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11.10.2023 - Artikel

Important information:

  • A confirmed return ticket must be presented for the Schengen Visa application
  • Please make sure that your travel insurance covers you for Covid-19 and that the insurance covers all Schengen states

Visa applications

This website will help you to find out whether or not you need a visa and will guide you through the application process for Schengen Visa (short term) and National Visa (long term).

At the bottom of the page, you will find the links to the relevant visa type, including the application forms and detailed information on the required documents you have to submit with your visa application.

Visa Needed?

As per the bilateral visitor visa waiver agreement between New Zealand and Germany, New Zealand citizens are allowed to travel and to stay in Germany for up to 90 days without having to apply for a visa, as long as their passport is valid for at least 3 months longer than their stay and as long as they do not engage in any kind of employment in Germany.

Time spent in other Schengen Member States does not count towards these 90 days, however, as there are no internal border controls, it is up the traveller to be able to prove where they have been and how long they stayed (e.g by providing hotel bookings, train tickets, boarding passes).

While this bilateral visitor visa waiver agreement states a maximum duration of one stay in Germany of 90 days, the number of entries to Germany is not limited. However, the stay must still be of a temporary nature (e.g tourism, visiting family and friends) and the total must not exceed one year.

In order to re-enter Germany for another 90 days, visitors have to depart Germany. Since visitors need to be able to document the period of time they have been spending in Germany, they should enter and depart via a German airport for any non-Schengen country in order to obtain an official entry and departure stamp in their passport.

Please be aware that this special regulation applies only to stays in Germany. It will not authorise visitors to stay more than 90 days in any 180-day period in the other Schengen countries, unless these countries also have a similar bilateral agreement with New Zealand.

The implementation of this German-New Zealand bilateral visitor visa waiver agreement is always the responsibility of the local border and immigration authorities, as is the recognition of the supporting documents provided for purpose and length of stay.

Therefore, the German Embassy cannot provide any further written confirmation of this regulation, nor can it intervene in individual cases.

Holders of UN Travel Document / Titre de Voyage

Holders of UN Travel documents, issued by the New Zealand Government according to the UN Conventions for Refugees (Convention of 28 July 1951) and Stateless Persons (Convention of 28 September 1954), mentioned on the front page, can enter Germany without a visa for an intended stay of up to 90 days, as long as at the time of entry into Germany their travel document is still valid for at least 4 months and they do not engage in any kind of employment.

Holders of Document of Identity / Certificate of Identity

Holders of other New Zealand travel documents (Document of Identity or Certificate of Identity) need a visa according to the citizenship mentioned in the document.

Laws on entry requirements here

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