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10.08.2020 - Article

The travel restrictions which are currently preventing non-EU citizens from entering the EU have been partially lifted on 02.07.2020. Consequently, the following visas can be issued again:

The travel restrictions which are currently preventing non-EU citizens from entering the EU have been partially lifted on 02.07.2020. Consequently, the following visas can be issued again:

  • family reunion visa
  • study visa, if studies cannot be continued entirely from outside Germany (written confirmation from university required, which also has to be presented at the border control)
  • employment visa for highly qualified personnel (e.g. EU Blue Card), if work is necessary from an economic point of view and cannot be postponed or carried out abroad (written confirmation from the employer required, which also has to be presented at the border control)

The Embassy will automatically inform applicants whose visas are ready for collection by phone or e-mail. Please note that the Embassy is still only working to a limited extend, therefore, please refrain from status inquiries.

In case you already obtained a visa in any of the above-mentioned visa categories and the visa expired or will expire in the following month, you can apply for a renewal of the visa. Kindly fill the following and send it to , along with a passport copy and a copy of the visa. To allow faster processing of your request, kindly use the following as the subject of your email: “Application for Renewal of Expired Visa – File Number XXX). Please hand in your application latest by 10.08.2020.

Please note that in individual cases, the Embassy will have to request additional documents from applicants, before an application for renewal can be fully processed.

When travelling to Germany, please follow the quarantine regulations of the German Federal States. Detailed information is available on website of the Federal Ministry of Health. The travel restrictions in place will be reviewed every two weeks. Especially the number of new infections will be decisive for travel restrictions staying in place or being lifted further.

Short-term visas, so-called Schengen visas, can only be issued in absolutely exceptional cases where the applicant can present evidence of essential travel, which would qualify as an exception to the imposed travel restrictions (e.g. urgent medical treatment or travel for urgent family reasons (e.g. funeral) of the ”nuclear family“, i.e. spouses and minor children).

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