Discover Your Schengen Visa,
26 Countries to Travel or Work In!
South African travellers are required to acquire a Schengen Visa to explore or work in Europe.Whilst you apply via a specific country, when applying you will also need to specify which countries you are visiting when you apply for the schengen visa so you, theoretically speaking, can't roam around the Schengen Area as you please.
Are you visiting one of these countries:
Which Country to Apply to
- If you are visiting only one Schengen country, then naturally you'll apply for your Schengen visa via that country.
- If the main reason for your travels are to conduct business in a specific Schengen country, then you should apply for your visa via that country.
- If you are travelling to more than one Schengen country, then you'll apply for your Schengen Visa at at the embassy of the country you'll be staying in the longest (if you're visiting the Schengen countries for equivalent lengths of time, you apply at the embassy of the Schengen country you're entering first).
Whilst you apply via a specific country, when applying you will also need to specify which countries you are visiting when you apply for the visa so you, theoretically speaking, can't roam around the Schengen Area as you please.
Many travellers enter the Schengen Area in a different country to the one with whom they applied for the visa, because airlines use international hub airports. For example, if you're flying KLM from Johannesburg to Frankfurt you'll enter at Amsterdam.
When to Apply for a Schengen Visa
Applications must take place not more than 3 months and not less than 15 days before your intended visit.
Documentation Required for a Schengen Visa
Since the 6th June 2013 fingerprints are required, meaning that you need to appear in person at the embassy or consultate.
To apply for a Schengen visa you need to submit the following documents:
- Completed application form.
- A South African Passport, not older than 10 years, with at least 2 blank pages and valid for at least 3 months after the date you leave all Schengen countries. Temporary passports are not recognised by many Schengen countries.
- Two colour photos which meet the Schengen Requirements
- If you are travelling elsewhere before returning to South Africa, you'll need to get the visas of the country which you're leaving the Schengen countries for, before you apply for the Schengen visa (e.g. if you're going to the UK after visiting the Schengen countries).
- Proof that you paid the visa fee.
- Copy of round-trip airline tickets & itinerary, specifying when you're entering & when you're leaving the Schengen area.
- Bank statements for the last 3 months, to prove sufficient funds (the amount required varies by country). Provide proof of travellers' cheques, tax receipts for any forex bought and credit card statements or an original letter from the bank showing proving the credit amount.
- Proof that you have the minimum Schengen Travel Medical Insurance.
- Proof of your hotel bookings. If staying with a friend/family, an invitation letter with a copy of the host's passport/ID.
- If travelling on business, a letter from your employer stating why you're visiting as well as a letter from the company in the Schengen country you're going to. If you're going to a conference, then send proof of payment and registration.
Our Visa Facilitation Service is as follow:
We will compile on your behalf in order to apply for a non-immigrant visa. One Visa World will complete the online application
You are required to do biometrics for your visa, Once the application is completed, we will arrange for an appointment at a consulate where you will have your prepared documents handed in and processed as well.
This entails putting together and confirming the correct documents are being used for your visa. A list of requirements is followed and checked prior to your visa appointment.
Once you have completed your visa processing and biometrics it will take up to 15 working days for the visa to be issued.
How can One Visa World Assist you?
Different Schengen visas have different waiting times and requirements, and in some cases, there is a limit on the number of visas issued each year.
It's important to smartly navigate the visa process to enter the Schengen countries; as immigration is highly regulated. Filing documentation, completing the appropriate forms, and paying the correct fees will be required. Also, for many types of visa applications, you will generally need to attend an interview at a consulate or embassy and submit biometrics.
All of this is done on different platforms, in order to apply and book appointments. Using One Visa World as your Visa Facilitation Company will help you avoid theses tedious online forms and registrations. We will walk you through each step and ensure correct procedure is being followed.
All your personal documents are properly handled, and visas are released efficiently. We are experts in handling Schengen visas - ensuring the best service at all times.