From 12th July 2021 Schengen visa applications from residents in South Africa must be submitted at VFS Global’s Application Centers in Pretoria, Cape Town or Durban. The Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria will not be able to receive applications as of 12 July. The handling of visa applications and the decision making will be done by the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi from the 12th July 2021. The Swedish Embassy in Pretoria will not handle any Schengen visa applications or reply to any emails concerning Schengen visas. If your visa will be refused for any reason or you will be denied entry at the border to Schengen you will NOT be refunded. The Embassy cannot give any support if the border Police has rejected entry and will deport you back to your country of origin.
To apply for a Shengen visa in South Africa, you need to be legally resident there. If you want to submit a Schengen visa application, you should do so by submitting the application at the external service providers office operated by VFS in Pretoria, 1st Floor, Cherry Lane Office Park 114 Fehrsen Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk Brooklyn, Pretoria, Gauteng. You may also submitted your application in Cape Town, 47 Strand Street 5th Floor Office 504 Cape Town Western Cape or in Durban, Unit 409, 4th Floor 91-123 Cowey Road (Problem Mkhize Road) Essenwood. The requirements and how to book an appointment etcetera will be found on VFS Global´s website, Welcome to VFS Global | vfsglobal
Sweden in South Africa is representing Estonia, which means that if your main destination is Estonia you may apply at VFS Global´s Swedish counter.
Notable, visa cases will be handled within 15 calendar days, or longer if motivated (in accordance with the visa code) . The 15 days of handling time is of course not including the transportation time between South Africa and Kenya (normally 3-4 days each way). Since all Schengen visa applications will be received by VFS in South Africa and distributed to the Embassy in Nairobi twice a week, it is more important than ever that you apply in time! When your application has been decided, your passport will be sent back to VFS application center where you submitted your application.
According to article 9 section 1 in the visa code, you should apply not less than 15 days before the planned visit begins. The 15 days is counted from when the application is received by the Embassy in Nairobi. Consequently, you have to calculate with the transportation time when planning for your submission.
Please note that the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria is not allowed to handle Schengen visa applications anymore. The Embassy in Pretoria will not be able to respond to inquiries regarding Schengen visas and will only refer such inquiries to the Swedish Embassy in Nairobi. However, the Embassy in Pretoria will still handle applications for visits longer than 90 days.
VFS Global´s service charge is 79 Euro which includes the distribution to and from Nairobi. This is in addition to the application fee of 80 Euros for adults and 40 Euros for minors, 6-12 years of age. The application fee will be charged in USD and the Embassy in Nairobi will provide VFS Global with an exchange rate regularly. Please visit VFS website in order to find out how to pay the different fees.
If you need more information about requirements etcetera please see below information www.swedenabroad.se/en/about-sweden-non-swedish-citizens/kenya/going-to-sweden/apply-for-a-visa/South African-residents/
Please note that the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria is not authorized to handle Schengen visa applications anymore or answer inquiries regarding Schengen visas.
If your visa will be refused for any reason or you will be denied entry at the border to Schengen you will NOT be refunded. The Embassy cannot give any support if the border Police has rejected entry and will deport you back to your country of origin.