South African residents need a valid visa to enter Germany, unless they have a UK or other European passport. Visas must be obtained prior to entering Germany and cannot be issued at the border. All visas are issued by the mission responsible for the province where the applicant has his or her ordinary residence or domicile.
You must submit your visa application, together with all necessary documents, in person at the German mission. In order to avoid time-consuming requests for additional information or documentation, you should contact the respective mission well in advance of your travel dates to inquire about any special local requirements pertaining to visa formalities.
Missions require between two and ten working days to issue a short-stay visa. During the peak travel season there may be a waiting period. If a visa is required to enter Germany, the application should therefore be submitted in good time. Application fee: 60 €.
Please contact the German missions in South Africa for further information:
German Embassy – Pretoria
Botschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
180 Blackwood Street, Arcadia, Pretoria 0083.
PO Box 2023, Pretoria 0001
Tel: (012) 4278900
Fax: (012) 3439401
Consular district: Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu/Natal, Northern Province, North West and Mpumalanga. Lesotho and Swasiland.
Consulate-General – Cape Town
Generalkonsulat der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
19th Floor, Safmarine House, 22 Riebeek Street, Cape Town 8001
PO Box 4273, Cape Town 8000
Tel: (021) 4053000
Fax: (021) 4210400
Consular district: Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Western Cape
Honorary Consul – Durban
Honorarkonsul der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
PO Box 1166, 9 Kensington Drive, Westville, Durban 3630
Tel: (031) 2663920
Fax: (031) 2663925
Consular district: KwaZulu/Natal