Temporary measures allowing the resumption of visa issuance.

Please note that the information below takes precedence over the general information that follows.

Our service provider Capago has re-opened its centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Students who reside in Botswana, Namibia and Zambia are invited to contact directly the visa section in Johannesburg by email.

The Capago Centers are open to the public :

  • Johannesburg : from Monday to Friday, from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.
  • Durban: Biometrics missions are carried out. Please contact Capago center
  • Cape Town : from Monday to Friday, from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing measures and safe equipment usage rules have been put in place to keep everyone safe. Kindly note only the visa applicant will be authorized to enter the Center (the applicant can be accompanied in the case of limited mobility or if he/she is a minor). We also suggest that you bring a personal pen as you will need to sign a registry to enter the building. Please visit the Capago website to consult the strict sanitary measures that have been implemented.

We also recommend all applicants to check with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) that they will be allowed to leave the South African territory.

The issuance of a visa does not guarantee the possibility of immediate entry into the territory, which remains determined by the restrictions applicable at the borders. Before applying for a visa, it is strongly advised to check if you are authorised to enter France by consulting the following page : Attestation de déplacement et de voyage.


Submit your application at a visa centre for France, in South Africa

Visa applications submitted in South Africa are examined by the French Consulates in Johannesburg and Cape Town ; only the Consulates are authorised to make decisions concerning visas.

  • For short-stay visa applications, please submit your application at least fifteen days before your planned departure date;
  • For long-stay visa applications, please allow at least one month between the date of submission of your application and your planned departure date.

Make an appointment

To make an appointment and find information about the visa application centres, please check the "Whom should I contact ?" section.

Specific cases

For specific cases (people not residing in South Africa, holders of diplomatic or service passports, people visiting the french overseas department of Reunion), please check the "Particular situations" section.


Caution: Cerfa form in draft

The day of your appointment you must imperatively present your CERFA in final paper version. It must not have the word "DRAFT".

If your CERFA has the mention "DRAFT", this means that your application is not finalized on France-Visas and will therefore be refused on the day of filing.

Beware of fraudulent sites

Visa applicants are advised to be cautious in all dealings with companies that claim to offer assistance in obtaining French visas.

The day of your appointment:

Attention, the day of your appointment you must print and come with your receipt. In case of absence of a document present on your receipt, your visa application can be refused.