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Germany visa types

There are three main kinds of Germany visa types:

  1. Schengen visa - short term visa
  2. National visa – long term visa
  3. Airport transit visa

Germany Schengen visa

Germany is one of the Schengen Agreement countries. This means that you must apply for a Schengen visa to Germany in order to make your short-term trip (less than 90 days). Reasons for applying for a Schengen visa can be tourism, visiting relatives and friends, business travel, medical examination or treatment, short-term education, exchange programs and many other non-permanent nuances.

Depending on the type and frequency of travel to Germany Schengen visa may be single, double and multiple. Period of validity of a single Schengen visa usually covers the period of travel specified on the Germany application form. Holders of multiple Schengen visas may stay in the Schengen area for no more than 90 days every 180 days.


Germany Tourist visa

If you intend to visit Germany for tourism for less than 90 days, according to your nationality, you may need to obtain a tourist visa to Germany first.

A tourist visa to Germany allows you to stay in Germany and carry out your holiday activities for a maximum of 90 days during the 180 days.


Germany long-term visa

If you want to remain more than 90 days, you will need to apply for a long-term visa from your country before coming to Germany.

Citizens planning to stay in Germany for more than 90 days for different reasons like study, employment, family reunion, must first apply for a long-term national visa at their local representative office before travelling to Germany.


How to get Germany visa?

To get a visa for Germany, first, find out what type of visa you need, check where you need to apply, and then fill out an application form for a short or long term visa, gather the statutory requirements for a visa to Germany and schedule a visa interview. Based on the length of your stay in Germany and depending on your purpose of entry, you can apply for a short or long term visa. 


Cost of Germany visa

The fee for Schengen visas is €80, payable upon application. In addition, you may also be required to pay other administrative payments such as visa application centre fees, courier fees, etc., depending on the country and where you apply.

Reduced visa fees for certain nationalities

Under the agreement signed between the EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Northern Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine, the transit visa fee for citizens of these countries has been reduced to €35.

All Schengen states do not apply to the following categories of visa fee irrespective of their nationality:

  • Children under six years of age
  • School and university students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who are travelling for study or internship
  • Representatives of nonprofit organizations under the age of 25 participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural, or educational events organized by nonprofit organizations

Do I need a visa to go to Germany?

If you want to travel to Germany, it is advisable to check its visa policy beforehand. Visa policy of Germany varies. It depends on your nationality whether you need a visa to travel to Germany.


Documents required for Germany visa

Depending on your visit, required documents for a visa to Germany may vary.

Although it is a single document, the requirements for obtaining a visa varies from one Schengen Agreement country to another. However, Germany is quite demanding in this matter, and it is advisable to follow each request carefully to the smallest detail. As a rule, the German embassy in each country has an updated checklist of German visa requirements for each type of visa.

Depending on your visa type, in some cases in the country of your residence and nationality, there are different requirements for a visa to Germany, according to the needs of the embassy or consulate.


Germany visa photo size

Photo requirements for a visa to Germany include two photographs no older than six months. Photo size 3.5x4.5 cm. Frontal view of the face-cover 70-80% of the photo. On a white background. Clear facial features and eyes not covered by hair or eyeglass frames.