Visa Enlarge image (© dpa / picture-alliance) Going to Germany? This website will help you find out whether or not you need a visa and will guide you through the application process. It also allows you to download free of charge the relevant application forms.

Please note: Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we cannot accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.


Online appointment system for visa applications

Starting from 19 September 2016, all visa applicants are required to book their appointments through our FREE online system.

Please note every applicant must book a separate time slot. For example, a family of 5 has to book 5 time slots if they all want to apply for a visa. Families and groups may book different time slots on one day, but will be interviewed within one time frame if possible.

Once you have made an appointment, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with your reference number, date and time of your appointment.

Please be on time for your scheduled appointment. If you arrive late, you will not be admitted.

We recommend you read the information below carefully in order to be fully prepared for your appointment.

If you do not have all the required documents with you on your appointment, you will have to schedule a new appointment through the online system.

All applications must be submitted in person.

If you wish to cancel your scheduled appointment, you will have to wait 24 hours after cancellation until the system allows you to book a new appointment.

Application procedure

Please read the following information to find out whether or not you need a visa and where and how you can apply for a visa.

Types of visa

Basically there are two different types of visa: the Schengen Visa for short-term stays in Germany and the German National Visa for long-term stays in Germany. Please read the following information ca...

Travel health insurance requirements

All visa applicants are required to present a health insurance policy which meets the following requirements: the insurance must be valid for the territory of all Schengen States emergency repatriati...

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Introduction of the Visa Information System in China

On 12 October 2015 Germany introduced the Visa Information System (VIS) in China like all Schengen states. Part of this new system is the collection of biometric data. This requires you to be present in person on your first application. As a result the visa application and travel will be safer and border controls more efficient. For further information about the VIS, please refer to the following links (in German language).