Visa

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.

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).