Who represents Germany in IndiaGermany is the heart of Europe (© Colourbox)
Where can you find us?
Germany’s first diplomatic footprint in India was the Honorary Consulate of the German State of Prussia set up in 1851 in Calcutta (now Kolkata). Relations between post-war Germany and independent India began with the opening of the German Consulate General in Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1951. A full-fledged Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany was set up in New Delhi in 1952. In the same year, Germany’s first ambassador arrived in Delhi and India’s first ambassador took charge in Bonn.
We now have six Missions in India—the Embassy in New Delhi, the Consulates General in Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai and Honorary Consul in Goa. The diplomatic staff at these Missions is from the Federal Foreign Office and other German ministries.
What do we do?
- Gather information and report on important topics to Germany, to gain a better understanding of India;
- Help German citizens in emergencies;
- Assist Germans living in India with certificates and legal documents;
- Issue visas to Indians travelling to Germany;
- Support German companies and enhance trade with India;
- Promote cultural and educational exchange;
- Inform people in India about Germany;
- Prepare and escort high-level visits from Germany.
The German Consulates General promote trade, culture and education, issue visas and assist German citizens in their respective regions. The Embassy in New Delhi, led by the Ambassador, looks after Germany’s political and other critical relations with India. The Germany Embassy in New Delhi is also in charge of diplomatic relations with Bhutan.