France to fast-track short stay visas for SA


Cape Town - Visa applicants holding a South African passport and born in South Africa who apply to visit France, with all required documents, will now see their short-stay Schengen visa delivered within 48 hours, The Capago.eu visa application centre has said in a statement. 

According to the message posted on its website, "South Africa is one of the few countries to benefit from this “fast track” procedure at no extra costs as a result of France’s will to simplify the visa application procedures for South African nationals". 

It said the move reflects "the will of the French government to facilitate visits to France by tourists, businessmen or students from South Africa" and follows the recent introduction of a service whereby any applicant can submit his/her application at any of the 3 Capago offices, no matter where in South Africa he/she resides. 

The 3 Capago offices in South Africa are in Cape Town and Johannesburg and another in Durban.

Visa applicants will wait no longer than 2 business days, from the time the application is lodged at Capago in Cape Town or Johannesburg until the passport is made available for collection. 

Schengen visas applications can take anything from a week to as much as 21 days in some countries concerning some citizens.

For the Durban branch, the 48 hours does not include the transfer from Durban to Johannesburg's Capago and back to Durban, which may mean that receiving the short-stay visa will take longer. 


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