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Visa information

In the light of the dramatic deterioration of the pandemic situation and the national lockdown in England, Scotland and similar restrictions in Northern Ireland and Wales, we are unfortunately compelled to limit visa services at the German Embassy London and Consulate General Edinburgh effective 11 January 2021 and until further notice.

All appointments have been cancelled. The Visa Application Cente of our external service provider, Visametric, remains closed until further notice.

We will continue to process all visa applications already pending.

We will only accept visa applications in humanitarian emergencies.  Please contact the Embassy via email or the Consulate General via email and attach suitable evidence.

Our telephone hotline is currently not operational.

Update (17 February 2021)

To prevent the spread of mutated forms of the coronavirus, the Federal Government has imposed a general entry and transport ban for journeys from the United Kingdom to Germany. This entry and transport ban has been extended until 3 March 2021 and may be extended again depending on the further development of the pandemic.

Only the following categories of individuals are exempt from the entry and transport ban:

  • German nationals
  • Members of the immediate family of German nationals who travel with them. The immediate family includes spouses, registered partners, minor children and parents of minor children
  • Citizens of member states of the European Union or Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland who are resident in Germany
  • Third-country nationals who are resident and have a long-term right of residence in one of these countries, including British citizens eligible under Part Two of the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union (2019/C 384 I/01) and their family members with a right of residence in an EU member state or Schengen-associated country (this refers to British nationals who were resident in an EU member state or Schengen-associated country prior to 31 December 2020 and living there permanently)
  • Transit passengers (international airport transit)
  • Transport personnel
  • Health workers
  • Individuals travelling  for urgent humanitarian reasons
  • Individuals travelling  on behalf of the International Atomic Energy Agency or the United Nations or UN agencies

Only the above categories of individuals may currently apply for and be issued a visa. We regret that we are unable to provide any other visa appointments at this time.

The ban also applies to individuals already holding D visas and looking to enter Germany in order to establish residence.

The entry and transport ban is implemented by the Federal Police and it is the sole jurisdiction of the Federal Police to take a case-by case decision on who will be admitted into the country. The Embassy has no jurisdiction to decide on individual travel or to issue a corresponding individual confirmation.

If in doubt whether the restrictions apply to you please contact the Federal Police. Contact details are available here.

Additional information on current restrictions is available from our website.

Thank you for your understanding and stay healthy!

Your Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany & Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany
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