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Note: Germany is a signatory to the 1995 Schengen Agreement.Passports
Passport valid for at least three months beyond length of stay required by all except:
1. EU/EEA nationals (EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Swiss nationals holding a valid national ID card.
Note: EU and EEA nationals are only required to produce evidence of their EU/EEA nationality and identity in order to be admitted to any EU/EEA Member State. This evidence can take the form of a valid national passport or national identity card. Either is acceptable. Possession of a return ticket, any length of validity on their document, sufficient funds for the length of their proposed visit should not be imposed.
Required by all except the following for periods not exceeding three months and for non-business (paid work) purposes:
(a) nationals referred to in the chart and under passport exemptions above;
(b) nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR), Israel, Korea (Rep), Macau (SAR), Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela;
(c) passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, provided holding confirmed onward tickets and travel documents. However, the following nationals always need a visa even if transiting by the same aircraft*: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Congo (Dem Rep), Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic and Turkey. Visitors should check with the Embassy (or Consular section at Embassy).
*A transit visa is not required by some of these nationals if in possession of a residence permit or visa for the UK, or they possess a "Leave to remain in the UK for an indefinite period" or a "Certificate of entitlement to the right of abode"; contact nearest German Embassy or Consulate for more information, since there are some other exceptions.
Types of visa and cost
All types of visa cost US$41 (US$21 for minors under 18 years). The price is fixed in Euros but payable in British Pounds, this is about US$41 (US$22 for minors under 18 years). Fees are payable in cash only.
Spouses and children of EU nationals (providing spouse’s passport and the original marriage certificate is produced with copy, plus valid travel health insurance by Form E111; visitors are advised that E111 forms issued before 1 June 2004 are no longer valid) and nationals of some other countries receive their visas free of charge (enquire at Embassy for details; see Passport/Visa Information).
Depends on nationality and individual circumstance.
Consulate or Consular section at Embassy (see Passport/Visa Information). Travelers visiting just one Schengen country should apply to the Consulate of that country; travelers visiting more than one Schengen country should apply to the Consulate of the country chosen as the main destination or the country they will enter first (if they have no main destination). All applicants must book an appointment (tel: (09065) 540 740) in order to process a visa.
(a) Passport with at least three months' validity beyond period of visa, with at least one blank page. Each child endorsed in a passport and traveling also requires a separate application form with photo and birth certificate. (b) Application form(s). (c) Color passport-size photo(s). (d) A self-addressed, special delivery envelope if applicants would like their documents returned. (e) Proof of health insurance, covering at least £20 per day, and valid for all Schengen states. (f) Fee (payable in cash only). Visitors: (a)-(e) and, (f) Formal obligation from host in Germany. Tourist: (a)-(f) and, (g) Proof of purpose of visit and/or a hotel reservation. (h) Proof of adequate means of support during stay (eg bank statement or traveller's cheques). (i) Evidence of occupation or student status. Business: (a)-(f) and, (g) A letter from employer, or official invitation by fax, from overseas business associate explaining nature and duration of stay, plus guarantee of payment of costs incurred during stay. If self-employed, a letter from a solicitor, accountant, bank manager or local Chamber of Commerce.
Note: (a) Applicants under 18 years of age must also submit a letter from their parents/guardian authorizing the visit and appointing the person who will be responsible for them. (b) If individual has obtained a German Schengen visa from the USA within the 12 months previous to the visa application, the individual may apply for a German Schengen visa this time by post. A self-addressed 'Special Delivery' envelope must be supplied and the visa paid for by postal order. (c) Nationals of Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Colombia, Congo (Dem Rep), Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Korea (Dem Rep), Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Pakistan, The Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Surinam, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates and Yemen, must, in addition to the required visa documents, supply an extra application form and passport-size photo, a copy of their passport data page and provide the full address (including postcode) of a reference in Germany. (d) Minors under 18 must produce a declaration from both parents authorizing their travel and stay in a Schengen country, and appointing the person responsible for the minor's welfare in their absence.
Working days required
For UK residents applying in the UK, visas will normally be issued within two days; however, applications from some nationals can take up to 14 days to process. If the stay is likely to be for more than three months, applications should be made up to 10 weeks in advance of the intended date of departure. Visa applications by non-residents have to be referred to the German Embassy in the applicant’s home country, and may take several days or weeks to be issued. Applications by post take up to eight days, although the process may take longer on occasion.
Nationals of EU and nationals of Australia, Canada, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea (Rep), Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway and the USA may apply for a permit from the local immigration office in Germany, no later than three months after entry. For further details on temporary residence in Germany, enquire at the Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy).
EU nationals do not need a visa or work permit to work in Germany. A residence permit must, however, be obtained for stays of over three months (see above). Non-EU nationals must obtain a visa/residence permit before entering Germany, permits take up to 10 weeks to process. An information sheet, Working and Living in Germany, is obtainable from the German Embassy (see Passport/Visa Information).
Embassy of the the Federal Republic of Gernany in the UK
23 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PZ, UK
Tel: (020) 7824 1300.
Opening hours: 0900-1200.
Consular section: 1-6 Chesham Place, Belgrave Mews West, London SW1X 8PZ, UK
Tel: (08705) 100 420 (recorded passport information; calls cost 60p per minute) or (09065) 508 922 (recorded visa information; calls cost £1 per minute) or 540 740 (24-hour automated visa appointment booking service; calls cost £1 per minute) or (020) 7823 2854 (consular emergencies only).
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1200; Mon-Thur 1400-1600, Fri 1400-1500 (telephone enquiries only).
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in the UK
16 Eglinton Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 5DG, UK
Tel: (0131) 337 2323.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1200.
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the USA
4645 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Tel: (202) 298 4000.
Website: www.germany-info.org or www.germany.info
Most visits to Germany are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organizations for the latest travel advice:
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tel: (0845) 850 2829.
US Department of State