Where to submit a visa application?


Schengen visa applications have to be submitted at the representation of the country which is the main destination of the visit. (If visiting several states with stays of approximately the same duration the consulate responsible for issuing the visa is that of the country of the first entry into the Schengen area.) Thus, according to the above described Schengen regulations applicants having Hungary as the main destination, or the country of first entry in case of a trip stretching through several Schengen Member States can submit their visa applications at the Hungarian representations.


Practical example: If you wish to travel around Europe for three weeks, spending two weeks in Austria and one in Hungary, you should apply for the Schengen visa at the Austrian Consulate. It is sometimes difficult to determine the main destination, for example where the traveler intends to make several consecutive short stays of approximately the same length in various Schengen States. In this case, you should go to the consulate of the first country you intend to visit.



General requirements for the submission of the documents


Attention! If you are planning to visit more Schengen States, then the documents submitted must also contain information on your stay in the other Schengen States (e.g. if you plan to visit Hungary and the Czech Republic, you must not only hand in proof of hotel reservation in Hungary, but also in the Czech Republic, the same applies to ticket reservations and so on...)


  • Application form: filled in English, printed and signed. The application form is free of charge and has to be filled for every applicant separately. The failure to fill properly and to sign the required application form and to bring it to the interview, will result in the inadmissibility of the application


  • Passport/ travel document: valid for at least three months after the applicant's last day of stay in the Schengen territory, with at least two blank consecutive visa pages, issued within the previous ten years. In the case of non-South African nationals, proof of legal stay or a residence permit in South Africa is required, valid for a period of at least three months after the intended date of departure from the Schengen territory. Please note that temporary RSA passports are no longer recognized by most Schengen states.


  • One recent passport size colour photo: 3.5 x 4.5 cm dimensions, sharp, clear and contrasting, printed on high quality paper and against a white background, no older than 6 months and enabling the identification of the applicant, en face, showing clearly the eyes and face from both sides from the tip of the head to the shoulders so that the face takes up 70-80% of the photo, depicting the person without headgear or headdress, looking into the camera, with closed lips, so that the face is not covered by hair. In the case of persons wearing glasses, the following requirements must be met: undimmed lenses, the frame must not cover any part of the eye, no light reflections may be visible. Do not staple!


  • Consular fee (non-refundable).
  • Proof of possession of travel medical insurance: to cover any expenses, which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during the stay(s) in Schengen area. The insurance shall be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage shall be EUR 30000.

Must include full name, policy number, period and area of cover, medical coverage of ZAR equivalent to 30 000 EUR, and summarised schedule of benefits.

List of travel agencies which meet criteria of Article 15 of the Visa Code "Travel medical insurance":


  • travel guard chartis
  • travel insurance consultants (tic)
  • discovery
  • axa assistance
  • ace insurance limited
  • absa insurance company
  • momentum health
  • regent
  • other reliable internetional insurance companies



List of supporting documents


1. General requirements for all applicants


  • round trip reservation and detailed itinerary including dates and flight numbers specifying the dates of entry and exit from the territory of the Member State;


  • proof of sufficient means of subsistence during the intended stay: bank statement for the past three months, unless all the expenses are covered by the employer or the host. Also acceptable are original income certificates from the applicant’s employer (last three months’) and pension slips. In the case of minors or students, a signed declaration by the legal representative or sponsor on the coverage of all the costs is required (including a copy of said representative’s /sponsor’s ID or passport, as well as three months’ of their bank statements).


  • non-South African nationals: South African residence permit or temporary residence permit valid at least three months beyond the planned stay in the territory of the Member States or valid visa;


  • if the applicant does not intend to return to South Africa but go either to his country of origin or another third county, a reasonable proof of their intention is needed e.g. work contract in the new destination, or proof of enrolment in university/school or a rental agreement.


  • Minors:


  • the minor’s birth certificate (unabridged);


  • certified copies of ID/passport of both parents;


  • if the minor travels alone: certified parental consent by both parents;


  • if the minor travels with only one parent, the other parent must produce the certified consent. If only one parent has guardianship of the minor, the relevant court documents must be presented.


2. Document to be submitted when travelling for the purpose of tourism, business or study


  • proof of accommodation for the duration of the intended stay. If accommodation costs are covered by another entity, this must be clearly stated in the invitation letter;


  • if applicant is staying with a relative or friend, an invitation letter certified at the Immigration and Asylum Office in Hungary;


  • in case of a pre-paid tour, details of the tour with a proof of payment to the tour operator should be provided;


  • proof of employment: a letter from company stating monthly wages, continuing employment after period of leave and duration of vacation etc.;


  • if self-employed: a certification from SA Companies and Intellectual Property Commission or SA Revenue Service is required;


  • if student: Letter from school/college/university in South Africa certifying the student status of the applicant.

3. Documents to be submitted when attending specific events, such as conferences, workshops, short term studies and research, official meetings, cultural and sports events, exhibitions, fairs, training, etc.


  • for persons attending sports events, exhibitions and fairs: presentation of a document proving the participation of the applicant in the event;


  • for other events: an invitation from the host or a company in the Member State of destination is needed.


  • for participation in conferences: a proof of registration and payment;


  • official visits: a note verbale from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation or any other relevant South African Ministerial Department is required;


  • if expenses are covered by the host and/or by the employer this needs to be clearly established in the invitation letter or note verbale, as appropriate.



Payment only with card!


Visa fees:

Visa Schengen or national:                            R 1.288,-

Visa for children 6-12 years old:                     R  688,-

Visa will be issued free of charge for:

- children under 6,

- spouses and dependents of EU citizens (copy of marriage or birth certificate and passport/s of spouse or both parents must be submitted together with the application).


Fees and requirements are subject to change.