FRANCE EASES VISA PROCESS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Applicants for a short or long stay visa for France may now apply at a CAPAGO centre of their choice.
Applicants for a short or long stay visa for France, regardless of their place of residence in South Africa, may now apply at any of the three CAPAGO centres in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
Visas will then be processed and issued by one of the two French Consulates (Cape Town or Johannesburg).
By giving applicants a choice regarding the location of their visa application, the French authorities want to better facilitate the visa process, to ensure the best possible service is provided to visa applicants in South Africa.
NEW - BIOMETRIC EXEMPTION
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 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.