Get A Schengen Visa For France In 48 Hours

“Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn

No New Year’s Eve plans as yet? How does a sparkling New Year’s in the most romantic city in the world sound?

It used to be a relatively frustrating experience applying for a Schengen visa to visit France with a considerable amount of jumping through hoops. Fortunately the system has been upgraded substantially and visa applicants holding a South African passport and born in South Africa who apply with all required documents will now see their short-stay Schengen visa delivered in 48 hours. That is 2 business days from the time the application is lodged at Capago in Cape Town and Johannesburg until the passport is made available for collection.

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Important to note:

For the Durban branch, the 48 hours delay does not include the transfer from Durban to Johannesburg and Johannesburg to Durban.

The key is to have all the required documents in order, then you should have no problem obtaining a visa within 2 business days from application day.

How much is it going to cost?

Visa Fees for Adults: EUR 60 (R899 at the current exchange rate)
Visa Fees for Minors aged 6 to 12: EUR 35 (R524)
Plus the EUR 25 Capago processing fee (R374)

Visas are free for kids under the age of 6 years old.

What is a Schengen Visa?

It is a visa which allows you travel to and within the Schengen Area. There are 26 countries which have signed the Schengen Agreement, which abolished border checks between member states. There are currently 26 Schengen countries, which include 22 EU countries and four non-EU countries.
view from le sacre coeur 48 hour schengen visa destinationYou will need to appear in person in CT, JHB or Durban

All visa applicants are required to appear in person at Capago Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban.

Exceptions for appearing in person

If you meet the following criteria you will be allowed to send your application via courier:

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

If all of the above conditions apply to you, then you do not need to appear in person. You can either courier your application to Capago or use the service of a third party. If you use a third party to submit your application on your behalf, be sure to add the proxy letter carefully completed and signed by yourself.

To get started head to the Capago website here.

They will guide you through the process of booking your appointment and will give you a check list to read to make sure you bring everything you need to your appointment.

make sure you have the following documents schengen visa france

You can have the 2 colour photographs taken at the Capago office for R90, or you can bring them along, just make sure that they meet the Schengen requirements.

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after the date of return from your trip and not older than 10 years. It must also have at least 2 valid blank pages (marked VISA).
South African Temporary passports will not be accepted.
You will need to include a copy of previous Schengen visas from the last 3 years in previous passports.

All this information and more is included in their handy check list.


Kids must have both their parents sign their application form.
Also remember that kids need to have an unabridged birth certificate to leave and return to South Africa.

Find out more about changes to the Unabridged Birth Certificate here.

Good to know

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Got a question? You can ask the zendesk chat bubble on the Capago website and get a real-time answer from a professional visa consultant.

First class service

Capago also offers a Premium Lounge Experience for R600 which includes:

  • 100% professional guidance
  • Free Wifi
  • High quality of comfort and privacy in a private lounge
  • Fresh coffee and juices
  • Multimedia entertainment

The standard experience is not bad and includes a common waiting area where you will be called by your ticket number to the counter to submit your visa application. Then you will be transferred to the biometric queue where your biometric data will be collected.

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Dreaming of somewhere more tropical this December?

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South Africans don’t require visas for short trips to Réunion Island (a department of France).
Find out more about flights to this tropical French island just 4 hours from Johannesburg here.

Also read:

Visiting another Schengen state? Find out more here.

Remember Travelstart is not a visa handling agent. We always recommend that you deal with the embassy, consulate, or visa handling agent directly.

Our Readers Comments

  1. I have a doubt about the visa fee as well as Capago service fee with additional service fee. Do i need to pay all in advance or just the capago fee. In their appointment, its written that visa fee must be paid in our premises. so i am confused whether to pay in advance or there

    • Hi Abhishek,

      I found the following information below however I would recommend you contact Capago direct for any payment queries as you are applying through them and they will be able to provide you with the most up to date inforamtion on the correct procedures to follow.

      Below is some info I found and it also states at the top to please contact the official visa handling agency as info could change:

      “The Visa Fees are set in Euros and the Rand values are subject to changes based on the exchange rate. Therefore the Rand value of the fees might change between the date when you book your appointment and the day you have your appointment. This rule applies as well for the Capago service fee (27 euros).
      Payment will be made according to the proforma invoice that will be sent after scheduling an appointment on
      the website.

      15% VAT Included for Capago services. No VAT applies on Consulate fees

      Additional services
      In addition to processing your visa application Capago offers a range of additional services which can be selected when applying. The prices of those services are not subject to the exchange rate.
      Description Price (ZAR)
      Delivery service
      Counter Passport delivery service at a PostNet branch nearest to you through our PostNet Partner

      220 (other state)
      VIP Appointment: Premium Lounge
      High quality of comfort
      100% professional guidance
      Free Wi-fi
      ID Photo
      Capago provides photos which are 100% compliant with the Schengen requirements and Int’l Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Standards, printed on quality gloss paper using biometric technology. 90
      SMS Follow-up
      You will receive an SMS notification informing you of each status change with your application, from submission through to collection. 25
      Document Printing
      Print your documents from our offices 3/copy
      The proof of payment must be inserted in your file the day of your appointment. No file will be sent to the Consulate without payment. You may pay as follows:
      Electronic transfer bank to bank EFT (Recommended)
      Cash deposit at any FNB branches (Capago does not accept cash at its premises)
      Debit or credit card on premises (No American Express nor Diners)
      (Extra charges of 2.5% (administration fee), will apply to all payments made to Capago International not including EFT’s.

      EFT payment instructions:
      Capago recommend that you process your payment before your appointment via EFT. You will receive a booking confirmation with your tracking number. You will be able to access an estimate of the fees on your booking confirmation page.

      Take into consideration that inter-bank transfer may take 48 hours before reflecting on our account.”

  2. I have tried in vein to get an appointment for my Schengen Visa for France.The phone number 0872310313 is a total waste of time. It makes you hold on for an hour at a time and then when you are just about to speak to an Agent it tells you – “We are experiencing high volume of calls – you will be helped in 2 Minutes” and then you get left hanging and then the call is dead. Happened to me 3 times today.
    All I want is to try get a Visa to accompany my son to the Ryder Cup . Leaving on the 25th Sept and Returning on 2 Oct 2018.
    I previously had a Schengan Visa on 25/03/2013 so just outside the 60 months.
    I filled out the Application but alas am unable to get an appointment or get to speak to someone to try arrange one.
    My application number is *FRA1J020187017226* – My previous Visa number is 005599021.
    Any miracles on offer???

    • Hi Len,

      Sorry to hear you struggling to get through to Capago.

      What I would suggest is going into Capago if you are not able to get through via phone call and hopefully one of the official visa handling agents will be able to assist.

      Inanda Greens Business Park, Block A, 98 Albertyn Avenue, Cnr Katherine Street, Sandton, 2196

      Alternatively contact the Embassy direct to see if they would be able to assist.

  3. Hi, can I apply with passport number only for a 1 year old baby? The passport is not ready yet at home affairs.

    • Hi there,

      This is not possible. One of the documents they require when applying for a visa is the actual passport.

      You welcome to contact the Embassy direct to see what they advise.

  4. Hello. Please could you advise on whether there are any services that allow you to fast track your schengen visa? Capago advised that they do not have a fast track option?

    • HI Carly,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid not. When applying for a Schengen visa they are the official visa handling agency and you would need to apply through them.

      You welcome to contact the Embassy direct to see what they would be able to assist.

  5. Hi,
    From Qatar, I need your help to get the early appointment, I talked to your Representative, they gave the no to contact for corporate service. But no one is taking call.

    Please can you provide the contact no who can take up the call.

    Please can you help

    • Hi Anand,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For any appointments you would need to contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct.

      They will have access to appointments and what is available and be able to assist.

  6. Good day!

    I have booked an appointment with Capago to submit Visa application to France. The earliest date I got is 15/07/2018. We are Sri Lankan. Our plan day of visiting France is 03/08/2018 (Short stay – Tourism). How long will it take to process our visa after submitting the applications? Is there any way/chance to advance our appointment date?

    • Hi Chandri,

      The processing time for an application always varies depending on the number of appointments the agency has as well time of year. Only Capago will be able to advise this.

      The below is just an estimate and could be longer: File applications at least 15 days before the date of travel for a short-stay visa and at least one month before departure for long stays. Applications cannot be lodged earlier than three months before the departure.

  7. do you guys have any help with long stay visas

    • Hi Sergio,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid not, for this you would need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the correct procedures to follow, what documents you would need when applying and the cost.

  8. Good Day

    If all my documentations are in order for the application of a short stay tourist French/Shengen Visa, how long will it take for my Visa be ready for collection?

    • Hi Haroon,

      Thanks for contacting.

      Short stay visas: Johannesburg and Cape Town: Visa applicants holding a South African Passport and born in South Africa who apply with all required documents will now see their short-stay Schengen visa delivered in 48 – 72 hours: 2 – 3 business days from the time the application is lodged at Capago in Cape Town and Johannesburg until the passport is made available for collection.

      This information is not guaranteed visa information could change at any time as well as the embassy’s could also have a back log, so we do recommend one contacts the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information.

  9. Hi i am in the process of applying for my visa to France but i am not sure who to go to for travel insurance, do you have any recommendations? thanks

    • Hi Alice,

      Great to hear from you.

      We offer travel insurance with Hepstar. When applying for a Schengen visa the insurance you purchase needs to cover you for a certain amount.

      The travel insurance policy we offer covers this and is accepted by any Embassy you would be applying for a Schengen Visa.

      If you looking for a quote, please feel free to pop our direct sales team an e-mail at: with all your details and they will be happy to assist.

  10. Good day,

    My wife and I will be going on holiday in the UK in June. We want to visit France and would like to know if we still require a Schengen visa for a day trip?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Juan,

      If you are travelling to the UK and France you will need to apply for 2 separate visa’s.

      A UK visa as well as a Schengen visa for when visiting France.

  11. Hi
    i will be in paris for a 17 hour layover. what type of visa will i need and what documents are required?

    • Hi Alan,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This depends on what passport you hold and what your exact route you are travelling and how many Schengen states you will be passing through on your itinerary.

      Please contact the Embassy direct and they will be able to provide you with the most up to date info.

  12. Hi
    My husband is a South African citizen (passport holders) but lives and works in Fiji. They recently closed the French visa office here. How does he go about applying for a visa to France? He is attending a two week training session through his company in April.

    • Hi Diane,

      Thanks for the interesting question. For this you would maybe need to contact the nearest French Embassy to see what they advise. He might need to courier his passport and documents to the nearest French Embassy or the French Embassy back in South Africa.

      Best to contact them direct, they will be able to provide you with this info as they accept the application.

  13. This is my second chat with Capago. Please take note of what they say about the 48 hours:

    Chat transcript
    Hi Engela,

    Chat transcript from date 09/18/2017

    Magdeline Bonoko (15:09:38): Good Day, Thank you for joining our chats. How can we help you?
    Engela (15:09:40):
    Engela (15:10:44): Please read the website of the link that I sent you. I just spoke to Dean and he says the 48 hours is not guaranteed.
    Magdeline Bonoko (15:14:50): Travel start is a travel agency and I have no idea where they get their information as processing time communicated by the consulate to us is 03-05 working days for SA nationals.
    Engela (15:15:34): Thank you, I will inform them.

    View chat

    Or copy and paste the URL into your browser:;cid=1klV7rjV131G5vkJ

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  14. I’ve just spoken to Dean via the chat bubble on Capago’s website. He told me there is a 5 – 7 day processing period for visas. I asked him about the 48 hour guarantee and he said and I quote: There is no guarantee as the processing is up to the consulate.

    I’m very disappointed because I saw on your web page about the 48 hours from the time you submit it at Capago until it is available for delivery.

    We are leaving for the UK on Monday, 25 September, and wanted to get a Schengen visa so that we could also go over to Europe for a few days. But now that part of our holiday seems impossible.

  15. Hi my name Rafi i have south africa business permit m from Pakistan now m in South Africa i have own business i want to apply for visa can u assist me for visa of France

    • Hi Rafi,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct.

      They will be able to advise you if a visa is required and if so what the cost would be, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  16. Hi im shafin from bangladesh but now im staying south africa i got PR can u assist me to get schengen visa.thanks

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize with visa and applying for . 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.

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