Business and Trade Fair Visa


This means that you want to enter Germany for business purposes or trade fair participation for a short stay of up to 90 days.

You need to submit the following documents as originals:

1.completed and signed visa application form for Schengen visa

valid passport and 1 copy of the passport data page

Validity of passport must exceed the duration of intended stay in Germany by at least 3 months. Passport must contain at least 2 blank pages and must have been issued within the past 10 years.

3.1 recent passport picture with white background

original birth certificate of the applicant, based on the first registration plus 1 copy

5.previous passports, if applicable
6.flight reservation for round-trip (no ticket required)

visa fee of 90.00 Euro, only payable in cash in Ghana Cedi or per credit card


travel health insurance, covering entire duration of stay and valid for all Schengen States


proof of accommodation / hotel reservation


proof of sufficient financial resources for the planned stay:

  • Bank statements for the last three months
  • Pay slips for the last three months
  • Formal obligation according to §66-68 AufenthG plus one copy

proof of social and economic ties to country of residence

  • marriage certificate and birth certificates of dependent children, if applicable plus 1 copy
  • current personal bank statements of the last 3 months
  • for children and students: official leave letter from school or university, including proof of paid school fees and reports
  • if employed: letter of introduction from employer and payslips of the last 3 months
  • if self-employed: business registration certificate & “Form A”, tax clearance certificate, proof of active business (bills of lading, import declaration forms, invoices) plus 1 copy

The following documents need to be submitted additionally for Business and Trade Fair Visa:


signed invitation letter from inviting company or trade fair provider


copy of inviting party’s entry in national commercial register


verifiable proof of business with inviting company or proof of down payment, if applicable


letter from company in country of residence stating purpose of trip and “Form A”

16. For participation in trade fairs:
  • for exhibitors: participation registration and proof of payment of trade fair fees
  • for visitors: trade fair ticket

The required documents must be submitted complete at the personal interview. Documents sent in advance cannot be considered.

It is not possible to process incomplete applications. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Note on proof of financial means:

In general, all costs of the trip must be borne by the applicant. Only a personal and worldwide accessible bank account is suitable as proof of financial means. Bank statements and pay stubs are considered proof of financial means.
Please note that the Embassy will not accept or consider bank statements from unlicensed microfinance institutions or unlicensed banks. Lists of officially licensed financial institutions can usually be found on the homepage of the respective bank responsible for licensing (e.g. www.bog.gov.gh). It is strongly discouraged to use a bank statement from a microfinance institution or rural bank for a visa application.

Note on formal obligation:

If the cost of the trip cannot be borne by the applicant: Formal obligation of the host/invitee according to §§ 66 to 68 Residence Act in original, confirmed by the local aliens authority in Germany.

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