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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


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.

EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.


Visas for Germany are not required by all nationals referred to in the chart above for the following durations:

• Nationals of EU countries for an unlimited period.

• Nationals of Australia, Canada and the USA for stays not exceeding 90 days in a six-month period.

Visa Note

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Germany.

Types and Cost

Schengen visa: €60. Nationals of a few countries pay €35; check with the consulate for a list.

Children under six years of age, Spouse of EU/EEA national: no fee.


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


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 a signatory to the 1995 Schengen Agreement.

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 processing usually takes at least five working days, but may take longer in some cases.

Sufficient Funds

If applying for a visa, you'll be asked to detail how you intend to support yourself for the duration of your stay.

Extension of stay

If you wish to extend a stay once in the country, you should apply to the Ausländeramt (literally 'Outsider Authorities') office in the nearest major town.

Entry with children

If visas are needed, a form must be filled out for each individual applicant, including children under 18. Children travelling alone must supply a letter from both parents authorising them to travel and appointing the person who will be responsible for them.

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
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)
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
Address: , 23 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PZ,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri by appointment only.

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