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News, 2/28/2018

Visa Application Centres ease applying for a Schengen Visa to Finland in South Africa

Finland has outsourced the submission of visa applications in South Africa. Finland Visa Application Centres maintained by VFS Global in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town serve customers as of 6 October 2017. The new Visa Application Centres makes it easier to apply for a Schengen visa to Finland.

An appointment for the Visa Application Centre can be booked in advance, the application can be filled online, and the applicant can request that the passport will be returned to the desired address in South Africa by courier. The appointment booking at the Visa Application Centre is not mandatory and the Centres also serve walk-in customers.

The applicant must always submit the application in person and must give his or her biometrics. Applications can be submitted from Monday to Friday 8.00 - 12.30 and 13.30 – 15.00. The Visa Application Centre charges a service fee for each application. In Durban and Capetown the Visa Application Centre also charges a Logistics fee.

Even after the Visa Application Centres are operational, the Embassy of Finland processes the applications and makes all the visa decisions. The Embassy will accept applications by appointment only. These appointments can be booked on the same website or Call Centre.

To submit a visa application, the applicant may book an appointment on the website or by calling the Call Centre +27 (0) 12 425 3010. The Call Centre operates in English (Monday-Friday 8.00 – 12.30 and 13.30– 16.00). 

VFS Global Visa Application Centres in South Africa:

114 Fehrsen Str, Cherry Lane Office Park, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Brooklyn

Unit 101A 1st Floor, 91 -123 Cowey Road (Problem Mkhize), Essenwood, Durban

Cape Town:
Office 504-506, 5th Floor, 47 on Strand Street, Strand Street, Cape Town

Working hours:   08.00 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 16.00 
Submission:        08.00 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 15.00
Pass back time:  10.00 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 16.00
Call centre:         +27 (0) 12 425 3010
Working hours:    08.00 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 16.00

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