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Where to Apply

Where to apply for a Schengen visa


The Embassy has commissioned VFS Global Services Pvt Ltd to operate the Danish Visa Application Centre in South Africa.


South African citizens applying for short-term tourist, business, work permit or transit Schengen visas for Denmark, Iceland, Greenland & Faroe Island can submit their applications at the Visa Application Centre (VAC) with and without prior appointment.

Be advised, that in high season May to October, you should always make an appointment with VFS before submitting your application.


All applicants are advised to book an appointment online to submit their visa application at the Danish Visa Application Centre


The Visa Application Centre in South Africa is located at:


Pretoria Visa Application Centre - VFS

Cherry Lane Office Park

1st Floor

114 Fehrsen Street

Nieuw Muckleneuk, Brooklyn, 0181 


Cape Town Visa Application Centre - VFS

Office 504-506 , 5th Floor,

47 on Strand Street, Strand Street,

Cape Town.


Durban Visa Application Centre - VFS

Unit 101A , 1st Floor

91-123 Cowey Road, Essenwood

Durban, 4001




Call Centre Hotline: 012 425 3001


VFS Global

The Visa Application Centres offer you:

A fast and convenient service

No or little queuing

Copy and photo service available at a fee

Advice on how to complete your application and what documents to attach

Tracking system, so you will know when your case has been processed

The passport can be returned by courier service


For any queries regarding visas, the application process, necessary documentation etc. please contact the VFS helpline at +27 (0) 12 425 3001 or mail:


When applying through VFS, applicants can have their passports couriered (against an additional fee) to their specified addresses after processing or they can collect their passports from the Visa Application Centres.


Please note that Third party collection of the documents or passports will not be permitted, except in the following cases:

Immediate Family Member (that is Parents, Children, Spouse)

A person collecting on behalf of Government officials if authorized on the Government letter head.

Red Carpet Representatives if authorized on the Company’s letter head


If any of the above comes for passport collection they need to carry the following documents:

Original Government ID card

Original ICR

Original authorization letter from applicant


Applicants can check the status of their applications by logging on to:


Additional Services provided by VFS

The services on the page are in addition to the visa application fee and can be paid in the visa application centre. Please see VFS website:


From which Schengen country should my visa be applied?


You must apply for a visa from the country of your main destination, that is, the Schengen country where you will spend most days. If you spend an equal amount of time in two or more countries, you must apply for a visa to the country of your first entrance into the Schengen area.


For example: If you plan to have four days of meetings in Denmark followed by two days of meetings in Norway, you should apply for a visa at one of the Danish Visa Application Centres. If you are staying four days in Denmark followed by four days in Sweden, you should still apply at the Danish Visa Application Centres, since Denmark is the first destination in your visit to the Schengen countries. If you spend two days for business meetings in Denmark and four days in Sweden for leisure, you would still submit your application to Denmark, becouse business is the main purpose of the visit.


It must be underlined that deviations from these rules are illegal and will not be tolerated.


Visa for Iceland


The Danish Embassy represent Iceland in South Africa. Visa applications for Iceland can be submitted at the Danish Visa Application Centres. 


Visa for Greenland and The Faroe Islands


Visa applications to Greenland and Faroe Islands should be submitted to the Danish Visa Application Centres. Other Embassies in the Schengen cooperation cannot grant you a visa for Greenland or The Faroe Islands.


Information about nationals who are subject to prior consultation


For information about nationals who are subject to prior consultation, please click here

and go to the 'Annex 16'.


If you wish to submit your application at the Embassy in Pretoria, you are kindly requested to book an appointment in advance. However, the opening days to the public is Tuesday and Thursday 10:00-11:00. 


Pretoria, Cape Town & Durban


Call Centre: 012 425 3001