Visa Appointment Procedure

Important information: The Embassy has relocated back to our building at 4645 Reservoir Road, Washington, DC 20007.

In order to apply for a visa at the German Embassy you must schedule an appointment.

Visa applicants without an appointment will have to wait for a free slot. The Embassy cannot guarantee that your application will be accepted the same day.

To make an appointment to apply for a visa, please use our FREE online appointment system.

Online Appointment System

Travelers at an airport Enlarge image (© Colourbox) All appointments are scheduled through our FREE online system. Once you have made an appointment, you will receive a confirmation email with your reference number, date and time of your appointment. You will also receive information on what supporting documentation to bring. We recommend you read the information carefully in order to be fully prepared for your appointment.
All applications must be submitted in person. Please note that your appointment will be cancelled if you miss your assigned slot by more than 20 minutes.

At this time, holders of U.S. travel documents issued as refugee travel documents do not require a visa to travel to Germany for tourism, transit, or business. Please note that the document must be valid for at least four months upon arrival in Germany, this only applies to Germany, as other countries of the Schengen agreement may require you to hold a visa. This may be subject to change, therefore check for changes on this website before each trip. As this exception may not be known to some airlines or immigration officers, we suggest you print this information and take it with you. The printout quotes the address of this website and the date, enabling you and others to verify the information and to check if the printout is up to date.

Holders of U.S. travel documents issued as Permit to Reenter need a visa based on their nationality.

Visa Appointments

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