6 October 2015 - 9:44 pm



Important News as of the 6th June 2013?

The European Union has introduced its Visa Information System (VIS) in Southern Africa, requiring applicants to appear in person for visa applications to enable the collection of biometric data.

The process will apply to all South African passport holders requesting short-stay visas (up to three months) for relevant Schengen states. However, once applicants’ biometric data – fingerprints and a digital photograph – has been entered in the VIS, personal visits to the consulate may be waived for the following five years.

Children under the age of 12 and persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible, as well as heads of state and members of national government when travelling for official purposes, may be exempted from the provision of fingerprints.

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 VIS mark appears;
  • Your biometric data was collected within the last 5 years (to be more precise within the past 59 months).

Except for: Austria, Czech Republic, Netherlands and Sweden.

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. SA Travelbug may submit your application on your behalf. The Consulate reserves the right to request a new biometric data collection if the biometric data, collected in the previous application is not re-usable.

What is a Schengen Visa?

This is a single tourist visa used to visit a multitude of European countries without needing to use separate visas for each, having a Schengen Visa means that you can travel freely between countries that have a Schengen agreement for up to 90 days in a six month time period.

Countries that support a Schengen Visa 

Austria France Latvia Norway Sweden
Belgium Germany Liechtenstein Poland Switzerland
Czech Republic Greece Lithuania Portugal
Denmark Hungary Luxemborg Slovakia
Estonia Iceland Malta Slovenia
Finland Italy Netherlands Spain

Where to apply for your Schengen Visa?

When you apply for a Schengen Visa you must apply at the Visa Office of the Country you will be visiting for the longest…

Types of Schengen Visas

  • Short stay visa

1-90 days, single or multiple entries

  • Long stay visa

For visits exceeding 90 days – they are national visas, and are issued by member states in accordance with national legislation

  • Airport transit visas

Required by the nationals of certain countries but not for South African citizens

  • Multiple Entry Schengen Visa

A multiple entry Schengen visa will allow the holder several entries into the Schengen area, allowing you to return to a country and / or re-enter the Schengen area at a later date.

Not all embassies issue multiple entry visas, some prefer to only issue a single entry visa to cover for the specific trip you are going on.



Travel insurance including medical cover is required when you apply for your Schengen visa, the minimum coverage of the Rand equivalent of Euro 30.000,00. It must cover the duration of the requested visa. Annual insurance may be required if you are requesting a multiple-entry visa. Please contact SA Travelbug for competitive quotes,


Administrative costs for processing of a Schengen Visa

All types of visas (transit and short stay) 60 Euro, (paid in rands)

(relevant Consulate has to be contacted regarding the cost in Rand)

Children between 6 and 12 35 Euro, (paid in rands)

(relevant Consulate has to be contacted regarding the cost in Rand)

National Long stay visas 99 Euro, (paid in rands)

(relevant Consulate has to be contacted regarding the cost in Rand)

Visas will be issued free of charge for

  • Children under age 6
  • School pupils, students, post graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purpose of study or educational training
  • Students under 18 years who participate in sport or cultural events
  • Applicant invited by the UN/EU
  • Diplomatic passport holders
  • Spouses of EU/EEA citizens and their children, under the age of 21 only if travelling with or joining the EU/EEA citizen
  • Researchers from third countries travelling with the community for the purpose of carrying out specific research

The majority of Schengen Embassies require you to appear in person and/or outsourced visa centre. Exemptions from this with certain Schengen States are if you previously have had two Schengen visas issued in the last three years and/or you reside outside a certain proximity from the Embassy.

Easy Steps to register with us to obtain your Schengen Visa

  • Complete the request for information form below