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Get A Schengen Visa For France In 48 Hours

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

This information only applies to South African passport holders who are interested in travelling to France for tourism purposes.

Applying for a Schengen visa for France used to be a relatively frustrating experience with many hoops to jump through and a whole lot of confusion surrounding the application process. Fortunately, the system has been upgraded substantially and South African passport holders can now see their short-stay Schengen visa ready within 48 hours. That is 2 business days from the time the application is lodged until the passport is made available for collection.


Getting a Schengen Visa for France within 48 hours is not an absolute guarantee. The processing times are completely dependent on the French consulate and the time of year your visa application is made. The key to improving your chances of getting a visa within a matter of days is ensuring you follow the application process correctly and submit all the correct documents with your visa application.

What is a Schengen Visa?

A Schengen Visa allows you to travel within the Schengen area, which consists of 26 countries that have signed the Schengen Agreement. This agreement abolished border checks between member states and allows travellers to move freely between the member countries without having to get multiple visas. There are currently 26 Schengen countries, which include 22 EU countries and four non-EU countries.

How much is a Schengen Visa for France?

Short-stay Schengen visa:

Capago service fee:

Additional services:

Find out more about Capago’s additional services.

The following methods of payment are accepted:

Note: The above fees are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change.

How to apply for a Schengen Visa for France?

  1. Gather all your documents. These include:
  1. To start your visa application, you will need to create an account on the France-Visas website.
  2. Fill out the application form. You will be guided through the process by on-screen explanations.
  3. Book an appointment at the Capago Visa Application Centre in Cape Town, Johannesburg, or Durban. Ensure you allow enough time before your departure date to schedule an appointment and have your application reviewed.
  1. Attend your appointment. You will need to take your passport and all the required documents to your appointment. You will also submit biometrics (photo and fingerprints) and pay the visa fees on the day of your appointment.
  2. Once your visa application has been submitted by Capago, you will be able to track its progress.
  3. As soon as Capago has notified you, collect your passport from the visa application centre or wait for it to be delivered (if applicable).


Exceptions for appearing in person

If you have previously obtained a Schengen visa and submitted biometric data you will not need to appear in person to submit your visa application. This applies on the condition that you:

If all of the above conditions apply to you, 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, you will need to complete and sign a letter of proxy and include it with your visa application.

If you are unsure whether this applies to you, please contact your nearest visa application centre.

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Travelling to France with kids

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 the Unabridged Birth Certificate.

What to expect on the day of your appointment?

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. You will then be transferred to the biometric queue where your biometric data will be collected.

Remember to bring the following to your appointment:

What to expect when arriving in France?

The border control officers at your arrival airport in France may request proof of sufficient funds, travel insurance, a letter of invitation, and accommodation reservations. You can be denied entry into the country if you are unable to present these, so you should keep these on you when arriving in the country.

Good to know

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

Otherwise, you can call Capago South Africa’s call centre at 087 231 0313 or send any questions to

Contact details

Capago Visa Application Centre

Address: (Jnb): Inanda Greens Business Park, 98 Albertyn Avenue, Cnr. Katherine Street, Sandton, 2196

(Dur): Pencarrow Office Park, 8 Pencarrow Crescent, Armstrong Avenue, La Lucia, 4319

(Cpt): Old Warehouse Building, Black River Park South, 2 Fir Street, Observatory, 7925

(Plz): Harbour View Building, Oakworth Road, Humewood, Port Elizabeth

Telephone: 087 231 0313

French Consulate (Cape Town)

Address: 78 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001
Telephone: (021) 423 1575

French Consulate (Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Free State)

Address: Standard Bank Building, 191 Jan Smuts Avenue, Cnr. 7th Avenue, Parktown North, 2196
Telephone: (011) 778 5600

Dreaming of somewhere more tropical?

South Africans don’t require visas for short trips to Réunion (a department of France). And it is only 8 hours from Cape Town or 4 hours from Johannesburg!

Find cheap flights to Réunion on!

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Remember, Travelstart is not a visa handling agent. For any visa questions, we recommend you contact the embassy, consulate, or visa application centre directly.

France is a country of good wine, good art, and good times. And although the admin involved with visas is never fun, when you are wandering along the cobbled streets of Paris or forgetting about your woes on the decadent beaches of Nice, you will realise it was all worth it.

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All information on this blog page was correct at the time of publishing and may change at any time without prior notice. Travelstart is not affiliated with immigration authorities or their application centres and will not be liable for loss or inconvenience arising from the use of this volatile information.

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