Visa Appointment Procedure

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

The German Embassy points out that appointments can neither be booked by telephone nor by email. Please make sure that you book a visa appointment in the correct category "Visa appointment" (not "German Passport and ID-Card"!) and choose the correct sub-category "Schengen Visa" or "Residence Visa".

If you book an appointment in the wrong category, your booking cannot be considered and will be deleted without further notice.

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. We ask for your understanding that appointment bookings will not be confirmed by telephone or separate email. 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.

Visa information

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 a Permit to Re-Enter need a visa based on their nationality.

Visa Appointments

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Official Closures in 2016

The Embassy and the Legal and Consular Department will be closed on the following German and American holidays:

November 24

Thanksgiving Day

December 26

Second day of Christmas