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Type of Germany Visas

Tourist Visa (Short term)
  • Processing time: 10-15 days
  • Stay period: Upto 90 days
  • Validity: 6 months
  • Entry: Single/Multiple
  • Fees: INR 7,999/-
Business Visa (Short term)
  • Processing time: 10-15 days
  • Stay period: Upto 90 days
  • Validity: 6 months
  • Entry: Single/Multiple
  • Fees: INR 7,999/-
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Documents required for Germany Visa

  • Documents required for Germany Visa
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    • Original Passport with at least 6 months validity and minimum 3 blank pages + all old passports if any;
    • Visa Application form;
    • 2 recent colour photographs (Photo Specification);
    • Personal Covering letter (For Employed - Plain paper/ For Self-Employed – Company Letterhead);
    • Original updated Bank Statement (last 6 months);
    • Income Tax Returns / Form 16 for last 3 years;
    • Confirmed return flight tickets;
    • Hotel reservation;
    • Day wise Itinerary;
    • Travel Insurance (minimum coverage of EUR 30000).

    Kindly note: The Govt is very strict on the photograph requirement; please ensure that your photos are as per the specifications.

  • Supporting documents as per your occupation, type of visit:
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    1. If Employed:

    • Original Leave sanctioned certificate with company seal and signature;
    • Last 3 months salary slip.

    2. If Self Employed:

    • Business Registration License / MOA / Partnership deed;
    • Company’s updated bank statement of last 6 months;
    • Company’s IT returns for last 3 years.

    3. If Retired:

    • Proof of retirement like pension book, statement etc.

    4. If Student:

    • School / College / Institute ID Card;
    • Bonafide certificate.

    5. If Minor:

    • Birth Certificate;
    • No Objection Certificate from the parents / non-accompanying parent on Rs 100/- stamp paper;
    • ID proof of parent like passport or PAN card.

    6. If Visiting friend or relative:

    • Invitation letter;
    • Inviter’s ID proof like Passport or Resident Permit;
    • Address proof like any Electricity bill, any Utility bill etc.

    7. If Sponsored:

    • Sponsorship letter;
    • Sponsor’s national ID proof like Passport, PAN card or Resident permit;
    • Updated bank statement of last 6 months;
    • Income tax returns of last 3 years.

    8. For Business Visa:

    • Invitation letter from host Company stating purpose of trip, business details etc;
    • Covering letter from Indian company on company letterhead.

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Germany Visa FAQs

  • add What is a Germany Schengen visa?

    A Germany Schengen visa is a special kind of visa which allows you to travel among all the Schengen countries including Germany for a maximum period of upto 90 days. This is a traveller’s dream where with one visa you can travel to any of the other 25 Schengen countries along with Germany.

  • add The Schengen Visa is valid for which countries?

    A Schengen Visa (issued by a consulate or embassy of a Schengen State) is valid for all 26 States of the Schengen Area (including the European territory of Germany), unless it is marked otherwise on the visa sticker. So you do not need another visa to enter or stay in the European territory of Germany. However, you must be in possession of documentary evidence for the reasons of your stay and your means of support. Schengen Area comprises of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

  • add How long can I stay in the Schengen area on the basis of my visa?

    The Schengen Visa is a short stay visa and takes the form of a sticker affixed to your passport. The definition of “short stay” is a stay of "90 days in any 180 days period". This means that the total duration of stay is of maximum 90 days in any period of 180 days. The precise length of validity of your Schengen Visa is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading “Duration of visit”. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading "Number of entries" by "1". A two-entry or a multiple-entry visa allows for two or several entries during the validity of the Schengen Visa. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "02" or "MULT" under the heading "Number of entries".

  • add Will all Schengen Visas be granted for 90 days?

    No, not necessarily all Schengen Visas will be granted for 90 days. You may get the Schengen Visa only for the number of days that you present in your travel itinerary and your flight & hotel bookings

  • add Can I apply again for a Schengen Visa if my application has been refused earlier?

    You are free to apply again for a Schengen Visa if your application has been refused earlier.

  • add What is the Schengen Visa cover letter?

    The Schengen Visa cover letter is a letter which summarizes your intent to travel to a country that is part of the Schengen area. In your cover letter you should explain:

    • the purpose of your trip
    • when and where you intend to travel
    • how your trip is going to be funded
    • day-by-day itinerary for your trip
    • duration of the trip
  • add As a Germany short-stay visa holder can I extend my Schengen Visa while in Germany?

    You cannot extend your Germany short-stay while in Germany except in special circumstances, and exceeding your permitted period of stay is considered an act of illegality or criminality. Instead, you must return to your home country within the permitted period of stay and apply for another Germany Visa if necessary.

  • add If my Germany short-stay multiple entry Schengen Visa is valid for a year, how long can I remain in the German territory?

    A short-stay Germany Visa allows you to enter and stay in a Germany territory for a maximum period of 90 days within a period of six months.

  • add How long before the start of the intended visit should I apply for a Germany Schengen Visa?

    You may only submit your Germany Schengen visa application 90 days before your date of departure. We recommend that you apply at least 20 working days before the date you wish to depart as certain types of travel purpose may take longer than usual to process. For instance, the processing time of your Schengen Visa Application will take between 5-15 working days from your appointment date.

  • add How long does it take to obtain a Germany Visa?

    Typically, a Germany Visa (Schengen Visa) takes anywhere from 10 to 15 days to process in the Germany Embassy/Consulate. The processing time for a Germany Visa is dependent on several factors and can change without notice at the consulate's discretion.

  • add How can I check the status of my Germany Visa application?

    Applicants can check the status of Germany visa application online using the Germany VFS Reference number and Date of Birth. Kindly visit the Track Your Application section of the VFS Germany website.

  • add Is it mandatory for me to take an appointment for a Germany Schengen Visa?

    Yes, an appointment is mandatory for Germany Schengen Visa in order to provide your biometrics and submit your visa documents.

  • add My family is also applying for the Germany Visa, how many appointments should we make?

    Every member of the family needs an individual appointment.

  • add I am traveling to multiple Schengen countries. From which Consulate should I apply for my Schengen Visa?

    Schengen Visa must be applied from the Embassy / Consulate of the country where you will be staying for maximum number of days. If your stay has equal number of days in each country then you must apply to the Embassy / Consulate of the country which would serve as the first port of entry. 

  • add Can I leave the Schengen area and return again with my Schengen Visa?

    Schengen Visas may allow for a single-entry or multiple entries. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "01". With a visa allowing for two or multiple entries you may enter twice or several times during the validity of the Schengen Visa.

  • add What is the difference between a single-entry Schengen Visa and a multiple-entry Schengen Visa?

    According to the EU, a single-entry Schengen Visa allows entry to the Schengen area only once, meaning you are not permitted to re-enter the Schengen Area after leaving, while a multiple-entry Schengen Visa allows multiple entries into the Schengen Area within the visa’s validity period (90 days total within 180-day period).

  • add Do I have to present any other document at the Schengen external borders apart from my travel document with the Schengen Visa?

    The short-stay visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. At the border (or during other controls) you may have to show the visa but also provide additional documentation, for example; sufficient evidence that you have sufficient means to cover the stay and the return trip. It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when applying for the Schengen visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay).

  • add Do I have to apply in person for the Schengen Visa?

    Yes, applications by mail will not be accepted. The Schengen visa application should be presented in person because biometrical data must be recorded.

  • add Why is personal appearance mandatory for Germany Visa?

    As from 2nd November 2015 following the introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS), all Schengen visa applicants in India have to appear in person in order to provide biometric data (fingerprints and digital photography). The photograph can be digitally taken at the time of the application or scanned from an existing one. For subsequent applications within the 5 years the fingerprints can be copied from the previous application file in the VIS. In case of reasonable doubt regarding the identity of the applicant, the consulate will again collect fingerprints within the 5 year period specified above. Furthermore, the applicant may request that they be collected if, at the time when the application is lodged, it cannot be immediately confirmed that the fingerprints were collected within this 5 years period.

  • add What is the role of VFS?

    VFS Global Services Pvt Ltd (VFS) is the Service Delivery Provider for the Embassy of Germany in New Delhi. The role of VFS is to accept visa applications and to dispatch passports and documents back to clients, on behalf of the Embassy of Germany. VFS does not play any part in or influence the outcome of your visa application.

  • add Do I need to provide travel insurance for my Visa application?

    Yes. Applicants should prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during their stay(s) on the territory of the Schengen Member States. The insurance should be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage must be EUR 30000.

  • add What are the Schengen Visa travel insurance requirements?

    Your travel Insurance plan for a Schengen Visa must meet the following requirements:

    • Minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros (approx. USD $34,000)
    • Coverage for repatriation for medical reasons
    • Coverage for emergency medical treatment
    • Coverage for expenses resulting from your death
    • Coverage for the entire period of your intended stay
    • Valid in all Schengen Area countries
  • add Can you process the Travel Insurance for me?

    Even though Travel Insurance is a mandatory requirement for processing Schengen Visa, you are strongly advised to purchase a health / travel insurance to secure yourself as medical treatment can be very expensive in the Schengen country. Your travel insurance offers protection against unexpected emergencies on international travel such as coverage of medical expenses, flight delay and cancellations, passport and baggage loss or personal accident.  For financial safety and security on your international trip we highly recommend you to purchase travel insurance and avail our special offer.

  • add What is the easiest way to apply for a Germany Visa?

    The easiest way to apply for a Germany Visa is to contact us. We are experts in the travel and tourism sector with over 40 years of experience. Through our expertise, in-depth knowledge and integrity, we commit to delivering an exceptional experience to our customers each and every time you use our service. In order to help us understand your unique visa needs, please drop in your query and our Expert will get in touch with you.

  • add Are you still having doubts about the Visa process?

    We have you covered across India with presence in all the major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow and many more.

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Simple steps to get a Germany Visa:

Akbar Travels has been a part of more than one million travel dreams. We offer a superior, quick and hassle-free Visa Facilitation service. With a highly professional and dedicated team of Visa Experts, we are here to cater to all your Germany visa application requirements. Read more

Throughout your visa process, you will have a dedicated Visa Expert handling your application.

Here are the steps to apply for a Germany Visa through Akbar Travels:

Step 1: Provide your travel details to our Visa Expert and get all your queries answered.

Step 2: Pay the visa fee and upload your documents online through our secured online document locker to ensure its confidentiality.

Step 3: Our Visa Expert will verify the documents, complete your visa application and schedule your appointment.

Step 4: On the appointment day visit the Visa Application Center (VAC) to submit your Biometrics (fingerprinting & photograph) and documents.

Step 5: Receive your Visa.

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Basic Requirements to visit Germany

  • Have a valid Passport and valid Germany Visa;
  • Be in good health; Read more
  • Good moral character;
  • Be able to convince the immigration officer that you have your family, property, assets, etc. that would serve as an incentive to come back to your home country;
  • Be able to convince the immigration officer that you will leave the country before your Germany visa expires;
  • Have sufficient funds to support yourself in Germany and the amount depends on how long you will stay in Germany and whether you will be staying with family, friends or any paid accommodation.
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Travel Checklist

  • Passport;
  • Valid Germany Visa; Read more
  • Confirmed return Ticket;
  • Contact details of your relative, friends or business contact in Germany;
  • Confirmed hotel bookings (If Any);
  • Germany Currency and other forms of forex;
  • An unlocked smartphone, preferable with a Sim card from India;
  • Any additional documents required to prove your purpose of visit (especially if you are travelling on a business Visa).
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What to do when you arrive in Germany

  • Keep your Declaration form in hand (provided to you on the flight); Read more
  • Keep all travel documents (passport, valid Germany Visa, return ticket, hotel bookings etc.) ready in case the immigration officer asks to produce any document;
  • If you are an unaccompanied minor, make sure you stay with the flight attendant who is in charge of your safety. Additionally, you must recognise the adult picking you up at the airport. If you have any doubts, you must inform the airline staff immediately.
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Germany travel guide

Germany is one of the most varied and charming countries in the continent. Anyone expecting a homogenous nation conforming to old Teutonic stereotypes is in for a shock. As a destination, it offers a clutch of truly lovely cities; culture served up in hefty portions and rural scenery so pretty you’ll wonder why it isn’t on every tourist hit list. Read more

The country occupies a prime position at the heart of Europe – both literally and figuratively. It is home to the biggest economy on the continent, has more inhabitants than anywhere else in the EU and shares land borders with no less than nine other nations.

It’s no surprise that, then, that today’s Germany is more diverse and cosmopolitan than old stereotypes suggest; mixing time-honoured nationalism and tradition with multicultural modernism and self-confidence.

It’s the nation’s urban highlights that immediately draw the attention. Berlin is the definition of dynamism, having forged a good-time reputation for ground-breaking creativity while still keeping sight of its past.

Elsewhere, the likes of Cologne, Munich and Hamburg provide the capital with able support. Not only are they rich in history, whether in the forms of classical music, fine art or medieval architecture, but they also put pay to the notion that Germans don’t do gastronomy. These days, you can dine and drink extremely well in Deutschland.

Elsewhere, the likes of Cologne, Munich and Hamburg provide the capital with able support. Not only are they rich in history, whether in the forms of classical music, fine art or medieval architecture, but they also put pay to the notion that Germans don’t do gastronomy. These days, you can dine and drink extremely well in Deutschland.

Germany is also known for being a green technology leader, both developing and improving it, its main markets are, among others, power generation, material and energy efficiency and sustainable water management.

Sciences like physics or chemistry are really respectable, for example if we talk about physics there is a name that comes to our minds immediately, Albert Einstein, and with it some others like Max Planck or Max Born. Engineering is not out of the great German accomplishments, automotive industry and also air transportation technology received great influence of the German engineers, for example the first space rocket was developed by Wernher von Braun who also was very important for the success of the US Apollo program.

Germany is a country with a lot of history that had been trough for many troubles to be the successful country that it is now. A country brimming of beauty with fairy tale castles, striking landscapes, artistic churches, and incredible culture. Germany invites you to have an amazing trip with overwhelming attractions.

Best known for its famous Oktoberfest and World War II history, Germany is also home to some of Europa’s most beautiful scenery, fairytale castles, important historic sites and lively party scenes. Located in the heart of Europe, Germany maintains the continent’s most powerful economy.

Places to visit In Germany

1. Berlin, the city of cool

Exciting and vibrant, Berlin is the capital of Germany and the centre for all that is hip in art, fashion, music and design, packed with amazing architecture, art galleries, museums and restaurants. You can also find some of the wildest clubs in Berlin and many quirky activites off the tourist track. Take a stroll down Unter den Linden, where you’ll find museums, the cathedral, opera house and the Brandenburg Gate, which was impassable during the days of the Berlin Wall and now symbolises German reunification. Other must-sees include UNESCO World Heritage site Museum Island, the Jewish Museum, Haus am Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall Trail to get you started.

2. A walk in the Black Forest

Bordering the Rhine to the west and undulating farmland to the east, the Black Forest region covers 11,000 square kilometres of peaks and valleys, vineyards, lakes and nature reserves to explore on foot, bike or horseback.
But there's plenty more to persuade even the most amateur of hikers to visit Germany. It’s also where you’ll find the world famous thermal spa town of Baden-Baden, dating back more than 2,000 years. It's where the Romans came to bathe and was also Europe’s summer capital for the rich at the turn of the 19th century. The mineral enriched waters continue to bubble up from 12 thermal springs for today’s visitors.

3. Heidelberg castle and old town bridge

The partially ruined yet still magnificent red-sandstone Heidelberg Castle towers over the city of Heidelberg and is one of the most famous landmarks in Europe, and among Germany’s places to visit. Built as a fortress around 1300, it grew to symbolize the power of the Electors, whose statues appear on the façade of the Freidrich building. Don’t miss the glorious Renaissance fireplace in the Ruprecht wing, the ornate Otto-Heinrich wing, the castle church and the Hortus Palarunus pleasure garden, which although never completed was once considered the eighth wonder of the world. The old bridge in the town centre crosses the Neckar River, and provides a great view of Heidelberg's scenic riverside location in southwestern Germany. Since 2014 Heidelberg has been recognized as an UNESCO City of Literature, and indeed you'll see the city's omnipresent traces of literature and creativity in numerous publishing houses, bookstores, libraries, authors, public poetry slams, literature awards and Heidelberg's annual literature festival.

4. Cologne: more than just its world-famous cathedral

Cologne’s famous cathedral, the epitome of Gothic architecture, dominates the skyline and contains the world’s oldest large-scale sculpture – the Ottonian Gero Cross – and a window designed by 20th-century icon Gerhard Richter. Cologne also has major museums, theatres and loads of great restaurants and bars, making it one of the more vibrant places to see in Germany. Check out those around Alter Markt and Heumarkt squares, plus the brewery taverns in the old quarter where waiters refill your glass with Kölsch beer until you put a beer mat over the top to say ‘no more’. Cologne's is also Germany’s carnival capital with a ‘fifth season’ of celebrations lasting from November through to Lent. Sweet-toothed visitors will love the Chocolate Museum with 2,000 exhibits – including a 3m high chocolate fountain into which you can dip a waffle – covering 3,000 years of chocolate history.

5. The 'mad' king's castles

Close your eyes and imagine a romantic fairytale castle and chances are your image will look like Schloss Neuschwanstein – the castle was reputedly the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang flew over it in the film. The castle's confection of turrets sits atop a craggy, wooded hilltop in southern Bavaria, which was built by ‘Mad’ King Ludwig II in the 19th century as a retreat to escape after losing the throne of Bavaria. The king lived as a recluse in a fantasy world of myths and legends in his magnificent castle, with its golden double height, galleried throne room, Hall of the Holy Grail, swan-shaped taps and grotto. From the hilltop, you can also admire Bavaria's lakes and countryside. King Ludwig's other castles include the grand Hohenschwangau Castle, Herrenchiemsee New Palace, the 'Bavarian Versailles', and the Linderhof Palace, the only residence the king completed. It's typically possible to visit selection of the king's castles from Füssen or Schwangau, making this area one of the more popular places to go in Germany. There are also many hiking paths and a range of outdoor activities in Bavaria.

6. Bayreuth: world famous festival and opera house

Every year Bayreuth hosts the world-famous Richard Wagner Festival, turning it into one of the best places in Germany for opera aficionados. In 2013, the festival celebrated the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Even if you’re not an opera fan, you won’t fail to be blown away by the extravagant interior of the 18th-century Margravial Opera House, one of the most beautiful Baroque theatres in Europe. Bayreuth has also aimed to preserve its rich culture and historical heritage by developing a diverse collection of more than two dozen museums and institutions, alongside a collection of sites of grand historical structures and castles associated with the Margraves of Bayreuth. This is also a city for beer lovers who can head below ground to the Bayreuth's catacombs, hidden under a brewery, and enjoy the city's beer history by tasting brews from more than 200 local breweries, among the highest density in the world, or by visiting Maisel's adventure world and Brauereimuseum (brewery museum), which holds the Guinness Book of Records award for being the most diverse beer museum.

7. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley

Lined with castles, palaces and vineyards, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status – and you'll quickly see why a top 10 Germany list isn't complete without it. The Rhine cuts through a stunningly beautiful valley from the Roman town of Koblenz past the famous Loreley rock, a slate cliff over the narrowest point of the river. Legend has it that a beautiful siren called Loreley would sing and lure sailors to their death on the rocks. Travelling down the Rhine takes you past the pitcturesque towns of Bingen and Rudesheim and vineyards lining the steep hills with rows of grapes grown for the Rhine's famous wines. Wine tasting, in particular the local Riesling and Pinot Noir varieties, is a great attraction when visiting this top German destination.

8. Munich: the capital of culture and beer

Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is one of the most cosmopolitan German cities to visit, filled with museums, restaurants, bars, churches and, of course, Munich's famous beer gardens, called cellars (as in Löwenbräukeller and Hofbräukelle) because brewers originally sold their beer direct from their underground stores. Every autumn, the world’s biggest beer festival Oktoberfest takes place in Munich, complete with oompah bands and beer from the barrel; wearing leiderhosen is not obligatory, although you'll see plenty at Oktoberfest, but booking early is essential as Munich, during the festival's two weeks, becomes one of the most popular German cities to visit. The Marienplatz, where you’ll find the town hall and St Mary’s Column, makes a great base to explore the city. For more than 100 years, the town hall's Glockenspiel has entertained visitors with twirling figurines representing stories of Munich's history; you can watch the almost 12-minute show at 11am, noon, and, in summer months, 5pm. The building's tower has an observation deck at 85m, reached by an elevator, and in the cellar is a historical Munich restaurant. The Deutsches Museum is one of the world’s largest science and technology exhibitions. Car – and architecture – buffs won’t want to miss the amazing BMW Welt. From Munich, you can also take day trips to visit the harrowing Dachau concentration camp and the fairytale castles in Upper Bavaria of King Ludwig II.

9. Lake Constance – a lake with a view

The view of the Alps from the shoreline of Lake Constance (Bodensee in German) makes this one of the top places in Germany in summer. While the lake crosses the borders of Switzerland and Austria, more than half of the 270m shoreline is in Germany. You can sail, windsurf, canoe, swim or paddle from one of the many sand and pebble beaches or take a boat to visit one of the lake’s three islands. There’s plenty to explore in the surrounding area, too: beautiful towns and villages, Baroque castles and churches, vineyards, reconstructed Stone and Bronze Age dwellings in Pfahlbauten and the Zeppelin Museum.

10. The exhilarating Mount Zugspitze

If seeing the Alps from Lake Constance wetted your appetite, the next step is to reach the top of Germany’s highest mountain: the Zugspitze, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen. At the top – 2,962m above sea level – there’s a 360° panorama of more than 400 peaks in Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland, making it one of the most unique places to see in Germany. With seven months of snow a year you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding and sledding, spend a night in the Igloo Village, or visit the mountain top in one day via an historic cogwheel train or cable car.

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Germany Facts and Figures

Name
The Federal Republic of Germany
Location:
Western/Central Europe
Time:
IST (-) 4 ½ hours Read more
Capital:
Berlin
Major cities :
Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt
Language:
German, English and French 
Area:
357,021 sq kms
Population:
80,594,017
National day:
03 Oct
Currency:
Euro (EUR) 
Main Airline:
Lufthansa LH
Hamburg Airways HK
Air Hamburg HH
International Airports:
Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
Munich (MUC)
Stuttgart Airport (STR)
Nuremberg (NUE)
Munster Osnabruck Airport (FMO)
Hannover Airport (HAJ)
Hamburg Airport (HAM)
Dusseldorf (DUS)
Bremen Airport (BRE)
Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN)
Leipzig Halle (LEJ)
Dresden Airport (DRS)
Berlin Schonefeld (SXF)
Berlin Tegal (TXL)
Best time to visit Germany:
May, September and October
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We currently only process Tourist and Business Visas. Kindly contact the Embassy for the following visa applications.

A. Short Stay Visas

These visas are also known as “Schengen Visas” or “C-category visas” (excluding Airport transit visas), and are given to foreigners who wish to enter and stay in Germany for not more than 3 months.

These visas allow the holder to equally travel and stay throughout the entire Schengen Area within the visa period (stays up to 3 months only).
The application for these visas should be done early enough before the planned trip, as the visa procession time is done in 15 calendar days after the application is sent. However, there can be added 30 – up to 60 additional calendar days (in special cases) for the procession.
The submission of the visa documents is done only after a booked visa appointment. Nearly all visa candidates are obliged to be present personally in the visa appointment.

Types of German short-stay visas – “Schengen Visa” or “C-Visa”

1. Germany Airport Transit Visa

These visas serve to pass through a German airport transit area, without entering into the territory of Germany, to join a ship in Germany, to stop as an aircraft staff member. In this article we will go through these types of visas, requirements, fees and more details

Airport transit visa “A-visa”

This visa is meant for foreigners who have to land at the German airport for stays not more than 24 hrs. /1 day, without exiting the “airport international transit area”. “A-visa” is not intended for foreigners who have to exit the airport transit area when changing flights for travelling towards a non-Schengen country. In such case, they should get a Schengen regular short-stay visa.
Airports with an international transit area: There are only 6 airports in Germany with an international transit area:

Frankfurt Airport (24 hrs.)
Munich Airport (24 hrs.)
Hamburg Airport (30 a.m. – 11.30 p.m.)+
Düsseldorf Airport (6.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.) only upon an organized transit of airline company with the Federal Police
Cologne/Bonn Airport (4.30 a.m. – 11.00 p.m.)
Berlin Airport (06.00 a.m. – 11.00 p.m.) at Berlin-Tegel, for Air Berlin passengers, and only upon an organized transit of airline company with the Federal Police

On the other hand, the following foreigners do not need a German “A-visa”, such as:

  • Holders of any valid short or long stay visa or a residence permit from another Schengen state
  • Holders of any residence permit of the EU or EEA countries
  • Holders of any valid visa from the EU, EEA countries, Japan, Canada, or the US
  • Holders of certain permanent residence permits from Andorra, Canada, Japan, Monaco, San Marino, or the US with an infinite right of return
  • Foreign family members of the EU, EEA or Swiss nationals
  • Holders of foreign diplomatic passports
  • Flight-companies’ staff members if they are citizens of a signatory state of the Chicago Convention on the International Civil Aviation

Seafarer’s transit visa

This visa is for foreigners wishing to join a foreign ship having stopped in Germany, to work/engage as a seaman (seafarer).

2. Germany Business, Trade Fair & Exhibitions Visas

These visas are meant for foreigners who want to travel to Germany and Schengen area for business purposes or visit or exhibit in a trade fair exhibition. When there is a group of employers applying for the same business trip, they have to be present at the visa appointment (to submit their documents for visa) in a group. For a husband or wives who want to accompany the main visa candidate on a business visit / trade fair, they should apply separately for a short-stay tourist visa. German Trade Fair/Exhibition Visa is for foreigners wishing to make a short-stay entry into Germany/Schengen area, to visit/exhibit their products in a trade fair exhibition in Germany and Schengen area.

3. Germany Tourist/Visitor Visa

Visas for the purpose of tourism and visiting family/friends in Germany This visa for foreigners wishing to make a short-stay entry in the Germany/Schengen for exploring attractive places there, or for making a visit to their family members/friends currently living, studying or working there, either as foreigners with residence permit or as German citizens.

4. Germany Visa for Cultural, Film Crew, Sports, and Religious Event purpose

This visa is for persons who want to occupy as staff members of cultural, sport, religious ceremonials or as a staff in a film making inside the territory of Germany and of Schengen.

B. Long Stay Visas

Depending on your nationality you could need a visa to enter Germany, one of the top destinations for many world travelers. EU citizens and those of Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland don’t need a visa to enter Germany for any purpose, due to the Schengen Agreement reached in 1985 among the majority of the European Union member states.
On the other hand, non-Schengen countries can enter the whole Schengen territory with one unified document known as the Schengen Visa, for a period of up to 90 days (3 months). However one is not allowed to have a job within the countries of the Schengen Zone, not even as a freelancer, during this period of time. One can also get a short-term visa to visit Germany for a maximum of 90 days in an 180‑day period.

Non-EU and non-EEA nationals that want to stay longer than three months in Germany for whatever reason: studying, research, family reunion, have to apply for a National Visa, or else known as a D Visa, at the competent mission before arriving in the country, i.e. consulate or embassy at one’s country of residency. Excluded from this category are the citizens of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America who may obtain any residence permit that may be required after entering the Federal Republic of Germany. The D Visa is usually issued for three months, but may also be issued for up to twelve months and must specify whether its holder is permitted to work in the respective country. The granting of a national visa is generally subject to the approval of the immigration authorities. Based on the D visa, a long-term residence title may be issued after the entry. In addition to staying in and experiencing Germany, the D visa is valid for short stays in other Schengen countries.

1. Visa for long term employment

The long stay employment visa is established for skilled workers who have the capability to contribute to the economy of Germany and permits every year, many workers from across the world to come to work. The German Immigration authorities have established this type visa for the sole purpose of working thus giving to internationals the chance to work in the Federal Republic for long terms.

2. Visa for family reunion

Families of German residents that live outside the European Union countries can apply to join their family members in Germany as their dependents. The relative you are going to join must have: a residence permit, enough room for you and sufficient and secured finances.

3. Visa for studying

Non-EU state students can Study in Germany with a Study Visa which is valid for up to 2 years, which can be extended on request. In order to apply one must be accepted by a state or state-approved university, and be able to support oneself during the period of studies. Foreign students can also work for up to 120 full days or 240 half days in order to do so.

4. Visa for research

Highly qualified professionals, for example regarding the employment of scientists, researchers and teaching staff or executives who wish to pursue an activity in their field can apply for a long term stay in Germany. They are not usually required to have German Language ability.

5. Visa for job seekers

If one has not found a job in Germany yet, he or she can apply for a long term stay in the Federal Republic for up to six months, in order to find a job within this period. In order to obtain such visa one must have a higher education diploma recognized in Germany and also the means of subsistence to support oneself during the periods of stay. One having found a sustainable job one can apply for an EU Blue Card or a Residence Permit in Germany.

6. Visa for freelance self-employment

If one wishes to work as a freelance in Germany in one of the liberal professions, one must obtain a visa that allows the candidate to stay in Germany for a longer period of time. The applicant must prove the possession of the necessary means to prove their project, support oneself and a permit to exercise that profession. If over 45 years old, one must also provide proof that one has adequate provision for old age.

7. Visa for language course

All non-EU citizens who wish to absolve a language course in Germany for longer than three months are required to obtain a long stay visa in Germany, which can be issued for a maximum of one year

8. Visa for student internship

If you are not a national of the EU and you wish to do an internship in Germany you will need a visa. Beside your internship offer, you will need the approval of the Federal Employment Agency. Your employer is the one that should apply for this as soon as possible. If you possess documentation of the two above mentioned, then you can apply for an internship visa. The internship cannot last longer than 12 months.

9. Medical Treatment Visa

The German Immigration Authorities have also established a visa, particularly for people who seek medical help in Germany, and have to stay in for more than six months in order to get the adequate treatment. While those who need less than three months in order to receive their medical treatment can enter Germany with a Short Term Medical Treatment, the German long stay Medical Treatment Visa is for those who need a longer period of treatment.