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Visa procedure for residents in Botswana

28 May 2016

A transfer of consular competences from the French Embassy in Botswana to the French Consulate general in Johannesburg (Republic of South Africa) will come into effect on June 1, 2016. As of that date the Consulate General of France in Johannesburg will be the sole competent authority to process visa applications submitted by residents in Botswana.


Short stay visas (i.e. any stay under 90 days)

This procedure applies to all persons intending to travel to France, the Schengen States and the French Overseas Departments and Regions : French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Guadeloupe and Réunion and in the Communities and Overseas Territories, French Polynesia including Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and Marquesas Islands, Wallis and Futuna, New Caledonia, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy and Saint Pierre and Miquelon). All applicants must introduce their application at Capago’s premises in Johannesburg (, which is the external service provider in charge of collecting visa applications for France in South Africa. Please note that short stay visa applications are processed within 48 hours if all required documents are provided.. All applicants have accordingly to stay at least a couple of days in Johannesburg before their passport can be handed back.

Long stay visas (i.e. any stay exceeding 90 days)

All the applicants are invited to submit their applications directly at the Consulate General of France in Johannesburg following the steps detailed hereinafter :


1 / contact the visa section of the Consulate by email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) in order to request the list of required documents depending on the purpose of the trip (private visit, professional, study, etc.);
2/ schedule an appointment at the Consulate via email;
3/ attend in person the appointment as to lodge the visa application and to allow the biometric data (fingerprints) to be captured. It is important to note that for long stay visa applications, the processing time, irrespective of the applicant’s nationality, takes up to 10 days on average.



Our New Website is coming !!

23 May 2016

We are excited to announce that we are currently in the process of launching our new website to help bring improvements to our customers.

Our new website will be faster, easier to navigate and will bring a new range of developments

For travelers wishing to book an appointment after the 27th of June, we strongly recommend that you wait until the 1st of July to book your appointment.

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Have you already obtained a Schengen visa ?

10 January 2015


If you have already obtained a previous Schengen visa and your biometric data (i.e. digital photograph and fingerprints) was previously collected, you can be exempted from giving your biometric data again on condition that:

  • You have a copy of your previous Schengen visa, on which the remark VIS appears on it.
  • Your biometric data was collected within the last 5 years (to be more precise within the past 59 months).
  • If your Schengen Visa was issue by France after the 6th of June 2013 and contains the letter VIS.

If the above conditions apply to you, then you do not need to appear in person in order to submit your application for a new visa. A third party may submit your application on your behalf, which must obligatorily be accompanied by the letter of proxy carefully completed and signed by yourself. Your attention is especially drawn to the fact that your application will be refused if the conditions detailed above are not met. The French Consulate reserves the right to request a new biometric data collection if the biometric data collected in the previous application is not re-usable.

Issuance of short-stay visas within 48 hours

1st January 2015


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: 2 business days from the time the application is lodged at Capago in Cape Town and Johannesburg until the passport is made available for collection.

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

This measure is a result of France’s will to simplify the visa application procedures for South African nationals and follows the recent introduction of a service whereby any applicant can submit his/her application at any of the 3 Capago offices, no matter where in South Africa he/she resides.