Visa & Entry Requirements
Visa, visa fees and entry requirements for a trip to Berlin in Germany.
Reisepass vergessen? Die Bundespolizei am Frankfurter Flughafen kann deutschen Passagieren in vielen Fällen einen Passersatz ausstellen. Foto: Matthias Balk/dpa
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 the length, frequency and purpose of their stays.
EU nationals do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany.
Generally speaking, nationals of all states outside of the EU need a visa to enter Germany or Berlin. For some states, the EU has lifted the visa requirement. Nationals of these states do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days.
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Issuing a 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.
The fee for Schengen visas is EUR 80, the fee for national visas is EUR 75. Exemptions may be possible. For more information check here:
Customs Regulations for Entering Germany
When entering Germany from countries outside the EU, it should be noted that only a certain amount of goods may be imported tax-free. Customs will inform you about the permitted quantity of goods and other regulations.
Source: BerlinOnline/Federal Foreign Office
Last edited: 7. February 2022