Schengen visas

18.01.2018 - Article

For short stays of up to 90 days

A Schengen permits the holder to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days during a six-months period. 
The German Embassy will process the application if the main destination is one of the following countries: Germany, Austria, Norway, Finland or Slovenia.

Preparing your application

Please familiarize yourself with the visa regulations and procedures described here .

Prepare your application as follows:

Important information:
Please refrain from sending any documents to the Embassy's visa section unless expressly instructed to do so, in particular not prior to your application. Documents sent to the Embassy in advance will not be filed.

You are kindly requested to bring all necessary documents with you to your appointment.

Submitting your application

You must apply for your visa at VFS Global in person. During this appointment, we kindly ask you to submit all required documents, pay the fee and answer questions about your planned trip. Your photograph and fingerprints will also be taken on this occasion.

What happens during processing?

The Embassy will review your application and decide whether the criteria to issue a visa are met.  Processing generally takes 15 days. As soon as the process is finalized, the Embassy will inform you about the decision. During this period you cannot inquire about the status of your application. Upon expiry of the processing period only the applicant, his/her legal representative or  persons holding an authorization letter from the applicant may inquire about the status of the visa.

Passport Collection

As soon as the Embassy has decided on your application, you can collect your passport from the external service provider VfS Global.
If your visa application has been refused  you will receive a letter stating the reason for a visa rejection.
You may submit a new application at any time with complete, informative and verifiable documentation.


Here you may find answers to frequently asked questions

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