Exploring the Different Types of Schengen Visas Available for South African Applicants

Are you a South African citizen planning to explore the wonders of Europe? The Schengen Visa offers you the opportunity to travel freely across 26 European countries, but did you know that there are different types of Schengen Visas available? In this blog, we’ll explore the various types of Schengen Visas tailored specifically for South African applicants, helping you choose the right visa for your travel needs.

Uniform Schengen Visa (USV)

The Uniform Schengen Visa (USV) is the most common type of Schengen Visa, allowing for short-term stays in the Schengen Area for purposes such as tourism, business meetings, or visiting family and friends. With a USV, you can travel freely within the Schengen Zone for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

Limited Territorial Validity Visas (LTV)

Limited Territorial Validity Visas (LTVs) are issued for specific Schengen countries and not the entire Schengen Area. These visas are granted for travel to designated areas or for specific purposes, such as medical treatment or humanitarian reasons.

National Visas

National Visas are issued by individual Schengen countries for long-term stays, exceeding 90 days. These visas are typically for purposes such as work, study, or family reunification. Each Schengen country has its own set of requirements and procedures for obtaining a National Visa.

Special Categories

Special visa categories include transit visas, airport transit visas, and multiple-entry visas. Transit visas are required for travelers passing through a Schengen country en route to their final destination, while airport transit visas are required for travelers transiting through an airport in a Schengen country without entering the Schengen Area. Multiple-entry visas allow for multiple entries into the Schengen Area within a specified period.

Choosing the Right Visa

With multiple visa options available, choosing the right one can seem daunting. Visa Logistics will guide you through the process, helping you select the visa type that best suits your travel purpose and duration. Whether you’re planning a short vacation or a long-term stay, we’ll ensure you have the right visa for your needs.


Navigating the different types of Schengen Visas can be confusing, but with Visa Logistics by your side, you can make informed decisions and choose the visa that aligns with your travel plans. Contact us today to discover how we can assist you in obtaining the right Schengen Visa for your European adventure.


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