Application for a Schengen Visa

18.01.2018 - Article

For short stays of up to 90 days

Schengen Visa
Schengen Visa © colourbox

The Schengen Visa allows holders to stay in the Schengen area for a maximum of up to 90 days per six-month period. 
The German Embassy is responsible for processing your application if Germany is your main destination. Furthermore, the German  Embassy also handles Schengen Visa applications for Austria and Malta.

Please prepare your application as follows:

  •  Please fill out the online visa application form , print it out, sign it and submit it along with all other documentation.
  • Please compile the documents you need to submit with your application. If documents  are missing, your application may be rejected. We have prepared a checklist for each type of visa.
  • Airport Transit visa checklist      Checklist_Airport_Transit_Visa PDF / 175 KB              
  • Tourist visa checklist               Checklist_Schengen_Visa_Tourism PDF / 184 KB
  • Visitor visa checklist               Checklist_Schengen_Visa_Visitor PDF / 185 KB
  • Business visa checklist      Checklist_Schengen_Visa_Business PDF / 179 KB                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Please make an appointment to submit your application. You may submit your application three months before the start of your planned trip at the earliest.
  • Please book your appointment HERE

Visa application
Visa application © dpa/picture alliance

Submitting your application

In order to submit your application, please attend your appointment at the Embassy in person. During this appointment, we kindly ask you to submit all of your application documents, pay the fee and answer questions about your planned trip. Your fingerprints will also be scanned as part of the application process.

Applicants who have already had a Schengen visa since 2014 for which fingerprints were succesfully taken may also submit their complete application per post. In this case payment can only be included by cheque or as cash.

Return of your passport

As soon as  your application has been processed your will either be contacted by phone or email for pick up or provided you have included a self-addressed courier envelope we will send the passport out to you.

Have a good trip! Information for visa holders

If all the information on your visa label is correct, you are free to travel. Please check the information on the label as soon as your passport is returned to you. You should let us know immediately if there are any mistakes so that we can issue you a new visa.
Your visa will state your full name and passport number and include your photo. It will also state the period of validity. This is the time period in which you can travel. In addition, it will state the maximum number of days you can stay in the Schengen area during the period of validity of your visa. Our aim is to give you a certain amount of flexibility in planning your trip. In order to allow you to change your travel dates at short notice, visas are usually valid for 15 days longer than the maximum number of days you are allowed to stay in the Schengen area.

Please note that being granted a Schengen visa does not guarantee that you will be allowed to enter the Schengen area. The final decision on whether or not you will be allowed to enter the Schengen area will be made by the border police on your arrival. When you arrive, the border police may ask you to present additional documentation alongside your passport and valid visa with information on your financial means, the length and purpose of your stay, and your health insurance cover. You should therefore take a copy of your visa documents (including an invitation from Germany, hotel reservation and travel health insurance) with you on your trip.

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