Visa Information


The Visa Section in London will be closed from 21 December 2017 until 8 January 2018 due to upcoming extensive refurbishments.

Please note that from 8. January 2018 until the end of the refurbishments we will accept applications for national visas, D-type only.

Applications for Schengen visas may be filed continuously throughout with our service provider VFS. Resuming services for Schengen visas at the Embassy will be published online. 

IMPORTANT: As of 1 June 2016 applicants living in the consular district of the German Embassy London can file their visa application in person at the VFS Visa Application Centres in London as well as Manchester:

Germany Visa Application Centre

50 Devonshire Street North

M12 6JH Manchester

Click here for more information

If you reside in Scotland or certain parts of northern England you may have to apply at the Consulate General in Edinburgh.

Please check the consular district map, if you are not sure whether you have to apply in London or Edinburgh

The German Embassy in London has outsourced its visa services to the external service provider VFS. For more information please go to:

Appointment booking

Please note that all visa applicants have to make an appointment early in advance. Visa applicants are required to apply in person and bring the application form as well as relevant documents after making an appointment.

Important: Only passports that have been issued (not extended!) during the past ten years can be endorsed with a visa. If your passport was issued longer than 10 years ago, please apply for a new passport at your Embassy.

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VIS The Visa Information System

The Visa Information System VIS is an IT system that allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of VIS is to simplify visa issuance processes, facilitate checks at border control and enhance security for everyone involved, including applicants.

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Information about Schengen visas

The common 'Schengen visa' is a visa for short stays (tourism, visit or business) in Germany and European countries within the Schengen area.


Not sure whether you need a visa?

Please read the following information to find out whether you need a visa to travel to Germany.

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Airport Transit Visas

Nationals of certain countries require an airport transit visa for connection flights at German airports. 


Appointment Booking

All visa applicants are required to book an appointment. Due to high demand, there may be a waiting time of up to 3 months. Do NOT book a flight before booking an appointment.

Schengen Visa

Visa Application

Visa applicants must apply in person after booking an appointment. You will need to bring your application form, passport and further required documents according to our website.

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What documents do I need for a short stay/ Schengen visa?

Please always bring the original documents as well as one copy of all documents mentioned in this section. Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.


Family Reunion

A family reunion visa is intended for applicants wishing to join family in Germany.

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Working in Germany

If you wish to do paid or self-employed work in Germany, this section provides information on work permits and visa requirements for EU and Non-EU nationals.

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Study and Scientific Research

Pupils, students and scientific researchers will find useful information on visa requirements, relevant documents and the visa application process.

British Residence Cards

Here you can view examples of the above mentioned cards.

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Schengen visa application service

Visa enquiries at the Embassy in London

For general enquiries regarding Schengen visa and appointment please contact VFS.

Tel: 0871 376 2101 (Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm)

Email: vfshelpline%27%com,info%27%schengen


For enquiries regarding residence permits please contact the visa section on: 0207 8241 466, Monday - Thursday 1.30pm–3.30pm. Please note that no information on visa application status or result can be given.

Email enquiries at the Embassy in London

For further visa information not available on the website please contact the Visa Section:

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Emergency visa service in London

In a situation of extreme urgency ONLY, please send your emergency request by fax to 020 7824 1449. Please make sure you also provide contact details (name and phone number) on your fax letter in order for us to get in touch with you. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Please understand that requests without contact telephone number will not be processed.

Visa enquiries at the Consulate General in Edinburgh

General information concerning passport and visa matters can be found on our website. Telephone consultations are only for complex and specific queries, where no answer could be found online. Enquiries by phone can be made by calling 0131 337 23 23 Mondays to Thursdays: 2pm-3pm, Fridays: 8am-9am.

Emergency Visa Service in Edinburgh

In cases of extreme urgency ONLY, please send your emergency request via our contact form at the top of this page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please note:

1. The Embassy and the Consulate General operate a baggage search scheme. To avoid delays you are asked to refrain from bringing any baggage, briefcases, laptops etc. with you.

2. Mobile phones and any other electronic equipment must be switched off before entry and remain so during your stay.

3. Photography on the premises is strictly forbidden.

4. Entry is at the discretion of the Embassy or Consulte General security staff. Please look after your personal belongings as the Embassy and the Consulat General cannot accept liability for loss or theft.