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Going to Germany? This website will help you to 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 be aware that you have to make an appointment to apply for a visa. Applicants without appointment will not be served!

Please note: Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we can not 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

Do you want to study in Germany? Is your company sending you to a business meeting or training in Germany? Here you may find all necessary information on the different types of visa and their requirements...

Overview of visa fees

How much does your visa cost? And how can you pay the visa fee? Please read the following information...

Travel health insurance requirements

All visa applicants are required to present a health insurance policy which has to meet special requirements. Read more...

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

You still have unanswered questions? Please read the FAQ before contacting the German Embassy.

VIS - Visa Information System

The Visa Information System – VIS

The Visa Information System (VIS) is an IT system that allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of the VIS is to simplify the visa issuance process, facilitate checks at external borders and to enhance security for everyone involved, including applicants.


The Schengen Area - an area without internal borders

The Schengen Area is one of the greatest achievements of the EU. It is an area without internal borders, an area within which citizens, many non-EU nationals, business people and tourists can freely circulate without being subjected to border checks. Find out more:

The Schengen Area - An area without internal borders


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Visiting hours of the Embassy


For the diverse services of the consular section (applying and collecting for/of passport, identity card, visa, etc.) different visting hours apply.
Visiting hours of the Embassy

Appointment for visa application

To apply for a visa you need an appointment.
Please use our online booking system to book your appointment.

Online application - VIDEX

Welcome to the VIDEX, the software of the Federal Republic of Germany which enables you to complete your application form for a Schengen visa online.

General user guidelines [pdf, 26.07k]

Online application form