The embassy of the Czech Republic in Pretoria will no longer accept standard Schengen visa applications once the amendment to the visa code takes effect on February 2.

Visa applications will only be accepted if submitted through VFS Visa Centres in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Gaborone.

The option to accept visa applications for EU family members, holders of diplomatic and service passports, official delegations, family members of embassy staff of the host country or for urgent humanitarian reasons will be retained.