Visas and entry

01.12.2017 - Article

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Please be informed that due to the COVID-19 pandemic entry in Germany is restricted from 18th March 2020 until further notice.

Entry to remain in Germany is only possible for:

  • German nationals and their family members
  • Any other nationals residing in Germany (German residence permit or D-type visa) 

Entry for the purpose of transit through Germany to reach their home country is only possible for:

  • Nationals of all EU / Schengen-countries as well as nationals of Great Britain, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland and their family members
  • Any other national residing in the countries mentioned above (residence permit, D-type visa or EU family member permit)

Entry for nationals mentioned above for tourism or business purposes in Germany is not possible anymore.

For Direct Airside Transit so far no further restrictions:

  • General rules apply

Be aware of the confirmed onward ticket to the next non-Schengen destination. Connecting flights might be overbooked or cancelled; new restrictions may apply at the final Destination.


General Information:

Qatari citizens or non-EU nationals must hold a valid visa for travel to Germany.

More than 23.000 visas for nationals from over 190 different countries are processed by the embassy's visa section every year.

The visa application center VFS Global is handling visa applications for the German Embassy in Doha.

Which type of visa is required for travel to Germany depends on your period of stay. Are you planning a short visit to Germany - e.g. a business or holiday trip, or do you intend to stay for a longer period - e.g. for studying?
For further Information please click on the options below:

Short stay (maximum of 90 days, e.g. for a holiday or business trip)

Long stay (more than 90 days, e.g. to attend university, work or join a family member in Germany)

FAQ on visas and entry

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