General visa information:
Depending on the purpose and duration of your stay in Germany you can either apply for a short-term "Schengen visa" or for a long-term "German national visa" for stays over 90 days.
To find out which documents you have to prepare, please read the section below according to your visa type.
A Schengen visa entitles the holder to an accumulated stay of up to 90 days within a period of six months and is valid for Germany, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland (Schengen Area).
The German Missions in India have partly outsourced the handling of Schengen visa applications to VFS Global.
Now, every client will have the option to submit his/her visa application at a nearby Visa Application Centre.
- shorter waiting periods between scheduling an appointment and the actual application
- Submission of applications through authorized third person
- courier service for passports
- status of the process anytime retrievable online; SMS updates (free of cost)
- you are saving on time and travelling expense
The use of the Visa Application Centres is not mandatory; the resulting additional costs are to be paid directly to VFS Global
Alternatively, you may also submit your visa application, after scheduling an apppointment, to the German Mission of your local jurisdiction.
German National visas:
If you plan to live and work/study in Germany, you would need a German national visa.
Please note that for German National Visas, a personal interview at your German Mission is mandatory.
Please note: The German Missions in India and the German Government do not undertake direct recruitment for jobs in Germany. The German Missions are only entitled to decide visa applications in cooperation with the relevant authorities in Germany in this matter.
Visa Applicants from Bhutan
The German Embassy in New Delhi serves applicants from Bhutan and other nationals residing in Bhutan as there is currently no German diplomatic or consular service available in Bhutan. For a list of required supporting documents, kindly refer to visa requirements for Indian applicants.
Schengen-Visa (short-term visa) applicants may apply through the Visa Application Centre in Thimpu:
Applicants for National Visas (internship, student, employment, family renunion, au pair and others for a stay of more than 90 days) must apply in person at the German Embassy in New Delhi.
To facilitate visa arrangements, Bhutanese nationals are kindly requested to contact the Embassy well in advance of their travel schedule.
Contact for Visa services, Bhutan
Tibetans travelling on Indian IC
Please be advised that visa applications for holders of Indian IC (Identity Certificate) require a processing time of at least 10 days. Furthermore, it is mandatory to hold a Return visa (valid until at least two weeks after your intended return to India) apart from your residence permit (NORI, no objection to return to india).
Holders of Indian Diplomatic Passports
Holders of Indian Diplomatic Passports do not need a visa to travel to Germany for a short term visit of up to 90 days. Please be prepared to provide proof of travel insurance upon entering Germany.
As this exemption is based on a bilateral agreement, you are kindly requested to check possible visa requirements for transit through third countries and/or onward destinations.
Holders of UN Laissez-passer Travel Documents
Holders of UN Laissez-passer Travel Documents, regardless of their nationality, on official duty only, do not need a visa to travel to Germany for a short term visit of up to 90 days. Please be prepared to provide proof of your official mission as well as your nationality (national passport) upon entering Germany. You are also expected to provide proof of travel insurance upon entering Germany.
Holders of UN Laissez-passer Travel Documents intending to enter Germany for a private visit, must apply for a visa with their national passport. You are kindly advised to follow the general rules and requirements provided by the German Embassy in New Delhi.