Schengen visa / short-term stay in Germany

Generally speaking, holders of a BN(O), HKSAR or Macau SAR passport do not need a visa to visit the Schengen area as a tourist for up to 90 days in any six-month period, provided that no employment is taken. More on visa requirements can be found below:

Schengen Visa

A visa issued by any Schengen member country allows free travel across the borders between and/or among Schengen countries unless otherwise stated in the visa. Schengen countries include Austria, Belgium, the 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.

The maximum period of stay allowed is 90 days within 6 months, with one or multiple entries, provided no employment is taken.

Competent Visa Office
The consulate general of the country of your main destination should issue your visa. If you visit more than one Schengen country and the main destination cannot be determined, please submit your application at the consulate general of the country of first entry.

Please note that the German Consulate General also issues visas on behalf of Portugal and Slovenia, which are no longer represented in Hong Kong. Therefore, if you are a Hong Kong resident and your main destination is Portugal or Slovenia, you may apply for a Tourist Visa or a Business Visa at the German Consulate General. For other types of visas, please contact the Consulate General of Portugal in Macau or the Embassy of Slovenia in Beijing respectively.

Only Hong Kong and Macau residents may apply for visas at the German Consulate General in Hong Kong. If you are living in Mainland China, please consult the following website to locate the responsible German mission in your area:

www.china.diplo.de (in German and Chinese only)

Visa Application
The completed application form along with two recent passport photographs that can support biometric checks must be signed and submitted in person. 

For documents that must be submitted with application forms, please refer to the corresponding list of requirements for each visa category below.

Please note that all documents must be declared genuine before submission. The declaration form can be downloaded here: Declaration of genuineness of documents submitted [pdf, 338.85k]

Processing Time
Short stay visas shall typically be processed in 5 to 10 working days, depending on the applicant's nationality.

Visa Fees
The fee for a Schengen visa is EUR 60.00 payable in HKD and must be settled upon application. Fees are non-refundable. Payments must be made in cash.

Holders of a Hong Kong S.A.R. passport, BN(O) passport or Macau S.A.R. passport do not need a visa for Schengen countries up to 90 days in any 6-month period, provided that no employment is taken.

Holders of a Document of Identity (DI) are required to have a visa for Schengen countries. Yet, some Schengen countries do not recognise Documents of Identity. Please contact the relevant consulate for further information.

For further enquiries, please call 2105 8788 or 2105 8725. Please note that enquiries about the progress of visa application will NOT be entertained.

Visa Collection
Visas shall be collected between 08:30 and 09:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Business or Short-term Training Visa

Business or short-term training visa [pdf, 173.79k]

Application form for Schengen visas

Tourist Visa

Tourist visa [pdf, 181.68k]

Application form for Schengen visas

Travel plan for tourist visa applicants [pdf, 541.33k]

Airport Transit Visa

*applicable to nationals of certain countries who are just transitting Germany and who will not leave the transit area of the airport

Overview of airport transit visas