German Embassies and Consulates for Schengen Visas

German Embassies and Consulates

When traveling to Germany from outside the European Union (EU) or Schengen Area, or from a country without a visa-free arrangement with the Schengen group of countries, of which Germany is a member, you need a Schengen Visa and will need to apply via the embassy or consulate in your country of residence. Germany has around 148 embassies and 244 consulates spread all over the world.

What services do German Embassies and Consulates provide?

Germany’s Embassies and Consulates serve foreign nationals by dealing with immigration and asylum issues - such as issuing Schengen Visas - and encouraging tourism to the country by providing information to potential tourists or business travelers.

German Embassies and Consulates in the U.S., U.K., China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico

Below is a list of the cities where the embassy or consulate is located in major nations. If your home state is not on the list, you can look up the locations of your nearest German mission on the website below. In most countries, these will be located in capital cities or major population centers.

German foreign ministry website : auswaertiges-amt.de/en/aamt/auslandsvertretungen/-/229722

German Embassies and Consulates in the U.S.

Germany has an embassy in Washington D.C. and consulates in Los Angeles, New York, Anchorage, Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Des Moines, Jackson, Kansas City (Missouri), Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Hancock (Michigan), Honolulu, Houston, Lake Worth (Florida), Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Newark, Raleigh (North Carolina), Norfolk (Virginia), Louisville, New Haven, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland (Oregon), Portland (Maine), Philadelphia, San Diego, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, and Savannah (Georgia).

German Embassies and Consulates in the U.K.

Germany has embassies, consulates or vice consulates in London, Belfast, Barrow-upon-Humber, Aberdeen, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dover, Grimsby, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Rochester, Sheffield, Southampton, and the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey, the Shetland Islands, and Orkney. It also has consulates in the overseas territories of the British Virgin Islands.

German Embassies and Consulates in China

Germany’s embassy is based in Beijing. It has consulates in Shenyang, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Hong Kong.

German Embassies and Consulates in India

Germany has embassies or consulates in the major cities of Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, and Trivandrum.

German Embassies and Consulates in Indonesia

Germany has an embassy in Jakarta and consulates in Makassar, Medan, Sedan, and Surabaya.

German Embassies and Consulates in Brazil

Germany has an embassy in Brasilia and consulates in Rio de Janeiro, Fortaleza, Recife, Belo Horizonte, Belém, Curitiba, Manaus, Santos, Rolandia, Joinville, Campo Grande, Cuiabá, Anapolis, Blumenau, Salvador, and Sao Paulo.

German Embassies and Consulates in Mexico

Germany’s embassy is located in Mexico City and the country has consulates in Cancun, Leon, Oaxaca, Merida, Chihuahua, Ixtapa, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Tijuana, and Veracruz.

Do I have to apply for a German Visa at an embassy or consulate?

In many countries, German Embassy or Consulate officials do not directly process initial applications or conduct your visa application interview, an essential part of the process where you will submit supporting documents and provide biometric data. The main visa application partner of Germany is the firm VFS Global - so they may act on the country’s behalf in your nation. They can help arrange your appointment and track your application on behalf of the embassy. Their website : vfsglobal.com/en/individuals/index.html

What does this have to do with travel insurance?

If you plan to apply for a Schengen Visa to Germany, you need travel and medical cover or your application will be refused, and AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance only costs €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip and will meet your visa requirements, while the AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000.

Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase the Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.

How long will it take the German Embassy or Consulate to process a Schengen Visa?

The processing time for a German Schengen visa may take up to 15 days in a normal situation - but could take up to 60 days to be issued in extreme circumstances. You can apply for your visa up to six months before you travel.

If you are traveling to a country other than Germany, links to the embassies and consulates of other Schengen Area countries can be found below:

Frequently asked questions about German Embassies and Consulates and Schengen Visas

If the German Embassy refuses my Schengen Visa - can I appeal?

Yes. You can appeal if your visa application is refused for most reasons.

Will I have to turn up in person to be interviewed when obtaining my German Schengen Visa?

Yes. You need to attend an interview to submit and check the supporting documents you supplied alongside your Schengen Visa application and to provide biometric data.

Should I worry if my visa application is taking time to be approved?

Not particularly. Although an application usually takes around two weeks - in some circumstances, and over holiday periods - approval can take longer.