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Germany Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa Required
Other EU 1 No No
USA Yes No No
Canadian Yes No No
Australian Yes No No
British Yes No No

Passports

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals listed in the chart above except (1) EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay. If travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card, but it is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary. Also, EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.

Note that Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.

Visas

Visas for Germany are not required by nationals of EU countries, regardless of the purpose and/or length of stay. However, EU nationals who plan to live in Germany for an unlimited period must register with the local authorities after three months.

Australian, Canadian and US nationals may stay in Germany without a visa for up to 90 days.

Germany is part of the Schengen system, which allows visitors to travel to all participating countries without a visa. Please click here for information regarding the Schengen visa.

Apart from citizens listed in the chart above, citizens from the following countries can also visit without a visa for Germany for up to 90 days within a six-month period: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See (Vatican State City), Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, USA, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela.

For Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine visa exemption only applies to holders of biometric passports.

For citizens from Taiwan visa exemption only applies to holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number.

Travellers who need a visa are advised to contact the nearest embassy to check the visa requirements for Germany.

Visa Note

For visitors who are unsure, you are advised to contact the embassy to check requirements for Germany visas.

Types and Cost

Schengen visa: €80. Nationals of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia pay €35.

Children under six years of age, family members of EU/ EEA nationals: no fee.

Validity

The Schengen short-stay visa is valid for up to 90 days within a six-month period.

Transit

Nationals of certain countries require a transit visa to pass through Germany; check with the consulate for the latest list.

Application to

If Germany is the main destination of your trip, apply to your local German consulate or embassy.

Schengen Visas

Germany is part of the Schengen visa scheme.

Temporary residence

If you are an EU citizen who wishes to do paid or self-employed work, you do not need a visa or work permit, according to EU regulations. However, if you wish to stay for longer than three months, you should register with the local Einwohnermeldeamt (Residence Registration Office) within a week of finding permanent accommodation.

Working days

Visa applications may take up to 14 days. However, in special cases or unusual political situations, it might take up to two months.

Sufficient Funds

Schengen visa applicants must be able to provide proof of funds to cover their stay.

Extension of stay

Schengen visa holders with a visa valid for less than 90 days can only extend their visas in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.

Entry with pets

If travelling with a pet from the UK to Germany, the animal must have a microchip, rabies vaccination certificate and EU pet passport. If being vaccinated for the first time or if the previous period of validity of the last vaccination has expired, the vaccination should take place at least 21 days before travelling.

If you are entering Germany from a country with a high risk of rabies, your pet must have a rabies titer test and samples must be processed at approved laboratories. Once the test results are accepted, your pet can enter Germany within three months after the date the blood was drawn.


Our visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing,
We strongly recommend that you verify critical information unique to your trip with the relevant embassy before travel.

Embassies and tourist offices

British Embassy in Germany


Telephone: 49 (0)30 204 570
Website: http://www.gov.uk/government/world/germany
Address: , Wilhelmstraße 70/71, Berlin, 10117,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0900-1730.

Embassy of Germany in the USA


Telephone: (202) 298 4000/4224 (visa & passport enquiries)
Website: http://www.germany.info
Address: , 4645 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, 20007,
Opening times:

Mon-Thu 0800-1200 and 1300-1500; Fri 0800-1200 and 1300-1400.

Embassy of Germany in the UK


Telephone: (020) 7824 1300
Website: https://uk.diplo.de/uk-en
Address: , 23 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PZ,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri by appointment only.