General Information on German National Visa
Enlarge image As a rule, all foreigners require visa for stays of more than three months or stays leading to gainful employment. Exemptions apply to EU and EEA (European Economic Area) citizens and Swiss nationals. Furthermore, citizens of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America may obtain any residence permit that may be required after entering Germany. Citizens of all other countries who intend to come to Germany for such a stay must apply for visa before arriving in the country. Visa applications must be approved by the relevant aliens authority in Germany, i.e. the aliens authority in the place where the applicant intends to take up residence.
Only residents of the Kingdom of Cambodia may apply for visa at the German Embassy in Phnom Penh.
The application must be submitted in person. For documents that are to be submitted with the application forms please refer to the list of requirements for each visa category below.
Minor applicants must present their birth certificates and if the applicant is less than 16 years old they must have the written consent of their parents/legal guardians. Enlarge image (© dpa / picture-alliance)
The current fee for a German national visa is 60,- EUR. Please note that visa fees, payable in USD, will have to be settled in cash upon application and are non-refundable.
Visa Office Hours are Monday to Friday 8.30 a.m. until 11.30 a.m.