Application process

Simple steps to obtain a Schengen visa to Germany

Please follow these steps in order to apply for a Schengen visa. A Schengen visa allows a maximum stay of 90 days within a period of 180 days in the Schengen countries. Germany must be your main travel destination.

If you plan to stay more than 90 days in Germany, please apply for a national visa at the respective German Diplomatic mission.


Step 1: Choose your travel purpose

Read the list of documents which need to be submitted with your visa application based on your travel purpose and prepare the documents carefully. Please always choose the correct travel purpose.


Step 2: Create your user account

Please create your personal user account and log into your account.


Step 3: Fill out the application form

After logging into your user account fill out the online application form electronically for all people travelling with you and print all application forms.


Step 4: Make an appointment

Make an appointment to submit your application at the visa application centre. Personal appearance is mandatory for all visa applicants unless you are exempted from biometric data capturing. You can authorize a representative to submit the application on your behalf. Please print out your appointment confirmation letter, as you will need to present this document when you attend your appointment. For groups of more than 5 applicants, you will need to contact our customer representatives to make an appointment after completing your online registration.

There are no long waiting times for obtaining an appointment. Appointments are available within 2 working days.


Step 5:  Submit your application in the visa application centre

You can submit your visa application in person or authorize a representative to submit the application on your behalf.


  1. Please arrive on time for your appointment with the appointment confirmation letter. If you are late or you fail to attend your appointment, you will be required to make a new appointment.
  2. An extensive range of Added Value Services is available to facilitate your application submission process.
  3. Your application and supporting documents will be checked for completeness according to the requirements of the German Diplomatic mission and your biometric data will be captured. The visa and service fees are paid in the visa application centre. Following completion of these steps, your application is transferred to the German Diplomatic mission for decision making.


You can track your application at any time by visiting your personal user account.


Step 6: Collect your passport

After the German Diplomatic mission has made a decision on your visa application, your passport will be returned to the visa application centre. You will be notified by SMS as soon as the passport arrives. You can then collect your passport in person or you can authorize a representative to collect it on your behalf. If you have chosen the Express Delivery Service, your passport will be sent to you directly.