14.10.2021 - Article

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
  • 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

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?

New Zealand citizens are allowed to travel to Germany 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 this 90 days, however , as there are no internal border controls, it is up to you to be able to prove where you have been and how long you have been there.

According to this bilateral agreement the duration of one stay in Germany must not exceed 90 days but the number of entries to Germany is not limited. In order to re-enter Germany for another 90 days, visitors have to depart Germany for any other non-Schengen country and can come back on the same day. Since visitors need to be able to document the period of time they have been spending in Germany, we recommend to enter and to depart via a German airport in order to obtain an official entry and departure stamp in their passport. However your total must not exceed one year.

Please be aware that this special regulation applies only to your stays in Germany. It will not authorise you 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.

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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