Application Schengen Visa

17.11.2020 - Article

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.

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Due to the coronavirus outbreak many countries have imposed travel restrictions or taken other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Travelers can find useful and important information for trips to Germany here:

Coronavirus and entry restrictions travellers to Germany need to know

Schengen Visa applications are only possible for holders of a New Zealand permanent residency.

Should you have not been able to use a Schengen Visa issued by the German Embassy Wellington due to COVID-19 and the resulting entry restrictions into Germany (for a period from March until June 2020),  a new visa may be issued provided the purpose of stay and location have not changed. This will be possible until 31 December 2020.

You will have to provide a new travel insurance (which must include COVID-19 related cover), flight ticket and any other documents which have expired in the meantime (e. g. official guarantee letter).

 Please note that this option is currently only available to holders of New Zealand permanent residencies

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.

However, 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.

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.

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:



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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