Visa Appointment Procedure


In order to apply for a visa at the German Embassy you must schedule an appointment. All appointments are scheduled through our FREE online System.

Important information

The German Embassy points out that appointments can neither be booked by telephone nor by email.

Please note that for the time being the Safari browser is incompatible with the appointment booking system.

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.

Please note that your appointment will be cancelled if you miss your assigned slot by more than 20 minutes.

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

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


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. We recommend you read the information provided on our website carefully in order to be fully prepared for your appointment as incomplete applications cannot be accepted.

Visa information

At this time, holders of US 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 US travel documents issued as a Permit to Re-Enter need a visa based on their nationality.

Additional content

Das Bild zeigt 6 Verbotsschilder (Verbot von Waffen, Fotographieren, Tablett, Messer, Handy, Gepäck).
Verbotsschilder© colourbox.de

Visitors of the Consular Section may bring one bag into the waiting room with a maximum size of 35 cm (14 inches) x 30 cm (12 inches) x 20 cm (8 inches). Bags larger than this size are not allowed.

 Also prohibited in the waiting room are 

  • electronic devices such as cell phones*, tablet computers, smart watches, laptops, cameras or any other wireless devices
  • sealed envelopes or packages
  • sharp objects such as scissors, knives or nail files
  • weapons or explosive material of any kind are also prohibited. 

This list is not exhaustive. Other items may be prohibited at the discretion of the security staff.

*You may store your cell phone (free of charge) in one of the Embassy’s lockers that are located in front of the Consular building.

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

January 1
New Year's Day
Janaury 15
Martin Luther King Day

March 30

Good Friday

April 2

Easter Monday

May 21


May 28

Memorial Day

July 4

Independence Day

September 3

Labor Day

October 3

Day of German Unity

November 22

Thanksgiving Day

December 25

Christmas Day

December 26

Second Day of Christmas

Top of page