How can I get a visa

Visa Germany - How to apply for a visa to enter Germany

Depending on what the purpose of your trip to Germany is, you will need to apply for a visa that suits your personal situation. Whether for a visit, for a study or for a job with a permanent residence permit - your purpose of stay decides which visa you have to apply for.

Since 1995 it has been possible to apply for a Schengen visa for a stay in Germany, because the EU member state has also been part of the Schengen area since then.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Germany and the other members of the EU and the Schengen area imposed an EU-wide entry ban for third-country nationals on March 17, 2020. In view of the improved epidemiological situation in the EU and abroad, Germany has lifted the entry ban for some third countries and other categories.

Residents of the following countries can enter Germany from July 2nd without restrictions such as quarantine or COVID-19 test:

  1. Australia
  2. Canada
  3. Georgia
  4. Montenegro
  5. New Zealand
  6. Thailand
  7. Tunisia
  8. Uruguay

At the same time as the residents of the above-mentioned countries, the following categories of travelers from all over the world will be able to enter Germany from July 2nd:

  • German citizens, Union citizens and third-country nationals with an existing right of residence in Germany.
  • Health workers, health researchers and geriatric nurses.
  • Foreign skilled workers and highly qualified employees whose employment is necessary from an economic point of view and whose work cannot be postponed or carried out abroad.
  • Goods transport personnel and other transport personnel.
  • Seasonal workers in agriculture.
  • Sailors
  • International students whose studies cannot be carried out entirely from abroad.
  • Foreign family members who arrive for family reasons through family reunification and visits.
  • Individuals in need of international protection or protection for other humanitarian reasons.
  • Diplomats, personnel from international organizations, military personnel and humanitarian workers as part of their duties.
  • Late returns.
  • Passengers in transit.

What documents do you need for a Schengen visa for Germany?

  • First of all, you need to download the application form and fill it in completely and truthfully. You can also fill out the application form electronically and then print it out.
  • 2 photos must be attached to your application form; the photo should be in passport format - with your whole face on it, against a light background. Read more about the photo requirements for the visa application
  • You must also submit your previous visa and your passport, which must be valid for at least 3 months after your planned return. Your passport must also have at least two free pages.
  • Proof of travel health insurance with a minimum coverage for medical treatment of € 30,000, valid in Germany and the entire Schengen area.
  • A cover letter with the purpose of your trip to Germany and your travel schedule
  • Flight plan with dates and flight numbers that relate to your entry and exit to Germany
  • Proof of a hotel booking for the entire duration of your planned stay in Germany
  • Proof of your marital status (marriage certificate, birth certificate of your children, death certificate of your spouse, vouchers, if applicable)
  • Securing livelihoods - proof of sufficient financial means for the duration of the stay. Based on the requirements of the European Commission, visitors who apply for a German visa must prove to the German embassy or consulate that they have a budget of at least 45 € / day for the entire duration of their stay.

For applicants who are employed in Germany:

  • employment contract
  • Bank statements for the last 6 months
  • Proof from the employer that there are no objections to going to Germany
  • Income tax return form or proof of income tax deducted from income

For self-employed:

  • A copy of the business license
  • Company bank statements for the last 6 months
  • Income tax return form

For students:

  • Enrollment letter
  • Proof from the school or university that there are no objections to studying in Germany

For retirees:

  • Proof of pension for the last 6 months


  • Regular income from work, proof of the last 6 months
  • Regular income from property or assets, proof of the last 6 months

* Note: The signed application form must be handed in personally to an embassy / consulate or to an appropriate representative in your home country together with all of the above-mentioned and absolutely necessary documents.

Apart from the required documents, other additional documents should be attached depending on the purpose of the visa application.

Additional documents for various purposes of entry

German Schengen visa for tourists - additional requirements:

  • Invitation with the address and phone number of the family or sponsor, if applicable
  • Bank statements for the last 6 months
  • Copies of the passport

German Schengen Visa for Business Purposes:

  • Invitation of the company in Germany to be visited, with address and the exact dates of the visit
  • Evidence from the employer that they approve of the business trip
  • If there have already been business relationships between the two companies in the past, this should be proven
  • Excerpt from the business account for the last 6 months
  • Certified copy of the company's founding deed and articles of association (registered joint-stock company), trading license (both the first issued and the renewed), ownership / partnership documents
  • With regard to the financial expenses of the visa applicant during his stay in the Schengen area, either the employer or a person from the partner company to be visited must assure in the invitation letter that these costs will be covered

German Schengen Visa for medical purposes:

  • A local medical report
  • A certificate from the hospital or doctor in Germany stating your appointment with them and your medical situation
  • Payment receipt for medical expenses

German Schengen visa for culture, sport, film or religious purposes:

  • Letter of invitation from one of the institutions mentioned above with all the details about the planned event or activities - purpose of the stay, coverage of costs
  • Names of the applicants (team members)
  • Length of stay
  • Travel plan

German Schengen Visa for Members of Official Delegations: German Schengen Visa for Members of Official Delegations:

  • Copy of the official invitation letter
  • Proof of identity of the applicant
  • Purpose of the stay (negotiations, meetings, events of intergovernmental organizations, consultations)
  • Length of stay
  • Proof of accommodation

German Schengen Visa for study, training or research purposes or other educational purposes:

German Schengen Visa for the spouse of a German citizen:

  • Proof of German citizenship (proof of identity, consular card or certificate of German citizenship or naturalization decision)
  • German marriage certificate
  • German family book

Transit visa for German airports:

  • Visa or other proof of entry permit into the transit country
  • Copy of the valid visa for the final travel destination

German Schengen visa for minors:

  • Proof of parents' income (employment contract with proof of monthly earnings, bank statement or business license)
  • Certified travel permit from parents (declaration of consent from parents)
  • If one of the parents lives in another country - certified declaration of consent from that parent

*Note: Minors should be accompanied by their parents or guardians when applying for a visa at the embassy / consulate in their home country.

Danger! Please contact the German Embassy for the current entry and visa regulations!

Long-term stay in Germany:

If you want to visit Germany for more than 3 months, you have to apply for a “D-Visa” for long-term stays. For more information about long-term visas, please visit the German Visa website.

Long-term health insurance

People with a visa requirement for the Schengen area have to take out statutory or private health insurance for a long-term stay in Germany because of the compulsory health insurance. Depending on whether you are planning to study, work or immigrate, for example, different regulations apply. The health insurance center explains health insurance for foreigners in various languages.

What does a visa for Germany cost?

The costs for the visa for Germany are to be paid when applying to the responsible German diplomatic mission abroad:

  • a Schengen visa for Germany costs € 80 for adults and € 40 for children aged 6 to 12; children under 6 are exempt from the fees.
  • for a national visa the cost is € 75 and € 37.50 for minors.

Last Updated on May 17, 2021