What happens at the Visa Application Centre

On the day of your appointment:

  • Aim to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
  • You must attend the appointment for your visa application. If you have given biometrics in last 59 months, you can send your representative also for submission of your Schengen visa application.
  • Only applicants, caregivers and those accompanying children under 18 years are permitted to enter the Visa Application Centre.
  • Bring a printed copy of your visa application, as well as a valid passport or travel document with at least 2 blank pages.
  • Bring all supporting documentation as per the checklist. (originals and copies). Kindly do not submit any original document
  • Fee can be paid by cash, demand draft or POS.
  • At the centre, you will also need to submit your fingerprints and photograph. This is known as biometric information collection. A digital finger scanner collects images of all 10 digits . The digital fingerprint scanner uses no inks, liquids or chemicals and will not mark your skin.
  • Ensure your fingertips are free from any forms of decoration such as mehndi, cuts, abrasions or other markings as these may affect your ability to provide acceptable finger scans.
  • Finger prints for children below the age of 12 years are not taken.
  • If you miss your appointment on the scheduled day, you will need to book a new appointment after 24 hours from your original appointment date./li>
  • Children under 18 years old need to be accompanied by an adult and this cannot be a member of VFS Global staff.
  • If you miss your appointment on the scheduled day, you will need to book a new appointment after 24 hours from your original appointment date.

Without biometrics information, your visa application will not be processed.

Biometrics

  • Your fingerprint scan and facial scan will be captured.
  • A digital fingerprint scanner will collect images of all 10 fingers, and at the same time a digital photo will be captured. This is a quick, discreet and non-intrusive process.
  • If you have temporary injuries on your fingers, you’re advised to wait until your injuries have healed.
  • Ensure your fingertips are free from any forms of temporary body decoration like mehndi as it interferes with the working of the scanner.
  • If you have applied for a Schengen Visa in the last 5 years, you will not need to submit biometric data as you will have already done so.
  • Applicants who are under 12 do not need to submit full biometric dataCitizens who hold diplomatic passports and heads of state do not require a visa and will not need to submit biometric data.
  • For an applicant between the ages of 12 and 17, a parent or legal guardian will be asked to give consent and be present when fingerprints are collected.

Exemptions to Biometrics

You will be exempted from the obligation of biometric data (fingerprints) if:

  • You are under 12 year of age.
  • The collection of fingerprints is physically impossible for you. If you are unable to provide a fingerprint scan, you’ll have to provide a medical certificate to support their claim.
  • You are Head of State and member of the national Governments (with your official delegations and spouses) and are travelling for official purposes.

Search Procedure

In the interest of safety and security, we reserve the right to conduct random bag searches of applicants and visitors.

Our staff have the right to work without fear of abuse or intimidation. Threatening or abusive words or behaviour towards our staff will not be tolerated under any circumstances.