitation (certified by the Consular Dept. of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Moldova), one filled-in application form, one photograph (money deposit or air ticket reservation not needed).”

      You can also contact Visa Express to see if they can assist you: 0861 289 270

  138. Hi Nick
    We are going on a cruise in the mediteranian. Starting in Barcelona, then one stop in France 5 stops in Italy. One day in dubrovnik, Croatia.
    I understand that a multi entry schengen visa must be applied for.
    Which consolate do we work through, and do we need a separate visa for Croatia.
    Your advice will be highly appreciated.
    Thanks
    Helen

    • Hi Helen,

      When applying for a Schengen visa you always apply for the country in which you will be spending the longest period of time – based on the literary provided that would be Italy.
      If you are travelling before the end of June, 2013 then you will be able to enter Croatia with a multi-entry Schengen visa. If you are travelling from July onwards you will need to apply for a Croatian visa: http://za.mfa.hr/?mh=331&mv=2046

  139. Hi Nick

    I need your advise. I am a South African studying in the UK. My study VISA expires in January 2014. I have booked to travel to Paris in April 2013. Where should I apply for my French Schengen VISA in the UK?

    • Hi Sundhir,

      You will need to apply at the closest French Embassy or Consulate: http://ambafrance-uk.org/

  140. Hi Nick and Aaron!
    I am an italian passport holder, my boyfriend is a southafrican passport holder with his schengen visa expiring in November 2013…we are planning to go to Italy in March and stay there to work and live..how do we make sure that wont be any problem to go and stay…and after November, what should we do? do you have any information about getting married there and him getting the italian citizenship?…how does it work? Thank you very much!

    • Hi Peny,

      Your boyfriend should check the type of Schengen visa he holds as entitlement to work requires a specific visa. With regards to marriage and citizenship you will need to contact the Italian Embassy for the relevant information. Each country has it’s own requirements but it is my understanding that other European countries require the spouse to reside for a number of years in the country to acquire citizenship.

      I strongly suggest trying to get your boyfriend long term residence (or the Italian equivalent) in South Africa rather than in Italy. Again each country had different regulations but in my experience it is often much simpler to deal with an embassy rather than the Home Affairs offices in the actual country.

  141. Hi Aaron,
    I will be in the UK for about 2-3months on business doing some work for our sister company. Whilst there I’d like to hop around the EU countries on weekends or whenever I have some free time. Since I do not have any specific dates or hotel bookings as yet, how do you advice I go about getting the Schengen visa?

    many thanks
    themba

    • Hi Themba,

      For cases like this please contact ROSE Visa Services on 086 111 8472 for expert advice.

  142. Hi
    I am travelling to Spain in May and I am renting an apartment through a short-term holiday rentals company in Barcelona for the entire period of my trip.

    The last thing I want is to write the wrong thing or not apply with the right documents.

    What documents do I need and what do I write on the application form under “Name & address of hotel/accommodation”?

    Advice would be much appreciated!

    • Hi Lexi,

      You should contact VFS. Global (the agency who handle all Spanish visa applications) to be sure that you submit the relevant documentation.

      VFS Global South Africa contact details:
      Telephone: +27 (0) 861 837 222
      Office Hours: Monday – Friday 08:00 – 17:00
      Web: http://www.vfsglobal.com/spain/southafrica/contactus.html

  143. Hi Aaron
    I need to get a visa for Spain but am not flying in but travelling overland across Africa and want to enter in Spain. Will this be a issue.

    Rgds
    Willy

    • Hi Willy,

      As long as you obtain a Schengen visa prior to travel there should not be any issues but I suggest contacting the Spanish embassy directly to check.
      Phone: 012 460 0123
      Email: emb.pretoria@mae.es

  144. Can one use a Schengen visa to go to Croatia and Montenegro, or must one obtain these visas separately.
    I have a Schengen visa valid 0ver the period 1 may to 1august 2013 , when we i have will be travelling.

    • Hi Antoinette,

      South African passport holders require a separate visa to enter Montenegro, the application must be made through the Serbian embassy in Pretoria.
      http://www.srbembassy.org.za/consularservices.html

      Embassy of the Republic of Serbia
      163 Marais street
      Brooklyn 0181
      Pretoria
      Republic of South Africa

      Tel: (+27) (0)12 346 4139
      (+27) (0)12 460 5626
      Fax: (+27) (0)12 460 6003

  145. I found this – but what is the DATE fir joining EU?

    Schengen Agreement
    Croatia is not yet a part of the Schengen zone. Due to enter the EU in 2013, Croatia is planning to enter the Schengen Agreement soon after. The border countries of Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Hungary are part of the Schengen zone. Thus, there will be a border control entering or leaving via these countries.

    Visas
    Nationals of south africa s must apply for a visa in order to stay for 90 days: STill?

    Read more: http://www.croatiatraveller.com/Practicalities/BorderFormalities.html#ixzz2LprpWZoB

    How long does it take to get a Croatia visa?

  146. I am still not sure:
    I read, but do not know if this is correct:

    Our travel expert answers your questions
    . We have a multiple-entry Schengen visa valid for the entire duration of Croatia and France. Do we need a separate visa for Croatia? We have been given conflicting advice and the Croatian embassy was unable to answer directly. – Sally Hetherington, Cape Town

    According to an official at the Croatian embassy in Pretoria, you will not need a separate visa for Croatia as long as you have a valid, multiple-entry Schengen visa that covers the full amount of time you intend to spend in the country.

    Previously, all South Africans travelling on normal passports required a separate visa to enter Croatia, for which the requirements included getting a letter confirming your accommodation in the country. In December last year, the Croatian government voted to ease the entry requirements for temporary visitors. Now anyone who has a Schengen residence permit, a valid Schengen uniform-type C-2 multiple-entry visa or a Schengen type D long-stay visa will be able to enter the country without needing to apply for a separate visa.

    Full details are available on the embassy website, http://za.mfa.hr. The new rules come ahead of the country’s upcoming admission to the European Union, scheduled for mid-2013.

    • Hi Antoinette,

      I have spoken to the Croatian embassy and they advice that you contact them directly two (2) months prior to travel to find out what the current visa requirements are as these are being changed periodically.

  147. Hello!

    I am going backpacking through Europe in May. We are starting in Morocco, then crossing over to Spain, and then Portuagal, France and leave via Italy. We will stay the longest time in both Spain and Italy.

    It terms of the itninerary requirements, how accurate does this need to be? For accomodation, we plan on being relatively flexible and informal, staying in hostels. How can we go about being flexible at the same time as meeting the visa requirements?

    Thank you

  148. “◦you can’t apply more than 3 months in advance for the visa”: is this strictly applied? I am living in PE and want to apply for a Schengen visa, for travel to France in July; I will be in CPT in early April i.e. more than 3 months before travel; will I be wasting my time and money to apply then? Will I have to make another trip to CPT within the 3 month period to apply in person?

  149. Hi Nick,

    I am going to Scotland on an ancestral visa for work for 5 months. I’d like to travel Europe after and perhaps during that 4 months but probably only organise once there. Would I be able to apply for a Schengen Visa from Scotland?

    Thanks very much!

  150. I WOULD BE VISITING MY BROTHER IN UK AROUND JUNE2013. I HAVE APPLIED FOR A UK VISA HE ADVISED ME TO APPLY FOR SCHENCHEN VISA. THE PROBLEM IS THAT SINCE I WILL BE VISITING UK HOW DO APPLY FOR SCHENCHEN VISA

  151. Hi Aaron,

    I have been reading the forums regarding the Schengen visas and it seems that it will cost 60 euros per person who wants to travel, i just want to clarify something else. I have been looking online and there are application forms that certain websites say you must buy (for 40 dollars) and download.

    We are travelling to Belgium and will need to apply through the Belgian embassy in PTA – do we have to buy the Schengen visa forms online first, fill them out, make the payment of 60 euros to the Belgian embassy and then take the filled out forms to the embassy?

    How do we make the payment to the Belgian embassy?

    Please confirm if the above is correct and advise on if we have to purchase the Schengen forms online?

    Many thanks.
    Justin

  152. Hi Aaron, we are going on a cruise from Venice to Dubrovnic and the Greek islands for one week. We will be spending another week either somewhere in Italy or Slovenia. Will a multiple-entry Schengen visa be o k? We live in the eastern Cape and if possible to have it done by an agengy like travelstart. Will that be possible instead of going to Cape Town?

    Thanks

  153. i am original from the drcong with the south african travelling document.can someone help me to get the schengen visa to visit europe,ur help will never be forgotten….

    • We have south african travelling documents to UK. Can someone help us to get the schengen visa to visit france. our children want to take us there by car for 3 days. Thank you.

  154. Do I need entry and exit proof of travel for every schengen country to be visited

  155. Hi There
    I’m going to the UK to visit my brother in June for 3 weeks – he is wanting to take a road trip to Euro disney in France. Do i have to fly to Joburg to apply for the French Schengen visa OR can i go to the French embassy while i’m in the UK to apply for one there considering it would be easier that way…

    • Hi There Lise

      How did you go about your Schengen Visa?

      I would like to do a similar trip.

      Thank You for your time it is appeciated.

    • Hello Greta, please let us know where you are visiting in Europe so to give you the correct information with regards to applying for the Schengen Visa.

  156. Hi Nick
    I am on a contract for 2 years in Nigeria, South African, I am doing my MBA for which I go to the Netherlands 2x a year. I need schengen visa for June how do I go about in Nigeria to apply?

  157. We going on a cruise ,starting in Barcelona to Istanbul
    Where do we apply

  158. Hi

    My son want’s to visit a friend in Belgium over the December hollidays. He have a valid passport. what is the next step for us?? We are new to this!!

  159. I am trying to establish which Schengen visa i need as we will board ship in Barcelona and then dock at 3 Italian ports before return to Barcelona. 1 night stay in Barcelona prior to barding ship. The Spanish visa people tell me to contact Italians as the time on board could be taken as time in country. Italian visa people tell me it must be Spanish visa. Now the Spanish visa people want this in writing from the Italians! I am now lost and extremely frustrated.

  160. Hi there,
    The online system for Denmark visa would not allow me to make an appointment ( Durban schengen embassy) it just says ” my passport no cannot be entered as there is an existing appointment date!”

  161. hey, can anybody help me I don’t know what to do. I am going on a trip through Europe; Belgium, France, Spain, Netherlands and England. Do I need to get a visa for each country? can somebody get them on my behalf?

  162. Hi there.
    I’m a South African with a 10 year business visitor UK visa. At the moment I’m in London and would like to visit Poland and Hungary. Can I apply for a schengen visa while in London or do I have to fly back to SA to apply for a schengen visa there?

    tnx

  163. Hi Aaron
    One of your posts said that if going to UK and Norway for example an SA passport holder would need visa for Uk as well as schengen – is that the case, I have read elsewhere that if you have schengen you do not need Uk ? Regards Penelope

  164. Hi
    I’m traveling to Switzerland 2-5 on an official government passport. After that I would like to stay for another two weeks and visit a few countries. Do I apply for the shengen visa in SA or can I obtain it while I am there. The problem I foresee our flight tickets only gets issued in the last week of August.

    Thanks

  165. Hi there

    I am going to the UK for 6 months for work, but will be traveling into the EU regularly for business. Is it possible to apply for a schengen visa while already living in the UK? And if so is it possible to get multiply entry visa for 6 months?

    Many thanks
    Izette

  166. If I apply in my private capacity for a visa to Switzerland ,must I provide personal bank statements or can I provide my business statements
    Thanks
    Tony

  167. hi
    i am travelling to Amsterdam and this is the visa i hope to obtain however if I would like to venture to neighbouring countries e.g. Germany, would I need to plan for this in advance. It is my first time applying for a Schengan visa so i am uncertain if my movement wil be restricted to the country of t entry?

    thanks,
    jaz

  168. Hi,
    I hope you are well and thank you for all the information you provide. I have been given the opportunity to teach english in spain. Im supposed to start 27th of September 2013, but im scared I wont get my visa in time as I cant apply without my police clearance. I need to apply for a long stay visa, can you kindly advise if I’ll get it in time? How long does it take to issue? Thank you very very much

  169. Hi there,

    I would like to know whether if one has a Schengen visa in a SA passport , is it valid to visit Switzerland?

    Thank you
    Michelle

  170. Hi
    does it make a difference if my mother has a eu passport?

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  172. How long will it take to get a visa for France?

  173. And where do you have to apply for a France visa?

  174. Hallo! Ek gaan desember op n contiki toer. Wil graag weet ek bly in die Noord-kaap, en kort n schengen visa! Kan ek my visa in johannesburg kry?

  175. Good Day,

    i’m wanting to visit family in SWITZERLAND for 3 weeks in March, my family are first coming down here then i would like to go back with them. how long does it take for the VISA to be accepted? and how much does it cost in ZAR?

    Regards,
    Carina

  176. Hi, Im leaving Cape Town in March 2014 getting married in the UK in June 2014 but we would like to go to Portugal from the UK and I know I cant apply for the Schechen visa too far in advance. Can I apply in the UK for the Schechen visa?

  177. Hi. I am studying from Jan 2014 in the UK but would like to apply for a Shengen visa and travel while I am there. Would this be possible?

  178. Hi – Just some tips for anyone doing an application. Ive just gone through this process.

    My entry country was belgium (its easier to go thru a less strict country. UK, Germany, Netherlands are all stricter). Having said that I got a UK visa in ten days, and they were very organised.

    As for the belgian visa: u can book any time there is an opening (u do it online, not via the phone). Your insurance has to be schengen approved. If u take advantage of the free cover you get when buying with a business credit card (Chartis / AIG) you are covered automatically. But u have to call the bank up to get them to draft out that you have been covered as proof. If u are supporting yourself you dont need original BIS3 documents form belgium, but if your host is supporting you, u will need them. This takes a few business days to get here. Make sure the info is 100% correct on them. Take letters of leave, employment letters and as much info as u can. I got many different versions from the same comsulate in Johannesburg so after 5 trips its quite clear to be prepared and ask questions! If u have all the documents they are otherwise okay, not the friendliest of people – but then I have seen some of the ppl in there trying to get visas without correct paperwork so it a tough job.

    Anyway – lets sign a petition so lift the 90 day limit to 5 months at least?! too short for a season of snowboarding!

  179. I will be spending 4 days with relatives and will therefore have no need for any large expenses sufficient enough to warrant banking details. Both my visa and all travel bookings have been pre-paid by me. Based on my situation indicated, I will not require any large amounts over and above in way of cash or traveller’s cheques and a credit card of currency taken with me for the purpose of any minimal basics – therefore will it be necessary for me to account for this requested information?

  180. I have valid documentation from my family with whom I will be staying in Holland (signed letter and ID). I notice that you no longer accept this form of confirmation. Will my family be able to get the relevant document from the Dutch council in Holland to forward onto me? Or is the Dutch council in Pretoria able to e-mail the document to me (I do not drive for medical reasons so cannot get to Pretoria more than once, i.e. to collect this document as well as going for an interview). Please acknowledge this ASAP as time is running out for me to get my visa returned. Many thanks.

  181. I shall be leaving for the UK in June and will be leaving for Paris as well. I need to apply for a Schengan visa as well as UK visa. i need help her.

  182. Can someone please help me. I have a Shengan Visa Type C, multiple entries issued by the Dutch when I visited Netherlands, can I use this to travel to Italy from S.A now, even though Im not going to Netherlands.

  183. You no longer apply for a visa at the Switzerland Embassy in Pretoria. TLScontact in Pretoria handle all the applications except long term visa.

  184. Leaving for a holiday in Scotland. We will be travelling from SA to Scotland via Amsterdam (stop over) and back via Paris. We will be staying on the airport before catching the next flight. Do we need a Schengen visa as well? We do have the UK visa.
    Regards

  185. Hi I am planning to travel to Germany, France and England. i realize that I need a Schengen visa which I will apply for through the German Embassy and also a UK visa. I am going to Germany first. Which visa do you suggest I apply for first?
    Thanks

  186. Where are the Schengen visa application offices situated in Durban? we plan to travel to Greece in September

  187. I am travelling to Canada via the UK. I will be in transit in Heathrow for 3 hours. Do I require a transit visa?

    I will be returning via Munich with a 10 hour layover
    will I require a Shengan transit visa for this leg?

    Please help. Desperate to find out urgently
    Many thanks!

    • Hi Nicole, if you are on a permanent South African passport and have a Canadian visa you will not need a transit visa for the UK or Europe. – Liam

  188. Capago also does the Italian Visa applications. It took about 10 days to get our visas. The staff at Capago in DBN were extremely helpful in assisting us with all our documentation. We did not have to appear in person to the embassy at all.

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  190. Am a nigeria guy bt I need shengen visa bt my first place is france so I need more information on it.

  191. Is it possible for me to do senghen visa from south africa am a nigeria

  192. Please send me full details for schengen from South Africa to France?

  193. Hi,

    we are south africans relocating to the UK. My husband and daughter both have British passports and I am in the process of obtaining a UK spousal visa. I am still in SA and will only leave as soon as I get my UK spousal visa.
    Do I need to get a schengen visa to travel EU? If so, where can I go to to arrange?

    • Hello Kgedrim, thank you for contacting us! You will still need to apply for a Visa, but usually for UK Spousal Visas these would be for free. You can contact Rose Visa, they will be able to assist with this – their contact details are found here: http://bit.ly/1Bb1J7k – Almene

  194. My parents are traveling to Dubai for 14 days and then to Italy – Roma Fiumicino.

    I am very confused as to how to apply for Visa’s for them.
    Do I apply for Dubai Visa first and then Italy?

    • Hi Azraah, you can apply for either one first, I would suggest that you apply for the EU visa first though, since that may take longer to get (provided you have enough time), so that if the visa is not approved you don’t waste any money on the Dubai one. The Dubai visa is also an electronic visa meaning that you don’t need to send a passport in, so you may be able to apply for it while waiting for the Italian visa to come back from the embassy. Find out more info on the Dubai visa here: http://www.dubaivisa.net/southafrica/ and more info on the Italian visa here: http://www.capago.eu/IT-ZA/index.php/en/ Those are the websites of the official handling agencies for both visas.

  195. Hello Nick
    Im south African and my girlfriend of two years is French .
    We have been living together in South Africa but its becoming increasingly difficult/impossible for her to live here. We would like to move to paris for a year . How could i do this , and what are the different routes i can take?
    I have just Graduated in an arts degree so im not affiliated to any companies etc…
    There must be a way!
    I hope you can help
    Thank You
    Johno

    • Hello Johno, thank you for contacting us! Unfortunately we do not assist with these kinds of Visas. You will need to be in contact with agencies which assist with Work Permits/Visas. Almene

    • Johno there is always a way. You have two options
      1- Try to see if France offer a jobseeker’s visa and apply for one
      2- Get married (which I normally don’t advice because it give the impression you just got married to get in Europe)
      3- She can go back to France and invite you to come
      All the best my brother

  196. I want to know, I’m going over to the UK next year for the world cup, but I want to go and visit friends in Latvia, I have been to Latvia four times the last time being in 2013. I have moved to East London about 4 months ago and I wanted to know if there is any schengen visa application centre in P.E. that will be able to help me with the Latvian visa, or do I have to go to Pretoria to get it done. I hope you will be able to give me good news, but I suspect that I will have to fly up to Pretoria to get this done.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Ruan, all applications for Latvian Schengen visas must be done through the Hungarian Embassy. The rules state that you must be present for biometric data to be recorded. It does appear that if you’ve provided biometric data for a Schengen visa within the last 5 years, you may be exempt from appearing in person. I would suggest you contact a visa handling agent for advice and guidance though.

      Try Visa Express on 0861 289 270
      Try Visa Box on 021 551 8829
      Try ROSE Visas on 0210014440

  197. Hi Nick
    I am UK citizen living in South Africa. My girlfriend and I are planning travelling to UK, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland for a holiday in December. My girlfriend is a SA passport holder. Does she need visa for each of these countries? Can she travel from UK into Netherlands/Germany then re-enter the UK prior to leaving via Switzerland?
    Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers
    Lee

    • Hi Lee, she will need both a UK visa (around R1500) and a Schengen visa (Around R1000) to make this trip. The Schengen visa should be a multiple entry one, but it covers 26 European countries like France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands. Unfortunately it does not cover the UK. The UK visa is usually valid for 6 months so her entering and re-entering the UK shouldn’t be an issue, she should just provide these details when applying for her visa and make to clear to the handling agents that she’ll be entering the UK twice.

  198. My husband and me are over 60 and want to go on a world tour of 10 months to mainly Schengen countries. We will have an exact itinerary of the tour and want to do it by motor home (our own).

    What is the procedure for that duration of stay? The longest stay in one country will not exceed 30 days.
    Thanks
    Mari

    • Hi Mari!

      Thanks for reaching out. This is an interesting request. Most Schengen visas won’t be valid for that long, max 6 months. To be 100% honest, I don’t know the procedure for applying for a visa for this length. I am going to suggest that you speak to a visa agent for advice as they’re most likely to know the tricks of getting such a visa.

      Try ROSE visas on 0210014440 (ask for Jan)

      Try Visabox on 021 551 8829

      Try Visa Express on 0861 289 270 (Ask for Anton)

  199. Hello Nick,
    How can i get travel insurance to Europe ? and how much it can cost me ?am in Pretoria. Please help .

    • Hi Eunice, sorry for the delay in responding to you! It’s been a busy week and somehow your comment slipped through the cracks.

      Our agents can quote you on insurance, we have very affordable rates at just R36 per day. This will cover travellers up to 79 years of age for travel pretty much anywhere in the world (of course the Schengen states are included and the insurance is more than sufficient for the visa). We do also offer senior cover for travellers 80-85 years if there are members of your party which are in that age bracket.

      You can reach our agents on 0861 878 278 or travelbar@travelstart.com to get an accurate quote and to purchase.

  200. Hallo Nick. Spoke to ROSE Visas and they said you must not exceed a months stay in one country. The duration of your stay in total in different countries is not a problem.
    Thanks for your referral.
    Regards
    M

    • Thanks for that feedback! I actually didn’t know that. Appreciate you sharing it here. I’m sure it will help future travellers who come across this post!

  201. once submitted is non-refundable and cannot be claimed back. Working days do not include Friday and Saturday (official week off in Dubai). All application should be submitted on weekdays (Sunday to Thursday) only.

  202. I visited my sister in Geneva 2 years ago. I see one of the requirements for the schengen visa is a copy of previous visa. Where do I get that ? And could you give me the number and address of the Cape Town office for the visas? Regards

    • Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      You can show them your visa previously appoved which will be in your passport.

      If you are wanting to apply for a visa you are welcome to contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) they special in Visa’s and will be able to assist and advise accordingly.

      There contact details are as follows:

      Cape Town Regional Office

      Tel: 0210014440

      Hope the above helps.

      Have an awesome day!

      Marcelle

  203. myself and two other ladies have been granted a type D Schengen visa, and been granted temporary residence (study purposes). Are we allowed to travel to other Schengen countries (eg: Italy and France) with this residency card we have been granted? It expires August 2015
    Many thanks

    • Hi Sharon,

      Great to hear from you!

      This depends if its a single or multiple entry visa.

      The national visa of “D” category is granted to the certain individuals who are to be studying, working or permanently residing in one of the Schengen countries. The national visa can be of a single entry, granted for the people who are in need of residing in the Schengen country for a certain period of time and for a sole purpose after which they shall return to their country. On the other hand a multi-entry national visa is also granted for certain individuals allowing its holder to travel in and out of this Schengen country as he/she pleases and also travel throughout the whole Schengen Area without additional visa requirements.

      What we also suggest is that you contact the Embassy who granted the visa just to double check.

      Hope the above helps!

      Have an awesome day 🙂

  204. Could anyone help please!!

    I am going to the uk for 5 months on a work visa but want to travel to spain at some stage, how do I get a visa for that trip. and is it possible for me to do it in the UK

    • Hi Calvin, to my knowledge you should be able to apply for a Schengen visa in the UK if you’re there on a work visa. That being said, I would suggest you check with an expert like the people at ROSE visa on 0210014440 / 0100015060 for their advice.

  205. Hi! I want to travel to Oslo for 3 weeks with a short trip to Stockholm. I’m in Cape Town and they require me to go in person to the Norwegian embassy in Pretoria. This is far from ideal.

    So I’m thinking of going to Sweden first, and getting the Schengen visa through the Swedish consulate in Cape Town. If I do this though and spend more days in Norway than Sweden, will immigration give me a hard time when I leave Stockholm for Cape Town?

    • Hi Frank, that’s a clever way to solve this problem. I don’t see the Swedes giving you flack for this, though if you are stopped at the border by Norwegian border agents I would simply tell them you’re coming back into Sweden sooner than you intend to. That being said, I really don’t see it being a problem.

      Enjoy the trip!

  206. Hello, i am in need of an answer…. my partner is south african and currently has a schengen visa france.. he needs to renew this and we are heading to NZ where i live for a wedding can he renew his vosa while we are the at the nz french embassy/conculate?

    • Hi Jessica, I’m afraid it’s not possible to renew Schengen Visas, he will have to apply for a new one from his country of residency. If he’s a South African but has residency in New Zealand, he should be able to apply there, however, if he does not, he will very likely be forced to apply back in South Africa.

  207. Good Day.

    I am in need of some guidance. I will be touring Europe and will be going to the following places: Amsterdam, Rhine valley, Munich, Austrian alps, Venice, Rome, Florence, Lucerne, Paris and London to catch a plane home. What visa applications will I need to complete and please assist with processes and costs involved.

    Kind regards
    Michelene

    • Hi Michelene, you will need to apply for both a Schengen visa and a UK visa. To apply for a Schengen visa you will need to apply through the consulate of the country where you are spending the most amount of time, if you are spending equal time in two countries and it is your longest stay, you will need to apply through the consulate of the country you enter first (of the two). The Schengen visa applies to all countries part of the Schengen area meaning you won’t need a separate visa for each country. Most mainland countries in Europe are part of the Schengen Area, that means that the UK and Ireland are not part of it, hence why you’ll need a separate UK visa.

      The cost of a Schengen visa is around 65 Euros (approx R910) and the cost of a British visa is around R1550.

  208. Hi,

    I am planning a Euro trip with my family next year 2015 and I was wondering if I would be denied a visa if I was found guilty of drinking and driving and lets say I get a criminal record for drinking and driving. My court date is next month, and I am just scared of what might happen, if I would be able to get a visa if found guilty. Would really appreciate your feedback.

    Thank you

    • Hi Gert, sorry to hear about your predicament. I don’t think this counts against you, though I would like to refer you to an expert in these issues, try calling Jan from ROSE visas 0210014440 or anyone from his team for some advice on this.

  209. Hi Nick
    I’ve been reading though this blog and find it eye opening. Our issue occurred yesterday and wonder if anyone else has experienced similar.
    My partner is South african and I am a british citizen, we booked a return flight for him to the UK last summer to spend a few months here in the UK, he is lucky enough to have a 10 year multi entry visitor visa for the UK. His flights were Cape Town to UK via Schipol a journey we have completed on numerous occasions. While in the UK our travel company re-routed his return flight back in October due to a cancelled flight between the UK airport and Amsterdam, he was re-routed through Paris CDG from amsterdam to join his flight to Cape Town. However we were not aware that because of the extra inter European leg he required a Shengen visa even though he does not leave the airport, something he does not have and has never needed before. He was stopped in amsterdam by customs and refused entry with a stamp placed in his passport. He was then assisted by customs to transfer onto the direct flight to Cape town from there without transiting Paris. We had to pay €150 for this change, which is a minor irritation, my biggest fear is that the refusal by customs and subsequent stamp in his passport is going to cause us future problems with immigration and visaapplications, we work within the travel industry and require to apply for many different country visas and even more concerning we are beginning the process of applying for him to join us here in the UK.
    Do you have any experience of this happening to others? Any suggestions on how we proceed?
    Any advise gratefully received.
    Jo

    • Hi Jo! Wow what a drama. To be honest the airline shouldn’t have let him board like that, they ought to know better. In fact if the same situation had happened on a South African departure the airline wouldn’t have let him get on the flight here in SA.

      I’m not 100% sure how it will affect his future visa applications unfortunately it is likely to be negatively. I would raise a complaint with whoever rerouted you. If the travel who you booked with had seen your passport when you booked they could be liable for consequences to you, if they had not seen your passport then probably not. Either way, it seems the airline should not have allowed you to board with this routing and should have advised you at time of boarding that this is not possible.

      If I were you I would get all the documentation possible around the rerouting, showing who did it and where you were boarded. If the airline rerouted you, I would lodge an official complaint with them, in fact I would lodge an official complaint with them in any case and I would ask that they send a letter on official letterhead explaining what happened so that you can present this with future applications.

      I would then check with the Dutch consulate in Cape Town what their feedback would be and if there is any way you can get an endorsement that this situation was not your fault and that you had no intention of illegally entering the EU and that it was the consequence of an action taken by the airline. They’re at 100 Strand Street in Cape Town and can be called on (021) 421 5660.

      Best of luck, I’m so sorry to hear of this really horrible situation!

  210. hi, i’m currently working in South Korea and will apply for my Hungarian visa (touring hungary for 13 days) or schengen visa here. i will also visit Romania for 11 days. So Hungary falls under the EU/schengen visa but what about Romania…everything in google gives me mixed answers…yes a schengen and then saying it’s only a candidate for schengen?! please any info

    • Hi Este,
      Great to hear from you. Romania is part of the EU but it might not be part of the Schengen States, where a Schengen visa would cover one for it.
      You might need to apply for a separate visa if you wanting to travel to Romania. I would recommend you contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) they specialize in visa’s and would be able to give you the most up to date information. Their contact details are as follows:

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosejnb.co.za

      Have a great day!

  211. Hello,

    I need some help please! I’m interested in travelling to Greece, Croatia, Romania and Hungary. I understand that I need a multi-entry Schengen Visa ( as I only have a South African passport). My main destination is Greece (will spend the most time in this country), so I presume I should apply at the Greek Embassy, however, I want to Fly into Budapest Hungary , so will my Schengen Visa from the Greek Embassy be fine or do I need a Schengen Visa from the Hungarian Embassy since I’m flying into Hungary first? Any advice will be most appreciated!
    Thanks! Janine.

    • Hi Janine, thanks for reaching out! That sounds like an amazing holiday you have planned. You will need to apply for a Schengen visa at the Embassy where you will be spending the most time visiting and not your first point of entry. In your case it would be Greece. All the countries that you are wanting to travel to, are part of the Schengen area so your Greek visa will cover you for all those countries mentioned. Romania is in the process of becoming part of the Schengen Area and should be by March 2015. Happy travels. You welcome to share a photo or two on our Facebook page. We love to see where our fans have been 🙂

  212. Good morning, I am currently working in Dubai. Left SA beginning of January. I have booked a Contiki Tour in Europe for Mid-April and thus I couldn’t apply for a VISA while in SA because the intended trip was over 3 months away.

    The VFS in Dubai (website) says an applicant must include a UAE residence visa in the application.
    I am on a service visa for 90 days and not a residence visa as I am only here for 3 months.

    my flights are from Dubai to Paris, then Paris to Dubai and South Africa.

    Will it be sufficient if I include the following in my application:

    1. Service VISA
    2. Transit VISA
    3. Letter stating the above reasons- ((lack of UAE residence and not being able to apply for Schengen at home?

    • Hi Mpho,

      Thanks for getting in touch! For the most up to date information we suggest you contact VFS directly and speak to a visa consultant. They should be able to advise accordingly and answer any queries you might have with regards to the correct procedures to follow and what all documentation would be required.
      I have VFS contact details in South Africa, however I am not able to call it up for Dubai.

      Cape Town:

      VFS
      Office 504, 5th Floor, 47 On Strand
      Strand Street, Cape Town
      021 423 0233

      Durban:

      VFS
      Swift Center, 565 Corner of Peter Mokabe & Crescent Road
      2nd Floor, Suite 8, Morningside Durban
      031 207 6331

      Joburg:

      VFS
      2nd Floor, South Block
      Thrupps Centre, 204 Oxford Road, Sandton
      011 268 2276

      Best of Luck!

  213. Hi, I am inquiring on behalf of my daughter who holds a South African passport, about whether she can apply for a schengen visa in the USA. She is travelling for a year – 5 months in America then 2-3 months in the UK/Europe so could not apply in SA before she left as you have to apply within 3 months of your entry.

    • Hi Viv,

      Thanks for reaching out. This should be possible if your daughter is legally living in the country. However I am not so sure if the same apply’s if one is traveling. I would suggest she contacts the British Consulate as well as the Embassy where she is wanting to apply for her Schengen visa, and they should be able to advise accordingly of the most up to date information, and the correct procedures to follow.

      I have South African contact details of the British Consulate and VFS who specialize in Schengen Visa’s and maybe you would be able to call on behalf of your daughter and get the most up to date information.

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500

      Joburg:

      VFS
      2nd Floor, South Block
      Thrupps Centre, 204 Oxford Road, Sandton
      011 268 2276

      Best of Luck!

  214. Hi there, I am planning on visiting France and spending most of my time there so I’ll be applying for my visa at the french embassy.

    What Im wondering is, do I have to have a set plan/itinerary if Im wanting a multiple entry visa – I might want to visit friends in denmark but its not set in stone, I just want to have the option of going.

    Thanks for the help and info!

    • Hi Taryn,

      Thanks for getting in touch! When applying for your Schengen Visa you must select multiple entry. They might ask you for proof of accommodation or letter of invitation in the other countries you are wanting to visit though.

      I would suggest you contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) they specialize in visa requirements and will be able to advise accordingly.

      Their contact details:

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosejnb.co.za

      Best of luck!

    • Thanks a ton! will get in contact with her!

  215. Hi there,

    I’m planning on visiting Croatia and I read in an article that I am allowed entry with a Schengen visa. My issue is I work on a cruise line in America, would you know if I am able to do my application here or do I have to fly home first to do my application? I know certain embassies require applications to be done in home countries

    • Hi Tarryn,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Croatia, sounds fabulous! Defiantly a country on my bucket list to visit!

      I am not sure when you planning on travelling to Croatia. However this is the below information I found with regards to Croatia joining the Schengen states.

      “With Croatia’s accession to the EU on 1 July 2013, it is also legally bound to eventually join the Schengen Area, and is working to do so within 2 years. On 16 May 2014, the Prime Minister of Croatia stated that Croatia will apply for Schengen entry on 1 July 2015”

      My suggestion is to contact the Embassy directly and they will be able to advise accordingly if you will need to apply for a visa back home or if you can do so while still in the states.

      Best of Luck!

  216. Hi,
    I live in the UK and want to fly my brother and sister over from South Africa. When they are here I would like to take them to Holland for 2-3 days. What visa would they need ( does Schengen cover the UK and Holland), and is a Schengen visa more expensive than an ordinary UK visitors Visa.
    Thanks

    • Hi Kyla,

      That sounds great your brother and sister visiting you, and taking them to Holland.

      They would need to separate visa’s. One for the UK and a Schengen visa to cover them when visiting Holland.

      The cost of a Schengen visa when applying through the Netherland Embassy is Eur60 per person however I would contact them direct to verify this.

      A UK visa costs around R1536 per person shown on their website.

      I have provided two links below which should be able to give further information, and where you can contact the Netherlands Embassy and British Consulate, as visa costs could change at anytime.

      http://southafrica.nlembassy.org/services/consular-services/visa/visa.html

      and

      https://visa-fees.homeoffice.gov.uk/

      Best of Luck and hope they enjoy their time in the UK and Netherlands

  217. I’m currently trying to apply for a Schengen visa to visit my partner in Estonia…

    I popped into VFS yesterday to attempt applying only to be told that because I’ll be partially sponsored by my partner’s father he needs to provide a ‘Civic Registration Certificate’.

    Having hunted over the web for any information, we cannot find ANY references on ANY of the official Estonian websites that stipulate this.

    I do wonder if VFS have gotten confused because the application has to be done via the Swedish embassy. I know that the website for Sweden mentions this requirement but Estonia does NOT.

    In fact, being somewhat neurotic and meticulous I have REPEATEDLY phoned VFS, Cape Town asking what was required from my girlfriend’s father. I was told that ALL I needed from him was a single letter inviting me to stay and listing the amount he would be prepared to sponsor me accompanied by a copy of his passport.

    All peachy up until I attempted to apply and then got told OH NOOOOOOO… you actually need this other document too. My partner and I have now spent the remainder of yesterday AND I have spent as much time as possible today attempting to research this and cannot find a SINGLE website or reference on any official Estonian websites.

    I apologise for the rant, but this is extremely frustrating and starting to feel like a hopeless case. Bare in mind as well, that my partner is now HEAVILY pregnant and each little hiccup stresses her out, to the point where I’m starting to fear she may go into labour early or… we’ll simply hit MORE hiccups and delays and I will miss the soon approaching birth of my child.

    Could someone POSSIBLY clarify what I’m meant to do here.

    Thanks in advance.

    Jason Lamb

    • Hi Jason,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      This does sound like a tricky one. From readying the above to my knowledge is, if the application has to be done through the Swedish Embassy, their website has advised this is required, and they are granting the visa on their side I would get the necessary documentation.

      In saying this you are welcome to contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) they specialize in visa requirements and would be able to advise you on what is needed and the correct procedure to follow. Or you welcome to contact the Consulate direct.

      Cape Town Regional Office

      Tel: 0210014440
      Email: carl@visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosecpt.co.za

      Or maybe contact the Swedish Consulate direct and hopefully they can shed some light with regards to this.

      I wish you best of luck, and congratulations on the soon to be new additional to the family!

  218. Hallo My husband and I are going on a cruise on the Baltic sea in July. Our first port of entry is Amsterdam so we need to apply for our Schengen visa at the Netherlands embassy/consulate. Do we need to apply in person, as we were granted a short stay schengen visa (through Italian consulate) in 2012? Would our details not still be on the system?

    • Hi Vicky,

      Great to hear from you.

      Sounds like a fabulous holiday. For this you would need to check with the Italian Embassy to see if it is still valid.

      To my knowledge I don’t think it is, however they might be able to shed more light on this and give the correct information.

      Best of Luck!

  219. Will do so. Thanks for your help. Regards

  220. Hi

    My wife and I are planning to go to Amsterdam in September however we would like to book our flights now.When should we then apply for Visa’s.Also how much would the visa’s cost both of us?

    Thanks & Regards
    Pragesan

    • Hi Pragesan,

      Great to hear from you.

      One can apply for a Schengen Visa up to 3 months prior to departure.

      The cost for the visa when applying through the Netherlands Embassy is roughly R800 per person, but this could have changed.

      I would recommend you contact them direct to get the most up to date information.

      Contact number: +27 (0)12 425 4500

      Have a great holiday!

  221. I am travelling to austria through paris, i have a schengen visa, i am using a south african Passport,
    there is an 8 hour layover , will i be allowed to go outside the transist area if i wanted to go shopping coz i am already in the schengen zone, please help, Thanks

    • Hi Moses,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      Yes a Schengen Visa will cover you for all schengen countries. However it is up to the airport officials discretion if they allow you to leave or not.

  222. Hi, we are travelling to Poland in June15. Is my understanding correct that we have to travel to Pretoria for the personal interview. (We have Schengen visas that expired in Aug2014) We are from Cape Town, and would hate to have to fly to Pretoria to apply. Thanks for any feedback !!

    • Hi Charl,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I would recommend you contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) as they specialize in visa’s and would be able to give the most up to date information if you would need to apply in person or not.

      Their contact details are:

      Cape Town Regional Office

      Tel: 0210014440
      Email: carl@visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosecpt.co.za

  223. travelling to Italy on the 26/05/2015 when could we apply for Italiaan visa thank you

    • Hi Estelle,

      Sounds fabulous. Italy in Summer. Enjoy.

      One can apply for their Schengen visa up to 3 months prior to departure.

      Have a lovely time in Italy.

  224. Hi Marcelle.
    My family are planning to travel to Italy in June/July. My husband and myself on British Passports and my children on SA passports.
    a) British passports do not require Schengen visa’s?
    b) We are in Durban – where can we apply for these visas?
    Many thanks
    Vanessa

    • Hi Vanessa,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      That is correct British passport holders will not need to apply for a Schengen visa.

      You welcome to contact the British Consulate on:

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500

      Durban:
      Tel: 27 (0) 31 572 7259

      Alternatively you are welcome to contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) they specialize in visa’s and should also be able to assist.

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za

      Durban Regional Office

      Tel: 031 001 3590
      Email: malcolm@visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosednb.co.za

      Best of Luck!

  225. I am planning a trip to France in July staying in B&B’s for some of the time and on a barge for most of the time.
    As proof of prearranged accommodation for each stay do I need specific letters from each host, or will the receipts of deposits I have already paid to the different parties be acceptable to the French Consulate?

    • Hi Robin,

      Thanks for the interesting question.

      To my knowledge the Embassy needs to either see a letter of invitation or proof of accommodation, where it has been booked and paid for. So the voucher would need to be presented.

      To avoid disappointment I would suggest contacting the French Embassy direct to get the most up to date information and what documentations they require in order for them to grant a Schengen visa.

      Consulat De FranceDirections
      Embassy
      Address: 191, Standard Bank Building, 3rd Floor, 7th Avenue, Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg, 2196
      Phone:011 778 5600
      Hours: Open today · 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

      Best of Luck!

  226. Hello

    On the application form for the Schengen Visa they require 3 months bank statements.

    We are planning to go to Paris for our honeymoon.

    What is the average funds to show on your statements, as I only start working in January?

    What is the best to show your credit or cheque card statements?

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    • Hi Rene,

      Great to hear from you.

      One needs R450 – R500 per person per day. You will need to show this on your bank statement or in foreign exchange. This is a guideline and could have increased.

      The Embassy’s need to see a 3 months bank statement to see that one has sufficient funds while they are traveling abroad.

      I would suggest you contact the French Consulate to see which documents they would prefer to see when applying for a Schengen visa. This way you can get the most up to date information.

      Their contact details:

      Consulat De France

      Embassy
      Address: 191, Standard Bank Building, 3rd Floor, 7th Avenue, Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg, 2196
      Phone:011 778 5600
      Hours: Open today · 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

      Best of luck, and have a fabulous time on your honeymoon!

  227. I am planning a trip to Switzerland for Christmas. What is the current price of the Visa and where do I go to obtain one. Thank you.

    • Hi Cheryl,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      Christmas in Switzerland sounds amazing 🙂

      The cost of submitting an application is EUR 60. An additional EUR 60 is charged for a renewed application following a rejection. This amount does not include processing fees.

      This is just a rough indication and fees could have changed. I would suggest contacting the Embassy of Switzerland for the most up to date information.

      Embassy of Switzerland

      Address: 1 Thibault Square 26th Floor – Corner Long Street and Strijdom Avenue, Long Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
      Phone:021 400 7500
      Hours: Closing soon · 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  228. Hi, how are you?

    I am an international (Congolese) student attending the University of Johannesburg (UJ). I have been twice in France and i would like to go back there for the June’s holiday by applying at Capago Center. However, my past trips were done with my parents ( in my childhood) and they paid the accommodation that time. I have booked a hotel room which allows free cancellation. Am I gonna be granted the visa with a confirmed hotel reservation but not paid or even prepaid with all others documents asked?

    Thanks for your help !

    • Hi Samuel,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This is up to the discretion of the Embassy who is granting the visa. Even if one has all the necessary documentation they still have the right to deny one a Schengen visa on which ever grounds they feel necessary.

      You would need to contact the Embassy direct as only they will be able to assist with this query.

      Best of Luck!

  229. Hi, i would like to know if there’s another form of payment for the UK visa than the credit card payment? Thx

    • Hi Anthony,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      To my knowledge one can only pay via credit card.

      You are welcome to contact the British Consulate direct as they would be able to give the most up to date information if an EFT payment is accept or cash deposit.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  230. Hi Marcelle

    I will be travelling on the 18th of April on a tour starting in the Netherlands and several other schengen countries. I only got an appointment for the 8th of April. How long does it take to process the visa? I know they say up to 15 days but Im really worried. Is it possible for me to apply through another embassy seeing as though I will be spending 2 nights in each country. Really freaking out. Your help would be appreciated

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      The country you visiting the longest you need to apply through. Unfortunately as we do not process visa’s we do not know the processing time and if Embassy’s have a backlog. Their could be a longer waiting period due to Easter Holidays approaching.

      I would suggest you contact the Embassy you applying through as they would be able to assist with the correct information on processing time.

      Best of Luck!

  231. I need two visas — Schengen and UK visas simultaneously, and got only two weeks left for the journey. Both visa appointments were given already, but just two days apart. Each of them will need my passport. What do I do?.

    • Hi Bello,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      When applying for a visa, the processing time can take anything for a few days to a few weeks.

      It would be best to contact the Embassy who is processing your first visa to see how long this will take.

      If you passport is not ready within the required time to submit to the next Embassy you will need to change your 2nd appointment. As one needs to submit their passport when applying for a visa.

      Best of Luck!

  232. Thanks for your early reply. I attended the 1st visa appointment(UK) on the 13th April, 2015, and was then advised by a consultant at the Teleperformance center, to inform the Denmark Embassy, when I go on 15th April, the need to collect back my passport from them to Teleperformance for the UK visa processing. Since, the appointment date is tomorrow 15th April, I would not know if Denmark will agree to give me back my passport after submission. It still dicey for me, my travel date is 25th April.

  233. Hi Marcelle,

    I have a valid Schengen (issued in my maiden name) in a cancelled passport. Subsequently i have been issued a new passport (issued in my married name). I will be traveling to Europe in May. The Italian embassy (country of longest stay) do not want to issue another visa, seeing that i already have one issued in my name. My first country of entry in Germany…

    Do you have any experience in this scenario? Do i just travel with both passports?

    Thanks

    Madelie

    • Hi Madelie,

      wow that sounds like quite the pickle! Okay, chatted it over with my colleagues and most suggest that you bring your marriage certificate with you when you travel. One of my colleagues also suggested that you perhaps get something in writing as to why they won’t give you a new visa (from the Italians) and that the current visa will suffice. Failing that, try the Germans explaining the same thing – their far more logical when it comes to this stuff.

      Good luck and enjoy the trip!

  234. Hello

    I have shengen visa that was issued in Feb till Mid May 2015. Due to business commitments I will not be travelling during this period. Can I request an extension or I have to reapply again

    Thanks

    • Hi Connie, the Schengen states don’t issue extensions on visas, you will always need to apply for a new visa if the one you have doesn’t apply for the dates you are travelling on. You can explain when applying that you will be travelling several times over the next 6 months/year and they may give you a longer duration for your next visa, but no extensions to my knowledge unfortunately.

  235. Hi Nick, I will be travelling to Switterland for a period of 3 months from 1st June this year. I have just recieved a work permit from the Federal authorities of Swiss which allows me to start with my visa application at the Swiss Embassy.
    I would like to know if it is possible to also apply for a Schengen visa that will allow me to travel to the Schengen areas around Switterland (France, Germany, Itally and Spain). If it is possible, is it not too late and what is required from me and where do I apply for this kind of Visa?
    Thank you

    • Hi Phuti! That sounds very exciting.

      I know that the visa you will be getting won’t be a Schengen one though, it will be what’s known as a “National Visa” which applies only to the country you are in. It’s possible that you will be allowed to apply for a second visa which will allow you entry into the rest of the Schengen states though. I would call the embassy/consulate to hear what they say though. Embassy in Pretoria: (012) 452-0662 Consulate in Cape Town: (021) 400 7500.

      Failing that, contact TLS, the official handling agency for Swiss Visas on Cape Town: +27 (0) 21 401 7501 or Pretoria: +27 (0) 21 401 7501

      You can find their website here: https://www.tlscontact.com/zaPRY2ch/splash.php

  236. Hi Nick,
    Not sure if this has been answered or touched on as yet. I am currently living in Asia ( Thailand ) with my fiance whom is Spanish. I am a South African passport holder. She has dual citizenship ( germany & Spain ). We would however like to relocate to Spain and plan on getting married within the next few years. How would it be possible for me to go with her to Spain and live there legally? Is there a special procedure in this situation? Should I go as a tourist and then apply for the correct visa thereafter? I hope this is not too vague. If you need any specific info please let me know. And thank you for all the useful info posted. I had no idea things were so complicated. Regards. Ashley

    • Hi Ashley, that’s a toughy! There should be a way you can do this though, to my knowledge you’d need to apply for a National Visa for Spain which is related to you being married to a European citizen. Being in Thailand though, I’m not 100% sure if it will be possible to apply from there or if you’ll need to come back to South Africa. If you have some sort of long term residency permit for Thailand it may be possible to apply there though.

      I would highly recommend using an immigration lawyer’s services for this though. This would likely be someone in Spain who can advice on Spanish and European immigration law and ensure you have all your ducks in a row for making the trip. Unfortunately I can’t recommend one not having dealt with one before.

      Best of luck Ashley and congrats! 🙂

  237. Thank you so much Nick. It is much appreciated. I will take your advice in this regard and proceed. I will also be sure to let you know the outcome thereof for future reference. Keep up the good work. I am sure that I am not the first or last person that really appreciates your guidance in these matters. Cheers. 🙂

    • Hi Ashley,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to send this awesome compliment! I will be sure to pass this onto Nick!

      He will be really happy to read this 😀

  238. Hai Nic,
    I hope all is well?
    I hope you can help me, I have an letter of invitation from my friend in Germany and in this letter she states that she will be paying for everything, must I still submit a letter of obligation?

    • Hi Barend,

      The embassy needs to see you have sufficient funds for the duration of your stay.

      Even if a letter is provided, anyone could have written this. The Embassy needs to see proof from your side, like a 3 months bank statement showing you have sufficient funds in your account

  239. Hello
    Pls can you advise me:- I am a SA passport holder but the spouse of a British Passport Holder. We will be travelling to Malta under the EU Freedom of Movement Directive. The Maltese Embassy states that as the family member of a EU citizen, my Visa is free of charge. Has anyone here applied for a Schengen Visa under similar circumstances and had the visa fee waivered?

    • Hi Anita,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      If the Maltese Embassy have confirmed this to you in writing this would be the case that you would qualify for a Schengen visa free of charge.

      To my knowledge we have never had a query like this, so best to always double check with the Embassy just to make sure.

  240. Hi. We are going to Spain in July, and have a very long stop over in Zurich. We would like to take the day and go site seeing in Zurich. Do we need a seperate Visa for Germany, or do we just put multiple entries on our Visa Application?

    • Hi Elaine,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      The Schengen visa will cover you for Spain, Germany and Switzerland as all 3 of these countries fall under the Schengen States.

      This is correct you would apply for multiple entry on your visa application.

  241. Hi!

    May I use a multi-entry Schengen visa to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina an Montenegro (driving from Slovenia – Croatia)?

    Many thanks!

    Alwyn

    • Hi Alwyn,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      The below information I have found should be used as a guide only. Please confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy, as this information could change from their side at anytime.

      If citizens of South Africa have valid multiple entry Schengen or EU visas, they are not required to have a visa for Bosnia and Herzegovina for a stay no longer than 6 nights, 7 days. This is valid ONLY if they are arriving in Bosnia and Herzegovina FROM THE EU OR SCHENGEN COUNTRIES.

      Traveling to Montenegro, Visas are required by South African passport holders.
      If the passenger is in possession of a valid Schengen visa and is staying in Montenegro for LESS than 7 days, no visa for Montenegro is required.

  242. Thanks Marcelle!

  243. My CEO has two passport documents due to his travel demands throughout Africa and abroad. We would like to apply for an “urgent visa” on the 17th of June, but have to receive the visa by the 22nd of June 2015. Is this possible.

    • Both of his passports are submitted for other visa applications this week, and one document will only become available on the 17th of June.

    • Hi Dantia,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You will need to contact the Embassy who you will be applying through as they will need to look if there is a backlog on visa processing. They will be able to clarify the waiting period.

  244. HI Nick,

    Hope all is well.

    My girlfriend and myself are planning a trip to Budapest, Bratislava and Prague. We live in Cape Town. According to your information above the Hungarian and Czech embassies require you to be at the Pretoria consulate in person. Is this still the case or is there another way to do it? Your help will be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Carel

  245. Our son is a SA Citizen working on a yacht in the USA. We are planning a family holiday in Italy during August ’15. He plans to fly directly from NY to Italy. How should he go about applying for a Schengen Visa?
    Looking forward to your advice.

    • Hi Anne,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      He should be allowed to apply for his Schengen visa in the States if he is working abroad.

      In saying this I would suggest you contact the Italian consulate as they should be able to give the most up to date information and answer any visa related queries you might have.

      AUTHORITIES:
      a) The Italian Embassy
      796 George Ave., ARCADIA 0083.
      Tel: (012) 423 0024-25
      Fax: (012) 342-5618 (Consular)
      E-mail: visti.pretoria@esteri.it
      Web: http://www.ambpretoria.esteri.it
      Visa section office hours:
      0900-1130 everyday EXCEPT Tue and Wed afternoon 1400-1600

  246. Hi there, I would like to book a cruise which departs from and returns to Germany but stops in a few European and Baltic states including Russia. Will I need to get a visa for each of the countries that it stops in? Even if the stop is only for a half day? Thank you

    • Hi Tracy,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge yes a visa would be required. As we do not specialise in visa’s I suggest you contact a Visa Box on: 021 551 8829 who would be able to answer any queries you might have with regards to visa’s.

  247. Hi There,

    hope someone can help me I live in south Africa Pretoria.

    In January the police caught me buying under 1g om marijuana i was put in holding sell for a few hours the cops said something to the guys that was in there and they started to make trouble with me this made me to sign the admittance of guild even though I did not buy it for myself.

    so i am sure that i might have a record on my name for something so stupid I paid the money they said i should and got out within a few hours.

    is this going to cause that I will not be allowed to travel to Italy for 10 days OR Dubai for 2 weeks?

    please assist sory if this is of topic

    • Hi Neill,

      Thanks for getting in touch and the interesting question.

      I would go to the police station and see if you have a record under your name, as when applying for a visa they could do the necessary back ground checks. And countries like Dubai are very stricked when it comes to things like this.

      Best of Luck!

  248. hello
    i am planning a trip to the Schengen countries. i would like to visit multiple countries and planning Germany or France as the country of entrance.
    so if i do understand correctly i need to apply for such a visa at the embassy of the country i am entering first and providing them with a day to day log of what i am going to do? also as per the insurance… is it 30 euro a day?

    • Hi Morne,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      You need to apply for a Schengen visa at the Embassy of the country you are staying in the longest.

      Example: If you are entering Germany and staying 3 days but visiting Italy and staying 10 days, you would apply at the Italian consulate.

      You will need to provide proof of paid accommodation along with your air ticket and proof of sufficient funds, 6 months bank statement and Travel Insurance. (Please contact the Embassy direct who you will be applying through as further documentation might be required when applying for your visa.)

      On your Travel Insurance in needs to state it will cover you for EUR30 000 for the full duration of your stay.

      Please find below link on further information on Travel Insurance when traveling to Schengen States

      http://www.schengenvisainfo.com/schengen-visa-insurance/

  249. hi again as per the funds in your bank account…. what would the sufficient amount be

    • Hi Morne,

      For this you would need to contact the Embassy you are applying through, they will be able to advise the amount of money needed per day to cover you for your stay when applying for your Schengen Visa.

  250. Hi there

    I’m going to Stockholm in August for a week and then flying to Dublin for another week before heading back to SA. Will the Swedish Consulate want to know my itinerary for Dublin when I apply for my Schengen visa? I have not booked accommodation in Dublin yet. Was thinking of booking closer to my departure.

    • Hi Cindy,

      Thanks for the interesting question.

      To my knowledge they shouldn’t as Ireland is not part of the Schengen States.

      In saying this I suggest you contact them direct just to make double sure as they will be able to give the most up to date information:

      AUTHORITY:
      The Embassy of Sweden
      I Parioli Complex,1166 Park Str, Hatfield, 0083
      PO Box 13477, Hatfield, 0028
      Tel: (012) 4266400
      Fax: (012) 4266464

  251. Thanks Marcelle

    I phoned and the operator advised me to just give a full flight itinerary which includes my return to South Africa.

  252. I am going to Cape Town to collect our visas for Sweden/ Schengen on behalf of our family (wife and children). what type of proof should I take with me to collect the visas?

    frederik

    • Hi Frederik,

      Thanks for the interesting question.

      If someone is collecting a passport on behalf of someone else, this person would have stipulated this in the application form.

      I am not sure what documents are required when collecting a visa on behalf of a family member.

      To my knowledge you might need a letter of consent which has been stamped by a commissioner of oaths or equivalent commissioning authority.

      My suggestion is to contact the Embassy direct they will be able to assist and answer any questions you might have.

  253. Good day,

    I am a South African currently employed in South Africa and I am going to Ireland soon for business for 9 weeks. My employer is arranging everything for Ireland, but I would like to travel to a few Schengen countries during this time as well. I will only be able to plan this when I get to Ireland, so I would like to know whether I would be able to apply for a Schengen visa in Ireland once I have bought plane tickets there?

    Thank you very much.

    • Hi Louis,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      To my understanding it would be possible to apply for a Schengen visa while in Ireland. You would need to apply at the Embassy of the country you are visiting the longest.

      However I do suggest you contact one of the Embassy’s here in South Africa to verify this as this could have changed.

  254. Hi, I’m not sure if this has been asked already (so many questions!), can I travel to a schengen state with an emergency passport? I’m leaving in two weeks and seem to have misplaced my passport and I’ve already booked my tickets. Help!!!

    • Hi Lesego,

      thanks for getting in touch.

      The Department of Home Affairs no longer issues Temporary Passports.

      You are welcome to look directly on their website:

      http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/travel-documents2

      Should you have any further question you can contact them direct as they should be able to answer any further queries you might have.

  255. Please advise me on the following , I’m going sailing in the med, I’m boarding in Greece where I will be sailing for about a month , the boat then goes to Turkey and on to Croatia and then Italy..!
    I have the option of sailing on with the boat for as long as i want..!
    As a South African passport holder I’m applying for my shengen visa from the Greek Embassy..! How do I go about a visa for all the other countries ?

    Thanks,

    • Hi Trevor,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Italy and Greece are both part of the Schengen States so this visa will cover you for both countries.

      Foreigners who are holders of:
      • uniform visas (C) for two or multiple entries, valid for all Schengen Area member states;
      • long-stay visa (D) for stays exceeding three months, issued by one of the Schengen Area member states;
      • residence permit issued by one of the Schengen Area member states;

      do not require a visa for transit through or intended stays in the territory of the Republic of Croatia not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period.

      Visas are required by SA passport holders.
      The Foreign Ministry of Turkey has launched through its website an e-visa application process. This is a new and user friendly visa application for foreign nationals including the citizens of South Africa travelling to Turkey.
      The new “e-Visa” system would enable the citizens of South Africa to obtain a Turkish visa online in 2 and a half minutes and thereby avoid having to wait in line-ups at the Turkish Airports…
      Applicants can obtain their e-visa electronically after entering required information and making payment by credit card online. The e-visa is FREE for SA passport holders. The main advantage of the e-visa is that it can be obtained easily anywhere there is internet connection and enables the holder to submit the application easily. The fee of the e-visa is the same fee travellers pay at Turkish airports.
      see : https://www.evisa.gov.tr. Please note that the e-visa can only be applied for if travelling to Turkey for tourism or commerce purposes.

  256. Hi there,
    I’m a crew member onboard the cruiselines. I need to embark my ship in Denmark. In the 5 years I’ve been working on the cruiseships, I’ve never applied for a Schengen visa, my Seaman’s book, Travel Itinerary and Letter of Employment, was normally enough. I’ve just recieved my details for my next contract, and was told by my Employer, I need a visa. The girls in the office are new, so I don’t know if they are correct, or if the law has indeed changed. I just don’t wanna go through the trouble getting a visa that’s not needed.

    Thanking you in Advance
    Mercia

    • Hi Mercia,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy direct and they will be able to answer if you are now required to have a visa and if the law has since changed.

      Best of luck.

  257. i am visiting the Netherlands , Germany and France for two weeks. accommodation , meals and transport is being paid for by the company that invited me. I just need spending money for drinks and so.

    how much money will i have to take in order to obtain a visa?

    • Hi Henry,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This depends on which Embassy you are applying for your visa through.

      I would say about R400 per day but suggest you contact the Embassy direct they will be able to answer any queries you might have.

  258. Hi there

    I am traveling to Finland and would like to know if asked at border control for proof of funds what would be the best way to do it? My most updated statement from the bank will only arrive after my flight. Can proof of foreign exchange (meeting minimun requirements of daily euros needed) be enough and/or should I take my previous statement as well.

    • Hi Kim,

      To my knowledge they do not ask this at Boarder Control however it is up to the Immigration official should they wish to ask.

      When applying for your visa this is when request to see if you have sufficient funds for your holiday before they approve your visa.

      I would suggest contacting the embassy direct or official visa handling agency to get the most up to date information on requirements.

      http://www.thegsa.co.za/index.php?nav=destination_country&view=115

  259. Hi,

    Myself and my partner would be going to Netherlands for two weeks in December. Our accommodation is paid for and so is our flight tickets,
    However, what do we require for the funds in our bank account when we apply for the visa? I phoned the embassy and at first i was told R400 and then I was told R840 per day. If anyone has experienced this.
    Please let me know, I would really appreciate it.

    • Hi Meagan, thanks for reaching out. Regarding the amount of money you need in your account, I would say it would be closer to the R400 would be the minimum if you have paid for accommodation in the country, however it is always advisable to more than enough money to have better chances of getting approved for the visa. With the value of the Euro climbing so rapidly recently, more is always going to be safer than less.

  260. Hi, it says that there are usually delays at the spain embassy and must apply in advance. How bad are the delays? whats the worst case scenario? I applied on 25 August and my flight is 14 September.

  261. Hi Nick
    I am on a SA passport. I have booked to travel to the UK early April 2016. In brief my itinerary reads: 7days in Northern Ireland, then 6 days in England, 7 days in Germany, 5 days in Czech Republic, and then last two weeks back in England. Please let me know where I apply for a Schengen visa and where I apply for a British visa. I live in Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape. My closest city is Port Elizabeth. Thanks so much.

  262. Hello, I’m a dependant of a diplomatic official in South Africa, With a Non- South african passport, I was planning to visit France for 7 days and italy for 5 days thereafter, I’ve been through the requirements on the french embassy website however, I was wondering if you could explain them to me, I’m not holding a diplomatic passport but I have a diplomatic visa. What would be necessary for me to do at this point?

    • Hi Ricky,

      Thanks for the interesting question.

      We only specialise in South African travellers holding South African passports.

      You will need to check with the Embassy direct on the requirements for a Non-South African passport holders who holds a diplomatic visa.

      Best of luck.

  263. Hello

    I have a two and a half year schengen visa and am in Spain already. I would like to do some casual casting work. What is the possibility i may work legally and if not how do i get a working visa from here?

    Would appreciate any info.

    Juan

    • Hi Juan,

      Thanks for the reaching out.

      Sounds like it could be a lot of fun working in Spain.

      Unfortunately we do not specialize in working visa’s.

      I can say that on a Schengen tourist visa, you would not be allowed to work.

      I suggest you contact a visa agency who specializes in this and they should be able to shed more light on how and where to apply for a working visa, and if it would be possible.

  264. Hi! I recently travelled to The Netherlands and I still have 60 days left on my Schengen visa, however I would like to live and work in The Netherlands. If i do go visit again on my Schengen visa and I manage to find a job, can I change my visa while I am in the country or do I need to come back to South Africa to do so?

    • Hi Lindie,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the the procedures of a work permit as we do not specialise in this. To my knowledge you would need to come back home and apply and the company sponsoring / who will be employing you will need to send the supporting documents to the Dutch Embassy in South Africa.

      I suggest you contact the Dutch Embassy and see what information they are able to provide. They should be able to shed more light.

  265. Good Afternoon ….. Please could you assist me by pointing me in the right direction to get the visa process started …. My son who is 18 wants to back pack next year in Europe and has a list of countries he would like to visit he is wanting to start off in Croatia as he has a friend there please could you give us some guidance on what we need to do in terms of obtaining visas, will he need a separate visa for each country and does he need to apply for all these visas be fore departing …. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated x

    • Hi Blair,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If he is traveling to any of the Schengen states a Schengen visa will cover him for all these countries. The country (which is part of the Schengen state) he will be staying the longest is where he will need to apply for his Schengen visa, through their official visa handling agency.

      For the other countries in Europe which are not part of the Schengen state he will need to apply through those separately.

      I am not sure on what countries your son plans on visiting but all visa’s need to be applied for before departure. The sooner the better as sometimes there can be a waiting period and if he has to apply for more than one its best to apply soonest. You can apply for a visa up to 3 months prior to departure.

  266. Hi, please advise me on the requirements for a German Visa. I am a holder of a South African passport. Thank you

    • Hi Gustav,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Please see below visa requirements for a South African passport holder applying for a Schengen Visa.

      Please contact the oficial visa handling agency direct for further information.

      German Embassy (Pretoria)
      Tel Number : (012) 427 8975
      Appointments : 0861 00 22 45
      Fax Number : (012) 427 8984 (Visa Department)
      Street Address : 1267 Pretorius Street, Hatfield Office Park, Block B,
      Hatfield, Pretoria
      Postal Address : P.O. Box 2023, Pretoria 0001
      Email Address : visapretoria@pret.diplo.de
      Web Address : http://www.southafrica.diplo.de (application & declaration
      forms)

      The following documents have to be submitted/completed:
      One completed and signed visa application: Needs to be fully completed and signed and dated by applicant. If applicant is under the age of 18, the application form has to be signed by both parents/legal guardians. Parent/s or legal guardian/s including minor should be present at the appointment. In absence of a parent/s during the appointment: POA and written signed statement explaining why they were not able to be present at the time of appointment.
      Passport: Validity minimum 90 days from the date of expiry of the requested visa. Passport must contain at least 2 empty pages for entry and departure stamp and passport must be signed. Applicant exiting Germany and returning to South Africa via another country should present the relevant visa for the country. Temporary passports are not accepted.
      One recent biometric passport size photograph: should not be older than 6 months. To be attached with to the application form with a paperclip). Please read guidelines attached to your confirmation email.
      Photocopies: 2 passport copies of pages containing personal data and copies of previous Schengen Visa (s).
      Document confirming employment situation: Employees: Letter of employment with original signature, or Self Employed: Company registration/Letter from Accountant/Letter from SARS, or Students: Proof school/university attendance confirming that the student is exempt from attending lectures during the requested travel period, Medical Doctors: Licence to practice from HPSCA, or Lawyers: Proof of registration with Law Association; Freelance: Proof of your engagements. Unemployed/retired: Proof of Residence required (utility bill/rental agreement/signed letter from property owner with ID copy).
      Documents reflecting nature of the trip: Signed invitation letter of invitation from private
      person (stating relationship) + passport copy + residency permit in Germany, full address,
      telephone, email and contact person. If inviting person is non EU (copy of permit required in
      addition to passport) Legalised letter of invitation or concert/sport event tickets. Package
      Tour/Cruises/Individual Trips (proof of accommodation for every day).
      Documents confirming sufficient funds (50.00 Euro per person/per day) for the trip:
      Current 3 months stamped bank statement of private bank account / business account (only if
      self employed / legalized letter of obligation with proof of funds + passport copy of the host +
      written statement explaining the relationship between the inviting party and the applicant.
      Note: NO credit card statements
      Flight-ticket and hotel reservation: round trip flight reservations or travel itinerary (name
      and dates). If applicable, how will you be travelling to Germany or the EU-> car rental, flights,
      etc. Hotel reservation with full address for the entire time of stay in the Schengen State(s) /
      signed invitation letter from a host in Germany with full address, telephone, email, etc.
      Overseas medical insurance: valid for the duration of the requested visa, minimum coverage
      of EUR30,000 and repatriation. Conditions must be stated either on insurance documents or on
      separate confirmation letter. Please note: medical insurances connected to credit cards are
      not accepted.
      For accompanying minors (younger than 18 years of age): Full unabridged birth certificate
      (displaying fathers and mothers name), guardians declaration of consent signed by both
      guardian’s/parents, copy of first page of passport of minor, full unabridged marriage
      certificate of the parents. Court ruling in case of custody (guardianship or divorce decree).
      Please note: in the absence of one parent during the appointment, the absent party must have
      signed a power of attorney (www.visa-germany.co.za for more information)

  267. Hi.

    I am going to Switzerland from January to March next year, looking to get visa. What documents are required to apply for the visa?

    Thanks,
    Mpho

    • Hi Mpho,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I have found the following information however this should be used as a guideline only. Kindly confirm details with the relevant authorities.

      Notice from Embassy of Switzerland
      All residents of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland will have to lodge their applications with an external Service Provider TLS. Appointments and applications need to be booked and completed online at http://www.tlscontact.com/za2ch or 021 401 7501. Everyone that is 12 years and older, has to go to TLS in person to apply for their visas. TLS will take fingerprints.

      Postal application is only possible for visa applicants who have already had their fingerprints collected when applying for a Schengen visa in the past 59 months and have obtained a Schengen visa in the past 2 years. For detailed info go to http://www.tlscontact.com/zaCPT2ch or http://www.tlscontact.com/zaPRY2ch.

      Should applicant wish to lodge an application with the Swiss Embassy, the applicants longest stay must be in Switzerland in the Schengen area.

      Clients without an appointment will not be able to submit their applications.
      Regional Consulate Centre Southern Africa in Pretoria: includes the South African provinces Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and North-West.

      Consulate General in Cape Town: includes the South African provinces of Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Western Cape, as well as Namibia. All applicants living in a Cape province, must apply with Consulate in Cape Town

      The Regional Consular Centre Southern Africa in Pretoria and the Consulate General in Cape Town have the exclusive responsibility to process the applications and decide to grant or deny a visa, or request additional information. TLScontact is therefore not involved in the decision step of the visa application, and is not aware of its outcome.

      Visas issued by representations abroad may be cancelled by the Border Control if the conditions on the basis of which it was granted have changed.

      Applicants can apply for a visa 3 months before the flight date, and it is highly recommended to apply for a short stay visa at least 14 days before your scheduled departure date. Indicate your email address on the application form.

      The Embassy reserves the right to ask the applicant to come for an interview, if deemed necessary. Applicant must ensure they have the right documents.
      Cost/Delay Cost – The fee must be paid in cash when applying for the visa at the counter. You may send cash or postal orders in Rands if you do not need to apply in person. This fee is not refundable if the visa is refused. (Fee may vary due to the exchange rate). Please have exact amount of cash ready when paying the visa fee.
      Schengen (Tourist/Transit) : EUR60
      Child 6-12 years : EUR35
      TLSContact service fees : R400
      Children under 6 years of age are exempt from the visa fee.

      The visa fee and service fee have to be paid in South African Rands (ZAR).

      The payment of visa fees and service fees do not in any way guarantee that a visa to Switzerland will be granted. The decision to grant such a visa is at the sole discretion of the Embassy and Consulate General of Switzerland.

      Visa fees and service fees are both no-refundable and non-transferable should the visa application be denied by a Consular staff or should the applicant decide to terminate his or her application.

      Delay – 5 to 10 working days for a Schengen visa for a stay of less than 3 months
      (some nationals have to undergo a special consultation. This process; can last up to 14 days)
      – National long stay visa (residence, work and/or study) takes 8-12 weeks to be approved.
      Applications can be handed 3 months before travel. Children under 6 are exempted from the fee. This also applies for spouses of Swiss and EU Nationals

      It is highly recommended to apply for a short stay visa atleast 12 days before your scheduled departure date. Please note that you can apply for a short stay visa up to 90 days before the planned departure.

      General Requirements

      Please make sure you bring the photocopies of all the required documents (including passport) as the Embassy will not make any photocopies on your behalf.
      Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
      Schengen visa application form, duly filled in, dated and signed by the applicant wherever it says signature.
      Minor (under the age of 18): Both parents must sign the visa application form and add copies of their passports as well as the unabridged birth certificate (this birth certificate states the name of the child and both parents) of the child. No visa will be issued without these certificates. If there is only one guardian please present the legal documentation thereof, (divorce papers, birth or death certificate etc.) If one parent is unable to sign the form, he/she must submit a letter of agreement together with a copy of his/her passport bearing the signature of the holder. If the child is travelling with only one parent, the written consent of the other parent is required as well as a copy of the passport of the latter bearing the signature.
      Passport, original: The passport must be valid for a period of at least three months after leaving the Schengen area. Please ensure that the passport has two blank pages to affix the visa. Passport, photocopy: Photocopy of the passport, including the signature page and previous Schengen visas.
      2 recent, developed identity photos: passport-size colour photographs (undamaged, of good quality and not older than six months). Do not staple or damage the photo, background has to be light and plain.
      Medical insurance, copy: Travel medical insurance stating the following: Covered for a minimum of EUR 30,000, medical treatments and repatriation included. Policy must state policy number, name of ensured applicant, scheduled benefits as well as covered period (please allow for extra days to be more flexible with the duration of the visa)
      Letter of employment, original: Recent, original and signed letter from your employer in the country of residence confirming the purpose and duration of the trip to Switzerland and the date of returning to work.
      Last 3 months of current bank account statements, copy: Not older than 10 days. Showing a sufficient balance (approx. ZAR 1,000/EUR 80,00 per day) to cover all your costs during the trip or showing an overdraft facility. The applicants name must appear on the statements. (Neither cash nor bank letter are accepted). For minors, bank account statements of the parents.
      Round trip itinerary or air-tickets reservation, copy: It should specify each entry into and exit from the Schengen Area.
      Hotel bookings or tour arrangements, copy: In Switzerland and other Schengen States covering the whole period of stay.
      Duly signed invitation letter from the host, copy: If invited by a host in Switzerland: If host confirms to cover expenses, copies of the last 3 months of current bank account statements (not older than 10 days) baring the name of the host are required. In certain cases a “Declaration of Guarantee” may be required. This form will be given to the applicant, if the financial situation is considered to be insufficient to undertake the trip. The applicant must complete this declaration with his/her personal data and send it to the host in Switzerland. The host has to get it stamped by the municipal authorities at his place of residence. This process will take about one month.
      Swiss residence permit or Swiss passport of the host, copy: If invited by a host in Switzerland – if the host is a diplomat, photocopy of his diplomatic card and Verbal Note from the diplomatic representation in Switzerland.
      Visa or travel document valid for the main destination, original: If your main travel destination is not a Schengen country, the visa of the country of destination has to be in your passport before you apply for the Schengen visa.
      Declaration of consent for the use of couriers, original: The Declaration for the use of courier has to be signed and submitted with your application at TLScontact.
      Additional documents Business Visa: All of the above, plus the following:
      Last 3 months of current bank account statements, copy: If neither company explicitly state that they cover the costs of the applicant, 3 months of current bank account statements (not older than 10 days) bearing the names of the applicant and showing sufficient funds (approx. ZAR1,000/EUR 80.00 per day) will be required. (Neither cash or bank letters are accepted)
      Invitation letter from the inviting company/organisation in Switzerland. The invitation must be signed by an authorized person. It should contain the following information:
      * Name and first name of the person
      * Passport no. of every person who is invited
      * purpose of visit
      * date of entry and departure
      * who will cover the expenses for travelling, accommodation
      In case a one year multiple entries visa is requested, it has to be explicitly requested by both companies in South Africa and Switzerland, mentioning the frequency of the foreseen meetings. However, please note, that this is not a guarantee that you will be granted a one year multiple entry.
      Transit Visa: A transit visa allows the holder to stay in transit area (airport) for up to 48 hours. South African Passport holders do not need a transit visa as long as they do not leave the airport.

      Requirements : Flight ticket of an airline registered in Switzerland for the duration of the trip. Person needs to be in possession of a visa for the final destination if required.

      Spouses & children of Swiss & EU-Nationals Kindly note that the following only applies to spouses of Swiss & EU-Nationals:
      Schengen application form and complimentary page five, original – duly filled in, dated and signed where ever it says signature. For Minors (under 18), both parents must sign the visa application form.
      Passport, original – the passport must be valid for a period of at least three months after leaving the Schengen area. Please ensure that the passport has two blank pages to affix the visa. Passport, photocopy: including the signature page and previous Schengen visas.
      2 Recent, developed identity photos: passport-size colour photographs (undamaged, of good quality and not older than 6 months). Do not staple or damage the photo, background has to be light and plain.
      Marriage certificate, copy
      Passport of the Swiss or EU Spouse
      Round trip itinerary or air tickets reservation, copy
      Declaration of consent for the use of couriers, original.
      Days Closed

      2015: 03, 06 Apr / 14, 25 May / 10 Aug / 24 Sep / 16, 24, 25, 26 ,31 Dec

      Office Hours

      PRY – 09h00 – 12h00: Mon – Fri (Visa applications)
      13h30- 16h00: Mon – Thu (Telephone enquiries)

      CPT – 14h00 – 12h00: Mon – Fri (Visa applications)
      TLS Pretoria: Monday to Friday, 08:30 to 16:30
      TLS Cape Town: Monday to Friday, from 08:30 to 16:30

      Contact Details

      Swiss Embassy * PRETORIA *
      Visa applicants living in the South African provinces Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North-West, Lesotho and Swaziland.

      Telephone No : (012) 452-0660/62
      Fax No : (012) 346-6605
      Street Address : 225 Veale Street, Parc Nouveau, New Muckleneuk, 0181
      Postal Address : P.O. Box 2508, Brooklyn Square, 0075
      E-Mail Address : pre.vertretung@eda.admin.ch / pre.visa@eda.admin.ch /
      southernafrica@eda.admin.ch
      Website Address : http://www.eda.admin.ch/pretoria
      Swiss Consulate General *CAPE TOWN*
      Visa applicants in the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape.

      Telephone No : (021) 400 7500
      Fax No : (021) 418-3688
      Street Address : 1 Thibault Square, 26th Floor, Corner Hans Strijdom & Long St,
      Cape Town, 8000
      Postal Address : P.O. Box 563, Cape Town, 8000
      E-Mail Address : cap.vertretung@eda.admin.ch / cap.visa@eda.admin.ch
      Website Address : http://www.eda.admin.ch/capetown
      TLScontact Centre – Pretoria
      Visa applicants living in the South African provinces Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North-West, Lesotho and Swaziland.
      Tel No : (021) 401 7501
      Physical Address : First Floor, Menlyn Corner, 87 Frikkie De Beer Street, Menlyn,
      Pretoria
      Web Address : http://www.tlscontact.com/za2ch
      TLScontact Centre – Cape Town – South African Provinve of Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Western Cape
      Tel No : (021) 401 7501
      Physical Address : Media Quarter, Upper Ground Floor, 2 De Smit Sreet,
      De Waterkant, Cape Town
      Web Address : http://www.tlscontact.com/za2ch

  268. Hi, I am busy applying for a Schengen VISA. I am going to stay in Germany and Amsterdam, I read that you apply to the country which you enter first if you are staying in each country approximately the same time. Is this correct?
    I have the Schengen Visa application form for Netherlands, but where do I submit it? And is the process similar than a UK VISA applications? Do I need to make an appointment somewhere? The closest city would be Cape Town.
    Please could you assist.
    Thank you

    • Hi Helga,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      If you are staying in the Netherlands the longest you will apply thought their official visa handling agency VFS.

      Please find further information below with regards to requirements and costs etc:

      Note: visa information is not guaranteed. Kindly confirm details with the relevant authorities.

      Important Note – Delay/Validity/Cost – Requirements – Days Closed – Office Hours -Contact Details

      See Schengen Agreement for more info
      Important Note All Schengen visa applications for the Netherlands in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, will be handled by VFS.

      Biometrics have been implemented for Schengen visa. As a result all applicants need to apply in person. You must book a separate appointment for each person. This also applies to family members who travel together.

      Appointments should be made via the website only. You are strongly advised to schedule an appointment for your visa application at least three weeks before your intended date of departure.

      The procedure for collection of biometric identifiers is quick, simple and discreet.

      Exemptions from the obligation of fingerprinting are provided for:
      Children under the age of 12;
      Persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible;
      Heads of State and members of national Governments, with accompanying spouses, and the members of their official delegations when they are invited by Member States’ governments or by international organisations for an official purpose;
      Sovereigns and other senior members of royal family, when they are invited by Member States’ governments or by international organisations for an official purpose.
      For visa applications for groups: arrangements should be made well in advance with the relevant consular office. To book an appointment for a group, (must be for more than 10 applicants) please contact VFS so that a special arrangement can be made.

      National long stay visas (MVV): http://www.dutchembassy.co.za

      Note: Fees and requirements are subject to change without prior notice.
      Visa applications will be rejected if the visa fee is not paid or if the application forms are not fully completed and signed or when required documents are not submitted.
      Visa fee is non-refundable.
      There is no guarantee that a visa will be issued and no rights can be derived from the information obtained in the general Schengen visa requirements.
      The possession of a visa is no guarantee for entry into the territory of the Schengen state. Should the Schengen state’s border authority refuse entry, no claim to reimbursement of the visa will be taken into consideration. The border police at your Schengen destination may request the representation of the supporting documents you used for your visa application. Failure to present said funds/documents may result in entry being refused.
      Fees and requirements are subject to change without prior notice.
      The visa of the final country of destination (if applicable) must be obtained before applying for a Schengen visa.
      The Embassy/Consulate reserves the right to request further documentation should they deem it necessary.
      Delay/Validity/Cost Delay: Processing time is 5 working days. This time is required to process the application and for the documents to be sent to the Embassy and returned to VFS. It may take considerably longer if any documents are missing or if further information is required. You are therefore advised to submit your application well before the date on which you are planning to travel.

      Applications for a Schengen visa should be lodged at the VFS Global Visa Service centre, at least 15 working days (3 weeks) before the intended departure date. Applications can be logged 3 months before intended departure date.

      Validity
      Short stay visa: a ‘Schengen’ visa, single or multiple entry, allowing the holder to stay in the Schengen territory up to 90 days per 6 months.
      Airport transit visas: required by the nationals of certain countries. (Not for R.S.A. citizens).
      Cost:
      Visa fee is subject to change without notice. The fee is non refundable.

      Schengen visa normal tariff EUR60 ZAR900
      Schengen visa low tariff (minors 6-11 years) EUR35 ZAR525
      VFS Global Service Fee (per application – to be paid at VFS Global Centre only) ZAR420
      The only acceptable modes of payment of visa fees are by credit/debit card (Only at the Visa Application Centre) and Cash Deposit at Bank and Deposit Slip (original) needs to be carried as evidence of payments when submitting your application at VFS Global Netherlands Visa Application Centre. American Express and Diners cards are not accepted.

      Visas are issued free of charge for:

      Children under the age of 6
      Spouse and Dependent Children of EU Nationals (Proof of EU Nationality and relationship with applicants needs to be provided). This is subject to EU treaty rights i.e. Spouse and Dependents cannot exercise this exemption when visiting country of origin of the EU National.
      Below are the bank details for visas only:
      Bank Name : Nedbank
      Branch Name : Corporate Client services
      Branch Code : 198765 (Universal Code)
      Account name: Visa Processing SA – Netherlands
      Account No : 1454112530
      Reference : Your passport number

      The visa fee will not be reimbursed if an application is refused or is withdrawn. The VFS Global service fee will be collected over the counter.

      There is an optional Courier facility for the return of processed applications available at a fee of ZAR150 for application delivery (incl VAT) per application. This is an optional service and needs to be paid over the submission counter.

      Requirements General requirements:
      Duly completed and signed Schengen application form
      Completed checklist
      One recent, good quality, passport sized, colour photographs on a clear light background
      Passport, valid for a period of at least 3 months after the applicant’s last day of stay in the Schengen states. Please ensure that the passport has 2 blank pages
      Flight reservation (no ticket).
      Travel/health/accident insurance: an insurance policy stating that the applicant is covered by a Schengen Travel Medical Insurance i.e. minimum medical coverage of the Rand equivalent of EUR30,000 for all medical expenses, including repatriation dead or alive, occurring in any Schengen country.
      Proof of sufficient funds (no cash) for duration of stay – Up to date transaction history of last three months as close to the application date as possible with each page stamped from the bank and name should reflect. Only Current,Cheque or Savings account will only be accepted. . Overdraft accounts will not be accepted.
      Employment letter confirming position and leave approval for the period the applicant will be out of SA If self-employed you need to submit your companies documents (CK, CC) or a letter from your accountant confirming that the business exist. All students require letter from School/ University/ College.
      Copy of hotel reservations for the entire trip (also for other Schengen countries) and flight booking (The Embassy advises you not make any payment for hotel accommodation or flight tickets before you are granted a visa.) A clear itinerary showing the exact travel route and period of stay in the individual Schengen countries.
      Copy of bio data page from passport.
      Additional documents for Minors (Children under 18): Unabridged birth certificate and certified copy of parents’ passport of Identity document. If the child is travelling alone: Permission minor child consent form signed by both parents with a copy of their passport or driver’s license. If the child travels with only one parent, the other parent must sign the permission minor child consent form with a copy of their passport or driver’s license. If only one parent has guardianship of the minor, court documents stating so must be presented.
      Days Closed 2015:
      VFS: 01, 02 Jan / 21 Mar / 03, 05, 06, 27 Apr / 01, 05, 14, 15, 25 May / 16 Jun / 09, 10 Aug / 24 Sep / 16, 25, 26 Dec
      Office Hours
      VFS: 08h00-12h30 and 13h30 to 15h00 Mon-Fri
      10h00 to 16h00 Mon-Fri (Passport retrieval)

      Contact Details
      VFS Global – (Pretoria)
      Telephone No : 012 425 3005
      Street Address : 1st Floor, Cherry Lane Office Park 114 Fehrsen Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk Brooklyn, PretoriaGauteng
      Email Address : Info.nlza@vfshelpline.com
      Website : http://www.vfsglobal.com/netherlands/southafrica/index.html

      VFS Global – (Johannesburg)
      Telephone No : 012 425 3005
      Street Address : 1st Floor, Rivonia Village, Cnr. Rivonia Boulevard & Mutual Road, Sandton
      Email Address : Info.nlza@vfshelpline.com
      Website : http://www.vfsglobal.com/netherlands/southafrica/index.html

      VFS Global – (Cape Town)
      Telephone No : 012 425 3005
      Street Address : 47 Strand Street, 5th Floor Office 504, Cape Town
      Email Address : info.nlza@vfshelpline.com
      Website : http://www.vfsglobal.com/netherlands/southafrica/index.html

      VFS Global – (Durban)
      Telephone No : 012 425 3005
      Street Address : Silver Oaks Office Park, Suite 3 Silver Oaks, 36 Silverton Rd,
      Musgrave, Durban
      Email Address : info.nlza@vfshelpline.com
      Website : http://www.vfsglobal.com/netherlands/southafrica/index.html

  269. Hi there we ( my husband and I) are wanting to go and see my old friend in Austria, we will be staying in their home for 4 weeks from 28 May to 26 June 2016. I have no idea where to start getting our visas sorted as we will be hosted by them for the full time. please help. thanks Kerry

    • Hi Kerry,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid Travelstart does not specialize in visa’s (the requirements and procedures) you would need to contact the Embassy direct or the official visa handling agency they will be able to assist in applying for a Schengen visa.

      Below I have found some information which should assist in pointing you in the right direct. Enjoy your time in Austria 🙂

      Note: visa information is not guaranteed. Kindly confirm details with the relevant authorities.

      Important Note – Delay – Cost/Validity -General Requirements – Office hours – Days Closed
      Contact Details

      More visa info see Schengen Agreement.
      Important Note
      All applicants applying for a Schengen visa are to have their fingerprints taken.
      The biometric data of the visa applicants (10 Fingerprints) will be taken at all application centre’s (Embassy, as well as Visa Application Centre’s). It is a simple and discreet process, which only takes a few minutes. The biometric data will be saved to the visa application form.

      Visa applications may be submitted at the Austria Visa Application Centre in Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban. Please note there is an additional fee for this service. In addition, it is noted that all visa applications will still only be processed by the Embassy in Pretoria and therefore the service provider can only accept applications that are submitted at least 15 days before departure.

      It is mandatory to schedule an appointment for submitting your application in person at the Austria Visa Application Centre and the Austrian Embassy in Pretoria.

      Children under 12 years as well as persons who are handicapped are not obliged to have their fingerprints taken.

      There is no guarantee that a visa will be issued and no rights can be derived from the information obtained in the general Schengen visa requirements.
      Visa applications will be rejected if the visa fee is not paid or if the application forms are not fully completed and signed. A negative decision can be taken if the applications are not accompanied by the required documents.
      Procedure: It is the responsibility of the applicant to take note of the visa application requirements and to apply in time, before making travel arrangements.
      The Embassy does not accept credit card statements
      Entry into the Schengen territory: The possession of a visa is only one of the prerequisites for entry into the territory of the Schengen state. Should the Schengen State’s border authority refuse entry, no claim to reimbursement of the visa can be submitted. The border police at your Schengen destination may request the presentation of sufficient funds, a letter of invitation, hotel reservation and proof of medical insurance. Failure to present said funds/documents may result in entry being refused.

      Delay Processing Time: Up to 15 days after receiving the application. Foreign passport holders: can take up to several weeks.
      Cost/Validity
      Schengen Visa (A, C): up to 90 days per 6 months 60 € ZAR920
      Schengen Visa (A, C) children 6-11 years: up to 90 days per 6 months 35 € ZAR540
      Airport Transit Visas: (Not for R.S.A citizens)

      Please note: VFS has a service charge of R370 (inclusive of VAT) applicable per application over and above the Visa Fees for all applications. The Special Courier facility for the return of processed applications is available at a fee of R150 (Inclusive of VAT) per application. This is an optional service. The only acceptable modes of payment of visa fees are :

      Cash Deposit at a NEDBANK
      Credit / Debit Card ( only at the Visa Application Centre )

      Banking details :
      Bank Name : Nedbank
      Branch Name : Corporate Client Services
      Account Name : VFS Visa Processing (SA) (Pty) Ltd
      Account No : 1007919760
      Reference : Passport Number

      The visa fee can be paid in advance and to our bank account before handing in the application or by credit/debit card. Please remember to bring/submit your original deposit slip and please put your passport number as a reference.

      Please note that visa fees are subject to change:

      Applicants shall pay a visa fee of EUR 60.
      Children from the age of six years and below the age of 12 years shall pay a visa fee of EUR35.
      The visa fee will be waived for applicants belonging to one of the following categories:
      Children under six years;
      school pupils, students, post graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training;
      researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research (as defined in Recommendation No 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005.
      representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations.
      General Requirements (Documents that might be requested depending on the individual case)

      SCHENGEN SHORT STAY VISA
      Duly completed (in capitals) and signed “Common Schengen Application Form” Please ensure that question 37 is signed and that applicants aged14 and above co-sign the application form in all relevant places.
      RSA passport, which must be valid for a period of at least 3 months after the applicant’s last day of stay in the Schengen states and not older than 10 years. Please ensure that the passport has at least 2 blank pages to affix the visa. Please sign passport if in an old format. Please note that Temporary RSA passport will no longer be accepted for travelling to or transit Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Denmark or Luxemburg.
      Passports for Minors: Please be advised that Denmark does not recognize the new South African passport which is issued to minors below the age of 16 and bears the phrase “too young to sign” instead of a signature. If the passport bears the phrase “too young to sign”, instead of the holder’s signature, the validity of the visa will be limited to ALL SCHENGEN COUNTRIES EXCEPT DENMARK.
      One recent passport photo in colour.
      A visa of the final country of destination (if needed) must be obtained before applying for a Schengen visa.
      Proof of payment
      The following to be submitted in original + extra copy

      Round trip air ticket with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Schengen State. A flight reservation is accepted when applying. Please provide a copy for each application.
      Proof of sufficient funds for the duration of stay submit original recent 3 months bank statements of a current account, each page stamped. Savings account or investment statements can be submitted in addition. Internet statements and bank letters will not be accepted.
      Travel/health/accident insurance – a one-page document stating that the applicant is covered by a Schengen Travel Medical Insurance, i.e. minimum medical coverage of the Rand equivalent of EUR30.000 for all medical expenses, including repatriation dead or alive, occurring in any Schengen country. An insurance can only be accepted if the insurer is either based (registered) in South Africa or in the European Union.
      For Business: the company in Austria or in another Schengen country should provide an invitation letter for the purpose of the trip. If the Austrian company is paying for the trip (accommodation, medical insurance, daily allowance, etc.) it should be confirmed by an affidavit (Generalverpflichtungsverklarung or EVE). A letter from employer confirming employment, purpose and duration of the trip. Please note that bank statements are still required.
      Children under 18: unabridged birth certificate. If the child is travelling alone: certified parental consent by both parents and copies of their ID’s and both documents must be certified by a Commissioner of Oath. If the child travels with only one parent, the other parent must produce the notarized/certified consent and a copy of his/her RSA ID. If only one parent has guardianship of the minor, the relevant court documents must be presented. An unabridged birth certificate must be submitted for all children under 18 irrespective if they are travelling with the parents or not.
      Accommodation – confirmed hotel reservation or tour vouchers (copy of the vouchers and originals). Please ensure that all applicants names, address of hotel and check in and out dates are clearly stated. If you are visiting and staying with friends or family in Austria (without financial sponsorship): Invitation letter confirming your accommodation, copy of the host’s passport, copy of “Meldezetter” or “Unterkunftsbestatigung” of your host (proof of residence). Note: Non-Austrian Citizens must provide additional proof of valid Austrian residence permit (copy) is required. If you visit is supported and paid for by a sponsor residing in Austria: electronic affidavit (“elektronische Verpflichtungserklarung” – EVE) which can be obtained by the host from the nearest aliens police (“Fremdenpolizei”) in Austria.
      Groups: For organized groups arrangements should be made well in advance with the relevant issuing authority.
      Proof of employment: (e.g. letter from company stating monthly wages, continuing employment after period of leave and duration of vacation etc)
      If applicant is a student: letter from school/college/university confirming attendance. One parent must provide three months up to date bank statements stamped, letter from account holder, confirming financial responsibility and copy of account holder Identity document.
      A personal interview with the applicant may be requested at any time
      Office Hours Consular Hours:
      Mon & Thu:- 09h00 – 12h00
      Telephone Hours
      Mon-Thu 14h00 – 16h00 (on 012 452-9155)
      visa section closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

      Application Centres
      Submission Timings: 08h00 to12h30 and 13h30 to 15h00 Monday-Friday

      For Visa appointments and information:- Mon-Fri 08h00-17h00
      Days Closed 2015:
      Austrian Visa Application Centre: 21 Mar / 03, 06, 27 Apr / 01 May / 16 Jun / 09, 10 Aug / 24 Sep / 16, 25, 26 Dec
      Contact Details Austrian Embassy (Pretoria)
      Switchboard : (012) 452-9155
      Fax No : (012) 460-1151
      Street Address : 454 A Fehrsen Street (entrance William street), Brooklyn, Pretoria, 0181
      Postal Address : P. O. Box 95572 Waterkloof 0145
      Email Address : pretoria-ob@bmeia.gv.at
      Website address : http://www.austrianembassy.co.za/
      Johannesburg – Austrian Visa Application Centre
      Telephone No : 012 425 3001-Call centre
      Street Address : 1st Floor Rivonia Village, Corner Rivonia Boulevard and Mutual Road, Sandton
      Web Address : http://www.vfsglobal.com/austria/southafrica/index.html
      Cape Town – Austrian Visa Application Centre
      Telephone No : 012 425 3001 – Call centre
      Street Address : Office 504, 5th Floor, 47 on Strand, Strand Street, Cape Town
      Email Address : info@grza@vfshelpline.com
      Website Address : http://www.vfsglobal.com/austria/southafrica/index.html
      Durban – Austrian Visa Application Centre
      Telephone No : 012 425 3001-Call centre
      Street Address : Silver Oaks Office Park, Suite 3 Silver Oaks, 36 Silverton Road, Musgrave, Durban
      Email Address : info@grza@vfshelpline.com
      Website Address : http://www.vfsglobal.com/austria/southafrica/index.html

  270. Good Day,

    My boyfriend and will be travelling to Germany and Portugal, do I need to apply for a German and Portugal Schengen visa? Or can I apply for one only and then travel around?

    Many Thanks
    Lee

    • Hi Lee,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Both Germany and Portugal fall under the Schengen states so you will only need to apply for one visa called a Schengen visa.

      You will need to apply through the country you are staying at the longest. If you are staying in both countries for the same amount of time you will then need to apply at the country of first point of entry.

  271. hi:)

    my boyfriend has surprised me with a holiday to the Netherlands in February, next month. i am still a student, and everything from tickets to accommodation to travel insurance has been paid for. what special requirements do i need for my visa application? do i need a bank statement?

    thank you for your help

    • Hi there,

      Fabulous, sounds like a great surprise.

      Yes you would need a 3 month bank statement along with a few other requirements which you will need to provide with applying for your visa.

      Please see list below:

      General requirements:
      Duly completed and signed Schengen application form
      Completed checklist
      One recent, good quality, passport sized, colour photographs on a clear light background
      Passport, valid for a period of at least 3 months after the applicant’s last day of stay in the Schengen states. Please ensure that the passport has 2 blank pages
      Flight reservation (no ticket).
      Travel/health/accident insurance: an insurance policy stating that the applicant is covered by a Schengen Travel Medical Insurance i.e. minimum medical coverage of the Rand equivalent of EUR30,000 for all medical expenses, including repatriation dead or alive, occurring in any Schengen country.
      Proof of sufficient funds (no cash) for duration of stay – Up to date transaction history of last three months as close to the application date as possible with each page stamped from the bank and name should reflect. Only Current,Cheque or Savings account will only be accepted. . Overdraft accounts will not be accepted.
      Employment letter confirming position and leave approval for the period the applicant will be out of SA If self-employed you need to submit your companies documents (CK, CC) or a letter from your accountant confirming that the business exist. All students require letter from School/ University/ College.
      Copy of hotel reservations for the entire trip (also for other Schengen countries) and flight booking (The Embassy advises you not make any payment for hotel accommodation or flight tickets before you are granted a visa.) A clear itinerary showing the exact travel route and period of stay in the individual Schengen countries.
      Copy of bio data page from passport.
      Additional documents for Minors (Children under 18): Unabridged birth certificate and certified copy of parents’ passport of Identity document. If the child is travelling alone: Permission minor child consent form signed by both parents with a copy of their passport or driver’s license. If the child travels with only one parent, the other parent must sign the permission minor child consent form with a copy of their passport or driver’s license. If only one parent has guardianship of the minor, court documents stating so must be presented.

      If you have any further questions you welcome to contact the official visa handling agency VFS they will be able to assist in answering any other queries you might have and advise on the correct procedures to follow and documentation required.

      VFS Global – (Pretoria)
      Telephone No : 012 425 3005
      Street Address : 1st Floor, Cherry Lane Office Park 114 Fehrsen Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk Brooklyn, PretoriaGauteng
      Email Address : Info.nlza@vfshelpline.com
      Website : http://www.vfsglobal.com/netherlands/southafrica/index.html

      VFS Global – (Johannesburg)
      Telephone No : 012 425 3005
      Street Address : 1st Floor, Rivonia Village, Cnr. Rivonia Boulevard & Mutual Road, Sandton
      Email Address : Info.nlza@vfshelpline.com
      Website : http://www.vfsglobal.com/netherlands/southafrica/index.html

      VFS Global – (Cape Town)
      Telephone No : 012 425 3005
      Street Address : 47 Strand Street, 5th Floor Office 504, Cape Town
      Email Address : info.nlza@vfshelpline.com
      Website : http://www.vfsglobal.com/netherlands/southafrica/index.html

      VFS Global – (Durban)
      Telephone No : 012 425 3005
      Street Address : Unit 101A, 1st Floor , 91 – 123 Cowey Road, Essenwood
      Durban 4001
      Email Address : info.nlza@vfshelpline.com
      Website : http://www.vfsglobal.com/netherlands/southafrica/index.html

  272. Good Day.

    I hope you can be of assistance.

    I applied for my Germany Visa last week Monday (18th January) at the Centurion Lougardia Building, It has been more then a week now and have not received any feedback of my visa application. I’m traveling this Sunday (31st January) afternoon to Germany Frankfurt and need my visa before tomorrow (Friday 29th January). Is there a way to get a emergency visa or something. I’m going for training that my work is sending me for, a lot of money have been spent for this trip. My trip is booked from 31st January till the 9th February.
    Please help.

    Thank you

    • Hi Angelique,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      For this you would need to contact the official visa handling agency who you applied through or the Embassy direct. They might be able to advise when you should be receiving your passport back. With regards to the emergency visa, if they did offer that, I think that would need to have been requested at the time of applying for the visa.

  273. Hello there,

    I am needing the two year visa as I work on a super yacht and we travel a lot. My question is would I be able to apply for the visa from outside of South Africa at an embassy near me? I’m not in South Africa at the moment and with work it may only be 4 moths till j return again. I would have all the supporting documentation from the yacht so actually obtaining the visa shouldn’t be a problem it’s just where from. Also I have a friend in Amsterdam would I be able to go and visa them when ever j want on the visa or would I need a diff travel visa to do so? Thank you

    • Hi Steph,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize in visa’s and you would need to contact the Embassy direct for the most up to date information.

      They will be able to advise if you would be able to advise if you are able to apply for a visa outside of South Africa or not and what visa’s are required when working and visiting.

  274. Hi
    I am travelling to Latvia in May 2016. Is there a visa office in Durban South Africa where i can get the visa from?

    • Hi Roger,

      I’ve tried to find some contact details for the Embassy however it says:

      Note: visa information is not guaranteed. Kindly confirm details with the relevant authorities.

      Latvia is now being represented by Hungary. For all visa info see Hungary.

      You can contact the Hungarian Embassy direct to see if they would be able to assist with any queries you might have:

      Hungarian Embassy (Pretoria)
      Telephone No : (012) 430-3030 (choose option 3)
      Fax No : (012) 430-3029
      Street Address : 959 Arcadia Street, Hatfield, Pretoria
      Postal Address : P.O. Box 13843, Hatfield 0028
      Email Address : mission.prt@mfa.gov.hu
      Website : http://www.mfa.gov.hu/kulkepviselet/ZA/EN
      Cape Town (Consular hours by appointment only)
      Telephone No : (012) 430-3030 / 012 430 5614 (selection 5)
      Street Address : Visegrad House, 2 Fleetwood Avenue, Claremont Consular entrance on Torquay Avenue

  275. Hi
    I will be travelling to the Netherlands in the next 2 months on a business trip for 3 weeks. I have a criminal record (DUI) dated back to 2008. Will I be granted a visa?

    • Hi Auburn,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      You will need to contact the Embassy direct as it is up to their discretion if they will grant you a visa or not.

  276. Hi

    Thanks for the information. I am planning on visiting more than one Shengan country. I know I must apply through the country I am spending the longest time in (supported with proof of accommodation, funds, etc) but must I provide proof of a accomodation for the other areas I am going to?

    Many thanks

    • Hi Caroline,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge yes you would need to supply this information (all proof of accommodation for your stay in Europe) as well as sufficient funds for your entire trip not just for the days you are staying in the country you are applying through.

      However I do suggest you contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency you are applying through direct to get the most up to date information.

  277. Hi- I’m currently working I. Ireland for six months- is it possible to apply for a Shengen visa from abroad (I have a South African passport)?

    • Hi Helen,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For this you will need to contact the Embassy of the country you wish to apply for a Schengen visa. Only they will be able to advise you of this as they are the ones who grant the visa’s.

  278. Hi there,
    I’ve planned a trip: Budapest (4 nights) – Amsterdam (1 night) – Antwerp (1 night)- Amsterdam (2 nights) – Split, Croatia (6 nights).
    We technically spend most nights in Budapest but the number of days spent in Hungary is equal to the number of days in Amsterdam (we are taking a train from Amsterdam to Antwerp for a concert, we sleep there for 1 night and return to Amsterdam the very next day). From my understanding if you have a Schengen Visa one need not apply For a Croatian visa – correct? My question is which Embassy to we apply for the visa through, Netherlands or Hungary?

    If it is the Hungarian Embassy can you only do that in Pretoria? I live in Cape Town.

    • Hi Vela,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      You need to apply for the visa at the Embassy of the country you are spending the most amount of time in.

      In your case its both Hungry and Netherlands you spending the same amount of time, so if Hungry is your first point of entry I would suggest applying the the Hungarian Embassy.

      With regards to the Croatian visa, to my knowledge you would need to apply for this separately but best contact them direct and you will be able to ask the Hungarian Embassy any other visa related queries as they specialize in this area.

      The Embassies contact details are below:

      Hungarian Embassy (Pretoria)
      Telephone No : (012) 430-3030 (choose option 3)
      Fax No : (012) 430-3029
      Street Address : 959 Arcadia Street, Hatfield, Pretoria
      Postal Address : P.O. Box 13843, Hatfield 0028
      Email Address : mission.prt@mfa.gov.hu
      Website : http://www.mfa.gov.hu/kulkepviselet/ZA/EN
      Cape Town (Consular hours by appointment only)
      Telephone No : (012) 430-3030 / 012 430 5614 (selection 5)
      Street Address : Visegrad House, 2 Fleetwood Avenue, Claremont Consular entrance on Torquay Avenue

      Croatia:

      Embassy of the Republic of Croatia (Pretoria)
      Telephone No : (012) 342-1206
      Fax No : (012) 342 0790 or 0866 888 580
      Street Address : 1160 Stanza Bopape Street (entrance from Allcock St),Colbyn 0083
      Postal Address : P.O. Box 11335, Hatfield 0028
      Email Address : ptacons@mvep.hr
      Website : http://za.mfa.hr

  279. What is the procedure for visa application in South Africa for France , expected questions etc
    Please assist

    • Hi Thandi,

      You will need to contact Capago the official visa handling agency direct as they specialize in this area. They are the ones who have the visa application forms and will be able to assist.

      Capago (Johannesburg)
      Telephone No. : +27 (0)87 231 0313
      Email Address : infofrance-za@capago.eu
      Street Address : Inanda Greens Business Park, Wierda Gables Building Block B (Ground Floor), 98 Albertyn Avenue, Cnr Katherine Street, Sandton
      Website : http://www.capago.eu/FR-ZA/index.php/en/

  280. Good day. When cruising, which country do we count for Schengen: I.e: Leaving Rome port 5pm, cruising the whole next day, arrive in Santorini Greece the following day 1pm
    Thanks

    • Hi Martene,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You will need to apply for a Schengen visa from the country you are staying the longest. If you are staying the same amount of time in each country, the first point of entry in the Schengen state is the country you will then apply.

      I would suggest contacting Capago the official visa handling agency and they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information and correct procedures to follow.

  281. Hi there,

    Any idea of how to go about getting a tourist visa for Bosnia and Herzegovina – I can’t seem to find who they are represented by in DA.

    Hope you can assist?

    Thanks

    • Hi Darryn,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize in this area.

      However I found this website. Hopefully this could help.

      Best of luck.

  282. Good afternoon, I have a Southa African passport.
    I’m working for Royal Dutch Shell , Netherlands owned company, currently i’m on an assignment in Kazakhstan. Is it possible to apply for a 1 year multiple entry schengen visa. or is the schengen visa only valid for 3 months?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For visa related queries like this you will need to contact the Embassy direct. They specialize in this area and will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  283. Hi there,

    Any idea of how to go about getting a tourist visa for Bosnia and Herzegovina – I can’t seem to find who they are represented by in SA.

    Hope you can assist?

    Thanks

  284. Hi Team,

    I am planning a EuroTrip and i have already booked my ticket, but i have a case pending against my name, there is no record. The case was postponed. Will I be able to get a Schengen Visa?

    Would really appreciate your feedback.

    Thanks

    • Hi Barry,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      As we are not the ones who grant the visa’s you will need to contact the Embassy where you are applying for a visa, direct.

      They will be able to advise accordingly.

  285. Hi am beatrice my man’s in Belgium I and the kids we are in SA he would like us to join him were do we start?

    • Hi Beatrice,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You would need to contact the Embassy of the country you wish to visit or stay.

      They will request information (documentation from yourself and your partner in Belgium) however as they specialize in this area you will need to contact them direct.

  286. Hey guys

    i’m planning a trip through, Portugal, France,Italy and Greece for 45 days with my girlfriend. Like backpacking. Seems to be easiest to get a visa through Greece. Should we spend most of our time there then?

    I do not have any tickets or reservations yet, but I do have a detailed route mapped out.
    I am 22, and she is 19 years old.

    Will I have any trouble getting the Visas?

    Kind Regards

    • Hi Roan,

      You will need to apply for a visa at the country you are staying the longest in. Once you have figured which country this is, you will need to contact the Embassy direct to see what documentation is required. If you do not have all the necessary documentation and sufficient funds etc this could or will result in you being denied the visa.

  287. Hey Team

    I am a Zimbabwean ,planning to visit my friend in Sweden and I am currently in Cape Town on a study visa.I wanted to know how I go about everything and if there is any need for me to go back to Zimbabwe for anything,if need be?I heard if I can get the Schengen visa I may be able to travel other countries too.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I am not sure if you will be permitted to apply for your Schengen visa here. I don’t think it would be a problem however it is best you check with the Embassy direct.

      If you have a Schengen visa you are able to travel / visit other Schengen countries.

  288. Hi, am applying for visa to Italy. Going with my daughter from UK. Have all documents. She is paying for trip , but I want to avoid her having to come up with bank statements etc. can she just furnish me with letter of invitation to join her. And i say i have enough money in bank to pay my own way.Then they want to know registration no of taxi or if you hire car . Surely you jump off the train, look for a taxi and go toyour destination? She has receipt of payment for holiday home

    • Hi Cecile,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      the following documents are required when applying for an Italian visa. You welcome to contact the offical visa handling agency direct – Capago with regards the bank statement query. Proof of transport is that you will need to show you have a return ticket with the correct dates you are not staying more then the required time.

      For all Tourism visa cases please provide the following standard documents – (equal to or less than 90 days)
      Passport – Cannot be older than 10 years and must be valid for at least 3 months from date of return with 2 valid, blank and consecutive pages. Copies of previous Schengen visas that have been issued in last three years to be submitted.

      Schengen Application Form – All necessary fields to be completed (online form recommended for better legibility, please print and bring it to appointment, alternatively download the form. Form MUST be signed by applicant. In case of minors form MUST be signed by one of the parents.

      2 Recent colour ID photos taken within past 6 months as required by Schengen standards. Photos can be taken at Capago office (Cpt and Jnb only). Background must be white.

      Proof of transport: Copies of return flight bookings from South Africa as well as entry into Italy or other Schengen countries must be provided with name of applicant on booking.

      International Health Insurance – One or two page health insurance policy certificate to be provided, (Schedule of benefits, policy wording or claim form is not required). Must display name of insured person; policy number, amount of cover which should be for at least 30,000 €; duration of cover. Insurance must provide for evacuation, repatriation and emergency transportation as well as emergency in/out of hospital medical treatment.

      Proof of accommodation: copies of accommodation bookings / tours for the period of stay in the Schengen area. Applicants hosted by friends or family must have a Host Declaration / Lettera D’Invito form completed by their host and accompanied by a copy of their ID.

      Proof of Funds: Recent 3 months bank statements or credit card statements or forex receipt (full name of applicant must appear). Approximately 30 euros per day. Dependents who are sponsored will require a letter from their parent or spouse accompanied with a copy of their bank statements and ID.

      Proof of employment (if applicable): Confirmation of employment on company letter head and pay slip if applicable. If owner of company, provide the company registration documents, or SARS tax returns.

      Proof of residence: A recent utility bill showing names and physical address of applicant. Also accepted accounts are telephone/cellphone, satellite/DSTV statements, bank statements.

      Proof of payment: Capago operates a cashless system and only accepts EFT transactions, credit/debit cards payments (can be done on-site) or cash deposits made at any FNB branch. Regrettably Diners, American Express cards, cheques and cheque deposits are not accepted. Please see website for further conditions.

  289. Hello!,

    I am quite a frequent traveller to the schengen states for business trips. In January 2016 I applied for an Italian Schengen visa and was lucky to get a year multiple entry visa. I visited Italy in February this year. Now Im going for another trip to Germany, Austria, Hungary and Prague in December.
    Would I be able to use My Italian visa for this trip?

    • Hi Mia,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      It depends on how many days you have on your visa and how many have been used.

      I would suggest contacting the Embassy or official handling agency direct they will be able to advise correctly.

  290. Hi Marcelle,

    I am glad I have found your blog

    Just a small question

    I am planning to visit my boyfriend i Finland for 10 days . The embassy wants my bank statements . but I am not paid that much, most of the time my account is empty ( cause I also keep my money cash ) and I am afraid it can be a problem.

    Do you think My boyfriend should say in the invitation letter that he will also take care of all expenses during my stay ? and provide his bank statements as well ? ( and I also give mine )

    Thank you

    • PS : I am not South African

  291. Hi, my parents, who live in South Africa applied for a Schengen visa for Hungary (attending a wedding ). They went for the interview, did biometrics, paid all the fees and submitted required information a few weeks, ago but was notified today that they must submit a proof of residence address as well. Problem is, they live on a farm and my mom is a housewife. So a) not any utility accounts with her name on it and b) said accounts have the PO BOX on them, not the name of the farm. Any suggestions or advice as to what documents they should submit? Their flight is leaving on August 2nd, so very limited time to get this done. I live in the USA and can’t assist them in any way other that to seek advice from this forum.

    • Hi Elma,

      Thanks for getting in touch. As we do not specilize in visa I would suggest they contact a visa company or the Embassy direct to see what other information / proof they can provide. Maybe an affidavit confirming the farm is in their name and where they are living.

      I would ask them to contact the Embassy direct they should be able to point you in the right direction.

  292. Hi There

    i would love to backpack through Amsterdam, but surely getting a visa without reliable accommodation would be a problem?

    • Hi there,

      This is up to the discretion of the Embassy you will be applying through. If you have sufficient funds and are able to provide them with the other relevant documents required it should ok. However you would need to contact the Embassy direct they will be able to answer any questions you might have.

  293. Please contact me i want to travel to euro soon but need the visas

    • Hi Mick,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize with visa. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or

      official visa handling agency.

      They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required when applying.

  294. HI there I’m booked on a flight to London from South Africa. I’m in process of applying for my UK visa. While I’m.in London I’d like to do a day trip by euro star train to Paris. Will I need a Schengan visa and what type? Please help

    • Hi Lea,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Yes you would need to apply for a Schengen Visa before you depart as France is part of the Schengen States. You would need to apply for a tourist visa.

  295. hi there
    i have been travevelled to germany numerous of times and had 1 year visa from 2013 to 2014 which i couldnt travelled due to misplacing of my passport but found it whn my visa is expired can i request for same one here visa

    • Hi Eric,

      The Embassy is the one who grants the visa’s. I would suggest you contact them direct to get the most up to date information if this would be possible to apply for a 1 year visa.

  296. Hello could someone please help my Fiance stays in Lithuania and I can’t seem to find an embassy in Cape Town? Im planning to go to Lithuania the end of September 2016 and I need to get things on the move asap it’s for a short stay only…Any offices or contacts in Cape Town for Lithuania?

    • Hi Nicole,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      There is no Luthuanian Embassy in Cape Town.

      You will need to contact the Embassy based in Pretoria.

      Please find contact details below:

      Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania (Pretoria)
      Telephone No : 012 760 9000
      Street Address : 235 Grosvenor Street, Hatfield, Pretoria, 0028
      Email Address : amb.za@urm.lt
      Website Address : http://za.mfa.lt

  297. Good day,

    I’m an South African attending a conference in Bulgaria for 6 days in October. Afterwards I’m planning on travelling through Greece and Italy for some sightseeing, staying around 3-4 days in each. Although I don’t need a Schengen Visa for Bulgaria, I would need it to travel though Greece and Italy.

    My question is from which country should I apply for the Schengen Visa? It states that you should apply at the country you’re planning on staying in the longest, which would be Bulgaria. But they don’t issue Schengen Visa’s, they only accept them.

    Should I apply at Italy or Greece in that case?

    Thanks!
    Hein

    • Hi Hein,

      My guess would be then to apply at the county you are staying the longest who is part of the Schengen State. If you are staying in Greece longer then Italy then apply at the Greek consulate or vise versa.

      We don’t specialize in visa’s but to my knowledge it looks like South African passport holders still need a visa to enter Bulgaria

      I would suggest contacting them just to make double sure.

      Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria (Pretoria)
      Telephone No : (012) 342-3720
      Fax No : (012) 342-3721
      Street Address : 1071 Stanza Bopape Street, Hatfield, Pretoria 0083
      Postal Address : P. O. Box 26296 Arcadia 0007
      Email Address : Embassy.Pretoria@mfa.bg
      We Address : http://www.mfa.bg

  298. Hi my husband is travelling to brno in the Czech Republic from the 12 November to December 11th. He will be travelling with a business visa all expenses , flights, accommodation paid by his company. He would like me to go along and will be sponsoring me as I am unemployed and don’t have a bank account. Do you think this would be a problem.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You will need to apply for a visa at the Embassy, however as we are not the ones granting the visa’s it’s up to the consulate officials discretion if they grant a visa or not.

      If one provides all the correct documentation within the required time there usually is not a problem, however as mentioned above it’s up to the discretion of the consulate official.

      For any other questions please contact them direct they will be able to provide you with the relevant information.

  299. Hi Marcelle
    I want to join the French Foreign Legion..is it the same process and what Visa do I apply for?
    Oh and another thing I am blacklisted will that prevent me from obtaining a Visa?
    Kind Regards

    • Hi Bruce,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you have been blacklisted this could have an impacted when applying for your visa. However as we do not specialize in this area of visa’s and are not the ones granting them, you would need to contact the Embassy direct or the official visa handling agency you applying through, they should be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

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