NEW IMPORTANT INFORMATION
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.
Consulates and Capago's representation
Capago South Africa has been accorded the status of approved intermediary and given the mandate by the French Consulates in South Africa (i.e. the French Consulate of Johannesburg and the French Consulate of Cape Town), to handle and process all documentation pertaining to Schengen visa applications, for persons of South African nationality and legal residents of South Africa, wishing to visit or enter French territory.
Capago has three branches in South Africa which cater for France visa applications i.e. the Johannesburg headquarters branch, the Cape Town branch and the Durban branch.
The Johannesburg headquarters branch caters for the following jurisdictions:
- Free State
- Northern Province
- North West
Any person who has determined that they need to apply with France for their visa and they reside in any one of the areas listed above therefore needs to present themselves in person at Capago Johannesburg branch. Capago JHB is located at Inanda Greens Business Park, Block A (Ground Floor), 98 Albertyn Avenue, (corner Katherine Street), Sandton.
The Capago Cape Town branch caters for the following jurisdictions:
- Eastern Cape
- Northern Cape
- Western Cape
- British St Helena territory
Any person who has determined that they need to apply with France for their visa and they reside in any one of the areas listed above therefore needs to present themselves in person at Capago Cape Town branch. Capago Cape Town is located at Ground Floor, Old Warehouse Building, Black River Park South, 2 Fir Street, Observatory.
The Capago Durban branch caters for the following jurisdiction:
Any person who has determined that they need to apply with France for their visa and they reside in the region listed above therefore needs to present themselves in person at Capago Durban branch. Capago Durban is located at Unit G002 Pencarrow Office Park, No. 8 Pencarrow Crescent, Armstrong Avenue, La Lucia 4051.
French Consulates’ 3rd party State representation in South Africa
In South Africa, the French Consulates of Johannesburg and Cape Town represent other 3rd party states, namely Monaco, Djibouti and Togo.
Any person(s) of South African nationality and those legally resident in South Africa who intend to visit Monaco, Djibouti or Togo for any purpose and require a visa to enter these countries will need to submit their visa applications with the appropriate Capago Visa Centre according to their area of residence.