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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.
  • 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):

Albania

(biometric passports)

Israel

Saint Lucia

Andorra

Japan
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Antigua & Barbuda

Kiribati

San Marino

Argentina

Korea (Republic of)

Serbia

(biometric passports)

Australia

Macao

(RAE only)

Seychelles

Bahamas

Malaysia
Singapore

Barbados

Mauritius
Solomon Islands

Bosnia and Herzegovina

(biometric passports)

Macedonia

(biometric passports)

St. Kitts & Nevis

Brazil

Marshall Islands
Switzerland

Brunei

Mexico

Taiwan

(only passports that include
an ID number)

Canada

Micronesia

Timor-Leste

Chile

Monaco
Tonga

Colombia

Moldova

(biometric passports)

Trinidad and Tobago

Costa Rica

Montenegro

(biometric passports)

Tuvalu

Dominica

Nicaragua

Ukraine

(biometric passports)

El Salvador

New Zealand
Uruguay

Georgia

(biometric passports)

Palau
USA

Grenada

Panama
United Arab Emirates

Guatemala

Paraguay

Vanuatu

Honduras

Peru

Vatican

Hong Kong

(SAR passports)

Samoa

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 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.

Afghanistan
Lebanon

Saudi Arabia

Algeria

Libya

Somalia

Azerbaijan

Mali

Sudan

Egypt

Mauritania

Syria

Ethiopia

Morocco

Tajikistan
(except diplomatic/service pp)

Iran

Niger

Tunisia

Iraq

Nigeria
Turkmenistan

Jordan

North Korea

Uzbekistan

Kazakhstan

(except diplomatic/service pp)

Oman

Vietnam

Kenya

Pakistan

Yemen

Kyrgyzstan
Qatar

Kuwait
Rwanda


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

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