Remember this when applying for your Schengen visa for Germany…

Pschengen visa for germanylanning a holiday to Germany? Never applied for a Schengen visa before?

It’s no reason to stress!

Intergate Visalink facilitates Schengen visa applications for Germany on behalf of the German missions in South Africa – and today we’re going to share the two most important things you should know.

1. ALWAYS follow the checklist requirements

Part of Intergate Visalink’s service is supplying you with a checklist that tells you exactly which documents to submit. This means you can prepare your application confidently, safe in the knowledge that you’re submitting all the information required by Germany.

Thus, if you simply follow the checklist requirements, you’ll hand us a complete visa application. Of course you’re more than welcome to ask us for clarification on any information.

2. Your main destination is the Schengen state you’ll stay in longest

When visiting more than one Schengen state, many people are unsure of where to apply for their Schengen visa.

The legislation around this stipulates that you must apply for your visa through the country where you’re going to stay longer. This state is known as your ‘main destination’ – regardless of the country through which you enter the Schengen state.

For example, let’s say you’re going on a 10-day trip to Germany but you’re also spending a couple of days in the Netherlands. Below we’ll look at where to apply depending on where you’re spending the most time:

Germany NetherlandsCountry through which to apply for your Schengen visa
6 days4 daysGermany
4 days6 daysNetherlands, regardless of the fact that you're entering the Schengen area through Germany.
5 days5 daysWhere your time in the Schengen area is evenly split between states, you must apply through your port of entry, i.e. the country through which you'll enter the Schengen area. In this case it'll be Germany.

How does Visalink assist you with an application for a Schengen visa for Germany?

As already mentioned, Visalink facilitates Schengen visa applications for Germany on behalf of the German missions in South Africa.

Our service is designed to make the application process efficient and convenient, to reduce waiting times at the centres, and to provide information about the required documentation.

You’ll find this high level of service at all three of our branches across the South Africa:

  • Cape Town
  • Centurion
  • Port Elizabeth

Please note: Your visa application will be processed and decided by the German Missions in South Africa. Intergate Visalink does not play any part in or influence the outcome of your application.

Here’s how to get in touch with Intergate Visalink

You can go on over to Intergate Visalink’s website or call the call centre on + 27 (0) 861 00 22 45. If you’d like to speak to your closest Visalink, go here:

To close off – a bonus tip

It’s ideal to submit your visa application within three months of your departure date. You may submit at the latest 15 days before you leave, but it’s not recommended.

The smart thing to do is to submit sooner rather than later to avoid delays. The last thing you’d want is having to cancel your trip!