German Consulate General Houston


Changes in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program and ESTA
Please check the website of the German Federal Foreign Office to learn more about the recent changes to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program and ESTA.

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Welcome to Houston!

Welcome to the website of the German Consulate General in Houston. Here you will find information on Germany, the consular services we provide and German-related news and events in our area. We offer a wide spectrum of information, including travel, study, doing business in Germany and much more. Our German language website features information and news relevant to German citizens. The Consulate General’s area of jurisdiction covers Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

DE Magazin Deutschland

Migration, the digital revolution, the trend towards sharing rather than owning, and a new relaxed attitude to business: many factors are changing the way people live in Germany. In the "Trends and Perspectives" section of the latest edition of "DE Magazin Deutschland" and on, you can learn about how current trends are affecting society and life in Germany.

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Celebrating New Mexico – Germany Friendship Day

Consul General, Ms. Ricarda Redeker, and the Honorary Consul, Stephan Helgesen, and his wife, Marianne Helgesen, hosted New Mexico – Germany Friendship day on October 3, 2016 in Santa Fe.

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Day of German Unity

This year Germany is celebrating 26 years of reunification. On this occasion German Federal President Joachim Gauck reminds us what Germany has achieved in the last few years of our history. He also points out that today, in turbulent and sometimes difficult times, we are again faced with the task of building internal unity in our country.

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Congratulations "Deutsche Samstagsschule Houston!"

In its 30th year of existence the "Deutsche Samstagsschule" (DSS) Houston welcomed Deputy Consul General, Bernd Reindl, and Julia Ibold, German Language Advisor for the Central Agency for Schools Abro...


German Federal Minister of Health in Houston

The German Federal Minister of Health, Hermann Groehe, visited MD Anderson Cancer Center last Thursday to inform himself of different cancer treatments and immunotherapy. He was accompanied by two mem...

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Final of the International German Olympics held in the Weltsaal at the Federal Foreign Office

For two weeks, the participants have been bravely battling their way through adjective declensions and nominal constructions – but above all, they have proved their intercultural skills and made friends from all over the world. A ceremony was held at the Federal Foreign Office on Friday (29 July 2016) to pay tribute to the participants and winners of this year’s International German Olympics.


Visit of Consul General Ricarda Redeker to Sheppard Air Force Base

German Consul General Ricarda Redeker visited the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program (ENJJPT) at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas from July 12, to July 14, 2016.


60 Years German Air Defense Training in Fort Bliss

German Consul General in Houston, Ms. Ricarda Redeker, visited the German Air Defense Center in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, July 9, 2016 celebrating 60 years of German military presence in Fort Bliss.

Internationales Parlamentsstipendium (IPS)

Would you like to work at the German Parliament?

The IPS program of The German Bundestag gives well-qualified young people with a strong interest in politics from the USA, France, Israel and Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe and the Arab world the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Germany's system of parliamentary government. Through fifteen-week placements with Members of the Bundestag, participants are introduced to the wide variety of tasks carried out in a Member’s office. Scholarship-winners are chosen by the Bundestag’s independent selection panel.

Commemorative plaque marking the launch of Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941

Remembrance. Responsibility. The Future!

Article by Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the 75th anniversary of the launch of Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union

Energy Efficiency Award 2016

Energy Efficiency Award 2016: Competition for energy-efficient companies launched

For the tenth time, the German Energy Agency (dena) seeks outstanding energy efficiency projects for the Energy Efficiency Award. Companies from industry, trade and commerce from all over the world can apply for this international award until 30 June 2016. You can find all the information you need to enter for free at


News from German Air Force Flying Training Center in New Mexico

When German Consul General Ricarda Redeker visited the Holloman Air Force Base (AFB) in New Mexico on March 14, 2016 she could see for herself, the excellent cooperation between the US and German Air Force. A large part of this success can certainly be contributed to Colonel Heinz-Josef Ferkinghoff, Commanding Director of the German Air Force Flying Training Center at Holloman AFB, who will retire at the end of May 2016.



The Basic Law, which is now the Constitution of Germany turns 67 years today, March 23, 2016! The Basic Law is the legal and political foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany. After it had been approved by the Parliamentary Council, the Basic Law came into force on May 23, 1949. The Basic Law was originally thought of as a temporary solution and provisional arrangement until such time as a constitution for the whole of Germany could be drawn up.

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European Consuls to Visit Houston Schools on Europe Day 2016

To celebrate Europe Day, the European Consulates in Houston, in cooperation with the Houston Independent School District, will organize a visit to local schools in order to raise awareness about the European Union.


22nd Award Ceremony for Students of the Department of Modern & Classical Languages at the University of Houston

On April 29, 2016, Consul Jochen Olbricht, attended the 22nd Award Ceremony for students of the Department of Modern & Classical Languages at the University of Houston.


Appointment of New Honorary Consul in New Orleans

At a ceremony in New Orleans, on April 28, 2016,  German Consul General, Ricarda Redeker, officially bid farewell to our Honorary Consul in New Orleans, Mr. Paul Andersson.


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The Consul General

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The Consulate General in Houston is headed by Consul General Ricarda REDEKER

Schedule an Appointment

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From January 16 until March 31, 2017 applicants living in the jurisdiction of the German Consulate General Los Angeles may submit their Schengen Visa applications at the German Consulate General Houston by appointment.

All German Passports, ID Cards and Visa Applicants need to arrange for an appointment in order to hand in their applications. Certifications of Signatures, Affidavit of Support, Life Certificates as well as German Sales Tax Refunds will also require an appointment.

Appointments can only be made online. Every family member needs a separate appointment.

Important Information – Visas for Hungary and Austria


The German Consulate General Houston is accepting visa applications for Austria (residents of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas only) and Hungary. You will find more information about the Visa requirements on our website.

German Consulate General Houston Newsletter

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