Do I need a visa to go to Germany ?

U.S., Canadian and Mexican citizens do not need a visa to Germany for fewer than 90 days, as these countries are among those with visa-free arrangements with the European Union (EU). However, it is worth noting that from 2021, you will need to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver before you travel, which can be obtained online and will cost €7 ($7.82).

Citizens of countries without a visa waiver deal, including China, India, and all African nations, even those who are permanent residents of the U.S, will require a Schengen Visa to travel to Germany. This costs €60 ($68) and covers travel in all countries within the Schengen Area of Europe, which have abolished border controls between each other.

How do I apply for a visa to go to Germany?

Wherever you are in the world, you can apply for a Schengen Visa via your nearest German Embassy or Consulate. For example, a Chinese national living in Oregon must apply at the German Consulate in San Francisco, while one living in Beijing would apply in that city as a German Embassy is located there. 

You will need to schedule a Germany visa appointment and provide your passport or travel document, an itinerary explaining the reasons for your trip, proof of accommodation and reason for travel, evidence you can financially support yourself during your stay, a recent photo, and a travel and health insurance certificate proving you are covered for your trip.

Those applying for a visa to Germany from USA should book an appointments via Germain Embassy free online appointment system. To find out exactly where to apply from and for more information, you can visit the official Germain Embassy website.

How do I apply for a work visa to go to Germany?

As the world’s fourth-largest economy, Germany is extremely welcoming to non-Germans to find a job and settle in the country. Find out in our article about how to apply for a Germany work visa.

What will I need to provide to meet Germany’s visa requirements?

Your passport should have been issued within the last 10 years and be valid for three months beyond the end of your stay. Proof of accommodation could take the form of a booking, a rental or lease agreement, or if you are staying with family or friends, a letter stating that they will be hosting you. It would also be useful to include documents establishing your reasons for travel, like bookings for tourist attractions or proof of a business trip. In addition, you are asked to provide your last three bank statements, a letter from your employer, proof of business ownership, or a retirement statement. 

U.S. residents who are not citizens will require a US alien registration card (residence permit aka. Green Card) or valid US residence visa (e.g. type A, E, F plus endorsed I-20 by competent authority, G: H; I; J; plus J1 documents, L, O, R. The US residence permit or visa should be valid at least three months beyond the intended departure from the territory of the Schengen Member States.. You cannot apply more than 90 days before your scheduled arrival in Germany.

What do I need from my travel and health insurance?

To obtain a visa, your travel and medical insurance must be valid for all 26 countries in the Schengen Area, even those you have no plans to visit, and cover accidents and illnesses, covering costs up to a minimum of €30,000 ($26,855).

Why choose AXA Insurance?

AXA offers several Schengen Visa compliant insurance policies for travel in Europe, low-cost option, priced at as little as €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip. Taking out insurance is a legal requirement of obtaining a visa for Germany and will cover you for any emergencies that occur during your travels. None of these policies will require you to pay an excess fee on medical costs. AXA travel insurance policies are accepted in all the Embassies and Consulates of Schengen area countries.