Going to Germany? Not only will this website help you find out whether or not you require a visa for Germany, but it will also guide you through the application process and allow you to download the relevant application forms free of charge. You can even fill in the forms electronically prior to printing them.
The German Missions in South Africa have outsourced the application process for Schengen visas to the external service provider Intergate Visalink. Applicants can now apply in one of the Visa Application Centres in Bloemfontein, Centurion, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
The increase in visa applications, especially during the peak seasons, led to extended waiting periods for visa interview appointments. This waiting period should be substantially reduced with the new application process.
In principle all applications for Schengen visas must be handed in at one of the Visa Application Centres. Appointments for visa applications and further information:
www.visa-germany.co.za (for Centurion, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth)
www.durban.diplo.de (for applications in Durban)
The external service provider will guide you through the application process. The service provided by Intergate Visalink consists of the receipt of the application, the checking of the completeness of the application, the collection of the visa fee and the return of the passport to the client. The assessment and final decision regarding your application exclusively lies with the foreign missions. The processing time for visa applications takes two weeks according to the Schengen Visa codex. The German Missions and external service provider are committed to keep the processing time to a minimum. Due to the biometric data collection (fingerprints and photographs) and the technical infrastructure, a minimum of seven working days is required to process all visa applications.