We currently only process Tourist and Business Visas. Kindly contact the Embassy for the following
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
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
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
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.