Applying for a Schengen visa at the embassy in Pretoria or at VFS Johannesburg, Capetown and Durban.
You are strongly advised to schedule an appointment for your visa application at least three weeks before your intended date of departure.
Only at the VFS locations can you walk-in without an appointment and wait for an opening.
Processing time at all locations is approximately 5 working days. All applicants must appear in person. Applications can be submitted at four locations in South-Afrika:
Make an appointment for a visa application at the Embassy in PRETORIA
As of 8 April 2015 make an appointment at VFS JOHANNESBURG
Make an appointment for a visa application at VFS CAPETOWN
Make an appointment for a visa application at VFS DURBAN
Please check the column on the right for the Schengen visa requirements as well as the visa application form that you can download.
Important information for MVV-applicants Cape Town:
To make an appointment for an MVV application in Cape Town, please send an email with full name and date of birth to: RSO-ZAF-CA@minbuza.nl
Implementation of biometrics
Since June 6th, 2013 biometrics have been implemented for Schengenvisa. This implicates that all applicants need to apply in person. It is not possible to apply for a Schengenvisa or Dutch passport at our Honorary Consulates in Windhoek, Gaborone, Mbane and Maseru. People living in Windhoek/Namibia can submit their application at the German Embassy in Windhoek. People living in Gaborone/Botswana can submit their application at the French Embassy in Gaborone.
South African temporary passports
South African temporary passports are no longer accepted by the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg as a travel document. This means that no Schengen visa can be put in this kind of travel documents.
Visa fees can be paid by bank- or credit card only (with exception of American Express and Diners). For security reasons the Netherlands embassy in Pretoria cannot accept cash payments.
Visa fees are non-refundable.
Visa fees are fixed in Euro (60 euro). This amount is payable in South African Rand (to the administrative rate of exchange of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands). Visa fees are subject to change without prior notice. Click here for the price list.