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.
- 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):
|Japan||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
Antigua & Barbuda
|Korea (Republic of)|
Bosnia and Herzegovina
|St. Kitts & Nevis|
(only passports that include
|Trinidad and Tobago|
|Panama||United Arab Emirates|
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.
Processing times for visa applications is 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.
(except diplomatic/service pp)
Please note that Travel Documents issued by the countries named above will need the same processing time.