Introduction of outsourcing process
On 4 April 2014 the Regional Consular Centre in Pretoria as well as the Consulate General in Cape Town has outsourced some part of the visa process to the external service provider TLScontact.
As of that date, the interview appointments and the receipt of the application files are handled by TLScontact for South African, Lesotho and Swaziland citizens, who have to submit the visa applications at the TLScontact Center (Phone: +27 21 401 75 01).
Visa Information for South African citizens travelling to the Czech Republic
As of January 15, 2015, the Consulate General of Switzerland in Cape Town represents the Czech Republic for the issuance of short-term Schengen Visa for South African passport holders domiciled in the Eastern, Northern and Western Cape Provinces only.
Please note that the same requirements, application forms and instructions as for Switzerland will apply. Please submit supporting documents in English.
Application files are handled by TLScontact and have to be submitted directly to the TLScontact Center which is located at the following address:
+27 (0)21 401 7501
Introduction of biometrics
On 11 October 2011 the Schengen member states introduced the Visa Information System (VIS). The VIS will also be used to store the biometric data (10 fingerprints and the facial image) of the visa applicants.
The Schengen Member States introduced the biometric visa on the 06.06.2013 in the Region of Southern Africa.
Therefore, the biometric data of all visa applicants older than 12 years will have to be registered. All visa clients have to apply in person according to the information published on where to apply where the fingerprints and a photograph are scanned for the central database of the Schengen countries. All the other visa requirements remain the same.
Since the 06.06.2013 visa applications are no longer accepted, if not personally submitted by the applicant.
In general, applications for Schengen visa have to be submitted in person, unless the applicant is otherwise instructed by the Regional Consular Centre in Pretoria or the Consulate General in Cape Town.