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Step 2 :

PREPARE MY ITALIAN VISA APPLICATION


In this section you will find out where and how to apply costs of your visa application and the list of required documents.

Do I need to apply in person? Read more

FINGERPRINTS EXEMPTION COURIER PROCEDURE

All applicants 12 years and older must appear in person to submit their applications and biometric data at our branches.

However, if you have obtained a previous Schengen visa in the last 5 years, and on that occasion your biometric data (fingerprint and photo) had been captured, you do not need to appear in person to submit your application.

You can make use of the Exemption courier application at the additional price of 590 rand and post your documents to our branch. 

You are eligible to apply via courier when meeting the following requirements:

  • Currently hold a copy of the previous Schengen visa
  • Be sure the fingerprints were given in the last 5 years from the new request
  • No name change occurred in between the last visa obtained and the new request

 

Please note:  

Biometric exemption and courier are only applicable to applicants currently residing in the jurisdiction of Cape Town Consulate (Western, Northern, Eastern Cape) with supporting residential documentation and intending to apply with the Capago branch in Cape Town ONLY.

Please note that the Consulate of Italy reserves the right to request new biometric data collection if the biometric data collected in the previous application is not re-usable.

Read about where to apply

Where do I need to apply ? Read more

1

Verify that Italy has the authority

The authority of a specific country to issue a visa is defined in the Schengen rules. There are three rules that you must take into consideration:

  • Case 1 :
    If you intend to visit only one Member State of the Schengen area, you must lodge your application with the competent authority of this Member State.

Example: an applicant wishes to travel to Italy and spend their entire holiday in Italy. Then the application should be lodged with Capago who is the approved intermediary for the Italian Consulate, to deal with this application.

  • Case 2 :
    If you are visiting two Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the consulate of the country where you will be staying longer or where the main purpose of the trip is taking place.

Example: An applicant wishes to travel to Italy, France and Spain. The applicant will spend 4 nights in Italy, 2 nights in France and 3 nights in Spain. The Consulate of Italy must deal with the application. Unless the main purpose of the trip business meetings in France which makes France competent to process the application.

  • Case 3 :
    If you want to visit several Schengen countries for an equivalent duration of time and without a specific main purpose to be attained in one of the countries, you must apply for a visa at the consulate of the country of your first point of entry.

Example: An applicant wishes to travel to Italy, Germany, Netherlands and Slovenia. They intend to spend two nights in each Member State but they will enter Germany first on arriving in the Schengen zone. Therefore this applicant has to apply at the German Consulate which will be his first port of entry.

2

Where to apply for my visa in South Africa?

Once you know that you must apply for a Schengen visa issued by Italy you need to establish where to apply in South Africa.


Applicants for a short or long stay visa for Italy must apply to the following Capago centers depending of their province:

  • Residents of the Northwest province, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Limpopo province can choose to apply with VFS Global
  • Residents of the Western Cape, Northern Cape or the Eastern Cape must apply to our Cape Town branch.
You will find directions to our visa application centers on ourcontact page.

 

"Under section 17 of the Community code visas: "the state or states concerned shall maintain the opportunity for all applicants to lodge applications directly from their consulates, according to their conditions".

3

Malta

The Consulate of Italy is not issuing visas on behalf of Malta until further notice. All applicants wishing to apply for a C type Schengen Maltese visa, have to do so through their Embassy in Cairo Egypt.

4

Italian Consulates' extended representation in South Africa

In South Africa who need to apply for a Visa to visit Italy will need to submit their Visa application in:

EMBASSY OF PRETORIA:

  • For citizens residing in: NAMIBIA, MADAGASCAR, MAURITIUS, LESOTHO
  • Visas for South African citizens holders of DIPLOMATIC, OFFICIAL and SERVICE passports;

CONSULATE OF JOHANNESBURG through the VFS Global branches:

  • For residents of the Northwest province, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Limpopo province

CONSULATE OF CAPE TOWN through the CAPAGO branch of CAPE TOWN:

  • For citizens or resident in NAMIBIA
  • For citizens or resident in SOUTH AFRICA

For any query you might have about this, please contact us

Read about processing time

How long will it take ?Read more

1

Consulate processing time

The processing time for a Schengen short-stay visa or a long stay visa always varies depending on the number of requests and the time of the year. The processing time for an application is at the sole discretion of the Consulate of Italy

It is the responsibility of the travelers to submit their applications long enough in advance, to allow the consulate sufficient time for processing.

We recommend filing applications at least 15 days before the date of travel for a short-stay visa and at least one month before departure for long stays.

According to the type of visa you are applying for, your application can be submitted:

  • For Schengen short stay applications, NOT more than 180 days (six months) before your planned date of arrival in the Schengen area;
  • For Schengen seaman application, NOT more than 9 months before your planned date of arrival in the Schengen area;
  • For long stay application, NOT more than 3 months before your planned date of arrival in the Schengen area.
2

Capago appointment duration

The processing time for an application always varies depending on the number of appointments and the time of the day. The timeframes below are an indication and are not guaranteed.

We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment and to allocate 1 hour for the submission of your application and biometric data collection.

It may happen during peak season (April to June) that appointments are delayed. Should it be the case you will be notified by the receptionist upon your arrival.

How much will it cost ?Read more

1

Consulate and Capago Fees

The Consulate fees are set in Euros, with the equivalent Rand values subject to change based on the current exchange rate.

Therefore, the Rand value of fees may change between the date you book your appointment and the date of actual submission of your application. This also applies to the Capago service fee (27 Euros).

If you have processed your payment before your appointment, you may therefore be requested to make a small additional payment or, on the contrary, receive a small refund on the day of your appointment.

Please find information on payment methods below in Section 3

FEES UPDATED 1ST OF FEBRUARY 2020, INCLUDING VAT
Schengen Visa Short Stay Adult ( over 12 years )
• Consulate Fees : 1311.00 ZAR • Capago Fees : 394.00ZAR
Schengen Visa Short Stay Minor ( 6 - 12 years )
• Consulate Fees : 656.00 ZAR • Capago Fees : 394.00 ZAR
Schengen Visa Short Stay Minor ( under 6 years )
• Consulate Fees : Free • Capago Fees : Free
National Visa Long Stay
• Consulate Fees : 1900 ZAR • Capago Fees : 394.00 ZAR
National Visa Long Stay Student
• Consulate Fees : 819 ZAR • Capago Fees : 394.00 ZAR
2

Additional Services

In addition to processing your visa application Capago offers a range of additional services which can be selected when applying. The prices of those services are not subject to the exchange rate fluctuation.

Premium lounge : 590 ZAR
Our Premium Lounge is designed to provide a stress-free, smooth administrative process for your visa application. You will benefit from a personalized attendance by a dedicated visa agent throughout the process:

  • 100% professional guidance.
  • High quality of comfort
  • Delicious Pastries (Only in Johannesburg)
  • Choice refreshments including freshly brewed coffee; fresh juices;(Only in Cape Town and Johannesburg)
  • Free wifi
  • Entertainment through our multimedia facilities

Fingerprints exemption courier application : 590 ZAR
Post your documents to our branch, after checking all the requirements. For more info contact us. E-mail: infoitaly-za@capago.eu

Delivery service : 220 ZAR
Passport delivery service at a PostNet branch nearest to you through our Postnet Partner.

ID Photos : 90 ZAR
Capago provides photos which are 100% compliant with the Schengen Requirements and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Standards, printed on quality gloss paper using Biometric technology.

SMS visa application tracking : 25 ZAR
You will receive an SMS notification informing you of each status change with your application; from submission through to collection

Copies : 3 ZAR per page
You can print and copy documents at any of our visa application centers

3

Payment methods

Please note that for safety reasons NO CASH payments are allowed on the premises.

The following methods of payment are accepted on the day of appointment:

  • Electronic transfert bank to bank - EFT
  • Debit or credit card on premises (No American Express nor Diners)

You can pay in advance the Capago Fees and Capago Additional Services by EFT, or Cash Deposit.

Visa Fees must only be paid in our premises

Please note that an administration fee of 2.5% will apply to all payments made to Capago by debit or Credit card, not including EFT's.
You don't need to print this summary. You will receive your final invoice after your appointment.

What do I need ?Read more

Find out which type of visa you need to apply for and download the corresponding checklist. You need to collect all the documents listed on the checklists.

Access all the checklists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2 :

PREPARE MY ITALIAN VISA APPLICATION


In this section you will find out where and how to apply costs of your visa application and the list of required documents.

Do I need to apply in person? Read more

FINGERPRINTS EXEMPTION COURIER PROCEDURE

All applicants 12 years and older must appear in person to submit their applications and biometric data at our branches.

However, if you have obtained a previous Schengen visa in the last 5 years, and on that occasion your biometric data (fingerprint and photo) had been captured, you do not need to appear in person to submit your application.

You can make use of the Exemption courier application at the additional price of 590 rand and post your documents to our branch. 

You are eligible to apply via courier when meeting the following requirements:

  • Currently hold a copy of the previous Schengen visa
  • Be sure the fingerprints were given in the last 5 years from the new request
  • No name change occurred in between the last visa obtained and the new request

 

Please note:  

Biometric exemption and courier are only applicable to applicants currently residing in the jurisdiction of Cape Town Consulate (Western, Northern, Eastern Cape) with supporting residential documentation and intending to apply with the Capago branch in Cape Town ONLY.

Please note that the Consulate of Italy reserves the right to request new biometric data collection if the biometric data collected in the previous application is not re-usable.

Read about where to apply

Where do I need to apply ? Read more

1

Verify that Italy has the authority

The authority of a specific country to issue a visa is defined in the Schengen rules. There are three rules that you must take into consideration:

  • Case 1 :
    If you intend to visit only one Member State of the Schengen area, you must lodge your application with the competent authority of this Member State.

Example: an applicant wishes to travel to Italy and spend their entire holiday in Italy. Then the application should be lodged with Capago who is the approved intermediary for the Italian Consulate, to deal with this application.

  • Case 2 :
    If you are visiting two Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the consulate of the country where you will be staying longer or where the main purpose of the trip is taking place.

Example: An applicant wishes to travel to Italy, France and Spain. The applicant will spend 4 nights in Italy, 2 nights in France and 3 nights in Spain. The Consulate of Italy must deal with the application. Unless the main purpose of the trip business meetings in France which makes France competent to process the application.

  • Case 3 :
    If you want to visit several Schengen countries for an equivalent duration of time and without a specific main purpose to be attained in one of the countries, you must apply for a visa at the consulate of the country of your first point of entry.

Example: An applicant wishes to travel to Italy, Germany, Netherlands and Slovenia. They intend to spend two nights in each Member State but they will enter Germany first on arriving in the Schengen zone. Therefore this applicant has to apply at the German Consulate which will be his first port of entry.

2

Where to apply for my visa in South Africa?

Once you know that you must apply for a Schengen visa issued by Italy you need to establish where to apply in South Africa.


Applicants for a short or long stay visa for Italy must apply to the following Capago centers depending of their province:

  • Residents of the Northwest province, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Limpopo province can choose to apply with VFS Global
  • Residents of the Western Cape, Northern Cape or the Eastern Cape must apply to our Cape Town branch.
You will find directions to our visa application centers on ourcontact page.

 

"Under section 17 of the Community code visas: "the state or states concerned shall maintain the opportunity for all applicants to lodge applications directly from their consulates, according to their conditions".

3

Malta

The Consulate of Italy is not issuing visas on behalf of Malta until further notice. All applicants wishing to apply for a C type Schengen Maltese visa, have to do so through their Embassy in Cairo Egypt.

4

Italian Consulates' extended representation in South Africa

In South Africa who need to apply for a Visa to visit Italy will need to submit their Visa application in:

EMBASSY OF PRETORIA:

  • For citizens residing in: NAMIBIA, MADAGASCAR, MAURITIUS, LESOTHO
  • Visas for South African citizens holders of DIPLOMATIC, OFFICIAL and SERVICE passports;

CONSULATE OF JOHANNESBURG through the VFS Global branches:

  • For residents of the Northwest province, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Limpopo province

CONSULATE OF CAPE TOWN through the CAPAGO branch of CAPE TOWN:

  • For citizens or resident in NAMIBIA
  • For citizens or resident in SOUTH AFRICA

For any query you might have about this, please contact us

Read about processing time

How long will it take ?Read more

1

Consulate processing time

The processing time for a Schengen short-stay visa or a long stay visa always varies depending on the number of requests and the time of the year. The processing time for an application is at the sole discretion of the Consulate of Italy

It is the responsibility of the travelers to submit their applications long enough in advance, to allow the consulate sufficient time for processing.

We recommend filing applications at least 15 days before the date of travel for a short-stay visa and at least one month before departure for long stays.

According to the type of visa you are applying for, your application can be submitted:

  • For Schengen short stay applications, NOT more than 180 days (six months) before your planned date of arrival in the Schengen area;
  • For Schengen seaman application, NOT more than 9 months before your planned date of arrival in the Schengen area;
  • For long stay application, NOT more than 3 months before your planned date of arrival in the Schengen area.
2

Capago appointment duration

The processing time for an application always varies depending on the number of appointments and the time of the day. The timeframes below are an indication and are not guaranteed.

We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment and to allocate 1 hour for the submission of your application and biometric data collection.

It may happen during peak season (April to June) that appointments are delayed. Should it be the case you will be notified by the receptionist upon your arrival.

How much will it cost ?Read more

1

Consulate and Capago Fees

The Consulate fees are set in Euros, with the equivalent Rand values subject to change based on the current exchange rate.

Therefore, the Rand value of fees may change between the date you book your appointment and the date of actual submission of your application. This also applies to the Capago service fee (27 Euros).

If you have processed your payment before your appointment, you may therefore be requested to make a small additional payment or, on the contrary, receive a small refund on the day of your appointment.

Please find information on payment methods below in Section 3

FEES UPDATED 1ST OF FEBRUARY 2020, INCLUDING VAT
Schengen Visa Short Stay Adult ( over 12 years )
• Consulate Fees : 1311.00 ZAR • Capago Fees : 394.00ZAR
Schengen Visa Short Stay Minor ( 6 - 12 years )
• Consulate Fees : 656.00 ZAR • Capago Fees : 394.00 ZAR
Schengen Visa Short Stay Minor ( under 6 years )
• Consulate Fees : Free • Capago Fees : Free
National Visa Long Stay
• Consulate Fees : 1900 ZAR • Capago Fees : 394.00 ZAR
National Visa Long Stay Student
• Consulate Fees : 819 ZAR • Capago Fees : 394.00 ZAR
2

Additional Services

In addition to processing your visa application Capago offers a range of additional services which can be selected when applying. The prices of those services are not subject to the exchange rate fluctuation.

Premium lounge : 590 ZAR
Our Premium Lounge is designed to provide a stress-free, smooth administrative process for your visa application. You will benefit from a personalized attendance by a dedicated visa agent throughout the process:

  • 100% professional guidance.
  • High quality of comfort
  • Delicious Pastries (Only in Johannesburg)
  • Choice refreshments including freshly brewed coffee; fresh juices;(Only in Cape Town and Johannesburg)
  • Free wifi
  • Entertainment through our multimedia facilities

Fingerprints exemption courier application : 590 ZAR
Post your documents to our branch, after checking all the requirements. For more info contact us. E-mail: infoitaly-za@capago.eu

Delivery service : 220 ZAR
Passport delivery service at a PostNet branch nearest to you through our Postnet Partner.

ID Photos : 90 ZAR
Capago provides photos which are 100% compliant with the Schengen Requirements and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Standards, printed on quality gloss paper using Biometric technology.

SMS visa application tracking : 25 ZAR
You will receive an SMS notification informing you of each status change with your application; from submission through to collection

Copies : 3 ZAR per page
You can print and copy documents at any of our visa application centers

3

Payment methods

Please note that for safety reasons NO CASH payments are allowed on the premises.

The following methods of payment are accepted on the day of appointment:

  • Electronic transfert bank to bank - EFT
  • Debit or credit card on premises (No American Express nor Diners)

You can pay in advance the Capago Fees and Capago Additional Services by EFT, or Cash Deposit.

Visa Fees must only be paid in our premises

Please note that an administration fee of 2.5% will apply to all payments made to Capago by debit or Credit card, not including EFT's.
You don't need to print this summary. You will receive your final invoice after your appointment.

What do I need ?Read more

Find out which type of visa you need to apply for and download the corresponding checklist. You need to collect all the documents listed on the checklists.

Access all the checklists