Schengen visas

20.10.2022 - Article

For short stays of up to 90 days

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

Preparing your application

Prepare your application as follows:

Important information:

Visa-applications for medical treatments can be submitted directly as walk-in at the Visa Application Centre VFS starting from Sunday 17th of October, only limited for the patient and two escorts.
Please refrain from sending any documents to the Embassy's visa section prior to your application. Any documents sent to the Embassy in advance will be disregarded.

You are requested to bring all required documents to your appointment.

Submitting your application

It is mandatory to apply for a visa in person.  VFS Global personel will take your fingerprints and photo and you will have to pay the visa/processing fee. You might also have to respond to questions regarding your planned journey.

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 the processing period it is not possible to inquire about the application status. Upon expiry of this period, only the applicant, his/her legal representative or  persons holding an authorization letter signed by the applicant may inquire about the status of the visa.

Passport Collection

After the  Embassy has decided on your application, you will be able collect your passport from the external service provider VfS Global.
Should your visa application have been disapproved,  you will receive an explanatory statement together with your passport.
You can always submit a new application at any time, provided that you present  all necessary and properly filled in documentation.

FAQs/Contact us

Here you may find answers to frequently asked questions.

If you were unable to find the answers to your questions in our FAQs, you can contact us here.

Complaints about the Schengen visa application process

Schengen visa applicants may submit complaints about the conduct of the consulate staff, the external service Provider VFS Global or the visa application process via the contact form . In the contact form, please select the option “Beschwerde zum Schengen-Visum-Verfahren”. Please note that complaints may only be submitted in German or English. We are unable to follow up on complaints in languages other than German or English. Please enter one of the following three options in the “Subject” field of the contact form:

  • Complaint about the conduct of consulate staff
  • Complaint about the conduct of the external service provider VFS Global
  • Complaint about the visa application process

We will follow up on your complaint once it has been received.

Important information: No legal remedies against decisions to refuse, annul or revoke a visa – in particular no remonstrations – may be submitted via the complaints contact form.

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