Visitor Visa

Can I visit Germany?

Foreign citizens who want to travel to Germany need a visa except for citizens of other EU and Schengen countries - and some other third countries whose citizens are allowed to travel to Germany visa-free. You can find out whether you need a visa for Germany at

Here you can find information about the visa for visiting Germany, i.e. the visa for a (short-term) trip to Germany, which is officially known as "Schengen Visa Type C", "tourist visa" or "visitor visa".

What do I need to know?

What is a Type C Schengen Visa?

Which conditions do I have to meet?

Where and how do I apply for a visa for Germany?

Do I have to present a reason for my trip?

What documents do I need for a Schengen visa?

How much does a Schengen visa cost?

How long does the application process take?

What can I do if my visa application is rejected?

What happens if I stay in Germany after my visa expires?

Can I apply for asylum with a Schengen visa?


At, you can fill out the form for the visa application online and then print it out and bring it with you to your appointment at the embassy. The website is available in many languages.