Visa procedure for residents in Botswana [fr]


A transfer of consular competences from the French Embassy in Botswana to the French Consulate general in Johannesburg (Republic of South Africa) has come into effect in 2015. The Consulate General of France in Johannesburg is the sole competent authority to process visa applications submitted by residents in Botswana.

This procedure applies to all persons intending to apply for a short and long stay visa to France, the Schengen States and the French Overseas Territories: French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Guadeloupe and Réunion and in the Communities and Overseas Territories, French Polynesia including Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and Marquesas Islands, Wallis and Futuna, New Caledonia, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy and Saint Pierre and Miquelon.

All the applicants are invited to submit their applications directly at the Consulate General of France in Johannesburg following the steps detailed hereinafter :

  1. lodge the application on France-visas website
  2. contact the visa section of the Consulate general by email ( in order to schedule an appointment at least 10 days in advance
  3. attend in person the appointment as to lodge the visa application and to allow the biometric data (fingerprints) to be captured.

Please note that short stay visa applications are normally processed within the day if all required documents are provided for Botswana passport holders born in Botswana. Otherwise, the applicants will have to choose to stay a couple of days in Johannesburg before their passport can be handed back or to continue the process by mail.

It is important to note that for long stay visa applications, the processing time, irrespective of the applicant’s nationality, takes up to 10 days on average.

publié le 17/09/2018

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