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General information

A “Schengen” visa is intended for a short stay (e.g. tourism, family or friendship visit, business trip) of up to 90 days within a 180-day period in the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
The German Embassy in Accra is responsible for processing visa applications of persons residing in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The German Embassy in Accra processes Schengen visa applications on behalf of Estonia for persons residing in Ghana. The requirements for Germany apply accordingly. All documents from Estonia have to be translated either to English or to German. Applications for other purposes (work, studies, family reunion, stays of more than 90 days) have to be filed directly with the competent Estonian Embassy in London.
The visa application must be submitted to the Schengen Embassy of the main country of travel (determined by the purpose of travel and duration of stay).
Only submission of a complete application with all required documents will allow you to apply. Persons with incomplete applications will be turned away at the entrance and will have to book a new appointment. Applicants are requested to submit complete documents even if they regularly stay in the Schengen countries.

Appointment

You can only apply for a visa, if you have booked an appointment in advance. This also applies to the former Walk-in applicants. Booking an appointment is FREE OF CHARGE. The Embassy does not encourage bookings to be made through agencies or any other third party offering their services against payment of a fee. In order to apply for a visa, the applicant must appear in person. Appointments can only be booked via the online appointment system on the Embassy's website.

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Due to the high demand for appointments, there are often waiting times of several weeks.
The Embassy does not grant special appointments and does not change bookings. Such requests will not be answered.

Application forms

Please bring the completed application form to your appointment at the visa center. Without a completed form, you will be denied entry to the visa office. The visa application forms are free of charge.
Application form

Application procedure

Applications must be submitted at least 15 calendar days prior to the start of the planned trip. Applications may be submitted 6 months prior to travel.
The fee for processing a visa application is 80 euros. The visa fee is payable in cash only in GHS at the current exchange rate of the Embassy. The processing fee is not refundable in case of visa rejection.
For organizational reasons, there may be waiting time at the personal interview. Applicants who arrive late for their appointment cannot be accommodated and must book a new appointment.
All required documents must be submitted in full at the personal interview. Documents sent in advance cannot be considered. It is not possible to process incomplete applications. No positive decision can be made if incomplete applications are submitted.
The processing time of Schengen visa applications at the German Embassy is at least 14 days. In individual cases, the processing time may increase to several weeks.
In addition to the standard requirements, further documents may be required depending on the specifics of your application. The Embassy will not return forms, photos or documents if the application is rejected or withdrawn. Falsified documents may be forwarded to the appropriate authorities.

Minors must be accompanied by their parents for the visa interview.

Decision on the application and further procedure

If the visa is granted, it is your duty to verify whether the information printed on the visa sticker is correct and complete and to report any errors to the Embassy immediately. The embassy is not liable for financial damage caused by corrections not reported in good time.

If the visa is issued, the applicant must verify that the information on the visa label is correct and complete. Any errors must be reported to the Embassy immediately upon collection. In case of visa refusal, you can reapply with complete documents and a new appointment.

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