Particular situations

Botswana Residents

The French Embassy in Gaborone doesn't issue visas.

The French Consulate in Johannesburg, South Africa processes visas applications for people residing in Botswana.

To complete your online application you must select South Africa as your country of submission of application. You must then file your application with the French Consulate in Johannesburg after making an appointment by email at least ten days in advance.

Appointments are from Monday to Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.


Namibia Residents

The French Embassy in Namibia doesn't issue visas.

  • People residing in Namibia wishing to apply for a short-stay visa to visit France’s European territory (i.e. the Schengen Area) must contact the German Embassy in Windhoek to check the procedure to follow.
  • The French Consulate in Johannesburg, South Africa processes visas applications for people residing in Namibia wishing to apply for a short-stay visa for France’s non-European territories (foreign or overseas territories) or a long-stay visa for France. To complete your online application you must select South Africa as your country of submission of application. You must then file your application with the French Consulate in Johannesburg after making an appointment by email at least ten days in advance.

Zambia Residents

The French Embassy in Zambia doesn't issue visas.

  • People residing in Zambia wishing to apply for a short-stay visa to visit France’s European territory (i.e. the Schengen Area) must contact the Swedish Embassy in Lusaka to check the procedure to follow.
  • The French Consulate in Johannesburg, South Africa processes visas applications for people residing in Zambia wishing to apply for a short-stay visa for France’s non-European territories (foreign or overseas territories) or a long-stay visa for France. To complete your online application you must select South Africa as your country of submission of application. You must then file your application with the French Consulate in Johannesburg after making an appointment by email.

Lesotho Residents

The French Consulate in Johannesburg, South Africa processes all visas applications for people residing in Lesotho wishing to visit France.

To complete your online application you must select South Africa as your country of submission of application. You must then file your application in the  CAPAGO Centre in Johannesburg, which processes visa applications on behalf of the French Consulate in Johannesburg


Holders of diplomatic passports or South African service passports

Holders of diplomatic passports or South African service passports are exempt from short-stay visas for France when the trip is related to the holder’s official duties.

In the Schengen area, they are also exempt from requiring a visa for the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany (diplomatic passport holders only), Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain (diplomatic passport holders only) and Switzerland.

Visas issued to holders of official passports (i.e. related to their functions) are free of charge.


Visiting the French overseas department of Reunion

Holders of South African passports do not require a visa to visit the French overseas department of Reunion (stays not exceeding 90 days).

Visas issued by France for other destinations (Monaco, Djibouti, Togo)

France also issues visas on behalf of Monaco, Djibouti, Togo. You must contact one of the two French Consulates in South Africa.