Yes - A visa is required for travel to Germany

Sunday, September 27, 2020

A valid passport and visa are required for missionary travel to Germany. Some applicants may need to appear in person at the nearest German consulate.

Navigating the frequently changing visa requirements and application rules involved in applying for an international visa can be a complex process. Our Executive Service team will streamline everything from completing your forms and applications for you to booking your consular appointment. We can even meet you at the consulate to help with any last-minute needs. Talk to our Executive Service team about how we can simplify your visa process by calling 800-632-3943.


Passport Requirements:

Original, signed passport issued in the past 10 years, valid for 6 months beyond stay in Germany, with at least two blank passport pages available for available for German visa stamp. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for Germany visas.


Germany Visa Application Form:

Two original notarized Germany visa application forms per applicant properly completed on-line, printed and signed, plus one copy. Each page of the printed German application form must have a notary stamp.


Photo Requirements:

Two recent, identical, 2 x 2 passport photographs, in color, front view and with a plain/light background.


Other Forms:

One completed, signed and notarized Declaration Form. By signing this form, the applicant acknowledges that if false information is provided on the visa application for the purpose of obtaining a residence authorization, the result will be that the applicant may be denied a visa to enter Germany or could be deported from Germany should a visa had already been issued.


Letter Of Invitation:

A letter of invitation from the host or sponsor in Germany explaining the relationship to the applicant and the purpose of travel to Germany. In addition, the letter must indicate the length of stay, place of stay, and host’s name and contact information.


Business Letter

Letter from organization or sponsor in the US, on letterhead, introducing the applicant, indicating the applicant's status/position held in the organization, and clearly stating the purpose of visit to Germany. The letter must also indicate who will be financially responsible for the applicant and must provide detailed contact information in Germany. Please submit one photocopy of this letter in addition to the original.


Medical Requirements:

Proof of valid health/accidental insurance with full international coverage showing minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros (approximately $50,000 US) and coverage for emergency medical expenses and repatriation for medical reasons or death.


Other Requirements:

The applicant’s driver's license and/or utility bill in the applicant’s name as proof of residence in the consular district where application is submitted.


Special Instructions:

Some applicants who require a visa must apply in person at the nearest Consulate. For those applicants who must appear in person, we encourage you to contact your nearest Consulate to set up an appointment and to confirm any additional information they may require in order to process your request.


In Person Appearance:

The Consulate requires applicants to make a personal appearance to apply for this visa. These instructions are provided as a guide to help with this process. We recommend that you contact your nearest Consulate directly to confirm requirements and make an appointment to apply in person.

Register your trip with the US Embassy:

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. Registration notifies the US Embassy in each country of your travel plans and enrolls you in the State Department travel advisory and warnings program. Feel more secure about your international travels by having Travisa register your trip with the US Department of State; simply complete the form on your visa application kit after placing your order.