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Schengen Tourist Visa

01.07.2020 - Article

If you are planning a trip to Germany as a tourist and you have to apply for a Schengen Visa, detailed information on the documents you have to submit with your visa application can be found here.

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The German Embassy  in Wellington is responsible for processing your application if Germany is your main destination.



Where and How to apply?

Visa applications must be lodged with the German Embassy in Wellington. Honorary Consuls do not handle any visa applications. 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.

The Embassy requires that you book an appointment in order to apply for a visa. Appointments have to be booked via our free online booking appointment system. You have to submit your application in person in Wellington .

Applicants who have already had a Schengen visa  within the last 5 years, for which fingerprints were successfully taken may also submit their complete application by post

In this case payment can only made by cheque (payable to “the German Embassy Wellington”) or in cash.


What do I need to fill out and provide?

   1. Schengen Visa application form

Please have your complete application ready for your appointment and do not include staples, post it notes, paperclips and folders of any kind. The photograph(s) is/ are not allowed to be stapled, glued or blue tacked to the form.

   2. Required documentation  according to the checklist Schengen Visa requirements

       ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS HAVE TO BE IN ENGLISH OR GERMAN

   3. Please read the data protection regulation

      and print out the data protection signature sheet

  4. Visa fees

   

What happens after your application?

Please do not contact the Embassy about the status of your visa application.

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.

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.

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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