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Application Schengen Visa

24.12.2021 - Artikel

A Schengen Visa has to be applied for if you intend to travel to Germany as a visitor, for business or tourism purposes for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days. You also have to apply for a Schengen visa in case you need to obtain an Airport Transit Visa.

Important information:

  • Schengen visa applications are currently only possible for holders of a New Zealand permanent residency. A confirmed return ticket as well as a MIQ - voucher (if required for your re-entry into New Zealand) must be presented with the application. The German Embassy  in Wellington is responsible for processing your application if Germany is your main Destination.
  • Travel insurances must not exclude in connection to COVID-19
  • Keep yourself informed about the status of entry restrictions in Germany. Due to the coronavirus outbreak many countries have imposed travel restrictions or taken other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Upon entry into the Federal Republic of Germany, individuals aged six years or older need to be in possession of proof of testing, proof of recovery or proof of vaccination. PCR tests must not be older than 48hrs at the time of (planned) departure; antigen tests must not be older than 48hrs at the time of (planned) entry into Germany. The obligation to provide COVID proof also applies to airline passengers only transiting at an airport in Germany. This applies to both the non-Schengen transit from and to third countries outside the Schengen area and to the transit from and to Schengen countries.

  • People who have been vaccinated and people who have recovered from Covid-19 do not need to provide a negative test result. However, they must provide respective proof of vaccination or recovery. Proof of testing, proof of recovery or proof of vaccination must be presented to carriers for review prior to the journey.

  • Keep yourself informed about the general information on entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in Germany here

The Schengen visa allows you to stay in the following countries for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.


The following countries are not part of the Schengen area:

Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom.


Schengen Visa needed?

An overview of visa requirements/exemptions for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany can be found here

As of now, the German Embassy will also process Schengen visa applications for Austria again. Please first read the important information under the following links:

https://www.bmk.gv.at/en/service/entry-requirements.html

https://www.sozialministerium.at/


Where to apply?

You always have to apply for a Schengen Visa at the embassy of the member state that is your main destination in terms of length or purpose of stay. If no main destination can be determined, the visa has to be applied for at the embassy of the member state whose external border the applicant crosses first.

The German Embassy  in Wellington is responsible for processing your application if Germany is your main destination. All applications for short-term visas (Schengen Visas)  can only be lodged with the German Embassy in Wellington. Honorary Consuls do not handle any visa applications.


In order to apply for a visa

  • Your passport must have at least two empty opposite pages.
  • Your passport must have been issued within the last ten years and  its validity must exceed the duration of stay in Germany by at least three months
  • Furthermore, you must hold a valid visa for New Zealand  Its validity must exceed the duration of stay in Germany by at least three months. Holders of visitor visas must apply for their Schengen Visa in their home country.
  • Visa applicants must have their fingerprints taken. Children unter the age of 12 are exempt from the requirement to give fingerprints. Fingerprint scans stored in the Visa Information System (VIS) can be reused for future visa applications within the following five years.
  •  According to the Schengen regulations, you may apply up to 6 months before entry into Germany for your visa. However, due to generally short waiting times for an appointment as well as usual processing time of 7  - 10 days for complete applications, we recommend you apply within 3 months of intended travel to Germany.

Postal applications

Postal applications are only for applicants who have already had a Schengen Visa within the last 5 years, for which fingerprints were successfully taken. In this case payment can only made in cash.


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