Visa & Entry Requirements

Visa & Entry Requirements

Visa, Visa fees and Entry Requirements for a trip to Berlin in Germany.

Visa and Entry Requirements for Germany: Passport

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Berlin visitors arriving at a Berlin airport from a foreign country need a passport. EU nationals do not need a visa, others may need one depending on length, frequency and purpose of their stays.

Visa Requirements


EU nationals do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany.

Non-EU nationals

Generally speaking, all other foreigners require a visa for stays in Germany. A visa is not required for semi-annual visits of up to 90 days each for nationals of those countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement.

Issuing Visa

The responsibility for issuing visas lies with the missions of the Federal Republic of Germany, i.e. its embassies and consulates-general.

Please note: As a rule, missions require between two and ten working days to decide on an application for a short stay visa. Applications for visas entitling the holder to a longer stay or to take up gainful employment may take several months to process.

During the peak travel season there may be a waiting period for making an application to a German mission. Persons requiring a visa to enter Germany should therefore submit their appli­cations in good time.

Visa fees:

Since 14 May 2008, the fee for all types of visas has been EUR 60. Exemptions may be possible. For more information check here:

Customs regulations for entering Germany

While entering Germany only certain amounts of goods can be imported taxfree. More information about duty-free allowances you will find here:

Visa & Entry Requirements for Refugees

The website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees provides extensive information for refugees planning on entering Germany and the respective visa requirements.

Source: BerlinOnline/Federal Foreign Office

| Last edited: 29. August 2018