General information about Schengen visa and the application process can be found here.
IMPORTANT: Duly completed application forms may be submitted six months prior to your intended travel date.
It may take an average time of 15 days to process your Schengen visa application.
Therefore applicants are strongly encouraged to apply well in advance of their actual travel dates. This will help ensuring a smooth organization of your trip.
If your travel date is imminent or lies within two weeks of your application date, please check if you can postpone your trip. In general, neither the German Mission nor the Service Provider is able to expedite the process.
According to the Visa Code, the German Missions in South Africa are only responsible for processing your application if your main destination is Germany.
Submission of false documentation or incorrect information will most likely result in a refusal or even a travel ban to Germany or other Schengen States.
The submission of incomplete documentation can result in a refusal.
The German Missions in South Africa reserve the right to ask for additional documentation at any time during the processing of the application whenever deemed necessary.
Documentation sent via fax or e-mail, which has not been requested, will not be allocated to an application.
During the application process your passport has to remain with the German mission and cannot be withdrawn.
The Checklist of required documents for the travel purpose “visit” has to be printed and signed and submitted at your appointment (Checklist visit: print-version).
One completed visa application form
Recent passport photographs according to biometric specifications
Passport Original + 1 copy of the data page
Valid and signed passport (must have been issued within the last 10 years), which must have at least two blank pages and be valid for at least 3 months after the scheduled return.
Passport copy of pages containing personal data.
Copies of all previous Schengen visa(s) – if not contained in passport(s) submitted with the application
Non-South African citizens must hold a valid residency/work permit which allows
reentering South Africa upon the end of the journey.
Previous passports (non-SA citizens).
Applicant exiting Germany and returning to South Africa via another country needs to present the relevant visa for that Country.
Invitation letter with dates, names, adress and signature.
Copy of passport of the inviting party and if applicable residence permit of the inviting party.
Leave letter of your company (if employed).
If invitation does not include accommodation:
Flight reservation (round trip), rail tickets and other if applicable.
Proof of employment Situation
If employed: Current letter of employment with original signature.
If self-employed: Company registration document.
If student: Current proof of school/university registration confirming that the student is exempt from attending lectures during the requesting travel period, with an original signature.
If medical doctor: Valid license to practice from HPSCA and copy of the HPCSA-Card.
If other employment situation: Current proof of occupation.
of financial status and sufficient funds (45.00 euros per person per day)
Personal bank statements with money movement of the past three months.
Formal obligation letter of your sponsor (if applicable).
Signed declaration in accordance with Article 54 paragraph 2 number 8 in conjunction with Article 53 Residence Act
This is the last page of the visa application form (cf. number 1).
Additional documents for children under the age of 18
Full unabridged birth certificate (containing father’s and mother’s name) in original and copy.
Guardian’s/parents declaration of consent signed by both guardians/parents in original and copy.
Copy of first page of passport of parents/legal guardian(s).
One parent/legal guardian is deceased:
Sole custody has been granted:
Overseas medical travel insurance for Schengen States
Valid travel health insurance covering your requested stay with a minimum coverage of 30,000 euros, valid for all Schengen countries.
When applying for a multiple-entry visa, a one-year or multi-year visa, it suffices to present a valid travel health insurance for your first trip