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Do you need a visa for Germany?

You DO NOT need a visa for short stays in Germany if you are:

  • a citizen of the EU/EEA/EFTA;
  • a spouse (married/civil partnership) or child of an EU/EEA/EFTA national must hold one of the following British visas that say explicitly: “Residence Card of a Family Member of an EU Citizen” OR “Residence Card of a Family Member of an EEA National” OR “Permanent Residence Card” - and must travel with the EU/EEA/EFTA national. Please compare displayed samples (view here) carefully; If you intend to travel on your own you must apply for a regular visitor, business or tourist visa. Regular visa fees will apply. Click here for more information on visa fees. Please be aware this does not apply to holders of a residence card under the EU Scheme SETTLEMENT OR PRE-SETTLEMENT, please apply for a visa.
  • holder of a Service, Official or Special Passport from Bolivia, Philippines;
  • holder of a Service Passport from Bolivia, Chad, Colombia, Ecuador, Moldova (biometric passport), Oman (biometric passport), Philippines, Qatar (biometric passport), Thailand, Turkey;
  • holder of Special Passport from Kuwait (biometric passport), Oman (biometric passport), Qatar (biometric passport), Turkey;

  • holder of a Diplomatic Passport from Albania, Algeria, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Chad, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Gabon (biometric passport), Georgia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kuwait (biometric passport), Macedonia, Malawi, Moldova, Mongolia (biometric passport), Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Oman (biometric passport), Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Qatar (biometric passport), Russian Federation, Serbia, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine;
  • a citizen of a country listed below (provided you are not going to stay longer than three months and you are not going to do any paid or self-employed work):

Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa for short stays in Germany:

A

Albania (Biometric passports)

Andorra

Antigua & Barbuda

Argentina

Australia

B

Bahamas

Barbados

Bosnia and Herzegovina (biometric passports)

Brazil

Brunei

C

Canada

Chile

Colombia

Costa Rica

D

Dominica

E

El Salvador

G

Georgia (biometric passports)

Grenada

Guatemala

H

Honduras

Hong Kong (SAR passports)

I

Israel

J

Japan

K

Kiribati

Korea (Republic of)

M

Macao (RAE only)

Malaysia

Mauritius

Macedonia (biometric passports)

Marshall Islands

Mexico

Micronesia

Monaco

Moldova (biometric passports)

Montenegro (biometric passports)

N

Nicaragua

New Zealand

P

Palau

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

S

Samoa

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

San Marino

Serbia (biometric passports)

Seychelles

Singapore

Solomon Islands

St. Kitts & Nevis

Switzerland

T

Taiwan (only passports that include an ID number)

Timor-Leste

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Tuvalu

U

Ukraine (biometric passports)

Uruguay

USA

United Arab Emirates

V

Vanuatu

Vatican

Venezuela


Holders of British Passports/Travel Documents:

To enter Germany without a visa, you must have one of these:

  • British “European Community” passport issued in or after July 1988
  • British “Isle of Man”, “Jersey” and “Guernsey and its dependencies” passport
  • Travel Documents according with the Convention of July 28, 1951 or the Convention of September 28 1954. (These Travel Documents must be valid for at least another four months at the time of entry into Germany.)
  • British Subject passport
  • British Overseas Territories citizen passport
  • British Nationals Overseas (BNO) passport.
  • British Protected Persons Passport
  • British Overseas Citizens Passport

Citizens of any country not mentioned above WILL need a visa to enter Germany.

Please note:
Processing time for visa applications is usually up to 14 days for nationals of the following countries:

In addition to regular requirements these nationals have to provide a full address of reference in Germany with postcode.

A

Afghanistan

Algeria

Azerbaijan

B

Bangladesh

Belarus (diplo/service pp)

D

D.R.Congo

E

Egypt (except diplo/service pp)

Eritrea

Ethiopia

I

Iran

Iraq

J

Jordan

K

Kazakhstan (except diplo/service pp)

Kenya

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

L

Lebanon

Libya

M

Mali

Mauritania

Morocco

N

Niger

Nigeria

North Korea

P

Pakistan

Palestine

R

Russia (service pp only)

Q

Qatar

R

Rwanda

S

Saudi-Arabia

Sri Lanka

Somalia

South Sudan

Sudan

Syria

T

Tajikistan (except diplo/service pp)

Tunisia

Turkmenistan

U

Uzbekistan

V

Vietnam

Y

Yemen

Please note that Travel Documents issued by the countries named above will need the same processing time.

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