Visa - short term (Schengen)

Important

The German Missions are experiencing high volumes of visa applications due to the peak travel season. Currently, the visa sections need 15 consecutive days, as per the Schengen Visa Codex, to process your visa. Visa applications may be submitted up to 3 months prior to departure.

The German Missions ask for your understanding. Due to limited capacities, Missions staff currently needs the maximum permitted processing time, as per Schengen Visa Codex.

According to the so-called Schengen agreement, a Schengen Visa entitles the holder to an accumulated stay of up to 90 days within a period of 6 months for 26 European Countries.

Schengen countries Enlarge image Schengen countries (© German Embassy Pretoria) Please submit your application for a Schengen Visa to the representative of the country which is your main destination - considering length and purpose of your intended stay. If no such main destination can be ascertained, please contact the representative of the country of your first entry into the Schengen Area.

To facilitate your travel arrangements, the German Missions have summarized all relevant information and attached the necessary requirements for visa applications for the Federal Republic of Germany. Please make certain to review the requirements carefully and adhere to them, as this will save you valuable time and effort throughout the visa application process. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. In this respect, please pay particular attention to the photo chart as photos for visa application forms must meet specific criteria.

Please use the following link to be guided through the application process:

Application centres in Bloemfontein, Centurion, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth: Visa application - step by step

Visa application at the Honorary Consul's office in Durban

VIS - Visa Information System

New Visa Application Centre to open in Bloemfontein

Travelers from the Free State, Lesotho and surrounding areas will no longer have to travel to Pretoria for their visa application. External service provider Intergate Visalink, in conjunction with the German Missions in South Africa, will open its new centre in Bloemfontein on July 1.

Business trip

Requirements Business Visa

You are meeting a supplier, a client or you are attending a trade fair in Germany? Please apply for a business visa.

Schengen Visa

Requirements Visitor's Visa

To visit friends or family or simply to tour Germany please apply for a visitor's visa. This category also applies, if you accompany your spouse, who is on a business trip.

Reunion at the airport

Requirements for spouses of German/EU citizen

Special visa regulations apply to spouses of German and other EU nationals.

Visa - short term

Index

Opening hours, appointments and contact details

Visa Section Pretoria

Application submissions only after prior booking online or via phone

0861 00 22 45 (Mon-Fri, 8:00-17:00).

Online Appointments

Intergate Application Centres

Cape Town

Centurion

Port Elizabeth

Opening hours Application Centres

Visa Section German Embassy

The Visa Section will be closed on 25 May and 5 June 2017

Online Appointments

Telephone and e-mail enquiries:

Monday-Thursday

08:00 - 14:00

Friday

08:00 - 13:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on visas

Address

201 Florence Ribeiro Avenue, Groenkloof, Pretoria 0181

Fax:
+27 (0)12 427 8982 (please do not send any documents prior to application submission)

Visa Section Cape Town

Application submissions only after prior booking online or via phone
0861 00 22 45 (Mon-Fri, 8:00-17:00).

Online Appointments

Intergate Application Centres

Cape Town

Centurion

Port Elizabeth

Opening hours Application Centre

Further information

Consulate General

The Visa Section will be closed on 5 June 2017.

Online Appointments

Telephone and e-mail enquiries:

Monday - Thursday only

14:00 - 16:00

Telephone

+27 (0)21 405 3052

Fax

+27 (0)21 421 0400

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on visas

Public Holidays 2016

Directions to our office

Address

Physical address:

Roeland Park / e-tv Building

4 Stirling Street

Entrance: top end of Stirling Street

Zonnebloem 7925 (District Six)

Postal address:

P.O. Box 4273 

Cape Town, 8000

Honorary Consul, Durban

Enlarge image For the KwaZulu-Natal province, please contact the liaison office below.

Contact the Honorary Consul, Durban

When applying at the Honrary Consul's office in Durban applicants must fill in their visa-application online and bring the printed version with them.

Application in Durban

Organization
Honorary Consul: Horst Achtzehn
Address

Office hours

Mon - Fri

08:30 - 12:00

Consultation with Honorary Consul (only with appointment)

Mon - Fri
12:00 - 13:00

9 Kensington Drive, 
Westville, 
Durban 3629

Postal address:
P.O. Box 1166, 
Westville,
Durban 3630

Phone:
+27 (0)31 266 3920
Fax:
+27 (0)31 266 3925

Information on Visa Fees

South African Rand

The fee for a Schengen Visa is 60.00 Euro, payable in South African Rand in cash or by credit card (Master and Visa cards only - NO debit cards accepted) at the current exchange rate. Exemptions from the visa fee are possible for certain types of visas.

VISA - Frequently Asked Questions

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