How, when and where to apply for a visa?
The French Consulate in Johannesburg has outsourced the reception of visas applications to CAPAGO.
Block B (ground floor)
98 Albertyn Avenue, CNR Katherine Street
Visa applications are processed by appointment only at CAPAGO. Do allow at least 15 days for visa processing but do not submit your application more than 3 months before your planned dates of travel.
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.
All applicants may also lodge their application directly at the French Consulate, after having obtained an appointment. Please call: 011 778 56 14
To apply for a visa from CAPAGO and the French consulate in Johannesburg:
1/ You must hold a valid and recognized passport/ travel document: your passport/ travel document must have been issued within the last 10 years and have at least 3 months validity after the intended date of departure from the Schengen area.
2/ You must be resident in South Africa: your South African (temporary or resident ) permit must have at least 3 months validity after the intended date of departure from the Schengen area. People who are not resident in South Africa must apply for their Schengen visas at the French consulate in their country of residence.
3/ France is your only or main destination: spending more time in France than in any other Schengen countries within the same trip or France is the country of your first entry into the Schengen area if you intend to stay the same amount of time in all the countries visited within the same trip. If France is not your main destination, please contact the consulate of the competent Schengen States.