What are you looking for?

Business / tourism / visitor visa.

A Schengen visa is required if you intend to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days within a 180 day period for business, visitor or tourist purposes.

Visa needed?

Entry clearance requirements depend on the citizenship of the applicant.

We are pleased to confirm that persons holding a US passport do not require a visa for the Schengen Member States, provided that the duration of their stay does not exceed 90 days within any 180 day period and provided that no economic activity is being pursued. If you are not a US passport holder, please check our country list to see if you need a visa: country list

Where and how to apply?

German consular services are available throughout the USA. Customers will need to schedule an appointment via the service provider BLS International (except Consulate General Atlanta).

If you live in the jurisdiction of the Consulate General in Atlanta, please make sure to schedule an appointment in order to apply for a Schengen visa directly at the consulate (not via BLS).

Click below to find out where to submit your application and to learn about any specific application procedures. Due to local particularities handling and processing may vary slightly among the German Missions involved: Consulate Finder

Please note processing time of minimum 2 weeks. In some cases processing time may take up to 4 weeks plus additional business days for mailing your documents. Therefore make sure to schedule an appointment as early as possible before your intended trip to Germany.

In order to apply for a visa, it is not necessary to use services of an agency or service provider for facilitation. Also, some of such agencies provide false claims and information regarding the visa process. The German Missions are only cooperating with BLS International in the US.

Please be aware that the submission of forged documents and/or itineraries can lead to the rejection of the visa application.

Under certain circumstances you can mail in your application to the service provider BLS International . If you live in the consular jurisdiction of the consulate in Atlanta, you might mail in your application there if you qualify .

What do I need to fill out and bring?

  • Online Schengen Visa Application Form
  • Declaration of Accuracy
  • Visa Photo Examples
  • Information on Data Protection

Which documents are required?

  • Schengen Visa
  • Schengen Visa ( EU /EEA spouse, parent or child)
  • Schengen Visa (German spouse, parent or child)

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Medical Health Insurance

Information on Medical Health Insurance when applying for a visa.

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  • Visa application forms

The visa application form is a key part of your application. You can download the different documents for free here.

  • Visa & residence
  • Visa procedure

For your visa application, you need an application form. Fill out the form and submit it with the required documents to the competent German Embassy.

The suitable application form can be found here:

Application form for a national visa (German-English; PDF) Application form for a national visa (German-Spanish; PDF) Application form for a national visa (German-French; PDF) Application form for a national visa (German-Chinese; PDF) Application form for a national visa (German-Arabic; PDF) Application form for a national visa (German-Turkish; PDF) Application form for a national visa (German-Russian; PDF) Application form for a national visa (German-Portuguese; PDF)

Fees for visas and temporary and permanent residence permits

If you wish to apply for either a visa or a temporary or permanent residence permit , you will generally have to pay a fee. The amount depends on the place, duration and purpose of your stay. 

The fee for visa of any category is €75. As a general rule, you can pay the fee in your local currency to the German mission abroad . The maximum fee for a first application for a residence permit and EU Blue Card is €100. Between €113 and €147 are charged for the granting of a settlement permit . 

However, under certain circumstances you can get a reduction or even be exempted from the fee altogether. For example, the spouses and children of German nationals are exempt from visa fees. Also, if your stay in Germany is funded by a public scholarship, you do not have to pay any visa fees. You can find out more about this topic from the German mission abroad in your country (see “visa fees”) or your local foreigners authority (fees for temporary or permanent residence permits). The Federal Foreign Office also provides a list of visa fees .

Information on the web

  • Federal Foreign Office (FFO) You can find out which visa you need in order to come to Germany with the Visa-Navigator.
  • Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) Centre of Excellence for Asylum, Migration and Integration in Germany

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Residence permit

German: Aufenthaltserlaubnis

The Immigration Act provides for two titles which govern entry and residence in Germany: the settlement permit (Niederlassungserlaubnis) and the residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis). The residence permit is temporary and is granted for a specific reason, such as gainful employment, training or family reunification, or else for humanitarian, legal or political reasons. 

Theme: Visas

EU Blue Card

German: Blaue Karte EU

The EU Blue Card is a residence title for academics outside the EU who wish to work in an EU Member State. To obtain an EU Blue Card, applicants are required to have a university degree and a work contract which meets the minimum gross salary requirement.

Theme: Working , Visas

Settlement permit

German: Niederlassungserlaubnis

The settlement permit has permanent validity and entitles holders to exercise gainful employment. People applying for a settlement permit have to satisfy specific requirements which are laid down in the Residence Act.

Mission abroad

German: Auslandsvertretung

German missions abroad are diplomatic institutions outside Germany. They represent Germany’s interests abroad and foster political relations.

Theme: Visas , Institutions & Authorities

What are you looking for?

Visa for Germany

We hope you understand that we cannot respond individually to questions featured in this catalogue.

Please contact the Help Desk if you haven't found the answer to your question.

You are living abroad and you are in need of consular information? Please contact the German mission which is competent for your place of residence.

German missions abroad: Countries A to Z

Do I need a visa for Germany?

On the Federal Foreign Office webpage you can find out whether you need a visa for visits to Germany and the Schengen states of up to 90 days. Most non- EU -foreigners wanting to work or study in Germany or to stay longer than 90 days in Germany for other purposes, usually need a visa.

Exceptions are indicated in the relevant list of countries.

  • Overview of visa requirements/exemptions for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany
  • The Schengen Agreement

Visa regulations

I am a (non-German) EU citizen and want to visit Germany with my spouse (who is not an EU citizen). Does my spouse need a visa?

If you and/or your spouse live in a Schengen country, the situation is as follows:

As holder of a residence permit issued by a Schengen country, you need no visa for short-term stays in other Schengen countries - so you need no visa for Germany either. In any 180 days period you may stay for up to 90 days maximum in another Schengen country. Please check with the relevant authorities in your country of residence whether your spouse's residence permit entitles him or her to visa-free travel within the Schengen area.

If you or your spouse live in an EU country where the Schengen Agreement does not apply or not apply in full, the situation is as follows:

If the authorities of your country of residence have issued your spouse with a “residence card of a family member of a Union citizen” pursuant to Art. 10(1) of Directive 2004/38/EC, he or she needs no visa for travel within the EU .

If you and your spouse live outside the EU , your spouse will need an entry visa if he or she is from a country subject to a visa regime. In this case, however, a facilitated visa procedure applies.

If you have further questions, please visit the website of the relevant German mission or contact the mission directly.

The EU provides a guide to your rights as an EU citizen .

Are there special visa arrangements for EU citizens?

EU citizens do not need a visa to visit, live or work in Germany. They only have to register at the local German registration office (Einwohnermeldeamt).

Additional information is available at the European Job Mobility Portal.

  • European Job Mobility Portal

Do foreigners with a residence permit for one of the Schengen member states need a visa to visit Germany?

Please note that not all EU members fully apply the Schengen Agreement, but that some non- EU countries do apply it fully.

Non- EU citizens living in one of the countries that do apply the agreement fully (so-called Schengen States) with a valid residence permit do not need a visa for visits to Germany of up to 90 days in any period of 180 days when not taking up work.

Schengen states:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. For non- EU citizens living in another European country regular visa regulations apply.

My visa was issued by a mission of another Schengen state. Can I use it to travel to Germany?

Yes. Holders of

- a Schengen visa (text on the visa reads “valid for Schengen states”),

- a residence permit of a member state or

- a national visa of a member state

can also travel to Germany for up to 90 days in any period of 180 days.

The Schengen visa should, however, have been issued by a mission of the country which is the main destination. The country of entry and departure is not the determining factor.

What countries are Schengen states?

I'm planning a trip by air and have to transit at a german airport. do i need a visa.

The vast majority of foreign travellers benefit from the “transit privilege” - if during a stopover at a German airport, you do not leave the International Airport Area and if the destination is not in a Schengen country, you do not need a transit visa.

However, if for some reason you need to enter the Schengen area during your stopover (for example to change terminals or if the destination is in a Schengen country), you may require a visa; please plan for this. You should apply for a visa well before you travel!

Only five airports in Germany have an International Transit Area enabling you to transit without formally entering the Schengen area:

  • Frankfurt/Main
  • Hamburg (4.30 a.m. - 11.30 p.m. only)
  • Düsseldorf (6.00 a.m. - 9.00 p.m. only) and if the airline has arranged the transit beforehand with the authorities responsible for cross-border security (the Federal Police)
  • Berlin-Brandenburg

Nationals of the following countries do not have the transit privilege and therefore require an airport transit visa (category A) for transit at a German airport:

  • Afghanistan
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • South Sudan

* certain exceptions apply to these countries

Exceptions from the requirement to hold an airport transit visa:

  • Holders of valid visas and national residence permits from EU and Schengen countries
  • Holders of certain national residence permits from the following countries: Andorra, Japan, Canada, San Marino, United States of America
  • Holders of valid visas from the EEA countries (the EU , Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) and visas issued by Japan, Canada and the United States of America

I don't need a visa for my trip to Germany, but are there other things I should bear in mind?

You can only enter Germany if you have valid identity papers. On the planned date of departure from Germany, your passport has to be valid at least for another three months and it has to be issued within the last 10 years.

In certain cases, documents have to be presented that prove the purpose and circumstances of the visit.

Similarly, proof may also have to be provided that you have sufficient funds to maintain yourself during your stay and to finance the return trip. The amount of funding depends on the type and length of stay. There are no fixed daily rates.

You are advised to take out health insurance before your trip which also covers return transport to your home country.

In cases of repeated entries and a longer duration foreigners who are not nationals of a European Union or European Economic Area state must bear in mind that visits to the Schengen area are restricted to 90 days in any period of 180 days.

For longer stays for example to study or take up employment, different regulations often apply.

What is the procedure for applying for a work visa?

What is the procedure for applying for a student visa, my visa was issued by a german mission abroad. can i use it to travel to other countries in europe, do i have to enter and leave via germany or can i do so elsewhere.

Yes, you can. Holders of

- a Schengen visa (text on the visa reads “valid for Schengen states”)

- a national visa (D-visa)

can stay in the entire Schengen area for up to 90 days in any period of 180 days. The Schengen area consists of the following countries:

Germany, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The Schengen visa has to be applied for at the foreign mission of the country which is the main destination. The country of entry and departure is not the determining factor. The entry into and departure from the Schengen area can thus occur at any border crossing.

I am a foreigner living in Germany and am planning a trip abroad. Do I need a valid passport and visa?

As a foreigner you are requested to hold a valid passport or document in lieu of a passport at any time. In general, the issuance and extension of foreign passports have to be applied for at the competent foreign missions in Germany, except for recognized asylum seekers, recognized refugees according to the Geneva Refugee Convention, stateless persons or those entitled to subsidiary protection. The mentioned groups are mostly issued a passport in lieu of a passport (Passersatzpapier) by the local Immigration Office (Ausländerbehörde) at the place of residence. There are three types of those documents:

- Travel document for refugees (“Blue Passport”)

- Travel document for stateless persons

- Travel document for foreigners

Holders of Blue Passports are in general allowed to travel to all the countries which have signed the Geneva Refugee Convention. Please note that for many of these countries, however, you may have to apply for a visa in advance. Information on visa provisions for non-German citizens wanting to travel to a third country can only be provided by the respective foreign mission of the country concerned. The addresses of the foreign missions in Germany are available here:

Foreign Missions in Germany

However, you are not allowed to travel to your country of origin - this would imply that you no longer need humanitarian protection; you risk losing your asylum in Germany if you travel to your home country.

Foreign nationals who are in possession of a valid German residence title (Aufenthaltstitel) may travel for a period of up to 90 days within 180 days to other Schengen-States, so do not need a visa. This applies as well to holders of a German Visa of the category “D”.

In both cases, general entry requirements of Article 6 Section 1 letters a, c and e of the Regulation ( EU ) 2016/399 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on a Union Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code) are fulfilled and the person is not listed by the relevant Member State as not permitted.

In case of doubt please get in touch with the competent mission of the country in Germany.

  • Who are Member States of the Schengen Agreement?
  • Vertretungen anderer Staaten: Länder A-Z
  • Schengen Border Code
  • Travelling abroad for refugees (Handbook Germany)

Germany, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland have all acceded to the Schengen Agreement and are thus Schengen states.

The Schengen area thus includes all EU member states except Ireland and Cyprus; at present the EU members Bulgaria and Romania only apply some of the Schengen provisions. Until these three countries apply what is known as the Schengen acquis in full, as is their aim, passport controls will remain in place at internal borders. In addition to the EU countries already mentioned, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are also Schengen states.

Holders of Schengen visas (text on the visa reads “valid for Schengen states” in the language of the issuing country) may spend up to 90 days in a given 180 days period in the Schengen area, provided their visa is valid at the time. The same applies to holders of most national residence permits and national category D visas issued by individual Schengen states for long‑term visits of more than three months. A separate visa may well be needed for travel to other EU states which are not Schengen states.

Where do I have to apply for my visa? And who is responsible for the decision?

Visas have to be applied for prior to entry at the German mission abroad covering the place of residence of the applicant.

Please find more information on the webpage of the competent German mission.

The decision on granting a visitor/business visa lies with the competent German mission abroad. The mission also decides on granting visas for longer stays and/or to take up work or studies. These, however, can in most cases only be issued with the approval of the aliens authority concerned.

If a visa application is rejected, the applicant has the option of writing to the visa department of the competent German mission abroad asking for the reasons leading to the rejection of your application (known as remonstration). Please note that you have to submit the remonstration yourself.

How long does my passport have to be valid if I want to apply for a visa for a trip to Germany?

On the planned date of departure from Germany, your passport has to be valid at least for another three months and it has to be issued within the last 10 years. It should also contain at least two empty pages where the visa can be inserted.

I want to travel to Germany/the Schengen area several times in the next few months. Can I apply for a visa with longer validity?

The mission abroad decides what type of visa to issue (period of validity, number of days covered) on the basis of the documents submitted. If necessary, it may issue a visa that entitles the holder to enter the Schengen area on multiple occasions within the given period of validity. Such annual or multi-annual visas, which are valid for one or more years, are as a rule only issued to persons who have already been to Germany or other Schengen states several times in the past and whom the mission abroad considers to be particularly trustworthy (e.g. because of their position in the host country). Please note that regardless of the length of validity, visas only entitle the holder to a maximum stay of 90 days in any period of 180 days.

I am in Germany on a tourist/visitor/business visa. For important reasons, I want to stay in Germany past the expiry date of my visa.

Can i have my visa extended in germany.

It is only possible to extend the validity of visas in certain exceptional cases. This can only be done by the foreigners authority in Germany covering the place of residence of the visa holder. This is the only authority that can decide on an extension of a visa during a visit to Germany. Neither the Federal Foreign Office nor its missions abroad can do so.

The person I issued an invitation for has had their visa application rejected (Tourist/Visitor/Business). What can I do?

The notification sent to the applicant by the mission abroad states not only that the visa application has been unsuccessful, but also gives the grounds on which it was rejected and information on the applicant's right to appeal the decision.

If a visa application is rejected, the applicant has one month to appeal in writing (“remonstrate”) to the mission abroad. The mission abroad will then reconsider the application.

If the mission still concludes that the applicant does not meet the conditions for obtaining a visa, it will again set out in detail in writing the reasons why it rejected the application in a Remonstrance Notice.

The applicant may appeal this decision within one month by filing an action with the Administrative Court in Berlin.

The applicant also has the option of appealing to the Court (also within one month) against the initial decision instead of remonstrating to the mission.

For reasons of data protection, information about individual visa applications may only be provided to the applicant personally or to a person whom the applicant has authorized in writing to receive such information.

What is the procedure for applying for a tourist/visitor/business visa? Can we apply for the visa in Germany?

The visa always has to be applied for by the person who intends to travel to Germany. Details on the documents to be presented at the time of application are often available on the webpage of the competent German mission or directly from the mission itself.

For private visits, an invitation is usually required to confirm the purpose of the journey. In case the visitor is not able to fully cover the expenses associated with the trip a formal pledge to cover all costs (declaration of commitment) has to be presented with the visa application. In this case the host can sign the relevant form (“Verpflichtungserklärung”) at his/her residency's local authorities (usually Ordnungsamt or Ausländerbehörde).

For my visa application I need an invitation from a relative/acquaintance living in Germany. What form does such an invitation have to take?

In the first place, an invitation proves the purpose of the intended journey. Therefore, no special formalities are required. If, however, the host intends to cover the expenses associated with the trip, a formal pledge to cover all costs (declaration of commitment) has to be presented with the visa application. In this case the host can sign the relevant form (“Verpflichtungserklaerung”) at his/her residency's local authorities (usually Ordnungsamt or Auslaenderbehoerde).

I am not a German national and want to marry my German partner in Germany. What do we have to do to get an entry visa?

First of all find out from the competent registry office in Germany what documents you and your German spouse have to present in order to marry in Germany.

As soon as the registry office confirms your documents are complete, you can apply for a visa to marry in Germany.

Once you are married the final residence and work permit will be issued by the foreigners authority in Germany.

Details on the documents to be presented with your visa application are often available on the webpage of the competent German mission abroad or directly from the mission itself.

Does my foreign spouse have to provide proof of German language skills when applying for a visa (i.e. before arriving in Germany?)

I am not an eu national and want to live in germany with my german spouse. what do we have to do.

First of all you have to apply for a visa for family reunification (subsequent immigration of spouses) from the competent German mission abroad.

Documents required include an authenticated marriage certificate as well as the German passport of the German spouse.

The German mission will forward the visa application to the foreigners authority in the place where you want to live in Germany for an opinion.

The German mission abroad can only issue a visa for entry once the foreigners authority has given its approval. The final residence permit will be issued by the foreigners authority in Germany once you are there.

I am a German citizen and want to move to another EU country with my spouse (who is not an EU citizen). Does my partner require a visa?

National residence permits issued by the Federal Republic of Germany entitle the bearer to travel to the other Schengen countries of the EU without a visa. If you intend to move to an EU country that does not belong to the Schengen area, it is possible that your spouse may not require a visa if he or she holds a national residence permit.

If your spouse does not hold a national residence permit, an entry visa is generally required if he or she is from a country subject to a visa regime. In this case, however, a facilitated visa procedure applies.

A visa is not required if your spouse has been issued with a “Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen” pursuant to Art. 10 (1) of Directive 2004/38/EC. If you and your spouse intend to move from one EU country, of which you are not a national, to another EU country, you should first establish the applicable regulations with regard to visas.

If you have any other questions, please contact the responsible mission abroad for the EU country in question directly and visit their website for further information.

I am not a German national but am living and working in Germany with a valid residence permit. Can my spouse ....

...who is also not a German national live and work with me in Germany?

If you want to live in Germany with your spouse you have to submit an application for family reunification to the competent German mission abroad. Details on the documents to be presented with your visa application are often available on the webpage of the competent German mission abroad or directly from the mission itself.

EU citizens as well as citizens of Iceland , Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland citizens have the right to live and work in Germany . After arrival , they just need to register with the appropriate office of the town hall ( mostly called “Einwohnermeldeamt” or “ Bürgeramt ”) of their residence in Germany .

Studying and working in Germany

Yes. Under the amended Immigration Act which entered into force on 28 August 2007, foreign spouses have to prove they have at least a basic knowledge of German. For detailed information on this, please click on the link below to the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. You can also request further information directly from the German diplomatic missions in the respective country.

  • Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Do I need a visa if I want to study/work in Germany?

As a general rule, all foreigners staying in Germany for more than 90 days wanting to work or study in Germany need a visa before entering Germany. For more information:

Nationals of Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the United States may apply for the necessary permit after arrival in Germany. The same applies for nationals of Andorra, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Monaco and San Marino who do not intend to take up employment.

EU citizens as well as citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland citizens have the right to live and work in Germany. After arrival, they just need to register with the appropriate office of the town hall (mostly called “Einwohnermeldeamt” or “Bürgeramt”) of their residence in Germany.

If you plan to study in Germany, you have to submit an application for a student visa to the respective German mission abroad before travelling. Citizens of the EU are exempted from this duty, as well as - under certain conditions according to the EU -mobility program - foreigners who already hold a temporary residence permit as a student issued by another EU -country, due to the EU -mobility program, please see the Implementation Status of the REST-Directive of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Documents have to be presented proving inter alia that the applicant has been accepted for studies by the university. The German mission abroad will then forward the visa application for an opinion to the foreigners authority in the town housing the University.

The German mission abroad can only issue the visa for entry once the foreigners authority has given its approval.

Details on the documents to be presented with your visa application are often available on the website of the competent German mission abroad or directly from the mission itself. the application form for a visa can be downloaded here .

When applying for a student visa, how can I prove that my financing is secure?

Financing can be proved by presenting the income and financial circumstances of parents, by a declaration of commitment in line with Article 66-68 Aufenthaltsgesetz (German Foreigners Act) made by a person with sufficient assets or income, by paying a security into a blocked account in Germany, or by depositing an annually renewable bank guarantee at a bank in Germany. Proof of sufficient funds is also taken as satisfied if the stay is being financed by a scholarship from public funds or a scholarship from an organization recognized in Germany or a scholarship financed by public funds in the country of origin, if the Federal Foreign Office, the German Academic Exchange Service ( DAAD ) or another German organization granting scholarships has been responsible for providing the link to a German higher education institution.

  • German Academic Exchange Service ( DAAD )
  • I want to study in Germany. Where can I apply for a scholarship?

How long does it take to issue my student visa? Can you speed up the process?

Visa applications of students need amongst other things the approval of the competent German alien´s authority. Therefore the processing time for student visas may take several weeks, in individual cases even months. Applicants for student visas are encouraged to read all the relevant information on the respective German mission´s website carefully before their appointment and hand in only complete paperwork. This is the best way to assure a speedy process.

As soon as there is a development in the processing, the applicant will be contacted.

Kindly be advised that the help desk of the German Foreign Office is not able to speed up the process or check the status of the application.

As a general rule non- EU nationals need a residence title (visa or residence permit) to take up employment in Germany. By law the residence title has to give information whether and to which extent access to the labour market is granted. This information replaces the former work permit. If you intend to commence work in Germany you have to apply for a visa with the competent German mission abroad before entering Germany. (Only nationals of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the United States may apply for the necessary residence title after arrival in Germany.)

Details as to which documents have to be presented with your visa application are available on the webpage of the competent German mission abroad or directly from the mission itself.

Can I take on holiday jobs in Germany?

Germany has concluded bilateral agreements on working holiday stays with Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Israel, Chile, and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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Application schengen visa.

A Schengen Visa has to be applied for if you intend to travel to Germany as a visitor, for business or tourism purposes for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days. You also have to apply for a Schengen visa in case you need to obtain an Airport Transit Visa.

Important information:

  • The German Embassy in Wellington is responsible for processing your application if Germany is your main destination .
  • A confirmed return ticket must be presented for the Schengen Visa application
  • Please make sure that your travel insurance covers you for Covid-19 and that your insurance covers all Schengen states

The Schengen visa allows you to stay in the following countries for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days:

Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The following countries are not part of the Schengen area:

Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom.

Schengen Visa needed?

An overview of visa requirements/exemptions for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany can be found here

As of now, the German Embassy will also process Schengen visa applications for Austria again.

Where to apply?

You always have to apply for a Schengen Visa at the embassy of the member state that is your main destination in terms of length or purpose of stay. If no main destination can be determined, the visa has to be applied for at the embassy of the member state whose external border the applicant crosses first.

The German Embassy in Wellington is responsible for processing your application if Germany is your main destination . All applications for short-term visas (Schengen Visas) can only be lodged with the German Embassy in Wellington. Honorary Consuls do not handle any visa applications.

In order to apply for a visa

  • Your passport must have at least two empty opposite pages .
  • Your passport must have been issued within the last ten years and its validity must exceed the duration of stay in Germany by at least three months
  • Furthermore, you must hold a valid visa for New Zealand. Its validity must exceed the duration of stay in Germany by at least three months . Holders of visitor visas must apply for their Schengen Visa in their home country.
  • Visa applicants must have their fingerprints taken. Children unter the age of 12 are exempt from the requirement to give fingerprints. Fingerprint scans stored in the Visa Information System (VIS) can be reused for future visa applications within the following five years.

According to the Schengen regulations, you may apply up to 6 months before entry into Germany for your visa. However, due to generally short waiting times for an appointment as well as processing time of up to 15 days for complete applications, we recommend you apply within 3 months of intended travel to Germany.

Postal applications

Postal applications are only for applicants who have already had a Schengen Visa within the last 5 years, for which fingerprints were successfully taken. Please do not include any fees with your application.

Once your application is complete, you will be contacted by the Embassy via E-Mail with the current visa fee and our bank details for immediate bank transfer.

Schengen Tourist Visa

If you are planning a trip to Germany as a tourist and you have to apply for a Schengen Visa, detailed information on the documents you have to submit with your visa application can be found here.

Schengen Visitor Visa

If you are planning a trip to Germany as a visitor and you have to apply for a Schengen Visa, detailed information on the documents you have to submit with your visa application can be found here.

Schengen Business Visa

If you are planning a business trip to Germany and you have to apply for a Schengen Visa, detailed information on the documents you have to submit with your visa application can be found here.

Airport Transit Visa

Citizens of some nationalities require an airport transit visa for the Schengen area. This visa allows a short stop-over at an international airport only.

Your appointment at the Embassy in Wellington

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Submission of schengen visa application at a visa application centre.

File your Schengen visa application at your Visa Application Centre in three easy steps.

To ease the tense appointment situation for business and trade fair travelers, we have come up with two new appointment booking categories! Read more in our FAQs and on the VFS website!

IMPORTANT: Duly completed application forms may be submitted six months prior to the intended travel date. As application numbers peak permanently, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply well in advance of their actual travel dates! This will help towards the smooth organization of your trip. Please note that it can take up to two weeks to process your Schengen visa, and even longer in individual cases. Please keep in mind that the processing time for Schengen visa starts only once the application reaches the Consulate. This might take up to SIX working days depending on the delivery conditions and public holidays. Therefore, please account for delays in the visa processing time during the holiday season.

File your Schengen visa application at your Visa Application Centre in three easy steps:

Please prepare the necessary documentation for your visa application using the following checklists:

Airport Transit

Culture Sport Religious

Internship + Training

Visit Family & Friends

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to provide you with the checklists in a format, which is fully accessible for people with disabilities. We are working on a solution.

Kindly note that the photos should meet biometric photos requirements . These photos can be obtained, among others, at the Visa Application Centres.

Please fill out the online application form print it out, sign it and submit it along with the other documents. All Schengen applicants are kindly requested to fill in the online application forms according to VIDEX format, which can be found above. Please ensure that a high quality printout of the barcode is submitted with the application. This will shorten the time you spend at the VFS visa application center considerably. In the unlikely case that you cannot fill out the online application form, you may print the application form and fill out the by hand. If your fingerprints were collected in the last 59 months for applying for a Schengen visa in India, you can authorize someone to submit your application. To do so, kindly fill out this authorization letter for the travel agent or the representative and attach a copy of the authorized person along with it! Letter of authorization for visa application submission

Note: please print out & sign the following declarations in order to complete your documentation: Declaration on true and complete information Declaration on health insurance (for multiple entry visas only) Additional contact and legal representation information

Schedule an appointment for the submission of your visa application and submit it at the nearest Visa Application Centre. Kindly note that you have to pay the VFS Service charge already when booking the appointment. Applicants applying for a Schengen visa can submit their visa applications at any VFS centre across India as the application will be forwarded to the German Consulate General Mumbai for a decision. For further information, please visit the VFS Global Website

Visa Application Centres

List of Visa Application Centres across India.

Visa fees for Schengen Visa

Current visa fees for Schengen Visa is as follows:

How to schedule an appointment?

Find information on how to schedule appointments for Schengen Visa, German National Visa & for attestations.

Travel Medical Insurance

Please note: German Missions accept Indian Travel Medical Insurances only from approved Indian Travel Insurance companies.

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Schengen visa / short-term stay in germany.

Visumetiketten, © Thomas Köhler/photothek.de

Singapore citizens in possession of a valid Singaporean passport do not need a visa for airport transit, visit, tourist or business trips not exceeding 90 days. Other nationals might require a visa to enter Germany. To ascertain whether you need a visa please click on the link below for an overview of countries: List of states

If you do need a visa to travel to Germany for a period of up to 90 days, go to our Visa-Navigator to find out which visa you should apply for: Visa-Navigator

Please note that the passport needs to be valid until the end of the scheduled trip. However, we recommend traveling with a passport which is valid for at least 3 months counting from the date of anticipated return to Singapore.

For the application of a Schengen-Visa please book an appointment with our Visa Application Centre which is operated by VFS Global and located at 79 Anson Road #15-02. Visa applicants can apply for appointments directly with VFS Global and submit the visa application at the Visa Application Centre: VFS

Detailed information about the requirements for the application for a Schengen-Visa can be obtained from the information sheets below.

Visa requirements:

Business/training visa.

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Domestic helper visa

  • Domestic helper visa PDF / 390 KB / Accessible

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Selamat datang di situs web kementerian luar negeri jerman, schengen visa - visitor.

INFORMATION FOR THE APPLICANT ON TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE VISA PROCESS

  • The German Embassy might ask for additional documents and/ or call the applicant for an interview.

Documents, forms and declarations which are in Bahasa-Indonesia have to be submitted with a German translation. Only official translations are accepted . You can find a list of recognized translators in Indonesia on our website . The translation can be carried out by a recognized translator in Germany as well. English translations are only accepted along with proof of the translator being officially recognized as an English translator in Indonesia or Germany. Failing to provide proper translation will result in the document, form or declaration considered “missing”.

  • Only complete applications can be accepted. Submission of incomplete documentation will result in the application’s refusal.
  • Processing time at the German Embassy is 15 days for applications submitted in Jakarta and 21 days for applications submitted in Bali and Surabaya, in general. In individual cases, it might take up to 45 days. Applicants are requested to apply well in advance, but not more than 180 days prior to the intended date of journey. Status updates are available on the VFS Global website. The German Embassy does not entertain status queries.
  • During the application, the passport remains at the German Embassy. Requesting a passport return during the processing will require a cancellation/ withdrawal of the application.

REMARKS to be filled in by VFS staff (please tick what is relevant):

Applicant has □ NO Schengen Visa □ Previous Schengen & National Visa (please attach copies)

Applicant travels

□ with family member/s

□ with a group as ……………….....….. (please specify e.g. colleague, friends,...)

Applicant’s documents are □ complete □ NOT complete

Due to incomplete documents, □ Applicant has been informed of option to withdraw application as to avoid refusal. □ Applicant wishes to submit application.

Other remarks:

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

SIGNATURES and AGREEMENT

a) For Visa Applicant: I HAVE READ AND AGREED TO THE ABOVE FOR THE VISA APPLICATION.

b) For VFS Staff: APPLICANT HAS BEEN INFORMED OF THE ABOVE. THE REMARKS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED TOGETHER WITH APPLICANT.

…………………………………………… …………………………………………… City and Date (Signature of Applicant)

…………………………………………… …………………………………………… City and Date (Signature VFS Staff)

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A visa to travel to other Schengen countries must be applied for at the respective Schengen state.

General Information

THE VISA SECTION OF THE GERMAN CONSULATE TORONTO DOES NOT OFFER CONSULTATION BY PHONE.

  • Visa appointments can be booked subject to availability.
  • Please read the information on the website carefully and use the contact form for inquiries to specific questions only. If the information requested is readily available on our website, we may not reply to your message.
  • Please understand that questions regarding the status of a visa application will not be answered. If additional documents are required to process your application, the Consulate will contact you.
  • ​​​​​​​ Comprehensive information is provided in the respective categories for your stay. In cases where you seek additional information not provided on the website you may contact the Visa section via our contact form (click here: Contact in consular matters )

PLEASE NOTE: The German Missions in Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver DO NOT ACCEPT visa applications. Please find more information on where to submit your application instead .

The German Consulate Toronto does not charge fees for visa appointments. Any visa fees due will be charged on the day of your appointment. Overview of visa fees

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Schengen visa / short term visa.

Antrag Schengen-Visum, © dpa

The Schengen visa is the entry visa for a short-term stay (under 90 days)

Responsible mission abroad

Application preparation, submitting your application, application process, return of the passport, have a good journey advice for visa holders, you were not satisfied.

The Schengen visa allows you to stay a maximum of 90 days per 180 days in the Schengen area. As the German mission abroad, we are responsible for your application if Germany is your main travel destination.

The German Embassy Abuja only processes visa applications to a limited extent.

The Embassy in Abuja is responsible for you if you have your residence in one of the following states:

FCT, Niger, Kwara, Kogi, Nassarawa, Benue, Taraba, Plateau, Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Kaduna, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno

one of the following cases applies to you

  • Medical emergency
  • Employees of a federal government agency on official travel (submission of pay slip as proof of employment required)
  • Members of the Presidency
  • Members of the National Assembly
  • Members of the State House
  • Members of the Senate
  • Members of the military on official travel with invitation from Germany
  • SSS on official travel or with full cost coverage
  • Governors (+ 1 spouse or children if travelling with the Governor)
  • Spouses and children of Germans (+ unmarried partners who have already received a visa in Lagos / Abuja and have already travelled)
  • Transit travellers departing from Abuja
  • Visitors of the Nigerian Embassy in Berlin / the Nigerian Consulate General in Frankfurt
  • Employees of the German political foundations in Nigeria and GIZ (+ spouses and children)
  • Members of the Diplomatic Corps in Abuja (+ spouse and children) and staff of diplomatic missions who have already obtained a visa in Lagos / Abuja and have already travelled.
  • Participants in visitor programmes organised by German federal authorities (only if costs are fully covered).
  • Scholarship holders whose scholarship is paid from public funds
  • UN and ECOWAS staff members on business trips
  • Participants in conferences / training courses organised by the federal authorities / political foundations / GIZ, if costs are fully covered.

In all other cases, the Consulate General in Lagos is responsible for your visa application.

Prepare your application in the following steps

  • Please take your time to fill the VIDEX Form diligently. The filled, printed and signed form has to be presented at the interview.
  • Take note of the basic data protection regulation
  • Prepare the accompanying application documents. Missing documents may lead to rejection of the application. We have compiled a checklist for you.
  • Read through all the information on visa application on this page.
  • Book an appointment via the online system for the Consulate General in Lagos or make an appointment individually at the Embassy in Abuja if the above conditions apply to you.

Keep in mind that the demand for appointments is very high! Therefore, make sure you make an appointment in good time.

To submit your application, you have to present yourself in person for your appointment at the mission. At the appointment, you will hand in your complete application documents and pay the fee (80€ at the current exchange rate in Nigerian Naira) . At the Consulate General in Lagos, the fees can only be paid with POS. The Embassy in Abuja exclusively accepts cash payments. Your photo and fingerprints will also be taken.

The German mission will check and decide on your application. The processing time is up to 14 calendar days. Please understand that questions regarding the processing status cannot be answered.

As soon as the mission has decided on your application, you will receive your passport and the original documents back.

If your visa application has been rejected, this may be for various reasons. We will inform you of these reasons in a rejection letter.

If all the information on your visa label is correct, nothing stands in the way of your journey. Please check this as soon as you have your passport back in your hands. Please inform us immediately of any errors so that we can issue you with a new visa if necessary. Your visa will show your full name, passport number and photo. The period of validity of the visa is indicated. This is the period of time during which your trip can take place. You will also see the number of days you can stay. This is the maximum number of days you are allowed to stay in the Schengen area during the period of validity.

The issuance of a Schengen visa does not constitute a right of entry. The final decision is made by the border police upon entry into the Schengen area. It is possible that, in addition to your passport with the valid visa, the border police will also ask you to present documents upon entry that provide information about your financial means, the duration and purpose of your stay and health insurance cover. You should therefore take a set of your visa documents (including invitation from Germany, hotel reservation, travel health insurance) with you on your trip.

Schengen visa applicants can submit complaints about the behaviour of consular staff or the visa application process via the contact form . To do so, please select the addressee “Complaint about the Schengen visa process” in the contact form.

We will investigate your complaint as soon as we receive it.

Important note: No appeals against decisions to refuse, cancel or revoke a visa - i.e. in particular no remonstrations - can be lodged via the complaint contact form.

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Visa for the opportunity card, applicable from 01.06.2024.

All required documents need to be submitted at the personal interview including the application form. Please do not staple the photocopies. Original certificates / documents must be presented separately. Your original documents will be returned to you once your application has been processed.

Further information on the topic of the Opportunity Card can be found at:

https://chancenkarte.com/en/

The following documents have to be submitted as indicated below:

The following documents must be submitted in original and with one set of copies in DIN A4 format. Please do NOT staple the documents!

The embassy must involve the competent authority in Germany in the visa procedure. Depending on previous stays, the answer may take some time. Therefore, apply for the visa in good time. We ask for your understanding that inquiries about the status of the application cannot be answered within the first 4 weeks of the application.

All above information is without guarantee for correctness and completeness. They are based on the information available to the embassy at the time of creation.

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German Visa application in Kenya: Requirements and procedure

Are you a Kenya n citizen dreaming of exploring Germany's vibrant cities, rich history, and breathtaking landscapes? Obtaining a German Visa is the first step towards making your European adventure a reality. As a Kenyan national, navigating the German Visa application in Kenya can seem daunting, but with the right guidance, the process becomes seamless.

A collage of the German flag and a stamped German passport

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. create an account with tlscontact, 2. input your data, 3. make an appointment, 4. complete the videx form, 5. application submission, 6. visa processing, 7. passport collection, what are the german visa application fees, how much bank balance is required for a germany visa.

Understanding the requirements and procedures set forth by the German Embassy in Nairobi can ensure a smooth and successful German Visa application in Kenya. The requirements may include COVID-19 updates and getting other vaccinations.

One step most people miss is gathering the necessary documents. Your passport, valid for at least three months beyond your intended return date, is the foundation. You must also provide biometric passport photos, a completed Schengen visa application form, and proof of travel medical insurance.

German Visa application in Kenya

You cannot apply for a German Visa at the German Embassy. That is because the German Embassy in Nairobi outsourced the application process for a Schengen visa to the external service provider TLScontact.

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In other words, you must use Schengen Visa agents in Kenya, specifically by visiting the Visa Application Centres of TLScontact in Nairobi to apply for the Visa. However, TLScontact has made it easier to apply for a Visa online. Here is how to get a Visa for Germany from Kenya:

You must create your user account on the TLScontact website by providing your email address and password. Then, you must activate your account by clicking on the link provided in the email you receive.

After creating your account, you must log in to your TLScontact account . Once you have done so, fill in the requested personal data in the fields provided. If you are a group member applying for a visa together, please fill in the data of those accompanying you. Submit the group when you finish.

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The website will give you an option that allows you to choose a date and time of your convenience to submit your application. You can only apply at TLS's Visa Application Centre.

In other words, you cannot book an appointment at the German Embassy in Kenya to submit your application. Before choosing a date, print your appointment confirmation letter on the website.

The VIDEX form is an online visa application form you must complete before applying for a German visa in Kenya. It is a German Visa application form online, available in English and German versions only, and available via the VIDEX website. Once filled, it must be printed. 

The form should be completed in capital letters and signed by the applicant in person using black ink. It must be filled out completely and accurately with details like your full name, age, gender, nationality, passport number, purpose of trip, etc.

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The TLScontact website offers two types of VIDEX forms: one for short-stay applicants and the other for long-stay applicants. Short-stay applicants for a German visa are individuals who intend to visit Germany for a short period, typically up to 90 days within 180 days.

A girl is holding a German flag

These applicants usually apply for a Schengen visa, which allows them to temporarily enter and reside in Germany for purposes such as tourism, visiting friends and relatives, business trips, or attending cultural events.

Long-stay applicants for a German visa are individuals planning to stay in Germany for more than 90 days, often for purposes like work, study, family reunions, or long-term stays.

Long-stay visas, also known as Type D visas, are valid for more than six months and require specific documentation tailored to the applicant's purpose of stay, such as work contracts, admission letters from educational institutions , or proof of family ties in Germany.

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Once you complete the VIDEX form and have all the accompanying documents, the next step is to submit your application. The procedure requires all applicants aged 12 years and older to personally come to their appointment at TLScontact for biometric data capture and application submission.

If the exemption case applies to you, you can submit your visa application using an authorised representative to apply on your behalf. The person has to provide a signed letter of authorisation and the original and copy of their Identification card .

The representative cannot be a minor. You can fill in the person's details online but cannot book an online Visa appointment from the German Embassy in Nairobi. 

The TLS agent will check whether you have correctly filled in the required information and have all the supporting documents. The information must be according to standards set by the German Diplomatic Mission. 

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The agents will also capture your biometric data. You must pay your visa and service fees at this appointment. After completing these steps, the agents will transfer your applications to the German Diplomatic Mission for a decision.

You can track your application anytime by logging in to your account. However, understand that if you are more than 30 minutes late for your appointment, you may have to forfeit it and reschedule a new appointment.

Once TLScontact submits your application, the German Diplomatic Mission will process it. The German Diplomatic Mission may ask for more information or additional documents. If this happens, you will be contacted by email or phone with detailed instructions.

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The final step is collecting your passport. Once the German Diplomatic Mission has decided on your visa application , you will get your passport at the TLScontact Visa Application Centre. 

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The German Visa application fee depends on the Visa type you have applied for. These include:

  • Short stay - less than 90 days - Adults – EUR 80.
  • Short stay - less than 90 days - Children between the ages of 6 and below 12 years old – EUR 40.
  • Children under the age of 6 – Free.

You will also pay a service fee of EUR 28.50, mandatory for any visa application. The fee for a Long-stay Visa is EUR 75.

To apply for a German visa from Kenya, you must provide proof of a minimum bank balance of EUR 45 per day for your stay in Germany. For stays of up to five days, the required amount goes up to EUR 300 per day, while for minors, the amounts are reduced by 50%.

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The requirement applies to all types of German visas, including tourist, business, and student visas. The German authorities need to know that you have sufficient financial means to cover your expenses during your stay in Germany so you will not become a financial burden after entering the country.  

You can demonstrate your financial sufficiency by submitting bank statements covering the last three months. Other acceptable documents include proof of employment or income, tax returns, property ownership, sponsorship, travel insurance, credit card statements, and investment statements.

It is important to note that the minimum bank balance requirement may vary depending on the type of visa, duration of stay, and personal circumstances.

With a thorough understanding of the German Visa application in Kenya, you will be well on your way to discovering the wonders of Germany. Ensure you have all the necessary documentation when applying for the Visa. Since you cannot apply directly from the German embassy in Kenya, you can do it online via Schengen Visa agents in Kenya. 

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DISCLAIMER: This article is not sponsored by any third party. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional advice or help and should not be relied on to make decisions of any kind. Any action you take upon the information presented in this article is strictly at your own risk and responsibility!

Tuko.co.ke shared a detailed article about how to apply for a US Visa in Kenya . Any Kenyan citizen who wishes to go to the United States of America must obtain a travel card, which is classified into two types: immigrant and non-immigrant.

Immigrant cards are issued to people from other countries who desire to live permanently in the United States, whereas non-immigrant US visas are issued to people who want to visit the United States temporarily.

Source: TUKO.co.ke

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German Visa application in Kenya: Requirements and procedure

Are you a Kenyan citizen dreaming of exploring Germany's vibrant cities, rich history, and breathtaking landscapes? Obtaining a German Visa is the first step towards making your European adventure a reality. As a Kenyan national, navigating the German Visa application in Kenya can seem daunting, but with the right guidance, the process becomes seamless.

Understanding the requirements and procedures set forth by the German Embassy in Nairobi can ensure a smooth and successful German Visa application in Kenya. The requirements may include COVID-19 updates and getting other vaccinations.

One step most people miss is gathering the necessary documents. Your passport, valid for at least three months beyond your intended return date, is the foundation. You must also provide biometric passport photos, a completed Schengen visa application form, and proof of travel medical insurance.

German Visa application in Kenya

You cannot apply for a German Visa at the German Embassy. That is because the German Embassy in Nairobi outsourced the application process for a Schengen visa to the external service provider TLScontact.

In other words, you must use Schengen Visa agents in Kenya, specifically by visiting the Visa Application Centres of TLScontact in Nairobi to apply for the Visa. However, TLScontact has made it easier to apply for a Visa online. Here is how to get a Visa for Germany from Kenya:

1. Create an account with TLScontact

You must create your user account on the TLScontact website by providing your email address and password. Then, you must activate your account by clicking on the link provided in the email you receive.

2. Input your data

After creating your account, you must log in to your TLScontact account. Once you have done so, fill in the requested personal data in the fields provided. If you are a group member applying for a visa together, please fill in the data of those accompanying you. Submit the group when you finish.

3. Make an appointment

The website will give you an option that allows you to choose a date and time of your convenience to submit your application. You can only apply at TLS's Visa Application Centre.

In other words, you cannot book an appointment at the German Embassy in Kenya to submit your application. Before choosing a date, print your appointment confirmation letter on the website.

4. Complete the VIDEX form

The VIDEX form is an online visa application form you must complete before applying for a German visa in Kenya. It is a German Visa application form online, available in English and German versions only, and available via the VIDEX website. Once filled, it must be printed. 

The form should be completed in capital letters and signed by the applicant in person using black ink. It must be filled out completely and accurately with details like your full name, age, gender, nationality, passport number, purpose of trip, etc.

The TLScontact website offers two types of VIDEX forms: one for short-stay applicants and the other for long-stay applicants. Short-stay applicants for a German visa are individuals who intend to visit Germany for a short period, typically up to 90 days within 180 days.

These applicants usually apply for a Schengen visa, which allows them to temporarily enter and reside in Germany for purposes such as tourism, visiting friends and relatives, business trips, or attending cultural events.

Long-stay applicants for a German visa are individuals planning to stay in Germany for more than 90 days, often for purposes like work, study, family reunions, or long-term stays.

Long-stay visas, also known as Type D visas, are valid for more than six months and require specific documentation tailored to the applicant's purpose of stay, such as work contracts, admission letters from educational institutions, or proof of family ties in Germany.

5. Application submission

Once you complete the VIDEX form and have all the accompanying documents, the next step is to submit your application. The procedure requires all applicants aged 12 years and older to personally come to their appointment at TLScontact for biometric data capture and application submission.

If the exemption case applies to you, you can submit your visa application using an authorised representative to apply on your behalf. The person has to provide a signed letter of authorisation and the original and copy of their Identification card.

The representative cannot be a minor. You can fill in the person's details online but cannot book an online Visa appointment from the German Embassy in Nairobi. 

The TLS agent will check whether you have correctly filled in the required information and have all the supporting documents. The information must be according to standards set by the German Diplomatic Mission. 

The agents will also capture your biometric data. You must pay your visa and service fees at this appointment. After completing these steps, the agents will transfer your applications to the German Diplomatic Mission for a decision.

You can track your application anytime by logging in to your account. However, understand that if you are more than 30 minutes late for your appointment, you may have to forfeit it and reschedule a new appointment.

6. Visa processing

Once TLScontact submits your application, the German Diplomatic Mission will process it. The German Diplomatic Mission may ask for more information or additional documents. If this happens, you will be contacted by email or phone with detailed instructions.

7. Passport collection

The final step is collecting your passport. Once the German Diplomatic Mission has decided on your visa application, you will get your passport at the TLScontact Visa Application Centre. 

What are the German Visa application fees?

The German Visa application fee depends on the Visa type you have applied for. These include:

  • Short stay - less than 90 days - Adults – EUR 80.
  • Short stay - less than 90 days - Children between the ages of 6 and below 12 years old – EUR 40.
  • Children under the age of 6 – Free.

You will also pay a service fee of EUR 28.50, mandatory for any visa application. The fee for a Long-stay Visa is EUR 75.

How much bank balance is required for a Germany visa?

To apply for a German visa from Kenya, you must provide proof of a minimum bank balance of EUR 45 per day for your stay in Germany. For stays of up to five days, the required amount goes up to EUR 300 per day, while for minors, the amounts are reduced by 50%.

The requirement applies to all types of German visas, including tourist, business, and student visas. The German authorities need to know that you have sufficient financial means to cover your expenses during your stay in Germany so you will not become a financial burden after entering the country.  

You can demonstrate your financial sufficiency by submitting bank statements covering the last three months. Other acceptable documents include proof of employment or income, tax returns, property ownership, sponsorship, travel insurance, credit card statements, and investment statements.

It is important to note that the minimum bank balance requirement may vary depending on the type of visa, duration of stay, and personal circumstances.

With a thorough understanding of the German Visa application in Kenya, you will be well on your way to discovering the wonders of Germany. Ensure you have all the necessary documentation when applying for the Visa. Since you cannot apply directly from the German embassy in Kenya, you can do it online via Schengen Visa agents in Kenya. 

DISCLAIMER: This article is not sponsored by any third party. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional advice or help and should not be relied on to make decisions of any kind. Any action you take upon the information presented in this article is strictly at your own risk and responsibility!

Tuko.co.ke shared a detailed article about how to apply for a US Visa in Kenya. Any Kenyan citizen who wishes to go to the United States of America must obtain a travel card, which is classified into two types: immigrant and non-immigrant.

Immigrant cards are issued to people from other countries who desire to live permanently in the United States, whereas non-immigrant US visas are issued to people who want to visit the United States temporarily.

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  1. Germany Schengen Visa

    Germany Tourist/Visitor Visa Application Requirements. The required documents for a German tourist visa are as follows: Application form completed in English or German. The form should be fully, honestly and correctly completed, printed and signed at the end. Declaration of Accuracy of Information.

  2. Visa applications in the Consular Services Portal

    The Consular Services Portal provides an easy and secure online application procedure for visas to enter and stay in Germany. Complete your application online and have it checked in advance by the German mission to ensure that it is complete. In this way, you will be well prepared for the in-person appointment at the German mission where you ...

  3. Visa Information

    Which visa do I need for Germany? 23.03.2023 Article Schengen Visa. A Schengen visa is required if you intend to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days within a 180 day period for business, visitor or tourist purposes. 11.10.2022 Article Residence Visa.

  4. Germany VISA Information, Requirements & Application Form

    Between handing the proper documentation and getting an answer, here is a step-by-step guideline of the Germany visa application process. Ask the embassy for a checklist of the required documents for the visa type you wish to apply for. Fulfil the application form with the correct information and obtain the required documents for your visa.

  5. How to Complete the German Short-Stay Visa Application Form with VIDEX

    Finish & Download. One good feature of Videx is that you can always save your data for later use. Simply click the Save button at the end of the page and save the file on your device. If you need to reapply for a German short-stay visa in the future, just go to Import (at the top right of the page) and select your saved file.

  6. Important Information regarding the use of the web-based visa

    To apply for a visa. You cannot submit your visa application online. You must apply for a visa at the responsible German Embassy or Consulate General. To apply please bring the following documents with you: visa application form (please sign this form) instruction according to Section 55 (2) (1) of the Residence Act (please sign the instruction)

  7. Business / Tourism / Visitor Visa

    The visa application centers facilitate the application process. BLS International has no influence on processing of your application. A final decision about visa applications will be solely taken by the competent German mission. Please note processing time of minimum 2 weeks. In some cases processing time may take up to 4 weeks plus additional ...

  8. Applying for a Schengen Visa to Germany

    Determine where to lodge your visa application. Complete and download the visa application form . Schedule your German visa appointment . Prepare the required documents . Attend your visa appointment . Wait for the visa to process . Collect your passport .

  9. Visa application forms

    The suitable application form can be found here: Application form for a national visa (German-English; PDF) Application form for a national visa (German-Spanish; PDF) Application form for a national visa (German-French; PDF) Application form for a national visa (German-Chinese; PDF) Application form for a national visa (German-Arabic; PDF ...

  10. Visa for Germany

    Yes. Holders of. - a Schengen visa (text on the visa reads "valid for Schengen states"), - a residence permit of a member state or. - a national visa of a member state. can also travel to ...

  11. Application Schengen Visa

    Once your application is complete, you will be contacted by the Embassy via E-Mail with the current visa fee and our bank details for immediate bank transfer. A Schengen Visa has to be applied for if you intend to travel to Germany as a visitor, for business or tourism purposes for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days.

  12. Visitor visas

    1. completed and signed visa application form for Schengen visa : 2. valid passport and 1 copy of the passport data page. Validity of passport must exceed the duration of intended stay in Germany by at least 3 months. Passport must contain at least 2 blank pages and must have been issued within the past 10 years.

  13. A Step-by-Step Guide to apply for a Schengen Visa

    File your Schengen visa application at your Visa Appication Centre in three easy steps. Duly completed application forms may be submitted three months prior to the intended travel date. As application numbers peak during the months of April through September, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply well in advance of their actual travel dates.

  14. Download Schengen Visa Application Form 2024

    Click here to download the New Harmonised Schengen Visa Application Form. It is valid for all Schengen member countries. This is the only form to be used starting from 02.02.2020. The short-stay visa application form bears the reference "cerfa No. -14076*02" (do not use outdated forms bearing the reference "cerfa No. -12160*01");

  15. How to Fill-in the Schengen Visa Application Form?

    Here's a step-by-step guide on how to fill out the Schengen visa application form: Number. Field. Answer. 1. Surname (Family name) Write down your surname or family name the same as it's written on your travel document or passport. 2. Surname at birth (Former family name (s))

  16. Submission of Schengen visa application at a Visa Application Centre

    Declaration on health insurance (for multiple entry visas only) Additional contact and legal representation information. Step 3: Schedule an appointment for the submission of your visa application and submit it at the nearest Visa Application Centre. Kindly note that you have to pay the VFS Service charge already when booking the appointment.

  17. Applying for a German Schengen Visa from the UK

    The German Schengen visa application form. Documents generally required for any Schengen visa application. A valid UK Residence permit (original) must be issued as a biometric card (BRP) or endorsed in the passport. A UK visitor visa is not acceptable. One photocopy of the BRP (front and back) or endorsement.

  18. Schengen visa / Short-term stay in Germany

    Schengen visa / Short-term stay in Germany. Singapore citizens in possession of a valid Singaporean passport do not need a visa for airport transit, visit, tourist or business trips not exceeding 90 days. Other nationals might require a visa to enter Germany. To ascertain whether you need a visa please click on the link below for an overview of ...

  19. Applying for a Germany Schengen Visa in the US

    Determine where to lodge your visa application. Complete and download the visa application form . Schedule your German visa appointment . Prepare the required documents . Attend your visa appointment . Wait for the visa to process . Collect your passport .

  20. Schengen Visa

    Application form (Original) ... he/she can give the consent to the child's visa application at a German Embassy/Consulate General in the country of his/her residence; ... Schengen-Visa - Visitor. Schengen-Visa - Visitor. PDF / 531 KB / bebas hambatan / 08.05.2024. Ke Daftar {0}

  21. TLScontact

    TLScontact is a service provider that helps you with your visa applications to Germany and other countries. You can book an appointment, submit your documents and track your application online. Visit TLScontact London to find out more about the visa requirements and procedures for your travel purpose.

  22. Visa

    The German Missions in Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver DO NOT ACCEPT visa applications. Please find more information on where to submit your application instead. The German Consulate Toronto does not charge fees for visa appointments. Any visa fees due will be charged on the day of your appointment. Overview of visa fees.

  23. Schengen visa / Short term visa

    30.11.2022 - Article. The Schengen visa is the entry visa for a short-term stay (under 90 days) Content. The Schengen visa allows you to stay a maximum of 90 days per 180 days in the Schengen area. As the German mission abroad, we are responsible for your application if Germany is your main travel destination.

  24. Visa for the Opportunity Card

    The embassy must involve the competent authority in Germany in the visa procedure. Depending on previous stays, the answer may take some time. Therefore, apply for the visa in good time. We ask for your understanding that inquiries about the status of the application cannot be answered within the first 4 weeks of the application.

  25. German Visa application in Kenya: Requirements and procedure

    Your passport, valid for at least three months beyond your intended return date, is the foundation. You must also provide biometric passport photos, a completed Schengen visa application form, and proof of travel medical insurance. German Visa application in Kenya. You cannot apply for a German Visa at the German Embassy.

  26. Exchange Programs

    Find U.S. Department of State programs for U.S. and non-U.S. citizens wishing to participate in cultural, educational, or professional exchanges.

  27. German Visa application in Kenya: Requirements and procedure

    The VIDEX form is an online visa application form you must complete before applying for a German visa in Kenya. It is a German Visa application form online, available in English and German ...