CAPAGO - Visas
As you all know the French Consulate in Johannesburg has outsourced the reception of visas applications to CAPAGO.
Inanda Greens Business Park, Wierda Gables building
Block B (ground floor)
98 Albertyn Avenue, CNR Katherine Street
Be aware that, due to the introduction of biometric visas, all applicants, except children under the age of 12, must apply in person.
Call Center: 087 231 0313 (Monday to Friday - 8.00 am to 5.00 pm)
CAPAGO’s role is to inform applicants, receive applications, collect biometric data and return applications to customers. The decision to grant or refuse a visa is made by the consulate only.
Maybe you didn’t know… Applicants for a short or long stay visa for France may now apply at a CAPAGO center of their choice.
Applicants for a short or long stay visa for France, regardless of their place of residence in South Africa, may now apply at any of the three CAPAGO centers in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
Visas will then be processed and issued by one of the two French Consulates (Cape Town or Johannesburg).
By giving applicants a choice regarding the location of their visa application, the French authorities want to better facilitate the visa process, to ensure the best possible service is provided to visa applicants in South Africa.
Also, if you have already obtained a previous Schengen visa and your biometric data (i.e. digital photograph and fingerprints) was previously collected, you can be exempted from giving your biometric data again on condition that:
• You have a copy of your previous Schengen visa, on which the remark VIS appears on it.
• Your biometric data was collected within the last 5 years (to be more precise within the past 59 months).
If the above conditions apply to you, then you do not need to appear in person in order to submit your application for a new visa. The French Consulate reserves the right to request a new biometric data collection if the biometric data collected in the previous application is not re-usable.