New Schengen visa restrictions on SA citizens

Are you a South African hoping to travel to Europe any time soon? Well, you better plan your visa application way in advance from now on – and I mean way in advance. It recently became apparent that a new system will be put in place which requires that biometric data become part of the Schengen visa application process.

iAfrica reported that the European Union plans to introduce its Visa Information System (VIS) in Southern Africa very soon. This means that you will now be required to appear at the embassy in person  to apply for your visa to enable the collection of your own unique biometric data.

So what if you are in Cape Town and the embassy is in Pretoria? Well, sorry for you pal. You might now have to factor in some addition costs – yes on top of the R800 you are already paying for the visa – for travelling to apply for your visa. As if we didn’t have it hard enough with visas already, hey?

This will apply to all foreign passport holders when applying for short-stay travel visas for relevant Schengen states. Yet, once your data has been captured by the relevant embassy, such as fingerprints and digital photo, personal visits luckily won’t be necessary any more. So this will pretty much be a once off procedure.

This system is already in place in west, central and north Africa as well as in the east and Gulf region.

Our Readers Comments

  1. Hi there,

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    For this you would need to contact the Embassy in Ireland of the country you are wanting to travel too. They will advise on what documents are required, correct procedures to follow and the cost.

  2. Hi,

    I am a South African living and working in Ireland, i have a work permit for Ireland however no VISA. I want to travel through Europe. How do i get a Schengen VISA without going back to South Africa?

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