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.