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Immigration and Visa Services - Embassy of Finland, Pretoria : Immigration and Visa Services


P.O.Box 443, Pretoria 0001, Republic of South Africa
Tel. +27-12-343 0275, E-mail:
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Immigration and Visa Services

A Schengen visa grants in general free mobility within the Schengen area. Maximum stay is 90 days per 180 days of the year. For longer periods of stay a national long stay permit, residence permit must be applied (see the website of Finnish Immigration Services).

Visa Services

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 visa customers. 

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. 

Even after the Visa Application Centres are operational, the Embassy of Finland processes the applications and makes all the visa decisions. The Embassy accepts applications by appointment only.  Appointments can be booked via VFS website or call centre mentioned below.

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).

You may contact the Call Centre for all visa related questions. Please note that embassy does not give details about the status of visa during process.

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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