Only passports that have been issued (not extended!) during the past ten years can be endorsed with a visa. If your passport was issued more than 10 years ago, you will need a new passport before applying with us.
Visa Application at the Embassy in London
To apply for a Schengen visa please follow these steps:
- Book an appointment:
- Visit the VFS visa application centre at:
Joint Visa Application Centre
66, Wilson Street
London, EC2A 2JX
- You must bring your passport, completed application form and all other documents required according to this website. Please note that only applications with all supporting documents will be accepted.
Visa Application at the Consulate General in Edinburgh
To apply for a Schengen visa please book an appointment:
At the interview you have to present your passport, the completed application form (fill in the visa application form here) and all other documents required according to this website. Please note that only applications with all supporting documents will be accepted.
The Schengen countries are now required to take fingerprints from every visa applicant. The fingerprint data will be kept on the central Schengen Visa Information System for 5 years.
Postal applications can only be accepted if you have already provided your fingerprints at any foreign mission which is part of the Schengen area for a previous Schengen Visa application and you fall into one of the following categories:
- you are the spouse of an EU national or
- you have been issued with at least two Schengen Visas during the last 24 months or
- you have been issued with a Schengen Visa with a validity of at least one year during the last 24 months or
- you have been issued with a Schengen Visa from the German Consulate in Edinburgh during the last 12 months
Please be advised that we can only accept completed application forms including all the required documents and a pre-paid special delivery envelope (Max weight 500g !). The fee of 60.00 Euros is payable in British Pounds. Please send us a postal order payable to the German Consulate General in Edinburgh in the amount of 55.00 GBP. Any overpayment will be reimbursed.
Please remember to sign the application form on page 4/7 (section 37) as well as on page 5/7 and page 6/7
and send it to the following address:
Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany
Incomplete applications will be returned to the sender without being processed!
If you are a family member of an EU citizen wishing to apply for a residence permit or in need of an airport transit visa please read the information below.
Visa Information System
Since the introduction of the Visa Information System VIS, every applicant aged 12 years and over must apply in person in order to have fingerprints taken. Please book an appointment each in advance.
VIS The Visa Information System
The Visa Information System VIS is an IT system that allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of VIS is to simplify visa issuance processes, facilitate checks at border control and enhance security for everyone involved, including applicants.
The Schengen States’ Visa Information System has been operational since 11 October 2011. Separate rollout phases have been implemented gradually connecting more and more member states’ to VIS. In the UK this will commence on 20 November 2015.
VIS works by linking Schengen member state missions and border control units to VIS central database.
The introduction of VIS has necessitated various changes to Schengen visa application processes.
- First time applicants must apply in person in order to have biometric data taken, e.g. ten fingerprints and a digital photograph
- Finger scans stored in VIS can be reused for future applications within the following five year
- When entering Schengen territory border control will be able to verify each travellers identity by accessing VIS database