Invitation Letter for Visitor Visa

How can I write a proper invitation letter for a visitor?

Do you wish to invite friends, family members or business partners to Germany? For third-country nationals to get a visitor visa, they need a letter of invitation on top of many other documents. With the invitation letter, you confirm that you want to invite a specific person to Germany. An invitation letter must meet particular requirements, which we describe in more detail below. You can find out more about other requirements of a visitor visa in our chapter "Visitor Visa".

What do I need to know?

What should an invitation letter look like?

What information must an invitation letter for a private visit contain?

What information must an invitation letter for a business visit contain?

Who can write an invitation letter?


A letter of invitation is not the same as a letter of commitment or "Verpflichtungserklärung". If the person you wish to invite does not have enough money to pay for the trip and their stay in Germany, they would need a so-called declaration of commitment ("Verpflichtungserklärung") in addition to the letter of invitation. You can learn more in our chapter "Declaration of commitment for a Visitor Visa".