German Tourist Visa Information
If you intend to visit Germany as a tourist the requirements to visit, including the length of time you are allowed to stay, will depend on your country of origin. Some citizens of countries aren’t required to get any visa to enter German for up to 90 days while those who are citizens of the E.U. or Schengen member countries don’t require any permission to enter Germany and there is no time limit on their stay.
The following countries do not need a visa to stay for up to 90 days in any period of 180 days in Germany and other EU/ Schengen countries.
|United States of America||Serbia||Montenegro||Israel|
|United Arab Emirates||Samoa||Monaco||Hong Kong|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Saint Kitts and Nevis||Mexico||Brazil|
|Tonga||Peru||Mauritius||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Timor Leste||Paraguay||Marshall Islands||Barbados|
|Argentina||Antigua and Barbuda||Andorra||Albania|
At present, the citizens of all other countries need to apply for a Schengen Visa in order to visit Germany as a tourist.
The Documents Required/Checklist for a German Schengen Tourist Visa Application.
The following process is required for all types of short term German visa applications:
● Download the application form,
● Complete it honestly.
● 2 passport photos need to be attached showing a recent full-face image with a light background.
● Your passport valid for no less than 3 months with two blank pages.
● Travel/health insurance document showing 30,000 euros of cover.
● A cover letter with your itinerary and indicating your purpose for visiting Germany.
● Flight details including dates and flight numbers.
● Hotel Bookings covering your stay in Germany.
● Proof of civil status such as marriage certificate and children’s birth certificate.
● Proof showing adequate financial means for your stay. This is approximately 45 euros per day.
Translating Documents for a Schengen Visa application
You aren’t required to get all the supporting documents translated but any official documents for you and your family like birth, marriage, and adoption papers will need a certified translation. You should include all the required documents with your application.
If you are Employed these Documents are Required:
● Employment contracts.
● Bank statement for the last 6 months.
● Approval for leave letter from employer.
● Income Tax Return (ITR) form.
If you are Self-Employed:
● A copy of the business license.
● Company bank statement covering the last 6 months.
● Income Tax Return (ITR).
If you are a Student:
● Proof of enrolment as a student.
● Certificate of no-objection provided by the current school or university.
● If you are retired: Pension statement for the last 6 months.
Once you have gathered together all the required documentation including any translations you should sign the application form and hand it personally to the appropriate embassy/consulate or other representatives in your own country.
Germany Tourist/Schengen Visa Fees:
When filing an application for a Schengen visa there is a mandatory visa fee which is non-refundable for all applicants. The Schengen visa fee may be paid at the designated embassy/consulate in your country by cash, credit or debit card. Some consulates don’t allow payments to be made by credit card.
Schengen Visa Fee:
● Adult 60€
● Child between 6-12 years of age 35€
● Child younger than 6 years of age are free
● Holders of diplomatic, official or service passports travelling for official reasons are free
● A family member of an EU/EEA national is free
● Students and teachers accompanying them on a school trip are free
● Researchers travelling to take part in scientific research are free
● Nationals from, Georgia, Russia, Kosovo, and Ukraine pay 35€.
Germany Schengen/Tourist Visa Processing Time:
If you need to get a tourist/ Schengen visa to enter Germany you need to ensure you allow plenty of time for the visa to be processed. Otherwise, you may not be able to meet your flight dates and hotel bookings. You should apply approximately 6 weeks before the day you intend to depart. The normal processing time for a Schengen visa is 24 to 48 hours but it could take longer depending on your citizenship but you can expect it to arrive no longer than 21 days after you have lodged your application.
Where can a Schengen Visa be used?
When you apply for a Schengen Visa to visit Germany for less than 90 days you may also visit other Schengen member countries as well. You don’t need a separate visa. However, if your intention is to start your travel in Germany you must apply for your Schengen visa at the closest German embassy or consulate or another administrative centre in your country responsible for issuing visas.
Renewing the Schengen/Tourist Visa
Unless you have a very special reason for renewing your visa you will find it’s quite a difficult process.