Visa information

Important information

As of Tuesday, 17 March 2020 we are only operating with a skeleton staff. We regret to inform that due to the current situation the German Embassy in London and the Consulate General in Edinburgh have decided to only accept applications as follows:

Schengen visa (short term): Only visa applications for essential travel will be accepted. These will include the groups defined by Commission Communication COM(2020) 115 dated 16 March 2020:

  • Healthcare professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals;
  • Frontier workers;
  • Transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff to the extent necessary;
  • Diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their functions;
  • Passengers in transit;
  • Passengers travelling for imperative family reasons;
  • Persons in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons.

Every application submitted needs to include a statement as to why your travel should be considered essential. Please note that visa applications for obvious, non-essential travel will be refused.

Residence permits (long term): We are currently unable to accept any further applications.

We recommend checking our website regularly due to frequent updates regarding the current situation. 

Thank you for your understanding and stay healthy.

Your German Missions in the UK

Visa Service


The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020.

As of 1 February 2020 a transition period is being applied while the EU and the UK negotiate future arrangements. The transition period is currently scheduled to end on 31 December 2020.

During the transition period the following rules on travel will continue to apply:

  • British citizens do not require visas for travel to Germany - neither for visits nor for any other purpose. Any residence permit required for a stay after the end of the transition period or eventual other arrangements can be applied for with the local immigration office in Germany.
  • Holders of British Residence Cards for EU/EEA family members do not require visas for travel to Germany provided that they accompany the Union citizen. This exemption does not apply to British Residence Cards under the EU settlement Scheme (“pre-/settled status”). Holders of these permits require a visa.
  • Non-EU/non-British family members of British nationals continue to benefit from the rights in the Free Movement Directive and its visa facilitations. They have the right to obtain a visa as an EU family member free of charge and as soon as possible on the basis of an accelerated procedure. However, these rights will no longer apply once the transition period has come to an end. Travelers holding a visa issued to a non-EU/non-British family member of a British national under Freedom of Movement rules and valid beyond the end of a transition phase should then be prepared to provide evidence at the point of entry into the European Union that that they fulfil all Schengen entry requirements, e.g. possession of a valid travel document (validity of no more than ten years and valid for three months after the intended departure from the Union), proof of accommodation, employment, sufficient means of subsistence, invitation letter or return ticket, documents proving the family member’s economic situation in the country of residence or the genuine intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa.
  • Non-EU/non-British pupils at British schools travelling in the context of a school excursion as members of a group of school pupils accompanied by a teacher from the school in question do not require visas but may travel on a List of Travelers issued by the British Council.
  • Holders of Convention Travel Documents for Refugees (1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, dark blue) and holders of Stateless Person’s Travel Documents (1954 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, red) issued by the United Kingdom do not require visas for travel to Germany. Holders of British Certificates of Travel (black) continue to require visas.
  • Non-EU/non-British staff of British companies providing so-called Van der Elst services in Germany will still be able to apply for a corresponding visa.
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