Nationalities that DO need a visa:
Processing time for visa appliactions is usually up to 14 days.
In addition to regular requirements these nationals have to provide a full address of reference in Germany with a postcode.
Please note that Travel Documents issued by the countries named below will need the same processing time.
Nationalities listed below DO NOT need a visa:
Albania (biometric passports)
Antigua & Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina (biometric passports)
Georgia (biometric passports)
Hong Kong (SAR passports)
Korea (Republic of)
Macao (RAE only)
Macedonia (biometric passports)
Moldova (biometric passports)
Montenegro (biometric passports)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Serbia (biometric passports)
St. Kitts & Nevis
Taiwan (only passports that include an ID number)
Trinidad and Tobago
Ukraine (biometric passports)
United Arab Emirates
…you are a national of the EU/ EEA/ EFTA
…you are a spouse (married/civil partnership) or child of an EU/ EEA/ EFTA national AND you travel with the EU/ EEA/ EFTA national AND you hold one of the following British Residence permits displayed here. However, these rights will no longer apply once the transition period has come to an end. If you intend to travel on your own you must apply for a regular Schengen visa and pay the regular visa fees.
Diplomatic, Official, Service Passports:
…you are holder of a Service, Official or Special Passport from Bolivia, Philippines
…you are holder of a Service Passport from Bolivia, Chad, Colombia, Ecuador, Moldova (biometric passport), Oman (biometric passport), Philippines, Qatar (biometric passport), Thailand, Turkey
…you are holder of Special Passport from Kuwait (biometric passport), Oman (biometric passport), Qatar (biometric passport), Turkey
…you are 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
New British passport and late 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
Basis: Decision of the European Council from 30.11.1994 on the basis of Article K.3.2.b of the Treaty on European Union concerning travel facilities for school pupils from third countries resident in a member state.
Conditions of Article 1 of the decision:
A Member State shall not request a visa for school pupils that are not nationals of a Member State but legally residing in another Member Country AND do seek to travel for short stay purposes. The following conditions apply:
- students hold a valid travel document recognized by the country of destination
- within a school excursion/trip, the student is part of a group of students from a general school
- the group will be accompanied by a teacher from the same school
- the teacher must hold a full list of all students travelling, issued by the school and certified by the authority mentioned below (general form to be used)
- the list must confirm travel details (purpose and circumstances of intended stay)
- the list must be presented to border police on entry to Germany