Visa & Consular Services

The German Consulate General in Kolkata issues visas for residents under its consular area, which includes the states of: West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram,Nagaland and Tripura. The location of passport issuance is not relevant for the said determination. 


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. The German Missions in India have started outsourcing 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.

All Schengen Visa applicants are well-advised to apply a minimum of 15 working days prior to Departure.

Application for a Long Term Visa is accepted from Monday to Thursday.

Please do not submit your documents separately before your application. All necessary documents have to be submitted with your application. Separate E-mails or posted documents by companies, relatives or yourself cannot be processed.

Antragsformular Schengenvisum

Visa fees to be paid by Demand Draft

All visa fees are to be paid by Demand Draft (in Indian Rupees) at the time of application. No visa application can be processed without visa fees being paid.

Specifications of the Demand Draft:
Payable to: Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Kolkata
Payable in: Kolkata
Date of issue: within 2 months

Visa fees (payable in Indian Rupees only):  with effect from 22.01.2018:

Type of Visa
Schengen VisaRs 4,700 (60 E) 

Rs 2,800 (35 E) (6-12 years)

free (under 6 years)

Residence Permit

Rs 5,900 (75 E)
Rs 3,000 (37,5 E) (0-17 years)

For spouses of EU citizens : free of charge

Please Note: The visa fees is subject to change due to updated currency rates.
Updated visa fees will be published here at regular intervals   


Schengen visas

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).

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Important notice:

The German Missions in India have 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

- 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.

Attestation of school/ university certificates for studying in Germany

Up to three sets (each set containing maximum 10 certificates) are free of cost. INR 760 is charged for attestation of each certificate above 10. The fee is to be paid by cash in Indian Rupees and subject to change, depending on the exchange rate. Documents to bring along with the sets of photocopies...


Consular Services

Here you will find the principal services offered by the German Consulate General Kolkata. 

Visa & Consular Services

GK Kalkutta

Visa Section Timings

Please schedule an appointment

Collection of issued Visa: Monday - Thursday: 13:30 - 15:00 hrs, Friday: 11:30 - 12:30 hrs
(On the date specified at the counter while submitting application)  

Passports which are not collected within that period of time can only be collected on the next working day.

Note: The telephone number +91-(0)98310 16091 should NOT be used for any visa-related queries/requests.

Consulate Security Restrictions - Admission to Visa & Consular Section

Due to security reasons visitors are not allowed to carry the following objects inside the Visa & Consular section: electronic devices (e.g. mobile phones, notebook, camera etc.), dangerous objects (e.g. knives, weapons etc.), bags, luggage (e.g. travel bags, back packs, brief cases, suitcases), umbrellas.
Exception: Ladies are allowed to carry “small handbag” (max size 20cm x 20cm) only after it is checked by the Security Guard of the Consulate General. In case this security check is rejected the access to the premises of the Consulate General will be denied.

Visitors will have to dispose the prohibited items before entry. It may not be possible to deposit the above mentioned objects at the entrance of the Visa & Consular Section and the safeguarding of personal belongings lies in the sole responsibility of the applicant.

Inside the Visa & Consular section visitors are allowed to carry only the documents that are required for the submission of a visa application/ consular matter. 

List of states whose citizens require visas to enter Germany - overview

Travelling with 10000 Euro or more

Ansicht von zahlreichen Euro-Geldscheinen verschiedener Wertigkeit.

Applicable from 15 June 2007, all travellers entering or leaving the European Union through the external control points: with 10000 Euro or more in cash or its equivalent in other currencies or easily convertible assets (e.g. bonds, shares, traveller’s cheques) must declare the sum to Customs. 

Travel & Security advice for India

Sicherheitshinweisschilder in Beirut

Here you would find updated information regarding travel & security advice from Federal Foreign Office for German Nationals travelling to India.

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