Finland is outsourcing the submission of Schengen visa applications in South Africa . Finland Visa Application Centres maintained by VFS Global will be opened in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town in October 2017. New Visa Application Centres will make it easier to apply for a Schengen visa.
An appointment at the Visa Application Centre can be booked beforehand and the application can be completed electronically. The applicant must always submit the application in person and must give his or her biometrics.
Even after the Visa Application Centre has opened, the Embassy of Finland processes the applications and makes all the visa decisions. The Embassy will continue handling all residence permit and passport applications.
At the moment it is not possible to schedule new visa appointments at the Embassy after 4th October 2017. The appointments already scheduled till 4th October will remain as agreed.
A website for visa applicants will be launched in the end of September 2017.