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Visa information

General information on process

Generally speaking: If you need a visa to enter Germany depends on your home country, the duration and intention of your stay.

Below you will find some pieces of information regarding the different visa types, but for exact details, please contact your local German mission (embassy or consulate) in your home country or see the German Federal Foreign Office.

Please keep in mind, that it takes up to 14 business days for an application for a short stay visa.

Applications for longer stays or requesting gainful employment may take several months to process. Applicants must submit all paperwork in person at their local German mission. Please check their website in advance to see which documents are required.


The different types of visas

Visa Navigator

You are not sure for which visa you need to apply? The visa navigator by the Federal Foreign Office can help!


The information displayed should only give an overview. We do not assume any liability for the correctness of the information.